LATEST NEWS FROM THE ORDINARIATE
The Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, Mgr Keith Newton, will officially open this year's 'Towards Advent' Festival at Westminster Cathedral Hall on Saturday 22 November and lead a workshop entitled 'Anglicans and Catholics: a way forward". Doors open at 10.00 am and the opening ceremony, with Mgr Newton and with singing provided by the choir of John Fisher School (Purley) is at 10.30 am.
Brother David Butler will be ordained to the diaconate for the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham at the Ordinariate's central church, Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick Street, on Saturday 3 January, at 12 noon.
The Most precious Blood Church, Borough, London - a parish in the care of the Ordinariate - is running an Advent course of prayer, study and discussion on Thurday evenings on the 27 November and 4 and 11 December.
The John Paul Walkers - young people from across Britain who make a walking pilgrimage every year to Walsingham - were at the Church of the Most Precious Blood, Borough, recently - a parish in the care of the Ordinariate - for their annual Reunion Walk.
The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham's pilgrimage to the Holy Land begins tomorrow (11 November). The pilgrims, from Ordinariate groups up and down the country, will be led by the Ordinary, the Rt Revd Mgr Keith Newton.
The Wales (South East) Ordinariate group reports that a new oak altar which is being made for the group's chapel in the Metropolitan Cathedral of St David, Cardiff, is now nearly complete and will be installed in the chapel in time for the first Sunday Ordinariate Mass there, on 30 November.
4 November 2014 was the fifth anniversary of the promulgation by Pope Benedict XVl of the Apostolic Consititution, Anglicanorum Cœtibus, which allowed for the setting up of the ordinariates. The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsinghamwas established here in the UK in January 2011. This was followed by the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter in the US in January 2012 and the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross in June 2012.
The Ordinary, Mgr Keith Newton, has marked the run-up to the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council's Decree on Ecumenism (on 21 November 2014) with a homily about the particular contribution the ordinariates make to the unity of the Church.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVl - who was born in Bavaria - has said he is particularly glad that the Ordinariate's central church in London, Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick Street, is on the site of the chapel of the former Bavarian embassy in the capital. The Pope Emeritus made his comment in a letter of response to one he had received from the chairman of the Friends of the Ordinariate charity, with which a brief history of the church in Warwick Street had been enclosed.
The"Ordinariate Use" text for the Mass, which integrates centuries' old Anglican prayers into the Roman rite, is one of the most obvious elements of "Anglican patrimony" with which the Ordinariate enriches the wider Catholic Church. The traditional Anglican celebration of Evensong is another. We warmly invite anyone who is interested in finding out more about these examples of the Anglican patrimony to come along to one of these celebrations. A list of when and where they can be found here.