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English ordinariate commemorates 1st year

Catholic World News - January 18, 2012

Amid Solemn Evensong, a Eucharistic procession, and Benediction, the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham commemorated the first anniversary of its establishment on January 15. The ordinariate was established for Anglicans in England and Wales who wished to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church while retaining elements of the Anglican patrimony.

Quoting Blessed John Henry Newman, Msgr. Keith Newton, the former Anglican bishop who serves as the Ordinary, preached:

I can only say, if it is necessary to say it, that from the moment I became a Catholic, I have never had, through God’s grace, a single doubt or misgiving on my mind that I did wrong in becoming one. I have not had any feeling whatever but one of joy and gratitude that God called me out of an insecure state into one which is sure and safe, out of the war of tongues and into the realm of peace and assurance. This is my state of mind, and I would it could be brought home to all and every one, who, in default of real arguments for remaining Anglicans, amuse themselves with dreams and fancies.

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  • Posted by: jeremiahjj - Jan. 18, 2012 6:26 PM ET USA

    Precisely how I felt 20+ years ago when I swam the Tiber River. I have never been happier in my life and by God's mercy I am finally home.

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