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James Parker Papers

An inventory of James Parker Papers at The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives


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Descriptive Summary

Repository: The Catholic University of America, The American Catholic History Research Center and University Archives
Creator: James Parker, b. 22 October 1932
Title: James Parker Papers
Dates: 1944(1961-2013)2013
Extent: 11 linear feet; 7 boxes
Abstract: The James Parker Papers includes personal and official correspondence, press clippings, and documentation that detail Parker's involvement with the Continuing Anglican Movement and the Pastoral Provision from the 1970s to the present day.
Collection Number: 324
Language: English

Biographical Note

Father Parker was born on October 22, 1932 in Charleston, South Carolina. While attending the University of South Carolina, he felt a vocation for the priesthood. Marrying Mary Alma Cole on July 28, 1953, he then attended the Virginia Theological Seminary. He was ordained as an Episcopal Priest on July 25, 1957.

He first served in parishes in Indiana and Illinois. While in the Chicago area, he also earned a Master’s in Library Science from Rosary College. With his new degree, he served as a librarian for Maryknoll Seminary in Glen Ellyn, IL, and later for the Christian Brothers University in Memphis. By 1976, he was serving as parish minister in Albany, GA.

During the 1970s, the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America (PECUSA) underwent a series of changes and crises in its doctrine and structure. The approval of remarriage of divorced people and the ordination of women – as well as changes in the Common Prayer Book – sparked a movement of opposition known as the Continuing Anglican Movement. This dispute came to a head with the 1977 St. Louis Congress.

As provincial of the Society of the Holy Cross – an organization of Anglo-Catholic priests – Parker was elected to represent their cause for conversion to Catholicism. After contacting the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, their case went to the Vatican, before the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

In 1980, Rome decided that Episcopal priests — married and celibate — could convert. Bishop Bernard Law was appointed to oversee the process, and Father Parker was named as his assistant. On June 29, 1982, he was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest for the Diocese of Charleston — the first married, former Episcopal priest to do so. Over the next 23 years, until his retirement in 2005, Parker would continue to be involved in Anglo-Catholic affairs and assisting Bishop Law in overseeing the Pastoral Provision.

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Scope and Contents

The James Parker Papers covers the years 1961-2013 and reflects much of the work of early history of the Continuing Anglican Movement, the Pastoral Provision, and Rev. Parker’s involvement in both. It primarily includes newspaper clippings, publications, correspondence, newsletters, and organizational records. The collection is divided into five series.

Series 1, Subject Files, 1970-2010, is arranged alphabetically in Box 1. It consists of a variety of personal documents and correspondence from Rev. James and Mary Alma Parkers’ lives and work.

Series 2, Continuing Anglican Movement, 1944 (1963-2006), is arranged alphabetically in Boxes 2-3. This series consists of correspondence, documentation, publications, and administrative records related to the PECUSA and the Continuing Anglican Movement and Rev. Parker’s interactions with individuals and groups associated with both. Of particular note are files related to the Fellowship of Concerned Churchmen, the Pro-Diocese of St. Augustine of Canterbury, the St. Louis Congress, the Societas Sanctae Crucis, and the debate over women’s ordination.

Series 3, Pastoral Provision, 1976-2013, arranged alphabetically and thematically, is located in Boxes 3-6. It is divided into four sub-series: General Files, 1976-2013, in Boxes 3-4; Ordination, 1979-1986, in Box 5; Liturgy, 1983-1986, in Boxes 5-6; and Applicant Files [RESTRICTED], in Box 6. The General Files subseries consists of correspondence, publications, and documentation related to the history and implementation of the Pastoral Provision. The Ordination subseries provides material related to Rev. Parker’s own conversion to Catholicism and ordination into the Catholic priesthood. The Liturgy subseries contains material related to the liturgical discussions and changes made for incoming Pastoral Provision priests. Finally, out of respect for the sensitive nature of the documentation provided as part of the Pastoral Provision screening process, access is restricted to the Applicant Files.

Series 4, Audio-Visual Materials, 1977-1983, is located in Box 7. It contains audio-cassette recordings of the 1977 St. Louis Congress as well photographs highlighting the early years of the Continuing Anglican Movement.

Series 5, Publications, 1961-2012, is housed in Box 7. It contains a variety of press clippings, church newsletters and directories, and books on the Anglo-Catholic movement.

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Arrangement

The James Parker Papers consists of 5 series:






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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Access to Series 3, Sub-Series D: Applicant Files is restricted.

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Administrative Information

Acquisition Information

The James Parker Papers were received in several installments from Mary Alma Parker in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014.

Processing Information

Partial processing by Mary Alma Parker and Sarah Rice Scott in 2012, with additional work by Chelsy Tracz in 2015. Processing and EAD markup completed by Marielle Gage and Shane MacDonald in 2015.

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Related Material

The American Catholic Historical Research Center and University Archives also contains:

Frederick Richard McManus Papers

Shane MacCarthy Humane Vitae Collection

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Secretariat for Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs

At the Archives of the Episcopal Church:

Reports to the General Convention, 1976-2015

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.


Persons:
Bernard Cardinal Law
Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
Mary Alma Parker
Rev. James Parker

Organizations:
Diocese of Charleston, South Carolina
Fellowship of Concerned Churchmen
Pro-Diocese of Saint Augustine of Canterbury
Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States of America
Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Society of the Holy Cross

Places:
Boston, Massachusetts
Charleston, South Carolina
Denver, Colorado
Rome, Italy
St. Louis, Missouri

Subjects:
Anglo-Catholicism
Continuing Anglican Movement
Pastoral Provision


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Bibliography

Bess, Douglas. Divided We Stand: A History of the Continuing Anglican Movement. Tractarian Press, 2002.

Sullins, Paul. Keeping the Vow: The Untold Story of Married Catholic Priests. Oxford University, 2015.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

                       
Subject Files, 1970-2010 Box 1
The first series contains personal correspondence and documents related to the work of Rev. James and Mary Alma Parker
Box Folder
1 1 Cowley Fathers, 1978
  2 Financial Support for James Parker, 1981-1985
  3 Heraldic Designs and Photographs, Our Lady of Walsingham, 1998
  4 Horr, Antoinette -- Correspondence (1), 1983-1999
  5 Horr, Antoinette -- Correspondence (2), 1983-1999
  6 Hoyt, Virginia -- Correspondence (1), 1981-2010
  7 Hoyt-Virginia -- Correspondence (2), 1981-2010
  8 Hoyt, Virginia -- Correspondence (3), 1981-2010
Box Folder
1R 9 Parker, James -- Correspondence, 1977-1984
Box Folder
1 10 Parker, Mary Alma -- Correspondence, 1970-1986
  11 Personal Documents (1), 1982-2005
  12 Personal Documents (2), 1982-2005
  13 St. Bede's Theological Library -- Bibliography, 1991
                       
Continuing Anglican Movement, 1944(1963-2006) Boxes 1-2
Series two consists of correspondence, publications, and administrative records concerning the development of the Continuing Anglican Movement and Rev. Parker's involvement with it.
Box Folder
1 14 American Church Union -- ACU News (1), 1975-1978
  15 American Church Union -- ACU News (2), 1975-1978
  16 American Church Union -- Meeting Minutes, 1976-1977
  17 Anglican Bishops -- Official Statements, 1977-1981
  18 Anglican Catholic Churches, 1979-1980
  19 Anglican Church, 1976-1984
  20 Anglicans United -- A. J. Dubois, 1978
  21 "Brief Notes on Episcopal Ceremonies", 1966
  22 Denver Consecrations, 1978
  23 "Episcopal Church Problems" (1), 1965, 1980-1989
  24 "Episcopal Church Problems" (2), 1965, 1980-1989
  25 Episcopal Responses, 1978
  26 "Episcopal Splinter Groups", Donald S. Armentrout, 1985
  27 Fellowship of Concerned Churchmen (1), 1975-1985
  28 Fellowship of Concerned Churchmen (2), 1975-1985
  29 Fellowship of Concerned Churchmen (3), 1975-1985
  30 Fellowship of Concerned Churchmen (4), 1975-1985
  31 Fellowship of Concerned Churchmen (5), 1975-1985
  32 Fellowship of Concerned Churchmen (6), 1975-1985
  33 Fellowship of Concerned Churchmen (7), 1975-1985
  34 Fellowship of Concerned Churchmen (8), 1975-1985
  35 Fellowship of Concerned Churchmen (9), 1975-1985
  36 Fellowship of Concerned Churchmen, 1989
  37 Fellowship of Concerned Churchmen -- Bylaws and Articles of Incorporation, 1977
  38 Fellowship of Concerned Churchmen -- The Certain Trumpet, 1977-1981
  39 Fellowship of Concerned Churchmen -- Correspondence, 1976-1981
  40 Fellowship of Concerned Churchmen -- Finances, 1978-1981
  41 Fellowship of Concerned Churchmen -- Newsletters (1), 1976-1989
  42 Fellowship of Concerned Churchmen -- Newsletters (2), 1976-1989
Box Folder
2 1 Fellowship of Concerned Churchmen -- Newsletters (3), 1976-1989
  2 Fellowship of Concerned Churchmen -- Newsletters Index, 1978-1983
  3 Former Episcopal Priests, 1980-2006
  4 Polish National Church, 1977-1980
  5 Pro-Diocese of St. Augustine of Canterbury (1), 1977-1983
  6 Pro-Diocese of St. Augustine of Canterbury (2), 1977-1983
  7 Pro-Diocese of St. Augustine of Canterbury (3), 1977-1983
  8 Pro-Diocese of St. Augustine of Canterbury (4), 1977-1983
  9 Pro-Diocese of St. Augustine of Canterbury (5), 1977-1983
  10 Pro-Diocese of St. Augustine of Canterbury -- John Barker and W. T. St. John Brown (1), 1978-1993
  11 Pro-Diocese of St. Augustine of Canterbury -- John Barker and W. T. St. John Brown (2), 1978-1993
  12 Pro-Diocese of St. Augustine of Canterbury -- John Barker and W. T. St. John Brown (3), 1978-1993
  13 Pro-Diocese of St. Augustine of Canterbury -- John Barker and W. T. St. John Brown (4), 1978-1993
  14 Pro-Diocese of St. Augustine of Canterbury -- John Barker and W. T. St. John Brown (5), 1978-1993
  15 Pro-Diocese of St. Augustine of Canterbury -- Los Angeles Visit, 1981
  16 Pro-Diocese of St. Augustine of Canterbury -- Pastoral Provision, 1981-1983
  17 Programs -- Order of Celebration, 1963, 1976
  18 St. Louis Congres (1), 1977
  19 St. Louis Congres (2), 1977
  20 St. Louis Congres (3), 1977
  21 St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Albany, GA, 1976-1978
  22 Societas Sanctae Crucis (1), 1944, 1964-1984
  23 Societas Sanctae Crucis (2), 1944, 1964-1984
  24 Societas Sanctae Crucis (3), 1944, 1964-1984
  25 Societas Sanctae Crucis (4), 1944, 1964-1984
  26 Societas Sanctae Crucis (5), 1944, 1964-1984
  27 Societas Sanctae Crucis (6), 1944, 1964-1984
  28 Societas Sanctae Crucis -- Newsletters, 1973-1983
  29 Societas Sanctae Crucis -- Pastoral Provision, 1978
  30 Ut Unum Sint Conference, 1978
  31 Women's Ordination, 1972-1976
  32 Women's Ordination -- "Record Book of the Reactions to Ordination of Women", 1976-1977
  33 Women's Ordination -- Sacred Congregation, 1976
  34 Writings on the Anglican "Crisis", ca. 1985
                       
Pastoral Provision, 1976-2013 Boxes 3-6
The third series holds materials related to the history and activity of the Pastoral Provision and Rev. Parker's ordination to the Catholic priesthood, as well as the liturgical changes and applicant materials for the Pastoral Provision.
A. General Files, 1976-2013 Boxes 3-4
 
Box Folder
3 1 Pastoral Provision -- Activity, 1982-2007
  2 Pastoral Provision -- Ad Hoc Committee Report, 1993
  3 Pastoral Provision -- Assessment Instrument/Syllabi, ca. 1989
  4 Pastoral Provision -- Bibliographies, 1981-1982
  5 Pastoral Provision -- Blittschau Paper (1), 1988
  6 Blittschau Paper (2), 1988
  7 Pastoral Provision -- Bondi, Richard A. "The Pastoral Provision", 1989
  8 Pastoral Provision -- Calendar Mailing, 1984-1994
  9 Pastoral Provision -- Candidates, 1994-1997
  10 Pastoral Provision -- Clippings, 1980
  11 Pastoral Provision -- Clippings, 1982-1989
  12 Pastoral Provision -- Clippings, 1990-1999
  13 Pastoral Provision -- Clippings, 2003-2011
  14 Pastoral Provision -- Conference, Sacred Congregation and Bishop Law, 1983
  15 Pastoral Provision -- Congregation of Saint Athanasius, "Contra Mundum", 1996-2013
  16 Pastoral Provision -- Correspondence, 1980's
  17 Pastoral Provision -- Correspondence, 1990's
  18 Pastoral Provision -- Correspondence, 2000's
  19 Pastoral Provision -- Curriculum Vitae, 1984-1988
  20 Pastoral Provision -- "Discontent", 1977
  21 Pastoral Provision -- Diocese/Parish Publications (1), 1979-2004
Box Folder
4 1 Pastoral Provision -- Diocese/Parish Publications (2), 1979-2004
  2 Pastoral Provision -- Documents on Liturgy, 1980-1993
  3 Pastoral Provision -- Fichter, Joseph Henry, S J., 1986-1990
  4 Pastoral Provision -- Rev. Gilbertson's Letter of Resignation, 1985
  5 Pastoral Provision -- History, 1978-2012
  6 Pastoral Provision -- Inquiries, 1980-2006
  7 Pastoral Provision -- Inter-Faith Dialogue, 1980-1994
  8 Pastoral Provision -- Law, Bernard Cardinal, 1982-1984
  9 Pastoral Provision -- McCormick Paper, 1982
  10 Pastoral Provision -- Meeting Liturgy, 1984
  11 Pastoral Provision -- Meeting, 1984
  12 Pastoral Provision -- Minutes of Meeting, 1988
  13 Pastoral Provision -- Miscellaneous, 1987-2010
  14 Pastoral Provision -- Newsletters 1-10, 1980-1992
  15 Pastoral Provision -- NCCB (1), 1976-1981
  16 Pastoral Provision -- NCCB (2), 1976-1981
  17 Pastoral Provision -- NCCB Documentation and Reports, 1980-1982
  18 Pastoral Provision -- NCCB/USSC Supplementary Document #9 (liturgy), 1984
  19 Pastoral Provision -- NCCB Press Release, 1980
  20 Pastoral Provision -- Ordinariate, 2011-2013
  21 Pastoral Provision -- Ordinations, 1982-1997
  22 Pastoral Provision -- Parker, Rev. James, 1982-2005
  23 Pastoral Provision -- Pope, Clarence, 1982-2005
  24 Pastoral Provision -- Powell, Fr. Peter J., 1988-1989
  25 Pastoral Provision -- Process, ca. 1993
  26 Pastoral Provision -- Proposed Statute, Catholic Vicariate, n.d.
  27 Pastoral Provision -- Sacred Congregation, 1980-1988
  28 Pastoral Provision -- St. Bede's Theological Library, 1981-1985, 1996
  29 Pastoral Provision -- St. Thomas More Society, 2007-2010
  30 Pastoral Provision -- Special Inquiry, 1982
  31 Pastoral Provision -- Statement by Bishop Law, 1982
  32 Pastoral Provision -- Statements, 1988-1995
  33 Pastoral Provision -- Succession Lists (1), 1976-2004
  34 Pastoral Provision -- Succession Lists (2), 1976-2004
  35 Pastoral Provision -- Survey, 1993
  36 Pastoral Provision -- Survey by Cardinal Law, 1993
  37 Pastoral Provision -- Survey for Priests, ca. 2003
  38 Pastoral Provision -- Thomas More Parish, Scranton, PA, 2007-2013
B. Ordination, 1979-1986, Box 5
 
Box Folder
5 1 Resignation, 1981
  2 Exam Information and Syllabus, 1981
  3 Ordination Exams, 1982
  4 Profession of Faith, 1981
  5 Ordination Documentation, 1979-1981
  6 Preliminary Correspondence, 1981-1982
  7 Letters (1), 1979-1982
  8 Letters (2), 1982
  9 Letters (3), 1982
  10 Letters (4), 1982-1985
  11 Clippings (1), 1976-1985
  12 Clippings (2), 1976-1982
  13 Clippings (3), 1980-1982
  14 Clippings (4), 1980-1982
  15 Clippings (5), 1982
  16 Clippings (6), 1982
  17 Clippings (7), 1982-1983
  18 Written Certification Examination, 1982
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C. Liturgy, 1983-1986, Boxes 5-6
 
Box Folder
5 19 Rome Visit, 1983
  20 "Rome Binder" -- Liturgy Drafts (1), 1983
  21 "Rome Binder" -- Liturgy Drafts (2), 1983
  22 "Rome Binder" -- Liturgy Drafts (3), 1983
  23 The Kalendar, n.d.
  24 Pastoral Provision Meeting Liturgy, 1984
  25 Pastoral Provision Liturgy Changes, 1985
  26 Pastoral Provision Liturgy Changes, 1986
  27 Liturgy -- Celebration of the Eucharist (1), 1984
  28 Liturgy -- Celebration of the Eucharist (2), 1984
  29 Liturgy -- Celebration of the Eucharist (3), 1984
Box Folder
6 1 Liturgy -- Divine Office (1), 1984
  2 Liturgy -- Divine Office (2), 1984
  3 Liturgy -- Divine Office (3), 1984
  4 Liturgy -- Litany, 1984
  5 Liturgy -- Rite of Baptism, 1984
  6 Liturgy -- Celebration of Marriage, 1984
  7 Liturgy -- Burial of the Dead, 1984
  8 Liturgy -- Celebration of the Eucharist (1), 1985
  9 Liturgy -- Celebration of the Eucharist (2), 1985
  10 Liturgy -- Divine Office (1), 1985
  11 Liturgy -- Divine Office (2), 1985
  12 Liturgy -- Divine Office (3), 1985
  13 Liturgy -- Litany, 1985
  14 Liturgy -- Rite of Baptism, 1985
  15 Liturgy -- Rite of Matriomony, 1985
  16 Liturgy -- Burial of the Dead, 1985
  17 Liturgy -- Copy -- Celebration of the Eucharist (1), 1985
  18 Liturgy -- Copy -- Celebration of the Eucharist (2), 1985
  18 Liturgy -- Copy -- Celebration of the Eucharist (3), 1985
  20 Liturgy -- Copy -- Divine Office (1), 1985
  21 Liturgy -- Copy -- Divine Office (2), 1985
  22 Liturgy -- Copy -- Divine Office (3), 1985
  23 Liturgy -- Copy -- Litany, 1985
  24 Liturgy -- Copy -- Rite of Baptism, 1985
  25 Liturgy -- Copy -- Rite of Matrimony, 1985
  26 Liturgy -- Copy -- Burial of the Dead, 1985
  27 Pastoral Provision Liturgical Commission Meeting Minutes, 1988
  28 Pastoral Provision Liturgy for Converts, ca. 1984
D. Applicant Files [RESTRICTED] 1981-2003 Box 6
Sub-series D. Applicant Files is restricted.
Box Folder
6 29-44 Applicant Files, 1981-2003
        RESTRICTED
                       
Audio-Visual Materials, 1977-1983 Box 7
The fourth series included audio-cassettes and photographs recording the early development of the Continuing Anglican Movement.
Box Folder
7 1 Audiocassettes -- St. Louis Congress -- Tapes #1-2, 1977
  2 Photographs -- Fellowship of Concern Churchmen -- Denver Consecration, 1978
  3 Photographs -- Fellowship of Concern Churchmen -- St. Louis Congress, 1977
  4 James and Mary Alma Parker, 1982
  5 Photographs -- Polish National Church, 1983
  6 Reeves, Bishop Paul, 1982
                       
Publications, 1961-2012 Box 7
Series five contains a variety of publications, from parish newsletters to press clippings, highlighting various aspects of the Continuing Anglican Movement and Pastoral Provision.
Box Folder
7 7 Anglican Church Directory, 1981-1988, 1998
  8 The Catholic Standard for Anglicans (1), 1965, 1972-1977
  9 The Catholic Standard for Anglicans (2), 1965, 1972-1977
  10 The Catholic Standard for Anglicans (3), 1965, 1972-1977
  11 The Christian Challenge, 2003
  12 Contra Mundum, 1998-2011
  13 The Link, 2008-2012
  14 More News, 2010-2011
  15 The Network, 1994-1996
  16 Press Clippings (1), 1975-2003
  17 Press Clippings (2), 1975-2003
  18 Press Clippings (3), 1975-2003
  19 Press Clippings (4), 1975-2003
  20 Press Clippings (5), 1975-2003
  21 Press Clippings (6), 1975-2003
  22 The Trinitarian, 1994, 2002-2012
  23 Episcopal Clerical Directory, 1977
  24 Directory of Orthodox Parishes and Institutions in North America, 1991
  25 Address Book, n.d.
  26 An Introduction to Western Rite Orthodoxy, 1993
  27 Diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau Directory, 1983-1984
  28 Episcopi Vagantes and the Anglican Church, by Henry R. T. Brandreth, 1961
  29 My Personal Path to Rome, by Fr. Graham Leonard, 1996
  30 The Episcopal Church Annual, 1980
  31 The Episcopal Church Annual, 1983
  32 The Episcopal Church Annual, 1984
  33 The Episcopal Church Annual, 1990
  34 Directory of Traditional Anglican and Episcopal Parishes, 1994-1995
  35 Directory of Traditional Anglican and Episcopal Parishes, 2003-2004
  36 Directory of Traditional Anglican and Episcopal Parishes, 2005-2006
  37 Bernard Cardinal Law Articles, 1984-2003
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TABLE OF CONTENTS


Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Administrative Information

Related Material

Index Terms

Bibliography

Detailed Description of the Collection

Subject Files, 1970-2010

Continuing Anglican Movement, 1944(1963-2006)

Pastoral Provision, 1976-2013

Audio-Visual Materials, 1977-1983

Publications, 1961-2012

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