A Knight to Remember

This evening five of us from the Ordinariate joined a large congregation at Our Lady Queen of Peace, Southbourne (the Church where we now habitually worship) to share in an unusual celebration. The Mass was to install the former Head of St Peter's School as a Knight of the Order of St Gregory the Great.  Fr John Lee, parish priest in Christchurch and Coordinating Pastor for the Avon/Stour pastoral area was principal celebrant.  Since it is unbecoming for concelebrants to take photographs during the Mass, the pictures here are from the bunfight (a very substantial bunfight) in the Hall after Mass.  First up is Anthony McCaffrey himself, recipient of the award.

Anthony McCaffrey

Fr John Lee is especially highly regarded by us in the Ordinariate, since it was at his Church, St Joseph's in Purewell, Christchurch, that most of us were prepared for reception into the Catholic Church.  He has been immensely kind to our little group.  Here he was caught chatting to a parishioner.

Fr John Lee chatting with parishioner

For once it was not just the clergy who dressed up; there were Knights and Dames in full fig too, some of whom travelled a long way to support their new brother Knight.  This dame came from beyond Portsmouth for the occasion.

A Dame of the Order of St. Gregory the Great

It was great to be made welcome in such an authentically local Catholic occasion, and here (below) you will see some of our Group who clearly enjoyed it hugely.  On Sunday week there is an evening Mass for the Deanery to which we are invited — when word gets around of the quality of refreshments in the Hall this evening, we will expect a very good Ordinariate representation.

Members of Ordinariate group

Author: Fr. Edwin Barnes

Bishop Barnes read theology for three years at Oxford before finishing his studies at Cuddesdon College (at the time a theological college with a rather monastic character). He subsequently served two urban curacies in Portsmouth and Woking. During his first curacy, and after the statutory three years of celibacy, he married his wife Jane (with whom he has two children, Nicola and Matthew). In 1967, Bishop Barnes received his first incumbency as Rector of Farncombe in the Diocese of Guildford. After eleven years, the family moved to Hessle, in the Diocese of York, for another nine years as vicar. In 1987, he became Principal of St Stephen’s House, Oxford. In 1995, he was asked by then Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, to become the second PEV for the Province. He was based in St. Alban’s and charged with ministering to faithful Anglo-Catholics spread over the length of Southern England, from the Humber Estuary to the Channel Islands. After six years of service as a PEV, Bishop Barnes retired to Lymington on the south coast where he holds the Bishop of Winchester’s license as an honorary assistant bishop. On the retirement of the late and much lamented Bishop Eric Kemp, he was honored to be asked to succeed him as President of the Church Union. Both these appointments he resigned on becoming a Catholic in 2010. Fr. Barnes is now a priest of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, caring for an Ordinariate Group in Southbourne, Bournemouth.

4 thoughts on “A Knight to Remember”

  1. For my uncouth self, who had to go look on Wiki to see what the expression "bunfight" meant, thank you for a morning giggle. I was imagining the ecclesiastical equivalent of knights and ladies running around a church hall, throwing dinner rolls at each other. Though I was fairly sure that was not what was meant, it was quite amusing nontheless. I was really hoping for pictures of this substantial bunfight!

    1. I assume that you have found out Maggie – but for the benefit of anybody who is still unaware "Bunfight" is part of Anglican Patrimony and refers to tea, sandwiches, sausage rolls, cup-cakes and the occasional bun that would be served in the parish rooms after some notable event – such a new curate arriving. The fight part probably refers to the antics of the younger members of the choir / servers.

    2. Maggie,

      I can empathize with you. I've searched the internet in vain to learn what “rum pansies” are. Fr. Barnes apparently enjoys them, perhaps after hunting a coney proper. (By the context of the twice-used term, I suspect rum pansies are some type of cocktail not typically consumed at a proper bun fight.)

      Just a bit of Anglican Patrimony lost on this Yank, but I feel enriched none the less. 😉


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