Thursday, February 06, 2014

Brother John-Charles Vockler FODC - RIP

Canon Matthew Kirby wrote shortly after midnight, U.S. Eastern time, to report the death of Brother John-Charles, fifth Acting Primate of the Anglican Catholic Church. His Grace died peacefully, and Canon Kirby was with him at the time.
Please feel free to notify those whom you know who will want to know this.
The ACC website with have further information. Canon Kirby will take the requiem Mass and funeral according to Brother John-Charles’s instruction.
May he rest in peace.
+Mark Haverland
(The Most Reverend) Mark Haverland, Ph.D.
Sixth Acting Primate, Anglican Catholic Church

Brother John-Charles, Bishop in the Church of God, was a beloved friend, spiritual director, and mentor, to me and to many other Traditional Anglicans around the world: he was kind enough to serve as a confessor and spiritual director for me from 1994 to 2000. A man of remarkable ascetical and intellectual gifts, he was a master of the spiritual life and a truly eminent and holy pastor and theologian. Of your Christian charity, pray for the repose of his sacerdotal soul.


1 comment:

Father Ed Bakker said...

I first met Brother John Charles in 1964 when he visited Saint Thomas's Anglican Church Newtown Wellington as Bishop of Polynesia. I believe he was the youngest Bishop in the Anglican Church ever. Our paths crossed again when I joined the ACC/OP. I met him several times at synods in Australia and at his institution as ordinary of Australia. When he was still living in his flat in East Maitland I went to his house with other clergy for drinks and dinner, and he was such good company. However more importantly I would comment on his teaching and writing ability and his faithful service to the Anglican Catholic Church as its Leader for a period of time.

He remarked once that the glory years in the Anglican Church were over, yes they are, but now Brother John Charges is where glory years are transferred to Eternity. Rest in Peace , rise in Glory Brother John Charles.

Father Ed Bakker
Anglican Catholic Church / OP
Mission of Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne