Anglicans across the world remember Archbishop John Charles Vockler, FODC

February 15, 2014 by Jonathan Foggin

Brother John Charles Vockler (July 22nd, 1924 - February 6th, 2014)

While Anglicans across the world reacted with sadness to the news last week of the death of Brother John Charles Vockler, there was also an outpouring of gratitude for a man whose ministry was marked by piety, humility, and a wonderful sense of humor.  His successor, Archbishop Mark Haverland, captured the sentiments of many in the ACC with the following statement:

My esteemed predecessor, Brother John-Charles, the Fifth Metropolitan of the Original Province and Fifth Acting Primate of the Anglican Catholic Church has now entered life eternal.  If he were still a bishop of the Anglican Communion, I believe he would be its senior bishop by date of consecration. 

He had a most remarkable life, knowing the late Queen Mother, Mae West, Archbishop Michael Ramsay, Prince Charles, Queen Salote of Tonga, and a host of other folk, great and small.  He was loved by many, and he helped many of us learn to pray better and to love God more.  Given his age and the peaceful circumstances of his death, comforted with priest and sacrament, we cannot be sorry for him.  I had hoped to visit him in May, but that was not to be.  I know you will all remember him in your prayers and Mass intentions. 

May he rest in peace.

Born in Sydney, Australia, on July 22nd, 1924, John Charles Vockler was educated at the University of Adelaide.  In 1948 he was ordained an Anglican priest, and after spending several years in academic posts, was called to serve as Archdeacon of the Eyre Peninsula.  In 1959 he was consecrated assistant bishop in the Diocese of Adelaide.  After four years he was translated to the Diocese of Polynesia, where, as bishop ordinary, he remained until 1969. He later served in an episcopal capacity in both England and the United States.

In 1994 Brother John Charles was received into the Anglican Catholic Church where he served as lecturer at Holyrood Seminary and founded the Franciscan Order of the Divine Compassion (FODC). From 2001 to 2005 he served as Archbishop and Metropolitan of the ACC's Original Province.  After his retirement as Archbishop, he returned to his native Australia, where he remained until his death. 

A requiem mass for Archbishop John Charles will be celebrated in the Chapel of All Saints College, St Mary's Campus (Grant Street, Maitland, NSW) on Wednesday, February 19th at 11:00 am, Canon Matthew Kirby presiding.  All who wish to attend are welcome.