Joy in Mayfair as 10 men ordained for the Ordinariate
While it was disappointing that illness prevented Cardinal Pell from travelling to London for the Ordination Mass his absence did not dampen the joy of those at St James Spanish place as ten men were ordained as Deacons of the Catholic Church to serve in the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. Mgr Newton (and the new Deacons) are profoundly grateful to Bishop Robert Byrne for stepping in at the last moment to celebrate the Mass, and to Fr Christopher Colven for offering the use of St James - the Ordinariate churches in London would not have accommodated the number of candidates nor the size of the congregation!
This, the largest Ordination since the very early days of the Ordinariate, was also the first such celebration to use the Ordinariate's distinctive liturgy - Divine Worship: the Missal. For many of those present, hearing the wonderful music of Herbert Howell's Collegium Regale Communion Service in liturgical use in the Catholic Church was the fulfilment of many years of longing.
The newly ordaines will spend theirDiaconal year serving the Ordinariate across England, Scotland and Wales and their Ordination brings the number of Ordinariate clergy to 105 - a very significant contribution to the mission of the Catholic Church in this country.
Those ordained on Saturday were:
Jonathan Creer and Thomas Mason, both seminarians at St Mary's College Oscott;
David Prichard and David Hathaway, both attached to the Ordinariate mission in South Wales based at Newport;
Michael Ward, an expert on C.S. Lewis who teaches part time at Blackfriars and will assist Fr Daniel Lloyd with the Ordinariate group at Holy Rood Oxford as well as in the wider Catholic Parish of North Hinksey;
Leonard Cox, former vicar of St Peter's Greets Green, will be assisting Fr Simon Ellis at St Margaret Mary Perry Common;
David Jones, former vicar of St Luke's Jersey who will be assisting in the Nottingham Ordinariate mission;
Timothy Boniwell, formerly an Anglican hospital chaplain who will be assisting with the Ordinariate mission in Coventry with Fr Paul Burch;
Cameron MacDonald and Simon Beveridge from Scotland who will be assisting Fr Len Black with the Ordinariate in Scotland.