Shaun Morrison to be ordained Permanent Deacon

On Saturday 4th July Shaun Morrison is to be ordained to the diaconate at 12 noon at Our Lady of the Annunciation Catholic Church, London Road, King’s Lynn, by Bishop Alan Hopes, the Bishop of East Anglia, himself a former Anglican. Our Lady’s was the Pontifical Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham from 1897 to 1934, when the National Shrine at the Slipper Chapel in Walsingham was established.

Since Our Lady’s is not an Ordinariate parish, it may interest readers that Shaun’s ministry will be in King’s Lynn at Our Lady of Annunciation Church and Holy Family Church. The Parish Priest is also Parish Priest for Hunstanton so he may also help there.

For the Ordinariate Shaun will minister as required by the Ordinary, which could mean helping at Warwick Street on occasions. But King’s Lynn is not so far from Walsingham, so perhaps the fledgling Ordinariate group in Walsingham might expect Shaun’s assistance from time to time.

The following photo was taken on Sunday 10thy May at Holy Family Church, Kings Lynn, when Shaun was instituted to the ministry of Acolyte by Mgr Keith Newton – left to right: Mgr Keith Newton, Shaun Morrison, Deacon John Belfield (Parish Deacon) and Fr Gordon Adam (Ordinariate Priest)

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Merging the two Ordinariate communities in Philadelphia?

In the July issue of The Philadelphia Ordinariate Post Father David Ousley writes:

Dear Parishioners and Friends,

We have been talking about the advantages of getting St Michael’s and Newman together. The biggest practical obstacle has been finding a location which will work for everyone. The Newman folk are largely centered on the Main Line (so we want something convenient to the Main Line), while St Michael’s people come from all over as well as from the city (so we need something close to major highways and Septa). We now have a possible site to consider, and the first question is whether it will work for everyone. It is the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Bridgeport. This is currently a worship site of Sacred Heart Parish in Swedesburg, and we are grateful to the Pastor of Sacred Heart, Fr Timothy O’Sullivan, for inviting us to consider the possibility of using that facility.

I would ask everyone at St Michael’s and Newman to think seriously about whether this location is possible for you. While there would be many advantages to getting the congregations together, we do not want to lose anyone. The church is three blocks from the Norristown High Speed Line and not too far from the Norristown Transportation Center (if that is too long a walk, I’m sure we could provide rides from there on Sundays). There is ample parking for those coming by car.

Location of Mount Carmel. PhiladelphiaThe property has three buildings (church, school, rectory) and parking. We have set up a tour of the church and school for Sunday, July 26th, following the Mass at St Michael’s. There will be no coffee hour that day, and we’ll head out after Mass. It is about a half-hour drive, so we have set the tour for 11 at Mount Carmel, 500 Ford Road in Bridgeport. You are also welcome to join in a special Mass at Mount Carmel on July 19th, part of their celebration of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, which is followed by a procession to Sacred Heart.

olmc 5OLMC 1Until last summer, Our Lady of Mount Carmel was the Italian parish in Bridgeport. At that time it merged with St Augustine’s and Sacred Heart, with Sacred Heart designated as the parish church.

It is an attractive possibility for us for a variety of reasons. The buildings are in good condition. The church is relatively small (seats 300). Also air-conditioned. The neighborhood is good. The church is handicapped accessible, and has an accessible bathroom. The school does not have a school operating at present, but is used by Sacred Heart for their PREP program (catechesis for children not in Catholic schools), a thrift shop, and some meetings. It has ample space for our needs without compromising the current use by Sacred Heart. If you would like to see some more pictures, you can go to .

The process, as we try to discern what God has in mind for us, goes something like this. First, I would like to get a sense from everyone if the location will work. We will discuss it in both congregations after the Masses on August 2nd. If it is deemed acceptable, then I will discuss with Fr O’Sullivan what kind of arrangements we might make that would work for them as well as for us. When we reach an agreement, both Fr O’Sullivan and I will need the approval of our superiors, and our finance and pastoral councils will need to weigh in. And then we can start thinking about all the details which would be involved. There are many of those! From what time we should have the Sunday Mass to who is going to clean the church, and whether we can afford it. Meanwhile, please think seriously about the location and your Sunday travel.

I think there is a general consensus among us that merging the congregations has much to recommend it. It would enable Newman to return to a morning service. It would get us much closer to “critical mass”. It would increase our resources available for mission and service, and make us more attractive to visitors. And having “our own” property would help us to be settled, and clarify the direction of our mission. At the same time, having a property comes with costs and burdens, as we recall from St James and Good Shepherd (where we also had endowments to help with the costs).

Part of the discernment of whether God is calling us to move there is a realistic assessment of whether we can manage the property. It is an exciting prospect, and one which would have profound consequences for our common life in Christ. So it is okay to be excited. At the same time, in the midst of our excitement, we should abide steadfast in our prayers and rational thinking, always seeking God’s will for us.

Fr. David Ousley

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My spontaneous visit to Pembury

DSCF0354 smallDSCF0355 smallAfter Mass and lunch at Aylesford Priory, I had the spontaneous idea of making a detour of some twenty or thirty miles via Pembury and visiting St. Anselm’s Church and the new parish hall. Unfortunately I did not have the opportunity to announce my visit in advance and so I hoped that Father Ed Tomlinson or his wife or one of the priests might be around. As it turned out, the only person I met was Julie, the manager of the Montessori nursery meeting in the new hall.

DSCF0358 smallThe first impression of the two huts (one white and one in brick) is not immediately of a church, but the large crucifix left one in no doubt that this is a place of worship. I could only imagine the effect when the lych-gate is restored and erected at the entrance to the grounds. No doubt the community will want to make the church building more evidently church-like from the exterior – perhaps with a large white or silver cross on the wall and/or a small tower on the roof.

DSCF0359 smallInstead of entering the church from the gable end, which was perhaps a little more reminiscent of a church (see this older photo),

640px-St_Anselm's_RC_Church,_Pemburythe new doors are now in the side of the building and you come into the new narthex which opens onto the church to the left and the hall and amenities to the right. It was then that I heard Julie moving around in the hall, so I turned right.

DSCF0361 small - nursery manager JulieYou can perhaps imagine my surprise when I saw that the whole hall (which I had only seen empty or with one table and chairs on previous photos) was now full of nurseery school equipment – and a very nice nursery it seemed to be.

DSCF0364 smallDSCF0366 smallI must admit that I had not realised just how much furniture and equipment the nursery requires, and when Julie told me that they needed one and a half hours to move all the equipment to one end of the hall if it is needed for Sunday School or any other parish events or for rental, I realised just how much work had been involved before when everything had taken place within the church building itself. In an optimal state of affairs a further hall would be necessary just to house the nursery more permanently.

Julie explained that she is not Catholic and that the nursery is multi-faith and run according to Montessori principles. The nursery school teachers all have college degrees with an additional two-year Montessori qualification – making them far better qualified than the students I have been teaching at vocational college in Germany in preparation for working as an educator in a Kindergarten.

Leaving the hall I then went into the church – it must really be wonderful that this can now be a house of prayer all week round – what might it look like with the pews that they have already obtained?

DSCF0368 smallDSCF0369 smallDSCF0372 smallI am so grateful to have actually experienced St. Anselm’s myself – the only pity is that no one from the Ordinariate was around and Julie did not know where the Tomlinsons live. Perhaps another time – when the church has been made even more splendid.

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25th July – Ordinariate South-East Pilgrimage to Aylesford

The Kent and Sussex Pastoral Areas of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham have arranged their own regional pilgrimage for the Feast of St. James, patron of pilgrims, Saturday 25th July. The destination will be the Southwark Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel and St. Simon Stock at the Carmelite Priory in Aylesford, Kent, generally known as “The Friars”.

Aylesford Priory, which was in private hands since the Reformation, was resettled by Carmelite Friars in 1949 and was soon transformed into a Shrine. Architecturally you can clearly distinguish the historical buildings around a picturesque courtyard and the more recent Pilgrimage Esplanade with its three Chapel pavilions, where the main pilgrimage services take place.

My first visit to Aylesford was in 1969, shortly before I was received into the Catholic Church. I took part in a diocesan pilgrimage led by the late Archbishop Cyril Cowderoy, whose coat of arms are visible on the right-hand chapel. Although my parents were not churchgoers and my mother was Anglican, they often visited Aylesford together just to experience the peace and quiet.

So, on leaving Folkestone after Walsingham weekend, I decided to make my own personal pilgrimage to Aylesford on my way up to London. After passing through Canterbury, where I handed over five cases of old books, which I had brought from Germany, at the Hospice Bookshop on Burgate, near the Cathedral and the Catholic Church, I arrived in Aylesford at about 10.30 a.m.

DSCF0351 smallDSCF0347 smallDSCF0349 smallDSCF0348 smallThe two remaining arcades of the original cloisters form one corner of the esplanade

DSCF0333 smallEntering into the central pavilion you are led further along a corridor to the Relic Chapel with the beautiful modern shrine of the English saint Simon Stock, a former superior geeral of the Carmelites who is best known for having received the brown scapular from Our Lady of Mount Carmel in a vision.

DSCF0345 smallThe Relic Chapel opens into the small Chapel of the English Martyrs, which is currently used as a Blessed Sacrament Chapel. This chapel is decorated with some very striking ceramic reliefs by Polish artist Adam Kossowski (like the whole shrine actually). It was in this chapel that I felt most at home as an Ordinariate Christian. Apart from St. Thomas of Canterbury on the altar frontal all of the martyrs either named or portrayed are martyrs of the Reformation.

DSCF0339 gerade smallDSCF0344 smallDSCF0340 smallDSCF0334 smallDSCF0335 smallHere we can find St. Thomas More (Scranton and Toronto), St John Fisher (Potomac Falls), St. Cuthbert Mayne (Chelston), and between the lines of the two large panels naming the Forty Martyrs canonised by Blessed Pope Paul VI and showing Tyburn and the Tower of London I could see written all the names of the Protestant martyrs killed in the reign of Queen Mary. I spent quite a while in this chapel, which became the main goal of my pilgrimage.

It was in the corridor leading to the Relic Chapel that I first encountered a large group of young boys, who as it turned out later, were eleven-year-olds on an end-of-school retreat just before leaving their Jesuit Preparatory School Donhead in Wimbledon before going on to Secondary School.

When I returned from my visit to the Martyrs Chapel the boys were congregating for Mass in St. Joseph’s Chapel with some more Kossowski ceramics of the life of St. Joseph. I decided to secrete myself into the back of the chapel and join them for Mass. The Mass was interesting for a number of reasons, not least because the celebrant was a deaf mute (bearing a striking resemblance to the Bishop of Amiens in France, with whom I had originally confused him).

Father celebrated the whole Mass in sign language and asked us to join in signing “Amen” by putting our hands together into the Orate position. Although the priest was quite difficult to understand when he spoke he held a homily which all the young people listened attentively to, in which he told them the importance of love and its fruits as they moved on to the next phase of their life. Here were sixty or so boys beginning school and me, just having left school, and I felt he was talking to all of us equally.

At the end of Mass each of the boys went to the ambo and told some of their most important experiences and achievements at primary school – it was quite moving. Since Father could not read their lips and therefore did not know what they were saying, each of the boys gave him their notes afterwards for him to read.

As Mass ended the Angelus bell rang and I softly sang the Anglican version of the Angelus which so many of our Ordinariate parishes use.

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Before leaving Aylesford, I had lunch in the beautiful Pilgrims’ Hall (beloiw with the parasols), then went to the shop and the pottery. A wonderful visit.


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The Portal – July 2015

To read this month’s edition of The Portal Magazine click on the front page photo below and follow the tab “Read The Portal”.

The Portal July 2015

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Ordinariate Expats Cycle of Prayer – July 2015

cycle_of_prayer_button_webAgain we invite you to join our praying community by interceding for the intentions in our monthly Cycle of Prayer (follow the link below). This month we have included the Christian prayer from Pope Francis’ new encyclical on the care of creation “Laudato Si'”.

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Ordinariate Pilgrimage to Walsingham

The following is adapted from two reports on the UK Ordinariate website:

On Saturday 27th June 2015, the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham went on Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Walsingham.

The day began with Sprinkling in the Anglican Shrine where we were welcomed by the Shrine Priest Fr Stephen Gallagher, and the Catholic Rector Mgr John Armitage.

Fr David Waller, Chairman of the Governing Council of the Ordinariate, preached a short homily before Sprinkling.

The whole company then processed to the Slipper Chapel and the Catholic Shrine whilst reciting the Rosary.

After lunch, Mass was celebrated in the Chapel of Reconciliation. Mgr Keith Newton, the Ordinary was the principal celebrant and gave the homily. Many Ordinariate priests concelebrated the mass.

At the Offertory Mgr Newton read out the Notice of Erection of the Sisters of Our Lady of Reconciliation as a Public Association of the Faithful within the Ordinariate in anticipation of their establishment as an Institute of Religious Life once there are sufficient sisters. Sister Wendy Renate and Sr Jane Louise then renewed their Religious Vows before the Ordinary. Not only did this commit Sister Wendy and Sister Jane to the Religious Life in the Ordinariate, but also acknowledged their former life as members of the Society of Saint Margaret in their Anglican days. It was fitting on this occasion that we were joined by Revd Mother Theresa and Sister Angela SSM.

(A special feature of the day was that the Ordinariate was joined by some Melkite Christians. This meant that the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite was celebrated in the Chapel of the Reconciliation at Noon, followed by a celebration of the Melkite Rite, which was in turn followed by the Ordinariate Use! Three different Catholic liturgies celebrated in succession in about four hours – a historical first!)

It was a splendid day and many blessings were received.

…and now my own personal pilgrimage story:

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… and now some visual evidence that I really was there:

Here I am waiting for Sprinkling:

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… walking behind Heather from Folkestone:

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and talking to Folkestone’s Father Jamie:

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA… yes, that man on the left who wasn’t paying attention when his Ordinary arrived, that man was me, two days after I retired from teaching!! I seem already to have forgotten the rules of basic classroom conduct.

David Murphy

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