Australian Ordinariate Established for Former Anglicans

Former Bishop of Traditional Anglican Communion Named Ordinary

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SYDNEY, Australia, JUNE 18, 2012 (Zenit.org).- It was officially announced on Friday that Benedict XVI has erected a third Personal Ordinariate according to the provisions of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorun coetibus. The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross will extend the same area as that covered by the Australian Bishops’ Conference.

The former Western Regional Bishop of the Traditional Anglican Communion, the Reverend Harry Entwistle, was appointed the Ordinariate’s first ordinary.

Speaking of the news, Monsignor Keith Newton said, «I’m very pleased to hear of this encouraging appointment.”  Monsignor Newton is the ordinary for England’s Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walshingham.

“Father Entwistle has a wealth of experience from his Anglican ministry in England and in Australia, and I look forward to working with him closely as we seek to articulate the vision of Anglicanorum coetibus,» the English ordinary said.

The Reverend Harry Entwistle was born on May 31, 1940, at Chorley, Lancashire, England. After studies at St. Chad’s Theological College in the University of Durham, he was ordained a priest on September 20, 1964 for the Anglican Diocese of Blackburn, Lancashire.

After priestly service in Fleetwood, Hardwick, Weedon, Aston Abbotts and Cubligton, he was Chaplain in Her Majesty’s Prison Service from 1974 to 1981 and from 1981 to 1988, Senior Chaplain at HM Prison Wansworth.

He migrated to Australia in 1988 where he was the Senior Chaplain for the Department of Corrective Services in the Anglican Diocese of Perth, Western Australia. From 1992 to 1999 he was Archdeacon and Parish Priest of Northam; from 1999 to 2006 Parish Priest of Mt Lawley. In 2006 he joined the Traditional Anglican Communion and was appointed Western Regional Bishop and Parish Priest of Maylands in Perth.

After reception into the Church and ordination as a deacon, he was ordained to the priesthood in St. Mary’s Cathedral, Perth on June 15, 2012.

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