ORDINARIATE FESTIVAL: Overview (from the official UK Ordinariate website)

The Communications Director of the UK Ordinariate, Catherine Utley, despite the fact that she is unwell with shingles, has done a fantastic job of putting together the following “Overview” of the Festival with links to photos, audios and written texts. We shall be posting some of the texts on this site and utilising the photos, which are copyright of Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk:

Members of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham from the length and breadth of Britain were in London over the weekend of 19-21 September for the Ordinariate’s first ever festival.

Festival 2014 1 kleinThe main events centred around Mass at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday 20 September, celebrated by the Ordinary, the Rt Revd Mgr Keith Newton, assisted by some 40 members of the Ordinariate clergy. Mgr Newton also preached.

The Mass was preceded by presentations in the Cathedral Hall from the Darlington, Eastbourne and Torbay Ordinariate groups on the theme: Who are we? Where are we? What are we doing? as well as one from Joanna Bogle of the Ladies’ Ordinariate Group. Fr David Lashbrooke, leader of the Torbay Ordinariate, unveiled his group’s plans to buy a redundant Methodist church where it can establish a centre for worship, teaching, fellowship and outreach. “It will be a wonderful place of witness” he said.

The keynote addresses were in the afternoon. H.E. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the guest of honour, told the gathering that his prayer for the Ordinariate was that “it would be shaped by a rigorous search for that which serves to draw people today closer to the Lord in prayer, in liturgy and in service”. Mgr Andrew Burnham, Assistant to the Ordinary, who is on the liturgical commission set up by the Holy See to devise the texts for use by the ordinariates, outlined the stage that had been reached in the process of forming the Ordinariate liturgy. The final address was from the Ordinary, who spoke of the unique vocation of the Ordinariate and of the importance of all its members working together “to bring to reality the full potential of the gift given to them by the Holy See”.

Other events of the festival included a talk on the evening of Friday 19 September by the Catholic journalist and author Dr William Oddie, who was an Anglican priest before he converted to Catholicism 25 years ago.  Dr Oddie said the Ordinariate was a wonderful gift” and said a particular joy for him, at his first experience of the Ordinariate’s new liturgy, was singing the composer, John Merbecke’s setting of the creed, which “all came back as if it was yesterday, and it was a wonderfully moving experience”. The talk was followed by a reception in the crypt.

There was also a reception organised by the Ladies’ Ordinariate Group at the Church of the Most Precious Blood, Borough, on Saturday evening, attended by the Ordinary and Mrs Gill Newton, guests from various Ordinariate groups from across Britain, and from Catholic organisations including the Catenians, the Towards Advent Festival and the Knights of St Columba.

The festivities ended on Sunday at the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick Street – the Ordinariate’s central church – with Mass celebrated by the Ordinary, assisted by Ordinariate priests from England, Scotland and Wales. Mass was offered according to the Ordinariate Use and the setting was composed by the Ordinariate parish priest at Warwick Street, Fr Mark Elliott Smith, who played the organ. The guest preacher was Fr Warren Tanghe, a priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, who was formerly Anglican chaplain to All Saints Sisters of the Poor and was received into the Catholic Church with them under the Pastoral Provision. The Mass was followed by a farewell reception.

Cardinal Nichols addressing the Festival in the cathedral hall

Cardinal Nichols addressing the Festival in the cathedral hall

Mgr Newton thanked the organising committee and said he thought the festival had been “a resounding success”. There was general approval for his suggestion that it should become an annual event.

Pictures by Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk. For more pictures, plus keynote addresses in text and audio form, follow the links below

click here for pictures of the Friday evening talk by William Oddie

click here  for pictures of the Saturday morning session in the Cathedral hall

click here for pictures of the Westminster Cathedral Mass and Saturday afternoon session

For audio and texts of the addresses  click here

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7 Responses to ORDINARIATE FESTIVAL: Overview (from the official UK Ordinariate website)

  1. EPMS says:

    It seems likely that no further whole parishes, or sizable portions thereof, are going to join the OOLW. These groups were generally clergy-led, and we may assume that clergy tend to be better informed about things like AC than the laity typically are. So if the Ordinariate is to grow in the UK it must work to attract individual lay members with activities such as local information days and higher-profile national events like this festival. And I think that the OCSP should take a leaf out of this book. The biggest single source of groups in the OCSP, the ACA/ACCC, is pretty much tapped out, and the Ordinariate has not made much headway with breakaway Anglican groups on the Evangelical side of the spectrum. What is being done to publicise the OCSP among individual mainstream Anglicans/Episcopalians?

    • Rev22:17 says:


      You wrote: It seems likely that no further whole parishes, or sizable portions thereof, are going to join the OOLW.

      You really like jumping to negative conclusions, don’t you?

      Forever is a long time. I rather expect that some event will trigger another exodus of substantially intact congregations from the Church of England sooner or later, and that many of those congregations probably will join the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. The only relevant questions are (1) what the event will be and (2) when it will occur.

      That said, there probably is a significant number of people who will reconsider their decision to remain in the Church of England for the present whenever circumstances conspire to draw them to ordinariate services. The likely events include weddings and funerals of relatives and associates, as well as services for civic holidays and other significant occasions.

  2. EPMS says:

    Well, Norm, I accept your characterisation of me, but I think you are prone to the reverse: foreseeing positive outcomes for which there is little objective evidence. Perhaps that is a more attractive personal trait, but I do think it can encourage some people to wait passively for something to turn up rather than assessing the situation and planning accordingly. “Pent-up demand” is likely to mean that the first wave is uncharacteristic of subsequent growth, especially when most of the CofE clergy sympathetic to the OOLW have joined, with or without a group, and thus obviously taken themselves out of positions of parish leadership in the Cof E. I would hazard a guess that expressing positive feelings about the Ordinariate would not be helpful for someone looking to be ordained in the Cof E these days either, so we cannot expect a new crop of “Romanisers” to replace them, although of course individuals can always experience a change of heart.

    • Gentlemen, don’t you agree that speculation in either direction is not really helpful? We cannot know how many current C of E members are going to join the Ordinariate, so why worry about it? Our task in the Ordinariate(s) can only sensibly be to do what Cardinal Nichols suggested: to live a distinctive Catholic life which is aimed at the sanctification of the people involved, to do this and to talk about it, and trust in the Spirit.


      • EPMS says:

        Without disputing the wisdom of your last sentence, I would question the logic of the second. Isn’t that a bit like a publisher saying “We cannot know how many people are going to buy this book, so why worry about it?” Doesn’t evangelisation include publicity aimed at creating demand? “How are they to believe in one of whom they have never heard?”

      • EPMS, I quote what I wrote: “… and talk about it”!

      • Rev22:17 says:


        You asked: Doesn’t evangelisation include publicity aimed at creating demand?

        Not per se, though creation of demand is a side effect of evangelism. Properly, evangelism is about introducing people who don’t know Jesus to him.


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