Gearing-up for More Ordinations in England

Tomorrow, Saturday 4 June 2011, the Archbishop of Southwark will — at the request of the Ordinary — ordain seven men to the priesthood in the Catholic Church, for service in the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. The Solemn Mass of ordination will take place in Southwark Cathedral at 3.00pm and will mark the start of this summer's ordinations to the priesthood for the Ordinariate.


On Monday 6 June, the Bishop of Clifton and the Archbishop of Birmingham will ordain deacons, and the Archbishop of Westminster will ordain more priests in Westminster Cathedral on Friday 10 June at 5.30pm. All are very welcome to each of these. Please pray for those preparing for ordination.

A full schedule for the ordinations is published on the website in the Calendar section. The list of prospective candidates is listed in the News section of the website.

Author: Christian Clay Columba Campbell

Christian Clay Columba Campbell is a Roman Catholic of the Anglican Use. As Senior Warden of the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Orlando, FL), he organized the process by which the parish accepted the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus, petitioning to join the Catholic Church. The Anglican Cathedral is now the Church of the Incarnation in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. He is also the CEO of Three Fish Consulting, LLC, an Information Technology consultancy based in Orlando, FL. He can be reached via email at ccampbell at threefish dot co.

9 thoughts on “Gearing-up for More Ordinations in England”

  1. I see father John Hunwicke's (Liturgical Notes) name on the list. Good for him.


    1. I agree completely and I am very pleased to see this. I hope that, fairly soon, all the priests of The Traditional Anglican Church in England will also be accepted as ordinariate deacons, priests and bishops.


    2. Look again, Matthew M. It now appears that I may have been right in his case after all. Go to his blog and you will see that his ordination is now being deferred.


      1. I hope it will be solved rapidly… I personaly suspect a certain Msgr. L***** who is know in UK to cause a great deal of problems to any Priests opposing his rather strange views on the Church…
        On another topic, you seem soooo happy of this, as you don't like anything more than pretending that the conservative Catholics are persecuted… Ew! Revolting.

        1. What is revolting is how *traditional* Catholics are persecuted. Neo-cons are not persecuted. Neo-cons are the problem!


        2. On Henri's second comment:

          I am not so happy that Fr. Hunwicke's ordination has been deferred. I am only happy that my original point was proved right. I had asked where the T.T.A.C. is, where are the ordinariates for Canada and Australia are, and why Missal Anglicans are being excluded from the English Ordinariate. My point was, as usual, that FiF England and the Magic Circle have hijacked the Ordinariate and turned it into a Novus Ordo structure for conservative, not traditionalist, FiF Anglican incomers. These are nothing by Novus Ordo Anglicans and they have managed a take-over, excluding as much as possible any 'Missal Anglicans' from the TAC even from the FiF groups itself.

          Then Matthew M. gleefully chirped that Fr. Hunwicke was listed among the ordinands. Others here 'noted' that people should check their facts. Well, now, you chaps have egg all over your faces, because Fr. Hunwicke's ordination to the diaconate will NOT, in fact, proceed according to the schedule you pointed to.

          If you think I am happy about the situation for Fr. H., I can only say that nothing could be further from the truth. I'd like to see men like him ordained. That's the point.

          Despite these ongoing problems, I am confident that good things are on the horizon. I believe that Fr. H. will be ordained in the future and that TAC groups will be allowed to assure some liturgical good. It is not an easy process, however, and many there be who will try to ruin it all. Their point of origin lies in the episcopal conferences and in the magic circle, in the case of England. They are doing their utmost to make the new Englsih Ordinariate a Novus Ordo parallel. When one considers what sort of men are in some of the episcopal conferences in Canada, for example, one can only shudder, bless oneself, and pray. And no, I'm not thinking of Apb. Collins. I'd look east of Toronto, to some of the suffrgan bishops of, say, the Archdiocese of Montreal. Fortunately, our dear Pope is gradually replacing some of these revolutionary bishops; unfortunately, it ain't happening fast enough.


      2. I claim no special knowledge in the matter, but I will admit that it had occasionally struck me to doubt the appropriateness for someone in Fr. H's position of criticizing with quite so much acerbity the way in which the OF liturgy came to be. As a diligent reader of his blog, I know he sees virtues, and would have no qualms about officiating, in the OF. That said, such a conclusion is unlikely to occur readily from a purely superficial perusal of a sampling of his observations.

        The lesson here is not so much for Fr. H. but for a certain category of Catholic traditionalists who find themselves incapable of expressing their love for the EF without at the same time denigrating its O counterpart, as if somehow only something that approaches blasphemy against the mass in its ordinary form could conceivably shine a positive light on the extraordinary.

        It would be rather sad if being made a hero by obnoxious cranks has exposed Fr. H. to the unwarranted suspicion that he might be one with them, and thus more a potential source of scandal than spiritual edification. I trust, however, that a thorough and fair-minded review of the contents of his blog will allay any concerns on this point, and that his ordination will soon be back on track.

        1. On Mr. de Verteuil's second paragraph, of course it is false to assert that, always and everywhere, one thing can only be proved good by contrasting it with another. On the other hand, it would also be false to assert that one thing can never be proved good by contrasting it with another. Neither infalliblity nor the indefectibility of the Church guarantees that all approved liturgies will be advantageous to the Church.

          The fact remains that the New Mass was purportedly modelled on its liturgical predecessor. In addition, it can be shown that it at least follows the general plan of that predecessor in terms of the arrangement and ordering of prayers. The New Mass did not pop out of nowhere: it was a departure from the Traditional Latin Mass. That's why Benedict XVI considers the two to be forms of one Rite.

          Mr. de Verteuil's point here can be reduced to this: if you find serious fault with the N.O., you are a crank. It's a point of view. It's nothing more than that. Here's another: if you think that the N.O. has been good for Holy Church, you're a blind crank. Just a point of view but one that happens to be correct.


  2. Blessed be God in His angels and in His saints! At last our seemingly hopeless prayer is bearing glorious fruit: the harvesters to the field of souls and the fishers of men mid the tempest rise up once more – even with the stones of London's soil …

    God bless!

    Pray for us all who still await this divine outpouring.

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