Tuesday 20th June 2017
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 toi 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 new Deacons will serve 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.