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Ordination of Anthony Cockram
Wednesday 25th June 2014

Anthony Cockram has been ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Mark O'Toole of Plymouth, for service in the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. The ordination took place on Saturday 21 June at the Church of Christ the King, Plymouth. Among the Ordinariate clergy present were Fr David Lashbrooke, Fr John Greatbatch, Fr Ian Hellyer, Fr Simon Chinery and Fr Colin Furness. Lay members of the Ordinariate from across the South West were there, along with Fr Anthony's family - including his two small grandsons. Catholics from the diocesan parish where Fr Anthony lives and several of his Anglican friends were also in the congregation.

The following day, Sunday 22 June, Fr Anthony presided at his First Mass, for the Feast of Corpus Christi, in the church in Chelston, Devon, which the Torbay Mission is renting from the local Methodist community. Both Masses were followed by celebratory receptions.

The Ordinary, Mgr Keith Newton, had been due to attend both occasions, but, sadly, had to cancel because of the death of his mother.

Fr Cockram, a former teacher, was ordained as an Anglican in 2002 and served the Anglican Church in parish ministry and as a hospital chaplain.

He was received into the full communion of the Catholic Church in 2012 and deaconed in March of this year. He lives in Seaton, Devon, and will be assisting with the Torbay Ordinariate Mission.

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