Tuesday 28th July 2015
2015 Ordinariate Festival
The Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, The Right Revd Mgr Keith Newton, invites all members of the Ordinariate to the 2015 Festival from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th September
Friday 18th September 2015
Talk by Fr Gerard Sheehan Opus Dei
7pm at the Church of the Most Precious Blood,
O'Meara Street, London Bridge SE1 1TA - followed by A Reception
Founded in 1928 Opus Dei describes itself as "a personal prelature of the Catholic church that helps people seek holiness in their work and ordinary activities". They try to help others through their regular work and their day-to-day life. Any lay Catholic may ask to join Opus Dei as long as they are at least 18 years old.
Opus Dei is a strong advocate of traditional Catholic values, focusing particularly on spreading the Catholic teaching that every individual is called to become a saint and an apostle of Jesus Christ and that ordinary life is a path to sanctity. It also lays particular stress on the unique character of Roman Catholicism - as compared with other churches and faiths.
There are three types of members of Opus Dei: numeraries, associates and supernumeraries. Associates and numeraries make up about 25% to 30% of members. They are celibate, live with other members. The majority of Opus Dei members are supernumeraries. They account for around 70-75% of members and they are usually non-celibate, married men or women.
Fr Gerard Sheehan
Father Sheehan is a priest of the Personal Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei and worked for ten years at Netherhall House, the student residence run by Opus Dei. He moved to a Parish in Swiss Cottage in 2005, and recently took up a new appointment in London.
He is a supporter of The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham and will address us on the advantages and difficulties of being in the position of being in a Personal Prelature or an Ordinariate in the Church.
Saturday 19th September 2015
Main Festival Event
10.30am to 4pm at Westminster Cathedral Hall
Ambrosden Avenue, SW1P 1QW
Speaker - Archbishop Joseph Augustine Di Noia O.P.
of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Mass in the Cathedral at 12.30pm
Sunday 20th September 2015
1030 Sung Mass
at the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and Saint Gregory
Warwick Street, London W1B 5LZ
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