More on the Receptions – and Beyond

1 01 2011

More has been written over the course of the day about the news from Westminster Cathedral:

The Tablet has this:

The pioneers of the new ordinariate for former Anglicans were received into the Catholic Church in London today. Three former bishops, two of their wives and three former Anglican nuns formally joined the Church at a New Year’s Day Mass at Westminster Cathedral. It is believed that more than 30 parish groups will follow them into the ordinariate which allows Anglicans to become Catholics while retaining elements of their Anglican patrimony.

Westminster auxiliary Bishop Alan Hopes, himself a former Anglican, was chief celebrant at the Mass and heralded the receptions as a “great day”. In his homily he told the converts that they had been on a long and challenging journey. “Today marks a profound and important step in your discipleship of the Lord,” he said.
Although 14 priests concelebrated at the Mass the receptions were low key. All three former bishops – John Broadhurst of Fulham, Andrew Burnham of Ebbsfleet and Keith Newton of Richborough – wore civilian clothes. It is understood that they will be ordained as Catholic priests later this month. The nuns were formerly members of the Anglican Convent of St Margaret at the Marian shrine of Walsingham. They wore new blue habits, discarding the grey they wore as Anglicans.

Austen Ivereigh has a fuller account of the mass here.

And Fr John Boyle has information about the proposed dates of the former bishops’ ordinations.