UK Ordinariate Newsletter – June 20th 2017

You can access the latest issue of the n ewsletter of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham by clicking on the banner heading below

The newsletter explains Cardinal Pell’s absence from the recent Diaconal Ordination, and provides some other recent news of Ordinariate groups, such as the move in South Wales  from Cardiff Cathedral to a permanent home in Newport, where Mass is now celebrated weekly – another step forward for the Ordinariate.

Ten new deacons in the UK

On Saturday June 17th ten men were ordained to the diaconate at one of London’s most iconic Catholic churches, St. James, Spanish Place. Cardinal Pell had been announced as the principal celebrant and ordaining bishop but unless he has shrunk in the wash, it would appear from this really unclear photo published without further comment on the UK Ordinariate’s facebook page that  the ordination was actually performed by Bishop Robert Byrne CO, auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Birmingham – as an Oratorian Bishop Byrne is a close friend of the Ordinariate.

The ten new deacons include eight former Anglican priests and two men who found their vocation in the Ordinariate and have been studying first in Oxford, then at St Mary’s College, Oscott, the seminary of Birmingham Archdiocese.

Jonathan Creer and Thomas Mason
(seminarians at St Mary’s College, Oscott)

David Pritchard and David Hathaway
(Ordinariate Mission in South Wales in Newport)

Michael Ward
(an expert on CS Lewis, teaches part-time at Blackfriars, Oxford,
to assist Fr Daniel Lloyd with Ordinariate group at Holy Rood, Oxford,
and the Parish of North Hinksey)

Leonard Cox
(former vicar of St Peter’s, Greet Green,
to assist Fr Simon Ellis at St Margaret Mary, Perry Common, Birmingham)

David Jones
(former vicar of St Luke’s, Jersey,
to assist Nottingham Ordinariate Mission)

Timothy Boniwell
(formerly Anglican hospital chaplain,
to assist Fr Paul Burch with Coventry Ordinariate Mission)

Cameron MacDonald and Simon Beveridge
(to assist Fr Len Black with the Ordinariate in Scotland)

I just do not understand

The last two posts have caused me to wonder what causes people to be spiteful and malevolent. Deborah Gyapong writes about a blogger who has misused her photos to point fun at the Ordinariate. This particular “Cold Fish”-monger seems to have a life mission to belittle the Ordinariate movement, to dwell on our flaws and suggest that we are doomed.

Then there is Michael Davis, who wrote in the Catholic Herald about his “rubbishing” of the Ordinariate in his blog.

I can comprehend a staunch Anglo-Catholic regarding those who have joined the Ordinariates as some kind of traitors to the cause, but it was never our intention to deal a death blow to the Anglican Church or the friends we left behind.

The Ordinariate detractors, on the other hand, seem to have no other aim than to destroy the Ordinariates through their propaganda.

They can rest assured that we will not be disheartened. We will continue to report about the Ordinariate movement and its successes. We will go on enthusing about the ecumenical dream of Pope Benedict XVI of uniting the diverse Church while maintaining the many valuable traditions as treasures to be shared.

We are not blind to problems: we see small groups struggling and are aware that some of these might disappear, we hear the sceptical tones of some in the leadership of the Church who are perhaps not convinced of our mission or are perhaps afraid that our success might in some way be detrimental to them.

But we are certain in the importance of our apostolate. We have found a home in the Catholic Church and particularly in the Ordinariates. So we shall be sticking to the positive message, even if some might accuse us of being naive “cheerleaders”. I for one am happy to cheer about something I believe in to the bottom of my being.

This is the only time that we will mention these spiteful people – they cannot hurt us with their vitriol!

Fr. Richard Rojas on The Journey Home

In this video you will be able to follow Father Rojas’ journey from Evangelical Christianity via Presbyterian ministry, then Anglo-Catholic priesthood to ordination in the Catholic Church. Father Rojas is currently pastoring a parish in Scranton Diocese.

Here is Fr. Rojas with his wife Debbie and four children:

Trinitytide edition of “More News”

You can read the Trinitytide edition of the newsletter of St. Thomas More Parish, Scranton, PA, known cryptically as “More News”, by clicking on the banner heading below:

Alongside lots of reports on the various activities of the parish – dinners, feasts, movies, talks – and Maria Kaupas Academy’s first year, the newsletter also includes a moving reflection by Father Eric Bergman on the terrorist attack at London Bridge and the Borough, the home of another Ordinariate parish, Most Precious Blood in London.

Fr. Glenn Baaten is the new chaplain of the Christian Family Movement in Orange County

Ordinariate priest Father Glenn Baaten has accepted the role as Chaplain for the joint CFM group in Orange County, California (St. Joseph Catholic Church, Placentia & Blessed John Henry Newman Catholic Church, Irvine). Chapter leader Greg Herr has written:

“With over a decade as a Presbyterian pastor and now as a Catholic priest, Fr. Glenn brings enormous experience and wisdom (not to mention, pastoral enthusiasm!) to his vocation as priest, father, friend, husband. Along with his wife, Cathy, Fr Glenn will encourage us in our vocation as marrieds, remind us of our calling, and let us know what is on his mind about married/family life in the Church. He will also offer a pastoral blessing reinforcing our commitment to Christ and the Church. We will plan to have Fr. Glenn (and Cathy, if available) visit us annually as part of CFM, pray with and for us, and bless us.”


from the CFM website:

Christian Family Movement is a national network of parish/neighborhood small groups of families. Through the use of programming available from the CFM USA Office and the dynamics of small group interaction, Christian values are reinforced and families are encouraged to reach out in action to others.

The CFM group consists of five to seven families with the adults meeting regularly in each other’s homes, or at the parish. Through the use of CFM’s many different programs, members discuss what they have observed in their own family or community, judge what they have seen in the light of Jesus’ teaching, and then act to change things for the better.