On June 30, the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham welcome eight—that’s right–eight new priests who were ordained at the Birmingham Oratory. Though six were former Anglican priests, two of the new priests came from within the Ordinariate formation program.
Archbishop of Birmingham Bernard Longley celebrated the Mass according to the Ordinariate Use of the Roman Rite, carrying the crozier of Blessed John Henry Newman, the Ordinariate’s patron.
The Oratory is the home of the Shrine and Relics of Cardinal Newman.
The number of priests ordained for the Ordinariate was two more than for England’s largest diocese – the Archdiocese of Westminster – which ordained six priests on the same day.
The number of priests in the Ordinariate is now 100 exactly.
On June 29, the Solemnity of St. Peter and St. Paul, Bishop Steven Lopes ordained three Catholic priests: Father Robert-Charles Bengry, Father Sean-Patrick Beahen, and Father Jason McCrimmon at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham.
If you’d like to watch the Ordinariations, the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter has video here.