Sunday, February 22, 2009

Lakota Priest launches CANA ministry on Pine Ridge Reservation

David Virtue posted Mary Garrigan's coverage from the Rapid City Journal.

When the Rev. Charles Montileaux showed up at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Kyle on Feb. 8 to conduct Holy Eucharist services, he found the electricity turned off and the altar stripped of its communion chalice, candlesticks and gold cross...

...Montileaux is a former Episcopal priest ordained by the South Dakota diocese in 1986 who recently transferred his clerical affiliation to the Convocation of Anglicans in North America, a conservative group that belongs to the worldwide Anglican Communion....

...Montileaux contends that St. Barnabas is a "viable congregation" that is being persecuted by a diocese that "absolutely refuses to talk to us." He vowed to continue church services, even if the congregation has to wait for warmer weather and hold services outside under a shade arbor of pine branches.

"If needs be, we'll use a regular coffee cup for a chalice. We will continue the ministry somewhere, somehow," he said.


Georgia said...

:8-) Yay, God!

Holy Father,
Please make a way between those hurting people who suffering under the power of evil's domain to meet, love, know and walk with Your Son Jesus Christ.

Strengthen, purify and anoint Fr. Montileaux. Empower him to lift up Your Holy Christ and speak Your Holy Word in a way they can understand. Open the ears, eyes and hearts of the Lakota and Sioux people to receive and love both Christ and the Word.
Let Your face shine, glorify Yourself...In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

Georgia said...

Holy Father, Please ignite Fr. Montileaux with the fire of Your love, love for You, love for Your son, Jesus Christ, love for Your Holy Word, Truth, Love and Life.
Make Your messenger, minister, servant into a living burning sacrifice...let the refining fire of repentance enable You to shine brightly and make Your Presence and Character known and undeniable...
Let this human priest be a servant and example of our Great High Priest.
Bring workers to help him to bring You glory, to exalt Your Son, to extend Your hand, to express Your word and will. In the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen

Alice C. Linsley said...

That's the Spirit!

I hope that this priest's ministry on the Pine Ridge Reservation will be well received.