A report out of Australia on the gathering of the three Ordinaries

Catholic Weekly in Australia has a report on the recent meetings in Australia that included Bishop Steven Lopes,  Msgr. Keith Newton and Msgr. Harry Entwistle.   Would any of my Australian readers who attended any of these events like to send me a report to publish here and some pictures?

Meanwhile, here’s an excerpt from the Catholic Weekly article.  Go on over and read the rest because there’s a lot more.  This part dealt with the floods in Houston:

Winds of around 210kph and extensive flooding had wreacked havoc on hundreds of thousands of homes, resulting in the tragic loss of at least 66 lives and the displacement of around 30,000 others.

“It’s the third major flooding event since I’ve been in Houston (February 2016), but nothing prepared us for the amount of rain there was,” Bishop Lopes said.

Ordinariate families subsequently welcomed displaced people into their own homes; there is even a family holed up in the bishop’s residence in his absence.

“There’s a huge tradition of social outreach and ministry in Anglo-Catholic parishes, even in the United States,” Bishop Lopes told The Catholic Weekly.

“Mt Calvary in Baltimore, for example, is in a very, very poor part of town. But that church has been there for 150 years and is now a parish of the Ordinariate. So that deep connectedness to the neighbourhood (is there).

“Most of the residents of the neighbourhood would not be Catholic – they’d be Baptist or some other form of evangelical – but that parish has been ministering to their needs for years.”

The Ordinariates have their own particular way of ‘doing parish.’ Their generally smaller communities pride themselves on being more intimate, more collegial and intensely interested in the local provision of ongoing formation and social outreach.

Interestingly, recently on one of the Facebook Forums, someone asked what is it besides liturgy that distinguishes Ordinariate parishes, i.e. what other things characterize Anglican patrimony.

This example about social outreach is one of them.   Your thoughts?

5 thoughts on “A report out of Australia on the gathering of the three Ordinaries

  1. “The reception of parishioners in the Torres Strait on the Island of Dauan into the Ordinariate has been a great joy in the last few months, and they are now a daughter church of the Ordinariate parish in Cairns.”
    Great to hear about any new developments concerning the Torres Strait communities.


    • Amen!

      I recognize that there are difficulties in reaching the communities of the former Church of the Torres Strait because there is virtually no Catholic presence in the region, but the delay could cause many to grow discouraged to the point of seeking other options. We need to keep them in our prayers.



  2. I was equally surprised by the news concerning Torres Strait.
    Does anyone have more informations to share? What about the clergy?
    In a way or another let’s wait for Australia-Wide 2017…


    • The facebook page for St Clare’s, Cairns, now refers to the parish as being ‘with Holy Cross, Dauan’, which is the Church of Torres Strait parish’s dedication, so one would assume that it has indeed been received in its entirety. Holy Cross’ own facebook page hasn’t been updated since Holy Cross Day 2016, so there’s no help there. It is very difficult to find a focus for prayer – I promised to pray regularly for the Church of Torres Strait a number of years ago – when one does not have any specifics to pray for. All I hope is that, just as we were surprised by this news, we will have further pleasant surprises as the other parishes are gradually received and the clergy ordained into the Catholic priesthood.


      • When we first heard the announcement that the Church of the Torres Strait intended to enter the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross, I noted that this reception would be particularly challenging because there was very little Roman Catholic presence in the region, and thus a dearth of Catholic clergy or catechists to serve as mentors and teachers through the formation process. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Cairns has four churches in the region (St. Joseph the Worker on Hammond Island, Holy Family on Horn Island, Sacred Heart on Thursday Island, and St. Stephen’s in Bamaga on the mainland), and they apparently constitute one parish staffed by one priest based at Sacred Heart Church on Thursday Island. Further, transportation within the region cannot be easy — one of these churches has its Sunday masses at 9:00 AM on Saturday, which is much earlier than a normal “mass of anticipation” elsewhere, and another has Sunday masses only during the tourist season (but it has masses on Wednesdays all year). Thus, this project probably will take a while.

        What’s most encouraging here is the definitive indication of real progress in a process that is ongoing. We all need to continue to pray, in joyful anticipation of more positive news to come.

        And no, we don’t need to know specific needs in order to pray. God already knows that. We simply need to pray for the clergy and members of the Church of the Torres Strait to persevere and not to grow discouraged with the time required to complete the process under the very challenging circumstances of this situation. If God intends that we should pray for more, God will direct us in that regard or reveal the need to us in one way or another in due course.



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