Our History

 

Phoenixville (1999 to the present)

2015 - Fr. Timothy Lent is named as Assistant Priest

 April: joint Easter Eve Liturgy with St. Patrick’s Chapel (Ardmore); FACA Meeting in Katy, TX, at the RE Cathedral of St. Matthias; first new stained glass window designed and installed by Brad Winslow. Bishop’s visit and Confirmation, Blessing of the window and new icons donated by Ben and Kristy Howard; reception with Bp. Roald Flemestad (Nordic Catholic Church, Oslo, Norway) and Canon Geoffrey Neal (Anglican Association, England). Diocesan Synod in Marshall, Virginia, hosted by St. John the Baptist.
May: Fr. Timothy Lent is named as Assistant Priest; formation of a cell for the Society of Mary.

2014 – discipleship, new members and growth

 March: weekly catechism group for Lent
April: FACA Meeting in Summerville, SC, at the RE Seminary
May: Diocesan Synod, Cathedral Church of the Epiphany, Columbia, SC
June: Reception for Canon Geoffrey Neal and Father Francis Gardom from the Anglican Association in England; met up with Bishop Roald Flemestad from Oslo, Norway, for a Conference with the Polish National Catholic Church at the Reformed Episcopal Seminary in Blue Bell, PA. ACNA Assembly in Latrobe, PA.
July: St. Michael’s Youth Conference, Bloomfield Hills, MI; Forward in Faith Assembly, with representatives from the Polish National Catholic Church, Belleville, IL Parish Picnic at the Church.
December: A full church for the Advent Lessons and Carols with parishes of the Anglican Fellowship of the Delaware Valley

2013 – Dcn. Phil Shade arrives, and the music ministry expands

 April: Diocesan Synod in Winchester, VA, hosted by St. Michael the Archangel; FACA Meeting at the RE Seminary in Summerville, SC
May: began “First Fridays” in Phoenixville, with a booth on Main Street
July: St. Michael’s Youth Conference, Bloomfield Hills, MI; Parish Picnic at the Church.
September: the Rev. Philip Shade begins as Organist and Music Director and Deacon (CANA) at Transfiguration. North façade of building painted.
November: foundations excavated and sealed for proper drainage and structural integrity

2012 – a focus on discipleship

 January: the prayer groups for men and women expand. The motto is “to make, equip and send out disciples of Christ.” A major marketing effort is made.
April: Diocesan Synod, Cathedral Church of the Epiphany, Columbia, SC; FACA Meeting in Summerville, SC, at the RE Seminary
June: Parish Picnic at the Church
July: St. Michael’s Youth Conference, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
December: Anglican Fellowship of the Delaware Valley meeting, All Saints, Wynnewood;
Instructed Eucharist at Transfiguration

2011 – Fr. Steve Lybrand comes to help

 January: Feast of the Circumcision – EP Fellowship at the Wegners’, for buffet & Mass: Fr. Steve Lybrand’s Ordination to the Priesthood, in Falls Church, VA (CANA)
February: Fr. Steve begins Sunday evening Bible study at Transfiguration
April: FACA Meeting in Summerville, SC, at the RE Seminary
May: Diocesan Synod, St. Francis of Assisi, Spartanburg, SC
June: Fr. David Leo resigns as Assistant Priest for health reasons, moves to Rochester, NY.
July: Fr. Steve is named Assistant Priest; St. Michael’s Youth Conference in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
September: Barbara Ann Douglas became our organist; Saturday Morning Prayer & Mens’ Group begins, with a Tuesday Women’s Prayer Group

2010 – the Bishop moves to the Cathedral in Columbia, SC

January: new steeple erected, after the previous one was damaged by lightning, summer of 2009.
February: Bp. Hewett decides to make Columbia his base, after Fr. Young’s death, and spend only one week a month in Phoenixville. With Mr. Howell’s health in question, the Choir disbands. Fr. Tom Monnat takes over more duties of running the Anglican Fellowship of the Delaware Valley
May: Diocesan Synod in Columbia, at the Pro-Cathedral. The Rev. Mark Korbitz, Banquet Speaker, on our conflict with Islam. Meeting of the Federation of Anglican Churches in the Americas (FACA) in Columbus, OH.
June: FiF/NA Council and Assembly, Belleville, IL
July: St. Michael’s Youth Conference, Bloomfield Hills, MI; Mass in Swedish
September: FACA Meeting at All Saints, Wynnewood
December: Evening Prayer Fellowship meets on the 31st in Glenside, at the Wegner’s Home, for 11:30 pm Mass of the Circumcision of our Lord.

2009 – the Anglican Church in North America, with FACA as a Ministry Partner

February: Acolyte Training Weekend at All Saints, Wynnewood
April: FACA Meeting in Summerville, SC. Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) Provincial Council, Fort Worth, TX
May: Diocesan Synod in Spartanburg, SC, St. Francis of Assisi. Banquet Speaker: the Rt. Rev. Keith L. Ackerman, SSC, President of Forward in Faith/NA
June: Forward in Faith/North America Council and Assembly, Belleville, IL. Anglican Church in America Council of Bishops and Provincial Assembly, Bedford, TX
July: St. Michael’s Youth Conference, Bloomfield Hills, MI; Parish Picnic; Mass in Swedish
August: Fr. David Leo attends the consecration of the Rev. William Ilgenfritz to the Episcopate (for the FiF/NA Missionary Diocese of All Saints, in ACNA) in Charleroi, PA
September: FACA Meeting in Franklin, TN, at Holy Cross Church
October: trip to the Missionary Province and Free Synod in Sweden (Östanbäck Kloster, Rasbo, Alsike, Stockholm, Göteborg, Lilla Edet). Then to the FiF/UK Assembly in London (Bushey Heath,
December: ACNA Provincial Council, Toronto. The Very Rev. Craig E. Young, SSC, Dean of the Pro-Cathedral Church of the Epiphany in Columbia, SC, dies at the age of 51.

2008 – Fr. David Leo comes to help; more Anglican convergence and involvement with England and Sweden.

February: new ties with New Holland’s new mission, 35 miles to our west, Christ our Saviour (Anglican Mission in America)
April: FACA Meeting in Summerville, SC. Bp. Hewett is elected Moderator. First meeting of “the Anglican Fellowship of the Susquehanna Valley” at Holy Family Church, Hyattstown, MD; DHC Synod in Greenwood, SC, at St. Andrew’s. The Rev. Canon Arthur Middleton of the Anglican Association, from Durham, England, banquet speaker. Our FiF/NA liason was the Rev. William Ilgenfritz, Bishop-elect for the emerging FiF/NA diocese in ACNA.
June: FiF/NA Assembly, Belleville, IL. The Rector attends the Global Anglican Futures Conference (GAFCON) in Jerusalem.
July: The Rev. David J. Leo becomes Curate, and he moves to Phoenixville with his family. St. Michael’s Youth Conference, Bloomfield Hills, MI. Mass in Swedish.
August: Common Cause Partnership, Akron, OH
September: FACA Meeting in Summerville, SC
October: FiF/UK Assembly, London. Visited Bushey Heath (St. Peter’s). Visit to the Mission Province and Free Synod in Sweden. Visited Göteborg, Lilla Edet, Stockholm, Alsike, Rasbo, Östanbäck. Fr. Scott Wilson and Nora move to Cumberland, MD
December: Common Cause Partnership, Council Meeting, Chicago, IL

2007 – a young priest becomes our first Curate: Fr. Peter Geromel

January: FACA Meeting in Summerville, SC
February: the Rt. Rev. Göran Beijer visits us from the Mission Province in Sweden. Began to attend meetings of the Orthodox Brotherhood.
March: the Rev. Peter A. Geromel is ordained to the Priesthood. Large reception at the Rectory. The Easter Eve Liturgy is followed by a supper for which the Vale Rio Diner’s Muslim chefs from Alexandria, Egypt, donated three legs of lamb cooked in various ways.
April: the mortgage is paid in full. Fr. Peter institutes two hour Saturday morning Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament after Morning Prayer
May: DHC Synod in Columbia, SC, at the Church of the Epiphany.   Michael and Darryl Martin move into the Rectory. Darryl became Joan’s caregiver during the summer of 2006.
July: St. Michael’s Youth Conference, Bloomfield Hills, MI; in Phoenixville, Mass in Swedish
August: Requiem for the Rev. Canon William J. Marvin, Assisting Priest
September: the Rev. Scott P. Wilson and his wife, Dss. Nora, arrive from Arizona to assist.
October: Consecration of the Church and Solemn Evensong. FACA Meeting in Summerville, SC. FiF/UK Assembly in London, with visits to Chesterfield, York, Bushey Heath and Northampton.
December: the Rev. Peter A. Geromel accepts a call to become the Rector of St. Andrew’s, Greenwood, SC.

2006 – new connectivity and convergence among Anglicans: Forward in Faith/NA, and FACA (the Federation of Anglican Churches in the Americas)

February: beginning of ties with FiF/NA; Council Meeting at Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, IL; at the DHC Synod in Jacksonville, FL, Bp. Hewett is elected Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese after Bp. Waggener resigns to join the Antiochian Orthodox; third AFDV acolyte training weekend at All Saints, Wynnewood.
April: beginning of involvement with the Federation of Anglican Churches in the Americas (FACA) at the Church of the Holy Communion, Dallas, TX; trip to Sweden, to the Mission Province and Free Synod, with visits in Göteborg, Lilla Edet, Stockholm (to take part in the Consecration of the Rev. Göran Beijer as a bishop in the Mission Province. Bishop Walter Obara from Kenya was the Chief Consecrator), Alsike and Uppsala.
May: Mr. Peter A. Geromel, our Seminarian, is ordained to the Diaconate, to serve as our Curate in Phoenixville.
June: Anglican Adventure Youth Camp, West Jefferson, NC
July: St. Michael’s Youth Conference, Bloomfield Hills, MI. Mass in Swedish
August: Annagrace Carlson Hewett, founding member, dies. It was her idea in August of 1996 to name the new congregation “the Church of the Transfiguration.” Her Requiem was the largest service ever. Opening up of communication with Bishop Thaddeus Peplowski of the Polish National Catholic Church.
September: Dcn. Peter Geromel hosts the Evening Prayer Fellowship at his apartment in Phoenixville, where we have a House Blessing.
October: FACA Meeting in Summerville, SC. the FiF/UK Assembly in London, with meetings in Bushey Heath, Northampton and Carlton.
December: Bishop Hewett took part in the consecration of the Rev. Brian Marsh to be the new Bishop of the Diocese of the Northeast for the Anglican Church in America, at St. James, Elmhurst, Queens, NY, where Fr. David Leo was Rector.

2005 – we take on the Valley Forge Choir of Men and Boys

January: the Rev. Canon William J. Marvin moves to Philadelphia and serves as an Assisting Priest, after founding over nine parishes in Alabama. Involvemnt with the Evening Prayer Fellowship in Ambler expands.
February: got a 1940’s Mohler Artiste pipe organ at a great discount. The restoration of this is donated.
March: second AFDV acolyte training weekend at All Saints, Wynnewood
April: Amnion Walk for Life, Ridley Creek State Park
June: Anglican Adventure Youth Camp, West Jefferson, NC
July: St. Michael’s Youth Conference, Michigan; Parish Picnic; Mass in Swedish and Reception
November: Autumn Bazaar

2004 – the Rector becomes a Bishop; the Evening Prayer Fellowship in Ambler

February: Mr. Peter Geromel founds the Acolyte Training Weekend at All Saints, Wynnewood, as a ministry of the Anglican Fellowship of the Delaware Valley (AFDV). He meets up with the Ambler Evening Prayer Fellowship, which we begin attending on alternate Saturday evenings at the Hansells’.
April: Diocesan Synod, Birmingham, AL
May: the Rt. Rev. Robert F. Waggoner confirms three of our children. Amnion Walk for Life, Ridley Creek State Park
June: Spring Bazaar
July: In Phoenixville, Mass in Swedish and reception. Peter Geromel discovers the Hansells, and the Evening Prayer Fellowship that meets in their home in Ambler. We get involved.
October: at the Diocese of the Holy Cross Synod in Birmingham, AL, at St. Bedes, the Rector is elected Suffragan Bishop. He attends the Forward in Faith/UK Assembly in London
November: Autumn Bazaar
December: the Rector is consecrated bishop in Fort Worth, TX, at the Church of the Holy Apostles, by Bishops Robert Waggener, Patrick Murphy, Edward La Cour and Donald Davies. A service is held in Phoeníxville for those who could not attend, followed by a reception. The Valley Forge Choir of Men and Boys (Mr. Ronald Howell, Choirmaster) makes Transfiguration its base, with Tuesday and Thursday rehearsals, and singing for us on third Sundays of the month, occasional Evensongs, and when available.

2003 – a new seminarian, and the founding of the Anglican Fellowship of the Delaware Valley. Our ties with Forward in Faith/UK deepen.

January: St. Therese of Lisieux now meets in Clinton, NJ, on Sunday mornings
March: we join the Diocese of the Holy Cross
May: Amnion Walk for Life at Ridley Creek State Park; Diocesan Synod in Winchester, VA at St. Michael the Archangel.
June: the Anglican Fellowship of the Delaware Valley is founded at the Church of the Transfiguration with an Evensong followed by dinner at the Rectory, for the traditional orthodox clergy of the Philadelphia metropolis. Paved the parking lot, with money raised by the ACW. In Birdsboro, conducted a six-week, Monday morning catechism/vacation Bible school with about 15 children, in the home of Jamie and Patty Lyles.
August: Mass in Swedish, followed by Reception
September: Mr. Peter A. Geromel arrives, to be a seminarian at the Reformed Episcopal Seminary in Bluebell, PA. The Rev. Canon Geoffrey M. Neal, Dean of the Ouse Valley for FiF/UK, addresses the Congregation.
November: Autumn Fair.
December: secured used pews stored in Richmond, VA, courtesy of Eric Rodenhouser, and began to install them.

2002 - new deacons and more catechesis, and a second mission in Birdsboro

January: 12th Night Concert with Pamela Hart, in the Church. Beginning of Saturday morning Catechisms for children. Anna Ginder designs and paints 14 Stations of the Cross, which are blessed and ready for Wednesdays in Lent: Stations and Benediction.
February: youth weekend at Mensch Mill, led by the Rev. Paul A. Sterne. The entire Camp came to Sunday Mass, and Fr. Sterne preached. Lunch afterwards. Thursday afternoon catechisms in Easton.
May: this year, and next, we explored the possibility of setting up a classical liberal arts school, St. Andrew’s Academy. Walk for Life in Ridley Creek State Park. Moved St. Therese of Lisieux to Faith Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Easton, Saturdays at 4 pm.
June: Diocesan Synod in Naperville, IL
August: summer youth camp (number 11) at Mensch Mill
September: our second man is ordained to the Permanent Diaconate, (the Rev. John W. Richards, Jr.), and a class of 5 is confirmed, by the Rt. Rev. Edward L. LaCour
October: our second mission is founded in Birdsboro, St. Michael the Archangel; Fr. Seraphim of Grace Church, Louisville, leads a Quiet Day sponsored by the ACW.
November: ACW Bazaar

2001 – a growing congregation supports connectivity with missionary work in Sweden and Norway for the orthodox remnants there

January: Youth Ski Weekend at Mensch Mill, led by Fr. Paul Sterne, who celebrated and preached that Sunday. Meeting in Camden County, NJ, to look at the possibility of a new mission there, with people known to Fr. Larry Morrison
April: new windows installed, with money raised by the ACW
June: Diocesan Synod in Washington, D.C.; ACW Bazaar; 5 foot, polychromed statue of the Blessed Mother and Child (originally from St. Anna’s Home, Philadelphia) donated by St. Clement’s, Philadelphia, the Rev. Canon Barry E. B. Swain, SSC, Rector.
June: Bishop Waggener confirms 2 of our people – and blesses our new steeple, paid for by the ACW.
August: summer youth camp (number 10) at Mensch Mill
October: We host a two week visit of a priest from the Free Synod of the Church of Sweden, the Rev. Göran Beijer (Manhattan, Greenwich and Ansonia, CT, Phoenixville, PA,Washington, DC, Bethesda, MD, Tulsa, OK and Berkeley, CA)
December: ACW Brunch at the Martins’ in Newtown Square. New front doors paid for by ACW.

2000 – we begin our witness in earnest, and start a mission in the Lehigh Valley

January: Our Altar Guild begins restoring altar, pulpit and lecturn hangings, and Eucharistic vestments for every season, originally made by Grace Hewett for the Church of the Atonement, Morton, PA, from 1960 – 1964 (the Rev. Clayton K. Hewett, Rector), and bought for Transfiguration for $100. Evensong and Organ Recital by Charles L. Ginder
March: Tom Connett builds step in Sanctuary and Altar Rail and Gate
April: Bishop Morse’s second visit to confirm 9 of our people. 8 foot altar, baptismal font, paschal candle stand procured with the help of Msgr. John Jagodzinski.
May: New carpet installed, paid for by the ACW; Amnion Walk for Life in Ridley Creek State Park. Archbp. Morse visits Transfiguration and Good Shepherd, Rosemont. Diocesan Synod in State College, PA (St. Alban’s)
June: the new mission of St. Therese of Lisieux is founded in Allentown. Parish Picnic at the Ginders’ in Downingtown. Production of Godspell put on at Transfiguration by theater group at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Lionville. ACW Garage Sale.
July: St. Therese of Lisieux moves to New Life Presbyterian Church in Easton, PA Completed new kitchen at Transfiguration, built by the Rector, and Bill Manley, and paid for by the ACW.
August: summer youth camp (number 9) at Mensch Mill
September: Grace Hewett, the Rector’s mother, buys the house at 85 Columbia Avenue, which becomes affectionately known as “the Rectory,” an ideal place for the care of daughter Joan, injured in a car accident in 1979. Fr. David Ousley preaches on the 24th; Fr. Craig Young is with us from Columbia, SC. Evensong and Organ Recital that day. PCK Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Bl. Charles C. Grafton at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Fond du Lac, WI
November: ACW Bake Sale.
December: Christmas Open House at the Rectory after Mass. Taping of a cable TV show with Dcn. Harold Minor for Easton TV 2, on our rationale for the new mission moving into Easton, St. Therese of Lisieux.

1999 – the discovery of an affordable building in Phoenixville, where a parish is needed

May: Amnion Walk for Life in Ridley Creek State Park; Quiet Day with Sister Elaine of the All Saints Sisters. Hosted Chapter Meeting of the National Organization of Episcopalians for Life (NOEL)
July: our realtor, Jane Sheehan, located a property for us at 801 (now 51) Columbia Avenue, Phoenixville (a Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall, built in 1959, on 3/10 of an acre) which we looked at and decided to buy, for $150,000. Parish Picnic, Ridley Creek State Park
August: summer youth camp (number 8) at Mensch Mill.
September: we closed on the Columbia Avenue property and had a service of blessing and dedication. St. James the Less, Philadelphia, loaned us our first altar. Eric Rodenhouser of Arlington, VA, helped us with appointments from closed churches: tabernacle, sanctuary lamp candlesticks, and later, pews.
October: on the first Sunday of the month we had our first Mass in our new home and began the renovations that continue to this day: new glass brick windows in the undercroft, painting of the entire interior and exterior (with paint donated by Steve Voudoris, a parishioner of St. Luke’s Greek Orthodox Church in Broomall, PA) and new gutters. Also at this time we began daily Morning and Evening Prayer, 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., with two weekday Masses. Training of another man for the Permanent Diaconate begins, Mr. John W. Richards, Jr. Join the Common Prayer Fellowship with Sunday Evening Prayer at Hartley Connett’s in Chester Springs.
November: All Saints’ Day: present Icon of the Transfiguration to Sister Carolyn, of St. Aloysius Academy and present God and Country Award to Greg Reeder. Open House and lunch after Mass in Springfield.   Began work on the Sanctuary.

Bryn Mawr (1998)

1998 – Sunday mornings at St. Aloysius Academy in Bryn Mawr; St. Katherine of Siena, Wayne, lends a helping hand

January: weekly services would now be held on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. at St. Aloysius Academy in Bryn Mawr, thanks to the gracious hospitality of the Headmistress, Sister Carolyn, and a good word from Msgr. John Jagodzinski, Pastor of St. Katherine of Siena, Wayne.. Sunday School began at 9:30 a.m, taught by Julie Minor. Darryl Martin directs the Anglican Church Women (ACW) Charlie Ginder is Senior Warden, and Bob Holland, Treasurer. Kathryn Cooper’s ordeal at Chester Crozier Hospital, after getting burned in a terrible fire on Christmas Eve.
February: Transfiguration joins the local Chamber of Commerce.
April: Fr. Seraphim (Thomas Hicks), Rector of Grace Church, Louisville, visits. At the Diocesan Synod in Ansonia, CT, one of our men (Mr. Harold E. Minor, of Easton, PA) is ordained to the Permanent Diaconate by Archbp. Morse after 18 months of training.
June: Parish Picnic, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Michael P. Martin, Newtown Square
August: summer youth camp (number 7) at Mensch Mill
October: Our Bishop’s (the Most Rev. Robert S. Morse) first visit to confirm four of our children. Fr. Richard Livingston from St. Alban’s, State College, PA, was with us. During late 1998 and early 1999: an active search for a property we could buy, and begin our next phase of having our own place.
December: began weekly Saturday Rosary for Life around Bryn Mawr Hospital, coordinated by Paul Hayes of St. Katherine of Siena Church, Wayne

Plymouth Meeting (1997)

1997 – Saturday afternoons in the Church on the Mall, Plymouth Meeting, are part of a high-risk strategy

January: weekly services (mostly Evening Prayer and an Address by Harold Minor, with a monthly Eucharist with Fr. Hewett, with back-up from Frs. Robert Bader, Rocco Florenza, Steve Petrica, Paul Sterne and Geoffrey Neal) began on Saturday afternoons at the Church on the Mall, Plymouth Meeting. Building Fund begins. Fr. Hewett is starting new parishes in Naperville, IL and Milwaukee, WI, spending three weeks a month in the mid-west, using as a base the home the Martins had in Springfield, PA since 1949.
April: Bp. James Clark visits us for Confirmation
August: summer youth camp (number 6) at Mensch Mill
November: Province of Christ the King Synod in Berkeley and San Francisco.
December: Fr. Charles Slagle takes over the new parishes in Naperville and Milwaukee, and Fr. Hewett moves full-time to Springfield, PA End of year winter Youth Retreat at Mensch Mill, led by Fr. Paul Sterne.

Newtown Square (1996)

1996 – we get started at the Martins' home in Newtown Square, a spin off from the energy of our diocesan summer youth camp at Mensch Mill

August: Summer youth camp (number 5) at Mensch Mill, near Allentown. Bp. Morse used to say that a diocese, or at least a parish, can be spun from a youth camp. Mr. Harold E. Minor, our Layreader, begins training for the Permanent Diaconate. Fr. Hewett was living in Marshall, VA until the end of the year, finishing up at St. John the Baptist, Marshall, and St. Michael the Archangel, Winchester. The Rev. Canon Geoffrey M. Neal, from England (Forward in Faith, UK), would become Rector of both places early in 1997.
August 24: First meeting in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Michael P. Martin in Newtown Square, PA: Mass and buffet supper. We are in the Province of Christ the King (PCK), Diocese of the Eastern States, the Most Rev. Robert S. Morse.
November: Incorporation in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Mass was celebrated once a month in the Martins’ home in Newtown Square.
December: end of year Youth Retreat at Mensch Mill, 15 miles southwest of Allentown, led by Fr. Paul Sterne