Diaconate Ordination in London on June 17th

Cardinal Pell to Ordain 10 men for the Ordinariate

On Saturday 17th June ten men will be ordained as transitional Deacons to serve the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in the UK.

The Ordination Mass will take place at St James, Spanish Place and the ordaining bishop will be George, Cardinal Pell, who will be assisted by Mgr Newton. The Mass, celebrated according to the Ordinariate’s distinctive liturgy Divine Worship, begins at 11:30am and all are welcome to this celebration.

Our candidates for Ordination to the Diaconate on 17th June are the following men. Please keep them in your prayers as they prepare for their ministry in the Catholic Church.

Jonathan Creer and Thomas Mason, both seminarians at St Mary’s College, Oscott;

David Prichard and David Hathaway, both attached to the Ordinariate mission in South Wales based at Newport;

Michael Ward, an expert on C.S. Lewis who teaches part time at Blackfriars and will assist Fr Daniel Lloyd with the Ordinariate group at Holy Rood, Oxford as well as in the wider Catholic Parish of North Hinksey;

Leonard Cox, former vicar of St Peter’s, Greets Green, will be assisting Fr Simon Ellis at St Margaret Mary, Perry Common;

David Jones, former vicar of St Luke’s, Jersey, who will be assisting in the Nottingham Ordinariate mission;

Timothy Boniwell, formerly an Anglican hospital chaplain, who will be assisting with the Ordinariate mission in Coventry with Fr Paul Burch;

Cameron MacDonald and Simon Beveridge from Scotland, who will be assisting Fr Len Black with the Ordinariate in Scotland.

8 thoughts on “Diaconate Ordination in London on June 17th

  1. This clearly is wonderful news for the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.

    What’s most interesting is that several of the candidates are identified as former Anglican clergy, who could be the start of a second wave coming into that ordinariate.


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    • I was going ro respond that there has been a steady flow of former clergy into the OOLW all along; it’s laity that have failed to arrive, in waves or otherwise. However I thought it would be prudent to look at the Ordinariate assignments mentioned in this post before making this wet blanket remark, and was pleasantly surprised to find here http://www.ordinariate.org.uk/groups/wales-se.php that the Newport group to which the first two men mentioned are being assigned is one which has grown from meeting once a month to a weekly Sunday morning mass at a different, very attractive and conveniently located church. I was also impressed by the ease with which I could find up to date information on the Newport group on the OOLW website. Nothing remotely like this central news source is available to those searching for updates on the OCSP. I will work my way through the list; the arrival of two more clergy in Scotland will certainly be good news to Fr Black who as I recall was making a very long circuit every Sunday.


      • I am not aware of any reliable source of data on laity coming into existing ordinariate communities, so keeping track of this is difficult. There are a few events that provide occasional indication that an ordinariate community has grown, but they are sporadic at best.

        >> In the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, a change in status from “community in formation” to “mission” or from “mission” to “parish” in accordance with the ordinariate’s Guide to Parish Development clearly indicate that a group has grown substantially, but that does not indicate further growth of a community that’s already erected as a parish. Neither the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham nor the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross have published an equivalent document, so they don’t have similar indications.

        >> There may be sporadic and anecdotal indications of a community’s growth in its newsletter or in a spotlight article in a publication such as The Portal, but those indications do not give a big picture.

        >> The appearance of a new ordinariate community on an ordinariate’s web site usually does include reception of the founding lay members — usually several families — into the respective ordinariate. However, there’s no corresponding indication of a reception of a similar number of individuals into an existing ordinariate community.

        I do think that publishing statistics on each community would provide encouragement to the ordinariate’s members, and thus would help to promote evangelism.

        With respect to the situation in Scotland, I think that Fr. Len Black was celebrating mass with his home community on two Sundays of each month and visiting each of two other communities on one Sunday each month to serve his dispersed flock. The new ordinations should enable each of these community to have its own mass every Sunday.



  2. The second wave was expected a year after the first wave. It never materialised. Then it was forecast following the appointment of women bishops, again it did not happen. The Ordinariate is on a downward spiral.


    • A second wave that occurred within a year or two of the first wave would not be distinguishable.

      But, in any case, even complete absence of a second wave would not support the conclusion that the ordinariates are on a downward spiral. The families in the ordinariate have children, the majority of whom will continue to be members of the respective ordinariate in adulthood. This will result in growth at about the same rate as the general population, or even faster if the ordinariate members have “good Catholic families” with many children (which several, including ordinariate clergy, already have). Two of the three ordinariates are already larger than a couple of the sui juris ritual churches of the Byzantine Rite that have sustained their unique liturgical and spiritual traditions within the Catholic Church for several centuries.



    • Celebration of the Ordinariate Mass needs to be permitted to every Latin Rite priest, as well as entrance into the Ordinariate to every Latin Rite layman. THEN you’ll see an explosion.


    • The Nottingham group has only the generic notification of its monthly mass time and contact details, but the Coventry group page seemed much more informative, with daily mass times, parish activities, and a link to a weekly newsheet. Unfortuately when I clicked the link the “current” issue is dated June 19, 2016. This is the kind of thing that leaves an enquirer sceptical of everything else on the website.


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