Saturday 12th October 2013
The wives of Ordinariate clergy were given a special Award at this year's Catholic Women of the Year Luncheon on 11 October. Every year, three or four Catholic women are honoured at the Luncheon, chosen from among many from across Britain. They are nominated for their service to the Church and the community. This year, it was decided in addition to break with tradition and give a special group award - to the wives of the clergy of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.
The citation honours these women who have "bravely supported their husbands on the path to Christian unity: in the process they have surrendered financial security and family homes while having to support their families at a time of great stress and uncertainty. They are an often forgotten but nevertheless vital part of fulfilling the vision of the Ordinariate."
The Award was accepted on behalf of the Ordinariate wives by Mrs Gill Newton, wife of the Ordinary Mgr Keith Newton. A number of Ordinariate clergy wives were at the Luncheon, from Ordinariate groups in various parts of Britain.
The speaker at the Luncheon was Dr Caroline Fairey of the Maryvale Institute, who noted the significance of the date, October 11th, the anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council in 1962 and of the Council of Ephesus many centuries earlier. It was at Ephesus that the Church affirmed Mary as truly Mother of God. Dr Fairey urged that Catholic women rejoice in the honour that the Church gives to Mary and to all women.