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New Priest and Chapel for Ordinariate Group in Wales
Wednesday 30th April 2014

The Archbishop of Cardiff, the Most Reverend George Stack, has determined that the new home of the Wales (South East) group of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham is to be in the mother church of the Archdiocese, the Metropolitan Cathedral of St. David in Cardiff. Work has begun to develop a semi-enclosed area to the right of the Cathedral sanctuary into a chapel for use by the Ordinariate. The Cathedral is providing an altar and reredos which will be adorned with statues of Our Lady of Walsingham, St. David and one other saint - as yet to be decided - associated with the Ordinariate. Pews will then be placed in the new chapel in time for the Ordinariate to celebrate its first Mass there on Thursday, 15 May 2014.

The Cathedral Dean, Canon Peter Collins, said: "we are delighted to welcome the Ordinariate into the heart of the diocese, which seems very appropriate. They are a small group as yet, but they make a very important contribution to the life of the Catholic Church and we want to see them and the Ordinariate generally, flourish". Canon Collins went on to say that a number of Anglicans in the area were contemplating their future at  present and that the Ordinariate had "a great contribution to make to supporting their decision-making".

The Ordinariate Wales (South East) group has, until now, been sharing with worshippers of  the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church the small church of St Cuthbert's near the docks in Cardiff.

News of the move came as it was also announced that the Wales (South East) group's pastor, the Reverend Bernard Sixtus, a deacon of the Ordinariate, is to be ordained to the priesthood at the Metropolitan Cathedral of St. David on Wednesday, 2 July 2014. Deacon Sixtus said of the move: " It is great news for us that we will now be praying in the very heart of the Archdiocese and that we will also have access to excellent facilities for social events and study meetings. We are very grateful indeed to the Archdiocese for their appreciation and support".

The Ordinariate's first Mass in the new chapel in the Metropolitan Cathedral of St. David in Charles Street, Cardiff, will be celebrated by Fr Peter Clarke of the Bristol Ordinariate Group on Thursday, 15 May 2014, at 6.30pm.

The ordination to the sacred priesthood of Deacon Bernard Sixtus is at 6.30pm on Wednesday 2 July 2014, also in the Cathedral.


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