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Ordinariate growing: 54 ordinations in England; Anglican parish in Maryland to enter

Catholic World News - June 06, 2011

On Pentecost Sunday more than 50 former Anglican clerics will be ordained as Catholic priests for the English ordinariate of Our Lady of Walshingham.

Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark will preside at the first in a series of ordination, as the newly established ordinariate receives its first priests. Msgr. Keith Newton, who heads the ordinariate, says that nearly 1,000 lay people have made the move into the Catholic Church. “Every week somebody writes or emails asking how they can join the ordinariate,” he reports.

In the US, meanwhile, the Episcopal parish of St. Luke’s in Bladensburg, Maryland, has opted to join the first US ordinariate. The pastor, Rev. Mark Lewis, said that the entry of the 100-member parish into the Catholic Church was a step to “heal a wound that has existed between Rome and Anglicanism for nearly 500 years.”

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