Friday 18th to Sunday 20th September – Ordinariate Festival in London

(from the UK Ordinariate website)

The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham held its Annual Festival at The Church of the Most Precious Blood, London Bridge, at Westminster Cathedral and the Cathedral Hall over the weekend of 18th to 20th September 2015.

Members, who came from far and wide, included two who had travelled over seven thousand miles from Jakarta (!) to be present.

On Friday evening Fr Gerard Sheehan of Opus Dei gave a most interesting talk about the position of the Ordinariate in the Catholic Church. He drew on his experience and on the words of Pope Emeritus Benedict and His Holiness Pope Francis among others.

On Saturday over two hundred Ordinariate members packed into Westminster Cathedral Hall to hear reports from various Ordinariate activities. These included the newly formed group in Cardiff; the Ordinariate church building on Torbay; and the work at Moist Precious Blood. They also had a report of the finances and the plans for some Ordinariate young people to attend the forthcoming World Youth Day in Poland.

21435481988_acb806ed63_zArchbishop Joseph Augustine Di Noia O.P. of the CDF was the principal celebrant at Mass in the Cathedral. This was celebrated using the soon to be published Ordinariate Divine Worship Missal.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter lunch Archbishop Di Noia gave the members some idea of the way the various Ordinariates had been set up.

The day concluded with a “Charge” delivered by the Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, The Right Revd Mgr Keith Newton.

On Sunday, those members who were able to stay in London, assembled for Sung Mass at the church of Our Lady and Saint Gregory, Warwick Street.

(for photos of the Festival Saturday and Sunday in Westminster – taken by Eric Pittuck – you can click here.

Audio files of all the talks and presentations in Westminster Cathedral Hall can be accessed by clicking here.)

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