Joan Lewis (EWTN): Personal Ordinariate in UK receives large grant

11 07 2011

Joan Lewis, EWTN’s Rome Bureau chief, writes:

The Trustees of the Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament, at a recent meeting, unanimously agreed to make a grant of one million pounds – $1.6 million – to support the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, according to a CBS press release. The Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament, founded in 1862, is a registered charity for the advancement of the Catholic faith in the Anglican tradition. The Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, a special structure set up by the Catholic Church to welcome Anglicans who had asked to be welcomed into the Church, was established in January 2011, and is also a registered charity for the advancement of the Catholic faith.

Commenting on the grant, Fr. Christopher Pearson, superior-general of the Confraternity, said, “the Trustees considered an application for financial support for the Ordinariate very carefully,… and we agreed that the objectives of the Ordinariate were compatible with those of the Confraternity, specifically the advancement of the Catholic faith in the Anglican tradition. We agreed that making a grant would be in the best interests of the Confraternity, in furthering our charitable objectives. We also hope that a substantial grant might be a helpful signal to others contemplating offering financial support to the Ordinariate, thus increasing the likelihood of the charitable objects of the Confraternity being secured in the long term.”

Father Pearson was elected superior-general of CBS in 2006 and re-elected in 2011. He served as a priest in the Church of England for seventeen years and was ordained in the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham June 4, 2011. (He has been my guest on Vatican Insider, as you may remember)

Today CBS has spread to many places within the Anglican Communion of churches, especially in Great Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and parts of Africa. There is a separate, self-governing CBS in the USA.

On Saturday, July 16, Msgr. Keith Newton, ordinary of the personal ordinariate, will lead the annual Pilgrimage of Reparation and Consecration to Walsingham. This year the intention for the pilgrimage is thanksgiving for the establishment of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham and for the graces received during the State Visit of the Holy Father last year.

Msgr. Newton is in Arlington, Texas this weekend for the Anglican Use Conference that runs July 7 through 9. He too has been a guest on Vatican Insider.


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