Here are a couple of message from Indiana, from 1998 and 2008, which illustrate the difficulty with Western Rite growth. In October this year there will be a Joint Antiochian-ROCA Conference on Western Rite and I am hoping that mission will be a key topic on the agenda. Anybody have any thoughts?
Subject:Re: Orthononsense and Alice in Jurisdictionland
On Thu, 30 Jul 1998, ST. PETROC MONASTERY
<stpetrocabbey@TRUMP...... AU> wrote:
>FROM: Fr. Michael, St. Petroc Monastery
> This Monastery has a task from our Archbishop to actively go and bring people into Orthodoxy - I have at present, current enquiries from clergy and people to become Orthodox in six cities. These will of necessity involve new Parishes - can you imagine the howls of clerical pain when these Parishes are erected?<
From:Fr Ambrose <emrys@GLOBE.......NZ
Reply-To:Orthodox Christianity <orthodox@LISTSERV.INDIANA.EDU
Date:Thu, 14 Aug 2008
Dear Father Michael,
We have been listening for 10 years now, awaiting these "howls of clerical pain."
But all has been remarkably quiet and no clerics have been heard howling. :-)
I take it that these six Western Rite parishes in six Australian cities did not eventuate?
Now that you have 10 years of active missionary work under your belt, working to bring the Anglo-Saxon-Celts of Australia to Orthodoxy and have a seasoned and first-hand knowledge of the difficulties, what are your thoughts on the lack of interest in Western Rite liturgy? In light of this lack of success do the monks of Saint Petroc envisage changes to their missionary approach? It must be disappointing to the Archbishop that his hopes of the monastery bringing people into Orthodoxy via the Western Rite have not materialised. Do you think that changing to the Byzantine Rite would be more successful in mission work in Australia?