The following statement has been released concerning the launch of the Friends of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham:
London 14 July 2011: Today a new charity was launched: Friends of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. The Friends is a company limited by guarantee (company number: 7680821) which was formed on 23 June 2011. The Friends was given charitable status by the Charity Commissioners on 1 July 2011 (Charity Number 1142667).
The aim of the Friends is to assist financially all aspects of the work of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. Donations made to the Friends will, in particular, be used to support the 60 or so clergy who have left the Church of England to become priests of the Ordinariate. There are also considerable costs involved in the maintenance of buildings and in the administration of the Ordinariate. The Ordinary, the Right Reverend Monsignor Keith Newton, estimates that annual running costs of the Ordinariate will be at least one million pounds and, as the number of both clergy and laity increase, this will grow.
The Friends is asking all Catholics – whether they are cradle Catholics or converts – to support the Ordinary in realising the historic and momentous task that has been given personally by the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI, to Monsignor Keith Newton. To share this burden with him the Friends is asking all supporters to set up a standing order at their bank to give the Ordinariate a regular, dependable, income.
A number of distinguished figures have consented to become Honorary Vice-Presidents of the Friends. These are Dom Aidan Bellenger OSB, Dom David Charlesworth OSB, LordDeben, the Grand Master of the Order of Malta Fra’ Matthew Festing, Sir Adrian FitzGerald bt, Sir Josslyn Gore-Booth bt, Father Ignatius Harrison Cong.Orat., The Squire de Lisle, Charles Moore Esq., The Duke of Norfolk, The Countess of Oxford & Asquith, The Duchess of Somerset, and Lord Nicholas Windsor. Mgr Keith Newton is the Honorary President of the Friends. The trustees are Mgr John Broadhurst, Mgr Andrew Burnham, Mr Michael Hodges, Mr Peter Sefton-Williams and Fr Mark Vickers.
Mgr Keith Newton said at the launch: “I have the responsibility for providing for the financial needs of the clergy and for their families being received into the Catholic Church. I appeal, therefore, to as many of you as possible for financial assistance to help me fulfil that responsibility through joining the Friends of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. Please be as generous as you can.”
William Joseph, Cardinal Levada, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has also sent this message for the launch of the Friends of the Ordinariate: “I urge you all to assist the new Ordinary in the unique mission that has been entrusted to him by the Holy Father not only with your prayers but also with every practical support”.
For complete information about The Friends of the Ordinariate, go here.