Diocesan CU Branch - Diocese of Lincoln
On May 12th 1859 the Church of England Protection Society was formed to protect the rights of priests and worshippers and to defend the Faith against a claim of secular courts to determine what a Churchman was permitted to believe on the subject of Baptism. This resulted in the riots at St George's in the East. In May 1860 the organisation was renamed The English Church Union and under that designation it accomplished a task of incalculable value defending the Church's faith, laws and practice with singular zeal and wisdom for more than half a century. In 1933 the Anglo-Catholic Congress and the English Church Union coalesced under the new title of The Church Union, as it still is today.
Under its present day leadership, and working with other Catholic Societies such as Forward in Faith, and all the members of the Council of Catholic Societies the Church Union still works to those same aims and objectives. In its mission statement issued in April 1996, the Church Union pledged to work for the visible unity of the Church and believes the Church of England to be called to repentance and renewal in the Catholic Faith.
Through its Publishing House, Tufton Books, and its magazine, The Church Observer, the Church Union works to promote study especially of Holy Scripture; to commission, publish and distribute literature to further that work; to encourage religious education, including the training of clergy and laity in their vocation and ministry and to give counsel, protection and assistance to all people, suffering hindrance, deprivation or persecution because of their Faith.
Branch Chairman: Fr Andrew Hawes SSC, Edenham. Branch Secretary: Fr Paul Noble SSC, Skirbeck, Boston.
Events in 2017
- Church Union, (with CBS & Friends of Waddingworth Church) Patronal Festival Mass and Barbeque-Saturday July 21st 2018.
12noon Sung Mass.
Followed by Barbeque Lunch in Churchyard.
2.30pm Procession of Blessed Sacrament and Benediction.
- Annual General Meeting
Bishop Grosseteste University, Longdales Road, Lincoln. October 2018 (Date TBC).
The AGM takes place as part of the Catholic Societies Joint Meeting during the Forward in Faith Assembly.