Address 40 High Street, Victoria, BC
Phone (250) 385-4444
Mass times Sundays: 10 a.m. Thursdays: 9:30 a.m. Saturdays: 9:30 a.m.
Confessions By appointment.
Names of priests Monsignor Peter Wilkinson, administrator. Father Don Malins and Father Michael Birch, parochial vicars. All three are older men and former Anglican clergy. They were ordained as Roman Catholic priests with special dispensation from the Vatican; both Father Malins and Father Birch are married with children. The priests are traditional and accept the teaching of the Catholic Church. Their return to Rome was prompted by the increasing liberalization of the Anglican Church (and Episcopalian Church in the U.S.), including the 1977 decision to ordain women to their priesthood. Monsignor Wilkinson is in his 70s, and was formerly an Anglican bishop.
Liturgy/Music The liturgy used at St. Columba comes from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, and uses old-style wording such as “thee” and “thou.” If the priests celebrate Mass at other Roman Catholic parishes, however, they will use the standard English New Mass.
Parking It’s a small church in a residential area, and there’s plenty of parking on the street.
Additional observations St. Columba’s is a church of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. On January 1, 2012, Pope Benedict established the ordinariate for groups of Anglicans in the United States desiring full communion with the Catholic Church (for additional information, visit http://www.usordinariate.com/). The parish’s original members were received into the Catholic Church in 2012; since then, they’ve been joined by other former Anglicans and Roman Catholics. The community is part of the ordinariate’s Canadian deanery of St. John the Baptist. Similar ordinariate parishes can be found in communities in the U.S. and Canada. Although St. Columba’s priests are located in Victoria, they are under the authority of the ordinariate headquartered in Houston, Texas. St. Columba’s is a church owned by the Anglican diocese of British Columbia, and leased by the community of former Anglicans.