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Ordinariate prepares for new groups as it marks first anniversary

By on Monday, 16 January 2012

Mgr Keith Newton (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Mgr Keith Newton (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Several new groups of former Anglicans will join the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham this Easter, the head of the ordinariate has said.

In a pastoral letter marking the ordinariate’s first anniversary, Mgr Keith Newton said that he expected several new groups to be received into the Catholic Church through the ordinariate at Easter and that a number of men would be ordained to the priesthood around Pentecost.

But he said that the newcomers would increase the financial strain on the ordinariate, which has struggled with funding since it was created on January 15 2011.

Mgr Newton said: “There is a constant stream of men and women being received into the full communion of the Catholic Church through the ordinariate. We expect several new groups to be received at Easter and we are preparing for a number of ordinations to the priesthood around Pentecost. In addition, several young men are exploring the possibility of ordination within the ordinariate.

“This is all extremely encouraging but could be a strain on our limited financial resources. I ask you to be generous in your financial stewardship; not simply making your financial contributions in response to needs but in response to God’s overwhelming generosity to us in Christ “who though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich” (2 Cor 8:9). If we all do this we will be able to prepare for the future with confidence.”

Members of the ordinariate marked the first anniversary yesterday with Evensong and Benediction at St James, Spanish Place, in central London.

  • Adam

    What a wonderful man Mgr Newton is. With regard to the reform of the reform he is someone who “gets it”. Having read the pastoral letter it is also telling that he states that a number of young men are considering the priesthood. I hope that the Ordinariate, in a few years, with it’s beautiful liturgy and traditions, can become the front for Catholicism in this country.

  • Nyankslawrence

    At time i wonder,when such articles are put in place those who hate the catholic church do not give out their comments,but when something dirty is commented a long the catholic church,you would see so may comments.
    However,the most importantly is for the catholics worldwide is to continue praying for the Faith,the Pope,and the Bishops such that they can continue the work that Jesus left for them.

  • Ryan Bloomfield

    We need an Ordinariate Group set up here in Surrey. I do not think it will be long before Anglo Catholics within the Church of England realise that the Ordinariate or ‘swimming the Tiber’ is the only route to peace and stability, especially when Synod rules.

  • thomas poovathinkal

    INSTITUTIONAL EVANGELISATION IS POLITICAL EVANGELISATION;

    WHEREAS INDIVIDUALS WHO BECOME APOSTLES (LIKE ST.PAUL)  THROUGH THE 

    PERSONAL  CALL OF THE LORD WALK THE WAY OF THE LORD AND THE FRUITS THEY 

    PRODUCES ENDURE. 

  • Sszorin

    Keeping your powder dry ?