This evening the Bishop of Clifton ordained a former Anglican Priest, David Boundy, to serve in the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. The Pastor of that Group is Fr Keith Robinson (sometime Vicar of St Martin's in Salisbury). For a while in retirement, Fr David had been an honorary assistant, so you might say it is the old firm back in business. The Group they lead is at the Church of the Holy Redeemer, on the Northeast fringes of Salisbury (aka Sarum) — though in Catholic terms it is not part of Sarum Diocese, but of Clifton (Bristol). It was especially good to have David's wife, Catherine, reading the first lesson, and one of his grandsons serving at the altar. Indeed his grandson almost upstaged the Bishop — the church was very hot, and the poor lad passed out, collapsed in a heap — fortunately he was none the worse and seemed very cheerful at the reception after Mass.
There were old friends from various stages of David's long career — from Devon and Cornwall in the Westcountry, from Taunton and London and many other corners of the ecclesiastical globe.
It was especially good on arrival at the Church to find a prominent notice on the door announcing that this was the home of an Ordinariate Group, as well as of a Catholic Parish; not every Ordinariate Group is given the ability to publicise itself in this way — but Fr David tells me the Parish Priest has been immmensely supportive of him and the rest of the Group. Certainly there was a very good turnout for this Ordination Mass on a Tuesday in mid-holiday season, with Servers from all the churches in the group.
Mgr Andrew Burnham preached most encouragingly on the priesthood. After Mass we enjoyed catching up with old friends — Anglican monks who have recently relocated to Salisbury, Fr Christopher Colven from Spanish Place, members of the congregation who had formerly worshipped at St Martin's Salisbury. What is more, the sun came out and made the whole event even more glorious. I hope there may soon be some pictures on my Ancient Richborough blog, still being unable to download them here.