Ordinariate Scotland Newsletter

We are pleased to post a link to the new Advent newsletter from the Ordinariate in Scotland. There is plenty of interesting news, including the fact that by this time next year the number of priests in Scotland will be doubled, God willing. Just click on the banner heading below, which has an interesting typo (it should read Advent 2016):scot-newsletter-heading-advent-2016

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4 Responses to Ordinariate Scotland Newsletter

  1. godfrey1099 says:

    From it we learn more about developments in the OLW Ordinariate as a whole (not just in Scotland) than from any other source, The Portal included!
    It’s great that the ordinations will become a central annual ‘event’, much like in any Catholic diocese. It will definitely be a demonstration of strength, viability and potential of the Ordinariate.

  2. Rev22:17 says:


    The following sentence from the article on the ordinariate’s change of practice regarding ordination is very interesting.

    During 2017 the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham is likely to have a large number of men ordained, probably more than almost any diocese in the country….

    The obvious question is from where these men are coming. I’m not aware of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham having that many seminarians, so it would seem to indicate more former Anglican clergy coming into the church and preparing for ordination.

    That said, the reason for the original practice was to facilitate participation in the ordinations of the congregations who came into the full communion of the Catholic Church with their former Anglican pastors. The change in practice would suggest that this participation is no longer deemed important, and that does beg the question of why. It might be simply a question of scheduling issues involving separate ordinations of a large number of candidates, but it also could indicate reception of a lot of former Anglican clergy without their parishioners. It would be nice to know the underlying dynamic.


    • I think it is fair to say that the number of groups of Anglicans joining the Ordinariate from year to year or new groups being gathered is very small at the moment and that the priests now being ordained are to serve communities without a pastor (as in Scotland) or as a reserve since may of the existing Ordinariate priests are nearing retirement or are even beyond the retirement age.

      The Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter has also taken the decision to ordain once a year in Houston. If nothing else this is a question of economy of time and effort. But in the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham there is the extra difficulty that a bishop has to be found for each ordination and bishops have very full timetables.

      • EPMS says:

        I think that the OCSP wanted to emulate the practice of other dioceses and make ordinations an annual occasion for the whole Ordinariate community to gather and celebrate. If members of Fr Luke Reese’s family and congregation could get from Indianapolis to Houston, (over 1,000 miles), it does not seem unreasonable to think that people could travel from one part of the UK to another. This is before we get to the factors mentioned in Mr Murphy’s first paragraph.

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