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?