Worth a thousand words, Anglican edition

Behold, the 17 new Catholic deacons—soon to be priests—who were once Anglican priests in the UK.

They were ordained today for the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.

Ad multos annos!

UPDATE: This item crackled across the wire yesterday, with news about the ordinariate in the United States:

A former Episcopal priest, Matthew Venuti of Mobile, Alabama, will make history when he becomes the first priest ordained for the Catholic Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. The U.S.-based ordinariate was created by Pope Benedict XVI to welcome Anglican groups and clergy seeking to become Catholic while retaining elements of their Anglican heritage. It is equivalent to a diocese, but national in scope.

Mobile Archbishop Thomas J. Rodi will ordain Venuti a priest on Saturday, June 2, 10 a.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, 2 South Claiborne Street, Mobile, AL 36602, along with four priests for the Archdiocese of Mobile.

Venuti’s ordination will be followed by 29 more ordinations of former Anglican priests across the United States this summer. They include hospital executive Jon Chalmers on June 3 in Greenville, South Carolina, followed by a father and son in Fort Worth, Texas; an editor of a major Catholic website in Virginia; military chaplains; and former Anglican priests in Arizona, California, Iowa, Maryland, Pennsylvania and other states.

There’s more at the link.


  1. Deacon Jim says:

    Ad Multos Annos.

  2. naturgesetz says:

    This is happy news. I hope we will soon be seeing a similar ordination on this side of the Atlantic.

  3. Can we send our crazier Catholic priests/sisters to the Anglicans? Like the Jesuits who are running Georgetown into the ground by willfully ignoring its Catholic roots?

  4. Ee~ Matthew Venuti has been serving at my parish church while awaiting his ordination! It’s very exciting for us, if a little strange, to think about him becoming a Catholic priest.

  5. Glory Be to God! Welcome Home!

  6. John Michael Akers says:

    My highest compliments gentlemen and utmost respect. Crossing the Tiber can be a tough swim. Ask John Henry Newman. May God hold us all, in the palm of His hand.

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