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Fifty former Anglicans from one parish join Ordinariate

By on Thursday, 5 April 2012

More than 50 people from a single parish in Darlington, northern England, joined the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham last night.

Led by Fr Ian Grieves, who has served at the Anglican church of St James, Darlington, for 23 years, 58 Anglicans formally joined the Ordinariate at the Catholic church of St Anne, Darlington.

In his homily, Mgr Newton said: “The journey you embarked upon on Ash Wednesday through the days of Lent to your reception into the full communion of the Catholic Church this evening is a model of the whole of your Christian life. It has meant for each of you, in a particular way, leaving behind what has been comfortable and familiar and stepping out in faith,certain in the knowledge that we do so in company of Jesus who prayed the night before he died that his disciples might be one.

“It is a journey that must be total and complete. But like all journeys in the faith it is oneleading to joy and fulfilment.”

Speaking about the importance of Christian unity and the role of the Ordinariate, Mgr Newton said: “We have prayed and longed for unity but it has been realised in a way we might not have expected. Our prayer has been answered by the Holy Father himself through the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus.

“We have travelled this road to further the unity of Christ’s Church; a unity in faith and communion symbolized by Peter amongst us- the visible reminder of the unity of Christ’s Church, a unity for which he reminded his listeners in Westminster Abbey is a particular responsibility of the Bishop of Rome”.

Ian Grieves, who is now Pastor of the Darlington Ordinariate Group, hopes to be ordained for service in the Personal Ordinariate in the coming months. After that, the group will begin to worship together, bringing together elements of Anglican tradition and liturgy with the Catholic faith.

  • Nyankslawrence

    This sis wonderful,the Holy Spirit is working in the catholic church,let the almighty God be praised ever.
    They are most welcome,these are the lost sheep now they are found.May the blessings of the risen Jesus guide them always Amen.

  • Benedict Carter

    Good for them.

  • Stephen

    Can we also be told how many parishioners did not join the Ordinariate – or is that a question that isn’t meant to be asked?

  • Guest

    Yawn

  • http://twitter.com/dnt1951 David Thomson

    I hope they’ve taken their wallets and purses with them. They’ll need them

  • Patrick_Hadley

    The Daily Telegraph reported that about 50 parishioners will remain in the CofE.

    While we should always join in celebration when people become Catholics, is it perhaps a bit disappointing that the number of people joining the Church this year as part of the Ordinariate is only one fifth of the number last year? Has its recruitment already “peaked”?

  • maryp

    Deo Gratias!

  • Ray

    Perhaps you wouild like to explain!!!

  • dnthomson

    The Ordinariate is self-funding. They’re virtually beggars already.

  • dnthomson

    There are roughly 9-1/2 parishioners to each priest. The altar ‘boys’ are in their sixties.

  • Gerry_hauber

    It doesn’t matter how many didn’t.  The important information is “how many responded to the prompting of the Holy Spirit.  God bless.

  • Bart_0117

    I wish them well! But I must ask this though; was the Ordinariate established as an interim body or was it established as some sort of “half-way shelter”?

  • Stephen

    Do you think that those who remained Anglican were also prompted by the Holy Spirit, albeit in a different way?

  • John Shiner

    We should not regard these members of the Anglican Church as lost sheep it is untrue.It has been a journey they bravely took,because their shepherd was not leading, but following. They have a strong
    faith which they have been prepared to make great sacrifices to follow.  I have always been a Catholic
    but admire these Holy people who have followed the Holy Spirit and have much to teach me.

                John  Coventry. 

  • John Shiner

    Is money the most important,or should we all acknowledge rather that we 
    should follow our true conscience,and leave others to do the same.

  • Brian

    The Ordinariate seems like a church within the Church to me.  I haven’t seen any justification for it that I would agree with.

  • Fr Gerard

    If you are looking for justification, look no further than the explanation of sui juris communities within the Catholic Church. They have existed for centuries and are not ‘churches within the Church’.
    Whilst the Personal Ordinariate system differs in so much as they are part of the Latin Church, then remember that we have several rites within the Latin Church, most particularly the Ambrosian Rite of Milan and the Mozarabic Rite in Toledo. These offer precedent for retaining certain ritual practises (such as Anglican Use liturgy) with the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church.

  • Bart_0117

    The accusation that they exist as some sort of “Church within the Church” I think is slightly misplaced. Abbots for example have the authority to perform Confirmation, wear Mitres and basically act as a Bishop within their communities. Whilst all they put forward as abbots are strictly Catholic and they do NOT say or teach away from Orthodoxy (at least they must NOT), they enjoy certain privileges attached to their status. And we do not say they are Church within the Church. So long as the faithful of the Ordinariate confess the same Creed as other Catholics do, confess that their rite is still within the Roman Rite, I do not think we can attack them on the basis of Liturgy unless some hideous liturgical abuses take place which cannot be ignored. I think much of the distrust arises from the fact that they have somewhat started to appear as an Order which many Catholics did not expect to see in its birth. That is for the relevant ecclesiastical authorities to decide and most importantly, for the Holy Spirit to decide.

    I was probably not being very prudent to ask if they were established as a half-house or something; they should have known jolly well themselves that that could NOT happen. They are still very much in their infancy, in fact the American one only started this year as far as I am aware and they need much of our prayers to be successful.

    In the unlikely circumstances that they become somewhat dissident or divergent with the Orthodoxy, God will take care of it all. We have seen that with a number of communities when they put forward eccentric forms of spirituality (Thomas Merton’s version of contemplative prayer comes to mind) or distanced themselves from the Orthodoxy; they always wither away. That is what happens to a branch when it detaches itself from the Vine, as foretold.

  • HuwwuH

    ‘in company of Jesus who prayed the night before he died that his disciples might be one”.

    If you read John 17 you’ll realise it was the 11 apostles that were being prayed for, because He immediately says He had lost none except the son of perdition. 

    Please,please don’t twist the scriptures to suit your articles. 

  • Gerard

    I have both read and studied John 17 many times and I think your reductionist view of this great prayer of Jesus doesn’t bear out much scrutiny as, if it did, we would have to make the same observation about the Sermon on the Mount, the mandate given at the Washing of feet, etc. Remember that the Scriptures were given for all time and people, not just for the apostles or disciples at the time. By your view, even Matthias the Apostle who replaces Judas in Acts 2 would be excluded from the prayer that Jesus made.
    You also ignore what Jesus says in John 17:20ff : “I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me through their word, that they may all be one; even as Thou, Father, art in me, and I in Thee, that they may also be in us, so that the world will believe that thou hast sent me.2
    Who are we if not the ones who believe in Christ through the words of the Apostles?
    If one reads Scripture out of context (especially without reocgnising the theology that runs thriough the Gospel of John and his use of the strong aorist tense in Greek to imply teachings that are timeless), then one truly twists them; it is not the article writer in this case..

  • HuwwuH

    Your carnal eyes just see the view and have never picked out the detail.

  • Maria

    Welcome home … the road will be rough but the joy is even greater …

  • Maria

    Gerard, you forgot to mention the Eastern Rites and Maronites (though considered eastern).  Nice explanation.

  • Claytonmathieu

    Not to mention the Byzantine Rite

  • TheProf

    How many of those Anglicans are married  to a woman?  I did not think that was allowed.  |However I suppose its more ‘Bums on seats’ and that is what really counts.