UK Ordinariate’s Lay Retreat 2017

dowry-house-walsinghamA special retreat for lay people is being organised at the Catholic Shrine in Walsingham by the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. It will begin on Friday 10th March at 4pm and end on Sunday 12th March after lunch. Those resident on the retreat will be staying in the new accommodation located at the refurbished Dowry Retreat House on the High Street. The cost is £150 per person (full board) and the retreat conductor will be Deacon Revd. Dr. Stephen Morgan.

To book: send £20 non-refundable deposit- with name and address to: Ordinariate Lay Retreat, 56 Woodlands Farm Road, Pype Hayes, Birmingham, B24 0PG.

The balance needs to be paid by the 1st March and cheques are made payable to Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.

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!!! Change of Affiliation !!!

This website/blog has so far been published on behalf of the Ordinariate Support Group in Europe and has a large number of regular followers from within the Ordinariates and beyond. We are most grateful for your support.

Within the framework of a complete reconstruction of the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society internet presence, the responsibility for this blog will be taken over by the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society (ACS).

You will still be able to access the site with its archive of previous posts at the current URL ( but it will also feature on the ACS website, which is at present at and after the reconstruction will be domained at .

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Ordinariate Europe Cycle of Prayer for December 2016

cycle_of_prayer_button_webClick on the heading on the left to access this month’s Cycle of Prayer.

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“Shared Treasure” available online

anglican-use-society-crossAt this Advent Embertide the first issue of “Shared Treasure”, the journal of the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society (formerly Anglican Use Society), and successor to “Anglican Embers”, is published.

This first issue is available free of charge online on the ACS website or you can download a pdf version of the journal by clicking here.

This first issue contains:

  • a letter from the President explaining the transformation of the Anglican Use Society into the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society
  • an exchange with Church of England Bishop Tim Thornton of Truro on his C of E perspective on the Anglican Patrimony
  • Fr Scott Anderson OLW on a legal or pastoral understanding of Canon Law
  • Monsignor Mark Langham on the Ordinariates and Realised Ecumenism, a talk given to Ordinariate clergy in London on 12th February 2015
  • Fr Richard Bradford of the Pastoral Provision on the late Father James Parker
  • journal editor C. David Burt on the Generation of St. Louis

Subsequent online issues will be available free of charge to members of the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society. All others may purchase an online subscription for US$ 5.00 per annum.

It will also be possible to purchase a print version of Shared Treasure. Individual hard copies cost US$ 10.00 aand an annual subscription can be had for US$ 30.00 (members) or US$ 35.00 (non-members).

Bulk copies (6 minimum) are available at US$ 25.00 per copy per annum.

A subscription form will be found on page 120 of the journal. It will also soon be possible to purchase subscriptions online on the revamped  ACS website.

The deadline for articles for the Lent Embertide issue of “Shared Treasure”is 1st February 2017.

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The Portal – December 2016

To access this month’s issue of the Portal (with, among other interesting items, an article from the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society), just click on the cover photograpph below and then on the tab “Read The Portal”.


In this issue:

  • Joanna Bogle on “Never means never”
  • Snapdragon jumps into a hole and keeps digging!
  • Fr Mark Woodruff on theSyro-Malabar Church
  • Jackie Ottaway and Ronald Crane meet Richard Eddy and visit Precious Blood, London Bridge
  • Fr Julian Green on the closing of the Holy Doors
  • Rev Dr Stephen Morgan on Newman
  • more Anglican News from The Revd Paul Benfield
  • The Revd Andrew Lomas on ‘Deacons in Disney!’
  • Donato Tallo on ‘Our Extraordinary Saviour’
  • News from Aid to the Church in Need and VMM International
  • David Murphy on the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society
  • Geoffrey Kirk asks “Death: Burial or Cremation?”
    . . . and much more.

You will also find all previous issues of THE PORTAL on the Archive Page

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Catholic History Made in Republic, Missouri – a Conversation between Shane Schaetzel and Father Chori Seraiah

The Little Portion in Republic, Missouri This Former Franciscan Retreat Centre, Now Serves as St. George Catholic Church

The Little Portion in Republic, Missouri
This Former Franciscan Retreat Centre now serves as St. George Catholic Church

Nestled deep in the forests of the Ozark Mountains is a small city called Republic. It sits about 15 miles southwest of Springfield, Missouri, otherwise known as the Queen City of the Ozarks. Republic is a small suburban town originally built along the railroad tracks leading into Springfield. Today Republic straddles Highway 60, a major artery going into the Queen City. In comparison to Springfield, Republic is a quiet town. High school sports preoccupy most of the city’s excitement. A farmers’ market meets regularly on Main Street, and the annual celebration of “Pumpkin Days” takes place in the same location every autumn. Like Springfield, Republic is home to many churches of various types. Whatever you’re looking for, you can pretty much find it in Republic. There are at least two contemporary-style Evangelical churches in town, along with some traditional Baptist and Assemblies of God (Pentecostal) churches. There is a beautiful and historic Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), as well as a local Lutheran and Methodist church. However, a new church has come to town, and it’s a little overdue. While Republic is home to hundreds of Roman Catholic residents, it has never had a Catholic Church. Many local Catholics have been commuting to Springfield for weekly mass. That may soon change for some of them, because you see, Republic just got its own Catholic Church.

Saint George Catholic Church meets at the old Franciscan Retreat Centre at the end of Assisi Way on the south side of Republic, near Miller Park. The chapel is hidden from sight from the main road, because it was a Franciscan retreat originally. The idea behind a retreat is seclusion. Since Saint George operates on this property, it is currently tucked away from plain view, but it is very active. Two masses are currently celebrated every week, along with weekly evening prayer, scheduled confession times, and a prayer chapel set aside for visits to the Blessed Sacrament. Though only established in June of this year (2016), the community is alive, well, thriving and growing.

I had the opportunity to speak with Fr. Chori Seraiah, the Catholic priest who lives on the premises of Saint George. Fr. Seraiah is an Anglican convert to Catholicism. He is married and has five children. He was ordained a Catholic priest by special permission from Pope Benedict XVI in 2012… Continue reading

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November 18th, 2016 – a great day in Bridgeport, PA

On Friday November 18, 2016 (Friday) at 7 p.m. in a Mass with Bishop Lopes St. John the Baptist Ordinariate Community was established as a canonical parish and Fr David Ousley was instituted as pastor.

Here are some photos of the event, courtesy of Nick Kiriakidi:


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