Friday, March 11, 2011

Some 600 Anglicans in UK Convert to Catholicism; Join Catholic Church in Ash Wednesday Ceremony

On March 9, 2011, Ash Wednesday, an estimated 600 Anglicans from England and Wales -- including 20 clergymen -- formally joined the newly established Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, established by Pope Benedict XVI.

According to the Spero Forum website, they are now being welcomed in Catholic parishes, where they will enter into full communion with the Catholic Church during Holy Week.

The largest number of those entering the Ordinariate come from southeastern England.

Archbishop Peter Smith is expected to ordain seven former Anglican clergy to the Diaconate during Eastertide, and six of these to the Priesthood by Pentecost.

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