Deacons, Lots of Deacons!

These are the new deacons, ordained in Westminster Cathedral for service in the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. We congratulate them all.

Of particular interest to readers of this blog is to see John Hunwicke, modestly standing in the back row, third from the right (or perhaps I should say "Epistle side").

Please pray for them, as they prepare for ordination to the Sacred Priesthood.

Author: Fr. Christopher Phillips

Fr. Christopher G. Phillips is the pastor of Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he has served for the past twenty-eight years. He is the founding pastor of the first Anglican Use parish, erected in 1983 under the terms of the Pastoral Provision. Fr. Phillips was ordained as an Anglican for the Diocese of Bristol, England, in 1975. After serving as Curate for three years at St. Stephen Southmead, he returned to the United States and served in two Episcopal parishes in the Diocese of Rhode Island. In 1981 he left the Episcopal Church and moved with his family to Texas, where he was subsequently ordained as a Catholic priest in 1983. Fr. Phillips and his wife, JoAnn, have been married for forty years. They have five children, all grown and married, and three grandchildren.

22 thoughts on “Deacons, Lots of Deacons!”

    1. Two of them are from the Traditional Anglican Church (part of the Traditional Anglican Communion): Frs Dcns Brian Gill and John Maunder.
      There are more men to be ordained for the English ordinariate in 2012, but all the paperwork needed to ordain married men who haven't attended a Catholic seminary wasn't complete for all of them, thus necessitating that another massive deaconage takes place "on another occasion".

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    2. I am the Deacon standing in the back directly behind Bishop Hopes and Monsignor Newton. I am a US citizen, former USAF Chaplain and a former Priest in the Anglican Province of America.

      1. APA? Everybody on the internet thought you were from the Charismatic Episcopal Church. Thanks for the update, then, Father Deacon!

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      2. Apologies Rev. Watts, I fear I may have been responsible for the misattribution of your previous denominational affiliation.

        1. No worries. I was ordained by Bishop Grundorf in the APA in '97, then spent sometime in the CEC until returning to the APA in 2006. I came to England as a USAF Chaplain, was separated from the military and was received into the Church in 2011. Thanks be to God!

      1. Last year's intake had a large number of younger men with growing families. Also, there have been a couple of young men ordained since. All is hopeful with this growing community.

        1. Grey head are needed too; the litterally embody Anglican Patrimony!! More seriously, they have a fruitful Anglican minstry behind them, they lived through various eras, from the triumphant post-war Anglo-Catholicism to the modern crisis, and have the know-how to manage a parish the Anglican way.

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    1. Unlike today's diaconal ordinations, the priestly ordinations will be mostly individual and spread out over the next 2-3 months. Dates have been set for 11 of the deacons so far, the first being the Rev. Mr. Grieves this Tuesday.

      May 29th: Rev. Mr. Grieves
      June 2nd: Rev. Messrs Corbyn, Aisbitt, Reader-Moore and Alldritt
      June 10th: Rev. Mr. Narusawa
      June 28th: Rev. Mr. Griffin
      July 9th: Rev. Messrs Weston and Watts
      July 21st: Rev. Mr. Gill
      July 31st: Rev. Mr. Boundy

        1. The person I am sure you are thinking of is himself unsure, as he informed me after Mass and before lunch, but no doubt the news will get around rapidly once the details are finalised.

          1. Many thanks to AndrewWS.

            Your reply is most reassuring: "once the details are finalised." Whatever this involves, I hope (and pray) it doesn't take too long!

            Peter

    1. You may also try through the "Contact" at the UK Ordinariate website. I'm sure they will get you two in touch.

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