Newsletter from the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham

To access this month’s newsletter from the UK Ordinariate, just click on the banner heading below:

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The Companions of the Order of St. Benedict received into the Catholic Church

The small religious community of the Companions of the Order of St. Benedict entered into the full communion of the Catholic Church on the Feast of the Epiphany at the Church of St. Augustine in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. The Prior, Brother Robert-Charles, as well as Brother Sean-Patrick and Sister Myrna-Mary were received by the Parish Priest, Father Michael.

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They have written in their Newsletter “Listen”:

Home at Last!

The Companions of the Order of St. Benedict have been on a long and challenging journey to become members of the Catholic Church; this has finally taken place and is a real joy for the community.

The Companions of the Order of St. Benedict are all now fully Catholic, having been received into the Church on the Feast of the Epiphany at St. Augustine’s in Brandon.
“The welcome we’ve received has been phenomenal” Br. Sean-Patrick says with a big smile. “We’ve been eagerly anticipating this day, and now it’s upon us!” The community members enjoyed a big parish welcome at the eleven o’clock Mass followed up with a parish get-together the next week after the liturgy.
“My confirmation was very special indeed” Prior Robert-Charles says, “it really feels so wonderful to be a Catholic and to celebrate with our new Church family”. The community members are grateful to Fr. Michael in particular who helped shepherd them into the Catholic Church. The Companions of the Order of St. Benedict have two associate members, known as ‘Friends’ who are yet to become Catholic. “I’ll be Confirmed at Easter” Tyrell says, adding that he’s really looking forward to it.
Archbishop Richard Gagnon, of the Archdiocese of Winnipeg, sent his greetings saying that he’d be in prayer for the community. “This will be a beautiful day for you and your whole community. May God be with you on Epiphany day!” he wrote.
Greetings and well wishes also came from the bishop of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, The Most Rev’d Stephen Lopes. “Wonderful and welcome news” he wrote adding that he said a Mass for the community in thanksgiving. The Companions of the Order of St. Benedict are full Catholics within the jurisdiction of the Personal Ordinariate which was created to welcome and nourish former Anglicans who wish to retain the legitimate Anglican patrimony now protected and celebrated by the Catholic Church.

(To access the Newsletter, click on the photo above.)

We are overjoyed to welcome this new community into the Catholic Church and the Ordinariate family.

May Our Lady of Walsingham pray for them.

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In Our End is Our Beginning? by Brother John-Bede Pauley OSB

posted on the Benet Biscop Oblate Chapter website on January 7, 2017

As always, Fr. John Hunwicke provides fascinating food for thought. Today, he posted a couple of quotes related to what we might refer to as the state of the Anglican patrimony in Anglicanism itself.

The quotes:

  • Dr. Rowan Williams (former archbishop of Canterbury) stated recently that the “Anglican Church no longer shows so clearly the same combination of rootedness in the early Christian tradition and unfussy, prayerful pragmatism”.
  • Gary Bennett, in his preface to the 1987 Crockfords, referred to the demise of “the usual Anglican assumptions about the authority of Scripture and the normative character of patristic usage”.

Whether these “no longer” statements are true of the Anglican Communion is a question I wouldn’t know how to address and shouldn’t try to anyway. But as a former Episcopalian who is convinced Anglicanorum coetibus values, in its reference to the Anglican patrimony, something much more profound than anglophilia, I think it’s worth another effort at circulating among Ordinariate Catholics the idea suggested in the quotes above that the essence of the Anglican patrimony has its deepest roots in patristic spirituality.

There are those who give a ready assent to this statement and refer to their love of the writings of the Church Fathers. But “patristic spirituality” involves more than assenting to the writings of the Church Fathers. It’s a matter of reading the Fathers, reading Scripture, celebrating the liturgy, and living one’s day-in-and-day-out life as one integrated whole.

Elsewhere, others and I have mentioned why the language of the Prayer Book tradition (and thus of the Divine Worship missal) was meant—before the ink of the first version of the prayer book was dry—to be a different kind of language so that it would resonate in the memory. Fr. Hunwicke refers to “one old Anglican custom,” which was “to learn the week’s collect each week.” As in the Rule of St. Benedict, so in the intent of the Prayer Book compilers, if one is kneading dough, pray the week’s collect or a Psalm or the Magnificat …; tilling the field, pray the week’s collect or a Psalm or the Magnificat …; walking from lecture hall to one’s room, pray the week’s collect or …; etc.

Contrast all of this with a comment that appeared recently on another blog:

“An Anglican who becomes Catholic is going to do it for comprehensive intellectual reasons, and indeed reasons of conscience, and a cutsey-pie [sic] prayer book isn’t going to do much one way or another. … Bring back Aquinas.” Continue reading

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The North American Ordinariate in 2016

The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter has recently published a very informative and most encouraging Review of the year 2016, which can be accessed by clicking on the cover photograph below:

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Ordo 2016 – 2017 of the UK Ordinariate

Admittedly it is a bit late, but here is a link to this year’s Ordo of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham:

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Ordo 2016-17

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Bishop Lopes’ Pastoral Letter “A Pledged Troth” on the theme of “Amoris Laetitia”

Click on the image below to access a digital copy of Bishop Lopes’ most recent Pastoral Letter, “A Pledged Troth”.

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January’s news from the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham

To access the January newsletter, just click on the banner heading below:

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