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)

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6 Responses to Ten new deacons in the UK

  1. godfrey1099 says:

    The number is really impressive, as I believe it to be the highest since the “first wave”.
    In particular, those two men for Scotland may soon find themselves quite busy, as the local branch of Anglicans has just decided to officially promote same-sex unions.

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    • porys says:

      Currently there are 5 ordinariate communities in Scotland. So even now – there is lots of work.
      As to numbers – I think the second year “class” of ordinands had 17 priests (not mention of course 1 year – consisting of about 50 men).

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      • Rev22:17 says:

        Yes, but the “second year” group actually was part of the first wave. Some might have needed additional time to pull the paperwork together, and some might have had other issues, such as “irregular marriage situations,” that they needed to resolve before their Catholic ordinations could proceed.

        Norm.

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    • EPMS says:

      The idea that any particular development—women bishops, same-sex unions, whatever—will propel any significant number of Anglicans into the Church has been regularly disproved. People embrace a new faith community for positive reasons. Those who leave in a huff go nowhere, more often than not, feeling betrayed and bitter.

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      • Rev22:17 says:

        New developments were precisely what propelled the congregations and bishops who participated in the 1977 conference in St. Louis to leave The Episcopal Church (TEC), then known as the Episcopal Church — U. S. A. (ECUSA).

        Those who leave in significant numbers frequently discern their way to a new church situation. The preponderance of those who left ECUSA over new innovations in 1977 typically landed either in (1) a new “continuing Anglican” body or (2) the Catholic Church, via the so-called “pastoral provision.”

        And new developments in the Church of England are precisely what prompted three (3) active and two (2) retired “flying bishops” of the Church of England to go knocking on the Vatican’s door asking for a way to come into the Catholic Church with their congregations. The difference, in this case, was that they did not leave the Church of England until there was a plan to implement the first ordinariate.

        Methinks that interesting times are ahead in the world of Anglicanism. After a recent vote by the synod of the Scottish Episcopal Church to change its canons to redefine “marriage” so as to encompass homosexual unions, the Global Anglican Futures Conference (GAFCon) has announced its intent to ordain a Missionary Bishop for Scotland and Europe later this month, apparently at least partially in response to requests from parishes of that body for orthodox episcopal oversight. And Fr. Len Black & Co. of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in Scotland also have lifeboats at the ready for those who decide to jump ship!

        Norm.

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  2. EPMS says:

    The 1977 exodus, and its equivalent in the UK, although that was mostly confined to clergy, has not been repeated. Of course individuals are always making decisions, but one could point out that individuals have also left the Church to become Anglicans because they disagree with the Church’s teaching on divorce, women’s ordination, or homosexuality. Do we regard that as boarding a lifeboat from a sinking ship? No. It’s an offensive analogy, either way.

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