In the last half hour it was announced officially: the former Methodist Church in Chelston, Torbay is now the Ordinariate Church of Our Lady of Walsingham with St. Cuthbert Mayne, Chelston. Fr. David’s wife, Liz Lashbrooke, commented on facebook “Yes it’s official…whoop whoop….“
The full SW Ordinariate facebook page announcement reads:
Congratulations to Fr Lashbrooke and all his people; they now have a Catholic church under the jurisdiction of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. The Ordinariate’s Torbay Mission has a headquarters!! And thanks be to God for all the generous benefactors throughout the country who made it possible, and also the Methodist Church, who were so pleased a Christian community would be taking on their old chapel. May God the Holy Spirit give them the necessary gifts to transmit the Faith and witness to the Gospel of our Saviour in Torbay. Deo gratias. Our Lady of Walsingham and St Cuthbert Mayne pray for them.
So far just over £100,000 has been raised out of a total projected capital requirement of £269,000 for the purchase of the buildings, refurbishment and transformation into a Catholic place of worship as well as alteration of some parish rooms into a presbytery for the pastor and his family. So there is still quite a long way to go. You can play your part in helping the Torbay Mission by donating online using the mydonate button in the right hand column. Thank you very much.