Diocese of Quincy (ACNA)

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This article is about the Diocese of Quincy of the Anglican Church in North America. For the Episcopal Church's Diocese of Quincy, see Episcopal Diocese of Quincy.
Diocese of Quincy
Ecclesiastical province Anglican Church in North America
Parishes 26
Rite Anglican
Cathedral The Cathedral of St. Andrew the Apostle, Peoria
Current leadership
Bishop Juan Alberto Morales
Official Website of the Diocese of Quincy

The Diocese of Quincy is an Anglican Church in North America diocese encompassing 26 parishes and 5 associated parishes of the Missionary Fraternity of Our Lady of Sublime Grace, in Illinois, Wisconsin, Colorado, Tennessee and Florida, in the United States. The diocese was a founding member of the Anglican Church in North America in 2009.

Most of the current diocese was part of the Episcopal Church from its establishment in 1877, until in November 2008 a majority of the diocesan synod voted to leave The Episcopal Church, because of their departure from orthodox Anglicanism and associate with Anglican Province of the Southern Cone as part of the Anglican realignment movement.[1][2] After the synod, statements from the Episcopal Church and the Southern Cone express conflicting views of what constitutes the diocese.[2]

The former diocese cathedral was St. Paul's in Peoria since 1963,[3] although the diocese retained the name of the location of its original see city, Quincy, where its cathedral was St. John's,[2] in order to lessen confusion with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Peoria. The current is the Cathedral of St. Andrew the Apostle, in Peoria.

The Rt. Rev. Keith L. Ackerman, SSC, was bishop from June 24, 1994 until his resignation on November 1, 2008. He is a member of Forward in Faith, the Society of King Charles the Martyr, the Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament, the Guild of All Souls, the Society of Mary, and the Society of Our Lady of Walsingham.[4]

The Rt. Rev. Juan Alberto Morales, previously the first abbot and founder of Saint Benedict's Abbey in Bartonville, Illinois,[5] became Bishop of the Diocese of Quincy on September 18, 2010. He was installed by the Most Rev. Robert Duncan, Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America.[6]

Members of the cathedral parish of St. Paul, the largest parish in the Diocese of Quincy, voted on December 4, 2008, 181 to 35, to not be "realigned" or "removed" from the Episcopal Church, remaining as part of the Episcopal Diocese of Quincy.[7]

The Diocese of Quincy currently has between sixteen and twenty seminarians, with most attending Nashotah House in Nashotah, Wisconsin.[citation needed]

Anglican realignment[edit]

The diocese, being faithful to the Anglo-Catholic tradition, does not ordain women to the presbyterate,[2] but does have two female deacons.[8] As of 2006 it was one of only three dioceses in the Episcopal Church that did not ordain women; the other two were the Diocese of San Joaquin, whose convention voted to secede from the Episcopal Church in December 2007, and the Diocese of Fort Worth, whose convention voted in November 2008 to secede.[9]

In 2006, the diocese issued a news release saying that it was "unwilling to accept the leadership" of Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, and passed resolutions asking for "alternative pastoral oversight" and withdrawing consent to be included in Province 5 of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America.[9]

On November 7, 2008, the 131st Synod of the Diocese of Quincy voted to leave the Episcopal Church and instead join the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone. As Ackerman's resignation as bishop took effect on November 1, the Rev. Canon Edward den Blaauwen of Moline, Illinois was appointed to preside over the synod.[2]

The major resolutions, which both passed, were to annul the diocese's accession to the constitution and canons of The Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America, and to join the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone. After the vote to realign passed, it was announced that Archbishop Gregory Venables of the Southern Cone appointed den Blaauwen as Vicar General in the absence of a sitting bishop.[2]

Also passed by the synod were: a resolution that parishes may withdraw from "the Synod of this Diocese" by a two-thirds vote within the following nine months, and clergy may transfer to other dioceses; a resolution that other parishes outside the geographic boundaries may join the synod of the diocese; funding for the Province of the Southern Cone and the Anglican Communion Network; support for the Common Cause Partnership; and a new diocesan canon to govern marriage, defined as being between "one man and one woman".[2]

The Episcopal Church's Presiding Bishop, Katharine Jefferts Schori, stated that "The Episcopal Diocese of Quincy remains, albeit with fewer members".[2] The legitimacy of other secession actions has been actively challenged by The Episcopal Church, which takes the position that dioceses and parishes may not leave without the Episcopal Church's governing bodies.[10] As a consequence, the long-term effect of these votes is unclear, as with similar cases in the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin and the Episcopal Diocese of Pittsburgh; those two dioceses have each split into two factions, with each faction claiming to be the legitimate succession of the traditional diocese. Neither secession nor annulment of accession is provided for by the Constitution and Canons of the Episcopal Church.[citation needed] The Constitution and Canons of the Province of the Southern Cone allow only dioceses in the six southern nations of South America,[11] but the Province of the Southern Cone has agreed to accept realigning dioceses "on an emergency and pastoral basis".[12] None of these three dioceses was listed as part of the Province of the Southern Cone by the Anglican Communion office.[13]

The Diocese of Quincy won a legal dispute on propriety ownership over the Episcopal Church, on December 18, 2011, from the Eight Judicial Court, in Adams County, Illinois. The court ruled that "even if the church is hierarchical, that would not end the matter because a "neutral principles of law" approach should be applied to resolving the property ownership dispute."[14]


  1. ^ Zoll, Rachel (2008-11-08). "3rd Episcopal diocese splits from national church". Associated Press. Retrieved 2008-11-08. [dead link]
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Bjordal, Joe (2008-11-08). "Presiding Bishop says church laments Quincy departures". Episcopal News Service. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  3. ^ "Our Parish History". Peoria, Illinois: Cathedral Church of St. Paul. 2008-10-21. Retrieved 2008-11-08. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Biographical Information For The Right Reverend Keith L. Ackerman, VIII Bishop of the Diocese of Quincy, Illinois". Peoria, Illinois: Diocese of Quincy. 2008-11-06. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  5. ^ http://www.sbabbey.com/new-abbot.html
  6. ^ http://www.dioceseofquincy.org/bishop.html
  7. ^ http://www.stpaulspeoria.com/yourti108104.html
  8. ^ "List of Clergy with Photographs available". Peoria, Illinois: Diocese of Quincy. 2008-08-23. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  9. ^ a b Schjonberg, Mary Frances (2006-09-19). "Episcopal Diocese of Quincy seeks alternative oversight". Episcopal News Service. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  10. ^ "Episcopal Diocese charges clergy with abandonment". Stockton, California: Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin. 2008-10-17. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  11. ^ "The Anglican Church of the Southern Cone of America: Constitution and Canons". 2008-02-11. Retrieved 2008-11-10. "The Anglican Church of the Southern Cone, which shall henceforth be called The Province, is composed of the Anglican Dioceses that exist or which may be formed in the Republics of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay and which voluntary declare themselves as integral Diocesan members of the Province." [dead link] (Quote from Section 2.) Document on Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth (Southern Cone) website.
  12. ^ Bjordal, Joe; Mary Frances Schjonberg (2008-08-14). "Quincy: Diocese offers 'resource' for making realignment decisions". Episcopal News Service. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  13. ^ http://www.anglicancommunion.org/tour/province.cfm?ID=S5
  14. ^ Court victory for Quincy in church property dispute, Anglican Ink, December 21, 2011

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