Read the rest of his column, and much else besides, in the May issue of The Portal magazine.
Nevertheless much has been achieved in the short time since the Ordinariate was erected in January 2011. We now have 60 priests, the most recent being Fr James Bradley and Fr Daniel Lloyd ordained at the end of April and both under 29 years of age. We now have a working Governing Council, which meets every three months to counsel and advise me. Around 200 more people were received into the Catholic Church through the Ordinariate this Easter.
There are more than 40 Ordinariate groups of varying sizes meeting regularly for Mass and other devotions. Two of our priests have begun to study Canon Law by distance learning from Louvain University so that we can eventually have our own Canon Lawyers. Despite having to travel long distances, almost all our clergy were present at our first Chrism Mass at St James’ Spanish Place which was an inspiring and uplifting occasion. Several young men have offered themselves for ordination and will this month attend a selection panel. At the end of the month we hope that around 20 former Anglican clergy will be ordained to the Diaconate in Westminster Cathedral - God willing.
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