"The Flying Bishops" become deacons — UPDATED

And here’s the first snapshot of the former Anglicans, from their ordination on Thursday.

More information here.

UPDATE: Some details of the ordination, courtesy the Catholic Herald:

The private event was attended by approximately 50 people, family and guests of the deacons and the seminarians at Allen Hall.

After each receiving the book of the gospels, Deacon Newton prepared the altar, while Deacon Burnham and Deacon Broadhurst stood with Bishop Hopes to receive the gifts from their wives.

Before the end of the Mass, Bishop Hopes gave a thanksgiving for the wives of the three newly made deacons and there was a special blessing to aid them in their ministry with and to their husbands.

According to one eye-witness, it was a standard Roman Rite diaconate ceremony. The music for the main parts of the Mass was the Missa de Angelis sung by the Alan Hall Schola and it opened with Blessed John Henry Newman’s hymn, Firmly I believe.

The eyewitness said: “It was astonishing. The whole thing was handled with such sensitivity and generosity, especially the way in which Bishop Alan reached out to the wives of those being ordained. It was evident from the way it was done that the occasion was important for church, for them as individuals and their families and it was marked really well.”

Comments

  1. I HAVE A QUESTION? — WHEN DOES THE CHURCH REINSTITUTE THE MARRIED PRIESTHOOD FOR ALL WHO WANT IT?

  2. Yes, it would be nice, wouldn’t it, if the Church would recognize the gifts and the call of married cradle Catholics, not just those clergy it was able to poach from the Anglican church. (Of course, it would be equally great if the church did not push away women who are called to the priesthood.)

  3. Sorry Steve, women are not called to the priesthood. Remember the Church is not a democracy. It’s a shame “kumbaya” catholics just can’t get that throught their little marxist heads.

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