Ordinariate Begins Wave of Priestly Ordinations

LONDON, JUNE 3, 2011 (Zenit.org).- The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham is preparing for the first in a wave of priestly ordinations that begins Saturday, with seven Anglican priests set to be ordained in the Church.

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The ordinariate — for former Anglicans who have wished to join the Catholic Church in groups — was established along with the priestly ordination of three former Anglican bishops in mid-January. (Two more retired Anglican bishops were ordained priests soon after.)

Saturday’s ceremony will be the first ordination of former Anglican priests and begin a wave that will continue throughout the month, with more than 50 ordinations expected in this season.

Archbishop Peter Smith will ordain the seven this Saturday in his Cathedral Church in Southwark.

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Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham: www.ordinariate.org.uk/index.htm

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