A first: monastery for the Anglican ordinariate to be founded on January 1

Details from the Catholic Herald in the U.K.:  The first monastery of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham will be founded on New Year’s Day, it was announced today. On January 1 2014 the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary will formally become the first autonomous monastery within the Personal Ordinariate of Our [Read More...]

Baltimore welcomes a new priest—and his wife and seven children

From the blog for the Anglican Ordinariate:  On Friday, Nov. 15, after the conclusion of the USCCB Fall Assembly, there was a wonderful ordination to the priesthood of Fr. Albert Scharbach.  Fr. Al was ordained by his boss, Bishop Denis J. Madden, auxiliary of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, in what has been called “America’s most [Read More...]

Hot cross bums: cold church tries pew warmers

As one reader noted, on sending this to me, “Leave it to the Anglicans.” Check it out: The prayers of parishioners at two cold and damp churches have been answered after the Diocese of Exeter agreed to trial re-heatable cushions on the pews. One hundred cushions are being trialled in Broadclyst and South Tawton’s Anglican [Read More...]

Archbishop of Canterbury encourages Anglicans to embrace the Sacrament of Reconciliation

From the Telegraph:  The Most Rev Justin Welby advised churchgoers that it could be an “enormously powerful” experience to unburden themselves to a confessor, even if it was not always a “bunch of laughs”. His comments came as he addressed the heads of other churches – including the leader of the Roman Catholic Church in [Read More...]

Here come the Anglicans: “We are on a pilgrimage together”

Today, the Boston Globe offers a glimpse inside the Anglican ordinariate.  Details:  Before Mass on a recent Sunday, the Rev. Jurgen Liias stood in a cramped sacristy of a Catholic church with an acolyte and cantor and began a call-and-response prayer of preparation. Incense smoldered. The men thumped their chests in a gesture of contrition. [Read More...]

The Father Who’s a Father: Meet the Priest Behind This Iconic Picture

The snapshot here went viral shortly after it was published, showing the diaconate ordination of former Anglican priest Patrick Allen, accompanied by his young son. Now Patrick Allen is a Catholic Father — in every sense — and here’s the rest of the story: It was barely a week into Father Patrick Allen’s new ministry [Read More...]

“The Ordinariate has finally arrived”

So says Britain’s Damien Thompson, who blogs:  There’s plenty of scepticism about the Ordinariate – especially since the careful circulation of a quote attributed to former Cardinal Bergoglio saying he didn’t see the need for it. Well, we shall see. Pope Francis – who would never have encountered Anglicans in the Catholic tradition in Latin [Read More...]

11 Anglican nuns to join Catholic Church in England

And they include a former C of E minister and the mother superior.  Details, from the Catholic Herald:   Eleven Anglican Sisters will be received into the Catholic Church via the ordinariate, it emerged this week. The Sisters, from the Community of St Mary the Virgin in Wantage, Oxfordshire, will be received into the Church by Mgr [Read More...]

Arizona gets first Anglican Ordinariate priest—and 30 of his parishioners join the Catholic Church, too

Just in time for Christmas, members of Holy Nativity parish are joining the church. Details, from the press release: Former Anglican priest Lowell Andrews, of Payson, Arizona, will be ordained a Catholic priest on Sunday, Dec. 16, and 30 of his parishioners will be received into the Catholic Church as part of the Ordinariate of [Read More...]

10 reasons why men shouldn’t be ordained

I have to admit: this made me laugh.  It comes from Bosco Peters, an Anglican priest and blogger (and Friend of the Bench) in New Zealand.  He says he doesn’t know where the list originated.  (My favorite is #7.) Enjoy. 10. A man’s place is in the army. 9. The pastoral duties of men who [Read More...]


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