Two men, David Butler and Jamie Houghton, will be ordained as deacons for the Ordinariate next Saturday at 12 noon at the Ordinariate’s central church, Our Lady of the Assumption and St Gregory, Warwick Street, London. Please keep them in your prayers.
Br David Butler was formerly an Anglican priest. He became a Catholic before the Ordinariate was established. When it came into being, he was registered as a member and wanted his religious vows to be under the jurisdiction of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. Brother David has been living a simple eremitical life for some years. In March 2014, he took temporary vows as a hermit during a Mass at Warwick Street.
Jamie Houghton served for 42 years as an Anglican priest before being received into the Ordinariate Group in Folkerstone in April 2011. He has wide experience of youth and school chaplaincies. Before his retirement, he served on The General Synod of the Church of England as part of the Catholic Group.
The ordaining bishop will be the new auxiliary bishop of Birmingham, the Right Reverend Robert Byrne CO, formerly provost of the Oxford Oratory and the first Oratorian in 140 years to become a bishop. At his episcopal ordination Bishop Byrne was privileged to use the chasuble worn by Pope Benedict XVI at the 2010 beatification of Cardinal Newman, founder of the Birmingham Oratory.
(The date has also been set for Jamie Houghton’s ordination to the priesthood. This will take place at the church of Our Lady Help of Christians, Folkestone (home of the Folkestone Ordinariate Mission), on Saturday 28th February at 12 noon, with Archbishop Peter Smith, the Archbishop of Southwark, presiding.)
(Text mainly from the UK Ordinariate’s website)