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Maidstone Anglicans join Ordinariate
Wednesday 4th April 2012

On Tuesday evening, a group of Anglicans from Maidstone were received into the full communion of the Catholic Church by Fr Edward Tomlinson of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.

The group, which includes the former Vicar of St Michael & All Angels, Maidstone, the Revd Paul Gibbons, were received at St Anselm's, Pembury, which is run by two priests of the Personal Ordinariate.

The Mass was celebrated by Fr Tomlinson, with intercessions led by Paul Gibbons. After Mass, members of the Tunbridge Wells Ordinariate Group and the new Maidstone Ordinariate Group enjoyed a celebratory drink. It is anticipated that both groups will continue to maintain a very close and mutually beneficial relationship long into the future.

Speaking after the Mass, Fr Tomlinson said "It was a great privilege to receive the Maidstone Ordinariate Group into full communion with the Catholic Church. This is another wonderful step in the life of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady Walsingham and each member is an inspiration to us all by their fidelity to God's call and their willingness to sacrifice much in pursuit of truth and unity".

The Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells groups will worship together over the Sacred Triduum, celebrating Easter together as Catholics gathered before the same altar.

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