Ordinariate Established for Australia

From Catholic World News:

Holy See establishes Australian ordinariate for former Anglicans

(CWN) Pope Benedict XVI has established an ordinariate in Australia for Anglicans entering the Catholic Church and named a former bishop of the Traditional Anglican Communion to lead it.

The new ecclesiastical jurisdiction, formally known as the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross, was established on June 15. Father Harry Entwistle, who once served as western regional bishop for the Traditional Anglican Communion in Australia, was ordained to the Catholic priesthood on June 15.

“Ordinariates have thus far been erected in England and the United States and are the response of Pope Benedict to Anglicans who have been petitioning the Holy See to enter into full corporate unity with the Catholic Church while retaining essential elements of their heritage,” the Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference said in a statement.

“Pope Benedict has made it very clear that unity between Christians is not achieved by agreeing on the lowest common denominator, and those entering an Ordinariate accept the Catechism of the Catholic Church as the authoritative expression of the Catholic faith,” said Father Entwistle.

“Membership is open to former Anglicans who accept what the Catholic Church believes and teaches; former Anglicans who have previously been reconciled to the Catholic Church but who now wish to reconnect with their Anglican spiritual heritage; and those baptized in the Catholic Church who have close family members who belong to the Ordinariate,” he added.

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Reverend Harry Entwistle was born on May 31, 1940 at Chorley, Lancashire, England and baptised an Anglican in the Parish Church on July 7, 1940. After studies at St. Chad's Theological College in the University of Durham, he was ordained priest on September 20, 1964 for the Anglican Diocese of Blackburn, Lancashire. After priestly service in Fleetwood, Hardwick, Weedon, Aston Abbotts and Cubligton, he was Chaplain in Her Majesty's Prison Service from 1974 to 1981 and from 1981 to 1988, Senior Chaplain at HM Prison Wansworth.

He migrated to Australia in 1988 where he was the Senior Chaplain for the Department of Corrective Services in the Anglican Diocese of Perth, Western Australia.

From 1992 to 1999 he was Archdeacon and Parish Priest of Northam; from 1999 to 2006 Parish Priest of Mt Lawley. In 2006 he joined the Traditional Anglican Communion and was appointed Western Regional Bishop and Parish Priest of Maylands in Perth.

After reception into the Church and ordination as a deacon, he was ordained to the priesthood in St. Mary's Cathedral, Perth on June 15, 2012. (From the Vatican website.)

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.

14 thoughts on “Ordinariate Established for Australia”

  1. Happy Days. Just got back from Harry's ordination and the announcement of Harry as the Ordinary. I didn't know before hand so it was a pleasant surprise. Lovely Mass-loads of priests and besides Archbishop Timothy Costelloe there were three other Bishops — one of them Peter Elliot.

  2. AXIOS! MANY YEARS and MANY BLESSINGS! None of the articles I've read say if he is married or celibate (single). If celibate might he be elevated to Episcopal status? If so, he would be the highest ranking Ordinary in the Ordinariates!

  3. In following links to the PDF file, one further line that the statement above stops short of quoting (as did the CWR article) reads:

    “As the Ordinariate is in organic unity with the Catholic Church, Western and Eastern Catholics are welcome to worship and receive communion in an Ordinariate mass and vice versa”, he said.

  4. Congratulations to Fr. Entwistle!

    There must be reports out there on how many are coming in and from where. I've seen that as many as seventy might be coming with Fr. Entwistle in Perth. Comments?


    1. Apparently about 40 former members of Fr Entwistle's parish were received into the Church this week. Bp Elliott mentioned on the Archdiocese of Melbourne website that membership forms would be circulating next week for those interested in joining the Ordinariate, and an Information Day is scheduled for July 14. I could not find a website or contact info for the OOLSC, so pent-up demand will have to remain so a bit longer.

  5. As Father Stephen Smuts points out on his blog, Anglicanism followed the Union Jack and is implanted thoughout our former Empire – So, after England, North America and Australia, where will the next Orinariate be? The two prime candidates are the Indian subcontinent and Africa. My betting is on Africa.

      1. Regrettably, it would be more likely to involve the nasty £1 coins introduced to replace the old £1 notes. Unsurprisnlgy they they were quicky given the derisive term "a Thatcher" after the then prime minister who also suffered from being a bit brassy and with pretensions to being a sovereign.

  6. It seems like a secret society at present – maybe the information about the information day is written on stone tablets hidden in a cave?

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