Bournemouth Area Ordinariate Group

26 01 2011

The Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham serves the area of West Hampshire and East Dorset. The Catholic Bishop of Portsmouth has agreed that the Ordinariate parish will share the Catholic church of Our Lady Queen of Peace, Douglas Road, Southbourne, Bournemouth BH6 3ER. Fr Graham A J Smith is pastor of the Group and is assisted by Fr Edwin Barnes (a former Bishop of Richborough) and Fr Brian Copus.

During the preparation of the Group to be received into the Catholic Church, the Group will attend St Joseph’s Church, Purewell, Christchurch for Mass on Sundays at 11.15 followed by catechesis at 12.30pm. The Rite of Election will take place at St John’s Catholic Cathedral at 11am on Saturday 12th March. The Group will be Received and Chrismated on Maundy Thursday 21st April at 5pm in St Joseph’s Christchurch.

Fr Edwin Barnes was ordained to the Catholic priesthood on 5th March. Fr Graham Smith begins a course of formation in Lent with a view to ordination to Catholic priesthood on 25th June in St John’s Cathedral Portsmouth.


8th MarchConcelebrated Solemn Mass at 7pm at Our Lady Queen of Peace followed by a Shrove Tuesday Supper (including Wine).
12th MarchRite of Election in St John’s Catholic Cathedral, Portsmouth at 11am.


Please contact Fr Graham Smith SSC for more information on the Ordinariate and about joining the Group. E-mail fr.graham.smith[at] or phone 07710 328 685.