It Has Been a Long Time…

It has been a very long time since I posted on The Anglo-Catholic. Partly this is because I wanted to tone down my Internet presence during the transition from an Anglican parish into the full life of the Catholic Church. Partly it is because I have been incredibly busy building up our local Ordinariate group in Kent ensuring that it is enabled to survive and even thrive as we move into the future. Overall it has been a good time — full of blessings — the going has been tough but God has supported every step of our journey thus far.

Today, on the feast of Our Lady of Walsingham, I have recorded a podcast for the excellent Totus2us website. In it I attempt to give a reflection detailing how the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham might fit in to the story of faith here in England. I hope that readers of The Anglo-Catholic website accross the world find something interesting in it. Do let me know…

Author: Fr. Ed Tomlinson

The son of an Anglican clergyman, Fr. Edward Tomlinson was born in Wigan before moving to Santiago, Chile as a baby where his father worked as a missionary with SAMS. He returned to England in time for schooling and spent those formative years in Norfolk attending the Cathedral school. He then moved to Homerton College, Cambridge before working as a primary school teacher in Colchester, Essex. It was here that the boy raised as an Evangelical (for which he gives thanks) encountered Anglo Catholic devotion for the first time. This soon led him to Westcott House in Cambridge to train for the priesthood. At Westcott the joy of encountering Anglo-Catholicism was dampened however by the horror of encountering liberal theology! The reason for his calling came into sharp focus as he avowed to stand up for the orthodox faith with every fibre of his being. A happy curacy at S. Thomas of Canterbury church in Brentwood prepared him for his current post as vicar of S. Barnabas’, Royal Tunbridge Wells. He writes a regular column for New Directions, the magazine of Forward in Faith and is also editor of the The Church Observer, a Church Union journal. In addition he writes a daily blog which, much to his surprise, continues to gain a loyal following. He is married to Hayley, a painting conservator at the National Gallery, and has two young children Jemima and Benedict.

5 thoughts on “It Has Been a Long Time…”

  1. Dear Fr Ed,

    Thank you for that podcast, it was lovely, very lovely.

    We are "hanging tough" on this side of the pond. Please do keep us in your prayers.

    Pax Christi, Greg

  2. While congratulating Father Ed on his podcast, it is worth pointing out that the "About Father Ed Tomlinson" blurb which pops up on the site is a little out of date.

    Father Tomlinson is now a priest of the Ordinariate, Pastor of the Tunbridge Wells Ordinariate Group, also the Priest in Charge of a parish in the Archdiocese of Southwark, also the RC Chaplain to a new hospital. As if that were not enough, he has one of the more interesting and informative Ordinariate blogs at Tunbridge Wells Ordinariate Blog .

    Sadly, although the 'official' Ordinariate website began well enough, it is now something of a disaster. You will search there in vain for a list of the Ordinariate clergy or for the appointments they now hold, or for ordinariate services and events throughout the country, or even for a list of links to Ordinariate Group blogs.

    A potentially powerful tool is being neglected and that's a pity.

  3. I am happy to update the profile when I work out how to do so! Though I am not priest in charge of the parish just a priest active in the parish at this moment in time.

    As to the Ordinariate website- watch this space as plenty of work is ongoing and soon it will be great!

    1. Father Ed – FYI the Archdiocese has you as the Priest in Charge on its website but I suppose it may have jumped the gun a little.

      I note what you say about changes coming to the Ordinariate web site. I got much the same response when I asked the same thing before the summer.

  4. Thanks for the post and link but also for the photo of the Lady Richeldis de Faverches, none of which I have ever seen before. Very lovely, I like it!

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