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Ordinariate in Scotland Weekend
Monday 17th March 2014

The Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, Monsignor Keith Newton, spent the weekend of 14 - 16 March attending a residential gathering organised by the Ordinariate in Scotland at The Schoenstatt Scotland Retreat and Pilgrimage Centre at the foot of the Campsie Fells, about 10 miles outside Glasgow.

The Ordinariate in Scotland, under its leader, Fr Len Black, assisted by Fr Stanley Bennie, is widely spread out, with small sub-groups in Inverness, Edinburgh and Stirling. Representatives from all locations attended the weekend, along with members of the Episcopal Church in Scotland who are exploring the possibilities offered by the Ordinariate. Also attending was Tobias Parker, one of the Ordinariate's three seminarians, currently studying at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford.

Morning and Evening Prayer and the Masses on Saturday and Sunday - which in Scotland are always celebrated according to the Ordinariate Use - were held in the small chapel in the grounds of the retreat centre. The group also took part in Stations of the Cross, in the grounds of the centre on Saturday afternoon, led by Mgr Newton.

The Ordinary gave an address to the group on how the Ordinariate came into being and how it was faring three years on and there were discussions on the next stage in the development of the Ordinariate in Scotland. In response to requests, it is currently looking into the possibility of setting up a new sub-group, for Glasgow and the South West.

In his homily on Sunday, based on Matthew's account of the transfiguration on the mountain, Mgr Newton spoke of how climbing a mountain gave one a sense of perspective and vision. He said he was very impressed and heartened that the Ordinariate in Scotland - though still small - had such a clear sense of the part it had to play in the mission of the Ordinariate and in fulfilling the great vision of Christian unity which it offered. Fr Black said he was absolutely delighted with the success of the weekend and felt that such gatherings - bringing together Ordinariate members from across Scotland - might be held more regularly.

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