June 15th: Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross!

Oil painting of Our Lady of the Southern Cross by Paul Newton – Commissioned by Cardinal Pell for World Youth Day Sydney 2008.

This news release has come from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference:

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Personal Ordinariate to be established in Australia on 15 June

Media Release
11 May, 2012

The President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Denis Hart, announced today that Pope Benedict XVI intends to announce the establishment in Australia of a Personal Ordinariate for Former Anglicans to commence on 15th June 2012.
A Personal Ordinariate is a church structure for particular groups of people who wish to enter into communion with the Catholic Church.

In 2009 Pope Benedict announced special arrangements to cater for groups of Anglicans who wished to join the Catholic Church. This provision allows them to maintain some of the traditions of prayer and worship of Anglicanism.

Personal Ordinariates have already been established in the United Kingdom (2011) and the United States of America (2012).

The Australian Bishops have already put in place procedures to enable clergy and lay church members to join the Catholic Church through the Ordinariate.

Archbishop Hart hopes that there will be a warm welcome to those wishing to enter the Catholic Church through the Ordinariate.

“I am confident that those former Anglicans who have made a journey in faith that has led them to the Catholic Church will find a ready welcome”, he said.

This new community will have the status of a diocese and will be known as the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross under the patronage of St Augustine of Canterbury.

For media enquiries, please contact Fr Brian Lucas on 0419 243 959 or Beth Doherty on 0407 081 256

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This is wonderful news!

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.

10 thoughts on “June 15th: Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross!”

  1. Good news, but does anyome have information about how many groups are likely to join and how big they are?

  2. Speaking of June, the Customary of Our Lady of Walsingham will be be released on 30th June.

    Per the description:

    This is a daily prayer book for the Ordinariate – those former Anglicans who have recently become a distinct part of the Roman Church. In creating the Ordinariate, Pope Benedict recognised the treasures that Anglicans brought with them from their own tradition and this book is replete with the riches of Anglican patrimony. It contains material from the Anglican tradition, adapted according to the Roman rite including: * an order for morning, evening and night prayer throughout the year * an interim order of the Mass * spiritual readings for the Christian year * the minor offices * calendar and lectionary tables For use throughout the English speaking world, this unique volume will fill an immediate need. Eventually, an authorised version of the Mass for the Ordinariate will emerge from Rome, but that is many years away.

  3. How wonderful!!

    Cardinal George Pell commissioned a painting of Our Lady of the Southern Cross for World Youth Day Sydney 2008. It is truly gorgeous: http://precioustreasures.com.au/blog/?p=53

    I was just four months a Catholic when I went to WYD Sydney, and had the chance to pray for Christian Unity before that painting in the Sydney Cathedral.

    June 15 will be my 30th birthday, and this is an awesome gift!

    Our Lady Help of Christians, pray for us!

  4. WOW! Had no idea that the Blessed Virgin Mary looked like Katherine Heigl.

    Congrats to The groups down under on their new Ordinariate. Wonder who the Ordinary will be.

  5. This news is just superb, and after such a long silence from Australia! I'm presuming that the small TAC community in Japan will be included. That is almost certain. But what about the Church of the Torres Strait? News, anyone?

    Alleluia! Too excited to write any more ——–


  6. "Australia, Australia, Australia, Australia, Australia….we love you…Amen!!"

    Gaudete in Domino Semper!

  7. This is brilliant news! Very best wishes to the Church in Australia and to those who will come into the Catholic fold fully through this portal. The picture is simply beautiful!
    God Bless.

  8. This is really good news. I am looking forward to more details as to where the churches in Victoria will be located.

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