New group joins the Adelaide Ordinariate Community

Monsignor Entwistle writes:

On Sunday 2nd October, Msgr Harry Entwistle received a group of parishioners from St George and Michael, Clearview, Adelaide into the Ordinariate.

This community was formerly a member of the Anglican Catholic Church in Australia (TAC) and has now joined the community of Blessed John Henry Newman to enhance the Adelaide Ordinariate Community under the pastoral care of Fr Ian Wilson (left of Msgr Entwistle).

This joyous occasion was shared by Msgr Egar (right of Msgr Entwistle) who has followed the journey of the members of the Ordinariate for several years.


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17 Responses to New group joins the Adelaide Ordinariate Community

  1. ANOMYMOUS says:

    CONGRATULATIONS to all concerned with this group within the Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross, in South Australia. May the Holy Spirit be with you as you enter into this journey of faith, our prayers are with you all. Is this the group formerly led by A/B Hepworth? Just wondering. I hear on the ” grape vine” that Fr. Bill Hannigan, from St. Margaret’s on the Gold Coast has now left the ACCA in Australia, just wondering if this is correct???

  2. Jeff Hirst says:

    It is certainly true that Fr Hannigan is no longer listed on the ACCA website. I hope that if he has left the ACCA he is now heading for Rome. I have been praying for him for a long time, as I have for the Church of Torres Straits, which has gone very quiet. As I recall, I think in Fr Bill’s case there was some complication due to the fact that he had been raised a Catholic. I really do pray that what ever difficulties there are can be overcome. Looking at past copies of Fanfare de Dieu online, Fr Bill led one of the most dynamic ACCA parishes. What remains of ACCA seems to be in a very sorry state indeed, and I find that sad. Continuing Anglicanism is an honourable thing for those who for whatever reason feel unable to become Catholics. Perhaps the coming hoped-for “reunion” of the major Continuing groups in the USA after next October will encourage a realignment worldwide, if only to get rid of the bewildering ‘alphabet soup’. The Anglican Catholic Church here in the UK is very small, and does not hide the fact. The Traditional Anglican Church has a large number of congregations and clergy, but there is no indication of how many layfolk there are – the website seems to be very static. For the two bodies to unite must be a good thing. Another recent and as yet very small player is the Nordic Catholic Church, with undisputed valid orders via the PNCC. All very interesting, but also confusing. In the meantime, we continue to pray for the continued growth of the Ordinariates! ….and for Fr Bill.

    • Rev22:17 says:


      You’re right about the “alphabet soup” of so-called “continuing Anglican” bodies, both here in the States and worldwide. A unification among them clearly would simplify the process of reconciliation with the Catholic Church!

      That said, there are more than a few practical difficulties to unification of “continuing Anglican” bodies. These bodies have developed their own mutually overlapping diocesan structures, so any sort of realignment or rationalization of those structures will be difficult: pastors and parishioners have relationships of trust with their own denomination’s bishops, but not with the bishops of other denominations, and thus would be reluctant to submit to a bishop from another body in a realignment. There are also a lot of strong personalities involved, and bishops who are not going to give up their positions and their power very easily. Differences in policies and procedures among the various bodies also are likely to cause more than a few complications.

      The Polish National Catholic Church (PNCC) and the Nordic Catholic Church (NCC), which are joined in the Union of Scranton, are another animal completely. These bodies do indeed have undisputed orders and sacraments, so their reconciliation with the Catholic Church will be very simple — a stroke of the pen by the pope will make them a new ecclesial structure of the Catholic Church (perhaps a sui juris church of the Roman Rite?), their internal organization remaining intact, whenever that reconciliation occurs. A decade or two ago, an investigation carried out by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on behalf of the Vatican concluded that there is no doctrinal obstacle to reconciliation of the PNCC. However, it appears that there are more than a few practical obstacles: I have seen reports that many PNCC clergy, including the Prime Bishop, are active in Freemasonry and that some PNCC clergy are former Roman Catholic clergy who married after leaving the Catholic Church, though I don’t know the specifics. I don’t know whether, or to what extent, such issues may also extend to the NCC. Nevertheless, any reconciliation with the Catholic Church clearly would require resolution of such issues in a manner satisfactory to the Vatican. My guess is that this will await a generation of leadership of the PNCC that is not most especially the latter of these issues.


    • THANK YOU JEFF for the kind words that you have posted regarding my ministry in the ACCA. Yes, I have left the ACCA in Australia, and continue with my Catholic faith. Jeff, you may be interested in my movements since leaving the ACCA. I have travelled to Ireland, and went on pilgrimage to Our Lady of Knock with a group of Legion of Mary people. Then for a personal retreat with the Cistercian Monks at their Abbey in Co. Waterford. I then went to the Isle of Innesheer, small Aran Isle, off the Cliffs of Moher, to see St. Kevins sacred grave. A trip to Rome, Vatican to pass through the Holy Door of the year of Mercy. Holy Mass at St. Peters each morning, and to greet Pope Francis at the Wednesday meeting in St. Peters Square. Then it was off to the Holy Land for a real prayerful pilgrimage, with leader, Fr. Paul. (NOT A SIGHT SEEING VENTURE) it was a wonderful experience, with seven other pilgrims. I have now been home for two weeks, and my scripture readings have taken on a greater level of meaning and prayer. Jeff, thank you so much for your prayers, I really do appreciate them. Could you also include in your prayers the great people at St. MARGARETS on the Gold Coast, here in Queensland as they continue their faith journey. My prayers for you Jeff at this time, as I thank you once again. Blessings, Bill H.

      • Jeff Hirst says:

        Thank-you very much for your full reply to my earlier post. It is lovely to hear you sounding so positive – you look to have had a fantastic few weeks. The prayers continue and I will of course pray for your former congregation at St Margaret’s. And thank you for your prayers for me!

        With all good wishes,


    • Jeff Hirst says:

      Further to this, the web site of the Free Church of England, which is at the Low-Church end of Continuing Anglicanism, and of course much older than the other Churches, announces that it is hosting an ‘Anglican Unity Forum’ on 8 June, moderated by ACNA Archbishop Foley Beach, with the hope of beginning a process to bring together ‘the hitherto fragmented witness of traditional Anglicans in the UK’. Added to the initiative from the Nordic Catholic Church there seems to be a great gathering of pace. Maybe this year will be the Year of the Great Realignment. Anything that brings more Unity must be applauded, and I wish them well.

  3. Jeff Hirst says:

    It now appears that the Traditional Anglican Church in Britain is to leave the Traditional Anglican Communion in order to be received into the Nordic Catholic Church (according to its English newsletter The Contender). Alongside the moves for unity between the traditional Continuing Churches in the USA there certainly seems to be a re-alignment going on.

    • THANKS For the update Jeff, its great to receive news from over there, and that is very interesting news indeed. I hope and pray that all will lead to join the Holy Catholic Church, under the leadership of his Holiness Pope Francis. Yes the news from Adelaide SOUTH AUSTRALIA, is just so wonderful. I live in hope that the same will happen here in the northern area of Brisbane Queensland, where I live. Blessings, BILL H.

    • Rev22:17 says:


      This is a very interesting development!

      The Nordic Catholic Church is part of the Union of Scranton, along with the Polish National Catholic Church (PNCC) here in the States. These bodies have valid apostolic succession, and thus valid sacraments. It will be interesting to see whether the clergy of The Traditional Anglican Church (TTAC) receive ordination from bishops of Nordic Catholic Church, as this would give them orders that Rome would recognize as sacramentally valid.


      • Jeff Hirst says:

        Dear Norm, their website contains information of a reception of former Anglican and other clergy towards the end of last year. The rite was specially constructed and the Anglicans were ordained sub conditione, and the others outright. Jeff

      • Rev22:17 says:


        … Anglicans were ordained sub conditione, and the others outright.

        That’s very interesting, and it makes great sense from a historical perspective. The Polish National Catholic Church (PNCC) obtained its apostolic succession from the churches of the Old Catholic Communion at its foundation and remained part of the Union of Utrecht until the other member churches thereof decided to ordain women, c. 2003. Bishops of the Old Catholic Communion subsequently participated in some Anglican episcopal ordinations as co-ordaining, establishing what would seem to be a partial restoration of apostolic succession within the Anglican Communion that the Vatican has never recognized. The PNCC subsequently ordained the first bishops of the Nordic Catholic Church and formed the present alliance of the two bodies, called the Union of Scranton. The conditional ordination ensures undisputable sacramental validity without denying that valid orders may have already existed.


  4. HELLO JEFF, Just thought you may be interested in the recent news from Holy Cross Parish Redcliffe QLD. the parish in which I live and in which I am a parishioner. Our Parish Priest has been given another parish in the south of Brisbane City by the Archbishop, and a new priest in charge has been appointed by the Archbishop to our Holy Cross Parish Redcliffe. The new priest in charge is Fr. Bob Harwood who is presently serving as priest in charge of St. Benedicts Catholic Parish East Brisbane. Fr. Bob is one of the married priest of the Brisbane Archdiocese, having been ordained by our former Archbishop Bathersby in 2005. Fr. Bob and his wife Grace and three (3) adult children will arrive at Holy Cross Redcliffe just after Easter this year. This will be the very first time our parish has had a married priest. I look forward to his coming into our Holy Cross parish. Please pray for Fr. Bob as he takes on the leadership of our wonderful parish of Redcliffe City, HOLY CROSS. Kind regards in Jesus Holy Name, Bill H.

  5. Jeff Hirst says:

    Thanks for your reply. The prayers for you, your former congregation at St Margaret’s, and the Australian Ordinariate, continue.

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