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.

Fatima Statue and Relics at Warwick Street on 10th/11th June

As part of the celebration of the Centenary Year of the Fatima Message, the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima and the relics of newly-canonised Saints Jacinta and Francisco are visiting the Cathedrals, Abbeys and major Churches of England and Wales. The Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham will be hosting a Visitation on the weekend of 10/11 June at its central Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick Street, London W1B 5LZ. C

More information can be found on the World Apostolate of Fatima website.

Ordinariate pilgrimage to Portugal

Donato Tallo (a regular author at The Portal Magazine) has sent us this contribution:

A number of pilgrims associated with the Ordinariate, under the spiritual direction of Monsignor Keith Newton, Ordinary in the United Kingdom and Fr Warren Tanghe from the United States, recently returned from a wonderful visit to Portugal. The primary aim of our visit was to be present with the many other pilgrims from across the world who descended on the town of Fatima of the 12th and 13th May in order to accompany Pope Francis for a series of important events at the famous and very Holy Marian Shrine.

The pilgrimage group was in Fatima for four days and we were able to fully embrace ourselves in the spiritual graces of the shrine. While the 12th and 13th of May are always very special days at the shrine of Fatima, this year as many people will know is a very special year – it is the centenary of the apparitions of Our Lady to the three young children to whom she appeared. Pope Francis lead the faithful in prayers and the rosary on Friday 12th and on Saturday 13th celebrated Holy Mass with a huge number of pilgrims, during which he declared Francisco Marto and Jacinta Marto to be saints. It was a truly wonderful and memorable experience for all those who were there.

As well as our stay in Fatima the pilgrimage group were privileged to be able to spend time in other places including Lisbon and Porto. We visited many famous landmarks and celebrated mass in some wonderful churches including the church of St Anthony of Padua in Lisbon, the Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon, the Church of the Holy Miracle in Samtarem, Porto Cathedral and the Church of St Lawrence in Porto.

Fr. Mark Lewis going to Atonement

Here’s the latest news from Our Lady of Atonement in San Antonio.  This is from their parish newsletter, via Facebook.

So much has been happening with our transition into the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter! Of course, much of it is behind the scenes as our thirty four years as a parish of the archdiocese is translated into being the newest parish in the Ordinariate. Our new pastor, Fr. Mark Lewis, will be moving from Washington, D.C. with his wife Vickey, and we look forward to them taking up residence at the beginning of August. Fr. Moore continues his duties as parochial vicar, and will assist Fr. Lewis in the many pastoral duties in the parish. Fr. Phillips is our pastor emeritus and enters that state called “retirement.” He and JoAnn will continue living in their home by the church and school, and he will have additional duties throughout the wider Ordinariate, visiting and advising young communities and being available to his brother priests for anything they might need.



The main doors of the church are once again completely accessible and the beautiful stamped concrete work is continuing. It will result in a large open piazza between the existing building and the new building, which will be an ideal space for parish activities – King’s Fair, parish barbeques, etc. There are plans for a beautiful fountain near the main church entrance, with more trees and seating where people can gather after Mass. Additional outdoor gathering places will be under the large balcony, and at various other areas along the sides of the piazza.

There are five classrooms and the necessary restrooms ready for our Upper School students for the new academic year. The rest of the building is ready for finish-out as we need it (and as money is available!).

The paving will be finished very soon, and we will have expanded parking areas, including a large section for parking behind the new building.



It’s wonderful to have the Solemnity of the Ascension returned to its proper day on Thursday, the fortieth day after Easter, and it will allow us to keep the Novena to the Holy Ghost leading up to the Solemnity of Pentecost.

Thursday, May 25th, is the Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ into Heaven. Masses at 7 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 12 noon and 7:00 p.m.

Please remember: it is a HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION for members of the Ordinariate.

A new home and new prospects for “CCCCC”

Corpus Christi Catholic Community in Charleston, an Ordinariate community in South Carolina, has announced new developments, which will involve their pastor, Father Patrick Allen, taking over priestly responsibility for St. Mary of the Annunciation Church in downtown Charleston, taking the Ordinariate community with him and thus opening up a wide range of liturgical, outreach and other possibilities.

Fr. Allen has written the following:

Dear friends,

I have important and exciting news to share with you regarding the life of our community!

Effective July 1st, our home will once again be at St. Mary of the Annunciation Catholic Church in downtown Charleston. I – and all of us! – will be working together with new pastor of St. Mary’s, Fr Gregory West, in shared Catholic witness for the growth and mutual benefit in the Gospel of both communities. Fr. West is and will remain the pastor of St. Clare of Assisi Catholic Church on Daniel Island. St. Clare, which just celebrated the 3rd anniversary of its establishment, is already a large and rapidly growing parish meeting at Bishop England High School, and is soon to break ground on church buildings of its own. Fr West will continue to spend the bulk of his time at St. Clare, and I will be his parochial vicar and the primary priestly presence on a daily basis at St Mary’s.

I’m very excited about and grateful for this new step in our life together. Fr. West has been encouraging to me and supportive of the Ordinariate project from the beginning, and he is eager to see us grow and fulfill our mission of inviting all, and especially our brothers and sisters in the Episcopal/Anglican churches and other Protestant communities, into the joy and peace of full communion with the Catholic Church, “that they all may be one” (Jn 17.21). This move will allow me to be less “scattered” in my duties and to give more of my attention, time, and energy to Corpus Christi. Both Bishop Lopes and Bishop Gugleilmone of the Diocese of Charleston are agreed that this arrangement will be a help to both communities and, please God, an excellent and empowering next step in our journey to self-supporting independence.

This partnership will allow us to work together with St. Mary’s in Christian formation and programs for all ages, boost our music program, nurture common prayer, increase opportunities for Confession as well as Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and other devotions, and grow new ministries in service to the Gospel. In September we will begin daily Masses (which have been suspended for some time at St. Mary’s due to lack of clergy), and two of those Masses each week will be in our Ordinariate form. Our Sunday Mass will be at 11.00AM, and we will begin a regular Sunday choral evensong with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

There are of course still details to be worked out, and no doubt there will be difficulties to overcome, and so I ask your prayers for me, for Fr. West, and also for the people of St Mary and St Clare as we take this new step together. I will continue to keep you informed – and ask for your help! – as the transition approaches. In the mean time, if you have any questions, please do let me know.

Finally, though we will do so more formally at the appropriate time, please do join me in expressing our gratitude to Fr Miles and the people of Sacred Heart who have been so kind and generous in their hospitality.

God bless you,
Fr Allen

St. Mary of the Annunciation, Charleston, SC

Interesting blogpost on Communion in the Hand

The former Anglican Bishop of Richborough, Monsignor Edwin Barnes, has written this blogpost on receiving Communion either on the tongue or in the hand.

The tongue holier than the hand?

The Bishop in Wisconsin in the USA has apparently claimed ‘The practice of Communion in the hand grew out of a disobedience that can be traced back to Holland. Because of the widespread abuse of receiving in the hand, Pope Paul VI granted an indult for the practice in a 1969 letter from the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship.’ He also asserts that ‘Communion on the tongue is more reverent’. Reverence is a cornerstone of Anglican worship, as it was once generally practised by Anglo-Catholics, and still is by a few. It may be though an uphill task, in view of Cardinal Sarah’s support for receiving on the tongue, but at least a case should be made for reverent receiving of Commuion in the hand .

The Dutch might have used reception in the hand as an act of disobedience. In the Church of England, the very reverse was true. Long before Dutch disobedience, many young confirmation candidates were taught that the correct way to receive was on the palm of the hand, one hand placed on the other, for we understood St Augustine had said that in this way we made “a throne for God”. Then we were taught to bow our heads to receive the Host from the palm of the hand. We were also taught to sign ourselves with the cross just before receiving the Host or the Precious Blood. It may be that it is the taking of the Host between finger and thumb that looks irreverent to the Bishop of Madison and other upholders of, as they would claim, ‘the tradition’. Well, there are many different traditional ways of receiving Communion – for instance it is administered on a spoon in the Eastern Churches, and that can probably claim at least as long a history as reception on the tongue.

What appears particularly irreverent to many former Anglicans is the way so many Catholics studiously avoid receiving from the Chalice, seemingly deliberately avoiding reception of the Precious Blood when it is offered to them. We are well aware of the assertion that ‘the Lord is the same in either kind’, but we still find it strange that if that is so He chose to initiate the Communion with both bread and wine. It has come as a great encoragement to us to be able to use again the words (taken by Cranmer originally from a Spanish Cardinal) ‘that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his Body, and our souls washed through his most precious Blood’. What is more the words accompanying Communion are terribly brief, whereas in the Ordinariate when we say AMEN we say it at the end of a prayer with which the Sacrament is given to us – that the Body, the Blood, of Our Lord Jesus Christ might preserve us, body and soul, to everlasting life. Brevity, haste even, seems to be the prerequisite for some Catholics. I fancy too that our Anglo-Catholic forefathers would have told communicants that they should not attempt to receive on the tongue; it was rude to poke out your tongue, and the priest did not want to be slobbered over from so many open mouths.

In all this, though, what matters is the interior disposition of the Communicant. If he or she intends to be reverent, then how that reverence is expressed is a matter for them and the Lord, not for any onlooker. The non-conformist who receives Communion from the hands of his neighbour, seated, is not doing so from irreverence, but because that is how he believes he might get nearest to the way it was for the first disciples in the Upper Room. I seem to recall Our Lord telling us not to judge, least of all to judge another’s servant. And certainly the tongue is no holier than the hand.

Interesting video of an archaeological dig at Chicksands Gilbertine Priory

Following the news of the revival of the Gilbertine Order, it may be interesting to watch this video from the Discovery Channel about an exploratory archaeological dig at the former Gilbertine priory at Chicksands, Bedfordshire, England.

The video is admittedly rather lighthearted but it does contain a lot of information about the Gilbertine Order. And here is an artist’s impression of what the priory may have looked like in the 13th Century.

Tampa Bay Ordinariate group forming

We’ve been asked to post information about this new group forming in Florida.

Here’s an excerpt of news from the site:

Philip Mayer, who formerly served as an Episcopal priest before becoming Catholic, was recently asked by the director of vocations and clergy development of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter to begin seeking to establish a community in the Tampa Bay area with the goal of building a parish. Once the community has been formed, Philip will, God willing, be ordained as a Roman Catholic priest in order to say Mass for the new community and to lead it to becoming a parish.

We would like to invite you to come and celebrate Pentecost and pray with us for the formation of this community by joining us for Evensong (chanted evening prayer) and a potluck Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 5:00 PM at St. Mary Catholic Church, 15520 North Blvd, Tampa. Children are welcome.

We wish this new community well!   Please send us some pictures to post!

There is a lovely picture of Philip Mayer and his family over at the site.

We wish you every spiritual blessing in Christ!