On Thursday, June 17, at the Forward in Faith Annual Assembly, in the retreat center outside of St Louis, Missouri, the Missionaries of St John and the Missionary Diocese of All Saints formally approved a covenant establishing a shared common sacramental life and mission. Both are members of the Forward in Faith family.
“As evangelical Anglican Catholics, our convictions do not permit us to live and work independently,” said Bishop Frederick Fick of the MSJ. “Our Catholic faith compels us to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and our desire for common mission drew us to the Missionary Diocese of All Saints.” Bishop William Ilgenfritz, Bishop of the MDAS, has been extraordinarily kind, hospitable and helpful in assisting us in this process.
The people of the MSJ wish to thank all those who helped us during the last three years on this journey. We are most grateful to Bishop Larry Shaver and Walter Grundorf of the APA for their friendship and support, grateful to Bishop Roy Grote and Bishop Ray Sutton of the REC for their incredible support, and particularly grateful to the greater FIF family, including Bishop Keith Ackerman, Bishop Jack Iker, Bishop Bill Wantland, and all the men and women of FIF-NA, especially Mrs Julia Smead and Frs. Keith Acker and James Guill. Our very deepest appreciation must be extended to our first episcopal protector, Bishop Richard Boyce, REC, for his pastoral care. We did not travel alone and we hold them dear in our hearts and in our prayers.