Here is the Christmas letter we have sent to all the Ordinariate communities and our friends:
Dear Ordinariate Friends,
We are now in the last few days of Advent, and Christmas will soon be upon us. So we should like to take this opportunity, as every year, to send you our most sincere good wishes for a happy and holy Christmas and for the New Year 2015.
This period at the end of 2014 and the beginning of 2015 allows us to celebrate two and a half years of the Australian Ordinariate (on 15 Dec.), three years of the North American Ordinariate (on 1 Jan.) and four years of the UK Ordinariate (on 15 Jan.). For all three Ordinariates 2014 has been very much a year of consolidation and preparing the future.
- Several groups have moved their place of worship to a more advantageous location (Washington, DC; Stoneham, MA; Kitchener, ON; Iford, Bournemouth; Preston, Lancs; …)
- Others are in the process of raising funds to purchase their place of worship or planning building projects (Calgary, AB; Chelston, Torbay; Pembury, Tunbridge Wells; …)
- A new Chancery has been built in Houston, TX
- Many of the parishes which belong to or are in the care of the Ordinariates have seen exceptional growth, often more than surrounding diocesan parishes
- A few new communities have joined the Ordinariates (Strafford, PA; Kansas City, MO; …), new groups have been founded on an experimental basis (Lehigh Valley, PA; Chichester; …) and the Ordinariate Use Mass is being celebrated more widely to attract those unfamiliar with it (Mullumbimby and the Gold Coast, Queensland; …)
- Britain saw two national events – the “Called to be One Day” and the Festival
- Home-schooling projects have been initiated (Calgary, AB; Toronto, ON)
- Plans are underway for the founding of a new school (Scranton, PA)
- Ordinariate communications have improved enormously. Our Lady of Walsingham has a regular weekly newsletter service, Our Lady of the Southern Cross publishes “Australia-wide” monthly, and the Chair of St. Peter is likely to catch up soon, having appointed a Communications Director and published one issue of “The Observer”.
We hope and pray that this progress will continue and expand, and that those Ordinariate communities currently without a pastor will be given a full-time priest as soon as feasible.
Please allow us to remind you again of our Ordinariate support group for expatriates living either temporarily or permanently in mainland Europe, who are either Ordinariate members or are interested in the Ordinariate. We should be grateful if you could think of us should any of your members be moving over to the Continent. Please make them aware of our website https://ordinariateexpats.wordpress.com and e-mail us their contact details, so that we can greet them and stay in touch while they are living here.
We now have a growing community of “friends of Ordinariate Expats”, who are natives of various European countries and are interested in supporting the Ordinariate movement. We have begun and hope to continue information visits in various European parishes. Our website cited above has – by default – become the main collator of Ordinariate news and comment worldwide, and so perhaps you and your group members (especially those in the diaspora, who have only sporadic contact to a group) might be interested in accessing it from time to time to get some up-to-date information.
May God bless us all at this festive season.
With best regards
from David Murphy, contact person for the Ordinariate Expats Support Group,
Vinnhagen 6, D-48485 Neuenkirchen, Germany
( firstname.lastname@example.org or my private e-mail, email@example.com )
and from Father Scott Anderson, Ordinariate Expats spiritual director