On Saturday 4th July Shaun Morrison is to be ordained to the diaconate at 12 noon at Our Lady of the Annunciation Catholic Church, London Road, King’s Lynn, by Bishop Alan Hopes, the Bishop of East Anglia, himself a former Anglican. Our Lady’s was the Pontifical Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham from 1897 to 1934, when the National Shrine at the Slipper Chapel in Walsingham was established.
Since Our Lady’s is not an Ordinariate parish, it may interest readers that Shaun’s ministry will be in King’s Lynn at Our Lady of Annunciation Church and Holy Family Church. The Parish Priest is also Parish Priest for Hunstanton so he may also help there.
For the Ordinariate Shaun will minister as required by the Ordinary, which could mean helping at Warwick Street on occasions. But King’s Lynn is not so far from Walsingham, so perhaps the fledgling Ordinariate group in Walsingham might expect Shaun’s assistance from time to time.
The following photo was taken on Sunday 10th May at Holy Family Church, Kings Lynn, when Shaun was instituted to the ministry of Acolyte by Mgr Keith Newton – left to right: Mgr Keith Newton, Shaun Morrison, Deacon John Belfield (Parish Deacon) and Fr Gordon Adam (Ordinariate Priest)
Update (from the Ordinariate website 10.07.2015)
On Saturday 4th July 2015, Shaun Morrison was ordained to the Permanent Diaconate by the Right Revd Alan Hopes, Bishop of East Anglia. Mgr Keith Newton preached at the Ordination Mass which included these words to Shaun: “The ordained person is a servant of both Christ and his Church and the Deacon particularly symbolises in his life and ministry that calling of the whole church to service. In that service he is to follow the pattern of Christ the Good shepherd spending himself in the care of those committed to his charge”
Shaun was joined by many clergy and friends for what was a wonderful celebration. Hymns included ‘Christ is made the sure foundation’ and ‘Stand up for Jesus’. This was the first ever Ordination to take place in the Parish of Kings Lynn, at the Church of Our Lady of the Annunciation, where there is the Pontifical Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham restored by Pope Leo XIII in 1897.