September Ordo

Due to the sickness of Father Ramsay who meticulously prepares the Calendar, the full version for September is not available. Available for download this month is a limited version containing readings for Matins & Evensong and mass readings for OLSC. Please use the lectionary for all readings at mass.


New Appointment – Fr. Lyall Cowell

With effect from Sept 6th 2014, Fr Lyall Cowell will be seconded to the Catholic Diocese of Lismore for a period of three years and take up the position of administrator in the parish of Mullumbimby with the added responsibility of promoting the Ordinariate in that diocese, offering the Ordinariate mass in the parish and gathering and growing an Ordinariate group.  He will remain an Ordinariate priest with responsibility to the Bishop of Lismore and the Ordinary OLSC for the respective ministries he will undertake in each jurisdiction. This is a groundbreaking appointment for us in Australia and one which highlights the ministry of the Ordinariate as being one of diversity in unity with the Western Catholic Church.


Become an Ordinariate Supporter

If you do not regularly worship in an Ordinariate parish or are not a member of the Ordinariate we encourage you to become a Supporter.  This will enable you to keep in touch, receive some Ordinariate news, and know about Ordinariate events in your locale.  Please download the Supporter form here, print, fill out and either mail or scan and email back to us.  We look forward to hearing from you.  We are working on creating a Web Form soon to make this easier for you.  We look forward to hearing from you.

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Musings of an Ordinary!

Some people do not have access to electronic communications and the internet, for a variety of reasons. Up until now most of the communications from the Ordinariate has been in this electronic form. The Ordinary, in an attempt to broaden the reach of our communications, has recently produced a small broadsheet called, “Musings of The Ordinary”.  It is designed to be printed out and given to those who would not normally have access to this website.  Please download a copy here and print out some copies to hand around.   Keep a copy of Musings and Australia Wide handy to throw in the direction of anyone who asks you about your Ordinariate.  This is the pefect way to provide that all important introduction.

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The Two Ways – Fr. Ken Clark, OLSC

Some of the Ordinariate priests contribute to ongoing reflections about the Ordinariate.  Father Ken Clark, the Ordinariate priest in Gippsland, Victoria is no exception.  A recent reflection from Father Clark has attracted a number of quite favourable comments from around Australia, including from the Ordinary himself.

Father Clark observes there are two types of Catholics: there are those who follow a God who asks of us to turn away from our former lives and accept a new life based on His teachings (the Magisterium), versus those who follow a God, largely of their own comfortable design and who loves us just as we are and where the values of the world and secular society remain acceptable.  Father Clark’s blog site can be found at:  (put it in your favourites)

For convenience,”Two Ways” has been uploaded to the Ordinariate website and can be read here.


Archbishop Costelloe Reflects on Voluntary Euthanasia

The subject of euthanasia is once again being raised in Parliament, but this time in Federal Parliament. Rather than call it ‘euthanasia’ which is a deliberate pre-meditated act of ending a life, it is now being promoted as the ‘management of the dying process’ so describing it as compassionate medical care rather than a criminal act. This softening up of the language is designed to gain support for the practice, but evidence is emerging in those countries which allow the practice that it is no longer restricted to terminally ill adults suffering ‘unbearable’ pain. The practice has been extended to include children, teenagers, the disabled the mentally sick and even those who are not sick, but tired of life or believe they cannot face the future. There is no reason to believe that Australia would not follow the same path in time.

Archbishop Costelloe of Perth has written a paper about this here.

Write to your Federal MP if you wish to make your views known. In Perth, the Hon. Allanah MacTiernan is the MP pushing for the legalisation of legalising euthanasia in Parliament.


2014 Clergy Residential

The OLSC clergy recently gathered together in Melbourne for their annual Residential. You can read the report here.


Seeking That Extra Discipline

Following in the great Carmelite tradition of Saint John of the Cross, Saint Teresa of Avila and Saint Therese of Liseaux our very own ordinariate priest Father Ron Wallis OCSO was recently received as a member of the Third Order of Mount Carmel. The reception occured on 6 May, 2014 at the Parish Church of Saint Mary, North Rockhampton.

Father Paul Gurr, Order of Mount Carmel, from Jamberoo, NSW, and Third Order Chaplain, Received Fr. Ron and celebrated the Mass. Fr. Owen Buckton, Parish Priest of Our Lady of Walsingham, was one of the concelebrants. Members of the local Carmelite Third Order Community also participated. Visiting Third Order members from Jamberoo and the Gold Coast were also present.

When asked what the reasons were for seeking Reception into the Third Order, Father Ron replied:

“For me personally, I have found assistance with spiritual forma-tion available from Third Orders associated with the consecrated Religious Life, to be of specific benefit. As a priest entering the Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross, I was seeking that extra discipline and support previously experienced. The Third Order of Mount Carmel provides that extra focus on those aspects of formation that I was seeking. A focus that is constant, through continual study, dialogue and corporate worship, with those Faithful, who seek the peace of Carmel and the strength of the Holy Spirit.

The encouragement and support received at the monthly meetings, which supplies continual motivation to be part of the living Church, the Body of Christ, in a caring and practical way. One’s own Ministry to the Church at large, is enriched by being part of the ‘Spiritual Powerhouse’ that is Carmel.”

The whole of the Ordinariate community rejoices with Father Ron in making this important spiritual commitment.

You can read more about the the Third Order of Mount Carmel here.


Federation of Catholic Bishops Conferences of Oceania at St Patrick’s College, Wellington.

More than 80 bishops of Australia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and the Pacific Nations were welcomed to Wellington, New Zealand recently during a powhiri (A Maori Welcome) at the Sacred Heart Cathedral.  As a member of the Bishop’s Conference Monsignor Entwistle was among them.  A full account of this important meeting can be read in the NZ Catholic here.

The bishops of Oceania challenged Catholic school students to follow Jesus, the students of St Patrick’s College (Wellington) show appreciation with a traditional Maori haka. — at St Patrick’s College. See the video here.


Holy Father approves entry of the Church of Torres Strait into the Ordinariate

It is with great joy that Monsignor Entwistle announces today that our Holy Father Francis has approved the entry of the Church of Torres Strait into the Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross as an independent territory. Read the full text here.


The Ordinariates as New Ecumenism

Father Dwight Longenecker, from the United States, recently published an article in Zenit where he put the point of view that the Ordinariates represent a new ecumenism: one that has resulted in action as distinct from the dialogue of previous ecumenical endeavours such as ARCIC. The article makes for interesting reading and can be read at Zenit here.


Archbishop Mueller welcome Monsignors Entwistle, Newton and Steenson to Rome

Three Ordinaries Rome

At a recent meeting in Rome, Archbishop Gerhard Mueller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith warmly welcomed Monsignors Entwistle, Newton and Steenson to Vatican.  You may read a part of Archbishop Mueller’s remarks here.


The Uk Ordinariate: Three Years On.

The Catholic World Report reflects on the first three years of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham here.
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Mgrs Entwistle, Newton, and Steenson Meet in Rome!

The leaders of the three Ordinariates established around the world have met together for the first time to forge closer ties and discuss their growth and development.

Mgr Keith Newton, Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in England, Mgr Jeffrey Steenson, Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter in the United States and Mgr Harry Entwistle, Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross in Australia, met on 17 and 18 February in Rome, where they also visited senior officials in both the Catholic and Anglican churches.

Mgr Newton said: “Each ordinariate is different, but we share a common goal and a lot of the challenges we face are common ones, so this was a good opportunity to meet and discuss where we all are and how we might help each other and learn from each other’s experiences in the future. The idea is that we should meet perhaps once a year from now on”.

While in Rome, the three ordinaries were going to see the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal-designate Gerhard Ludwig Müller and other officials there, to report on how the ordinariates are faring. They also had meetings at the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and with Archbishop David Moxon, director of the Anglican Centre in Rome and co – chairman of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC).

The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham was set up by Benedict XVI in 2011 in response to repeated requests from Anglicans who felt that the Anglican Church was moving further away from making unity with Rome possible. More than 80 former Anglican clergy have since been ordained as Catholic priests under its jurisdiction and there are some 40 Ordinariate groups around the country. The ordinariates in the United States and Australia followed it in 2012.

The meetings in Rome came as the Church of England’s governing body moved a step closer to appointing women bishops, an issue which has been a major stumbling block to hopes of achieving unity between the two communions.

Source: CCN


The Ordinary’s Visit to Cairns!

Monsignor Harry recently visited the Cairns congregation. It was a long way to travel so the welcoming was great indeed. Some photographs of the visit can be viewed here.


The Portal and Australia Wide – Monthly Reading for You!

We are fortunate enough to have two monthly publications to enjoy through this website.  The first is the Portal which is published at the beginning of each month.  The second is our local newsheet “Australia Wide” which will now be published in the middle of each month.  Every two weeks you will have something new to read here.

If you have local news rather than keep it a secret let us celebrate instead.  Please forward photographs and text to Father Fryer OLSC ( and he will publish it in Australia Wide for you.


Monsignor Steenson: The Ordinariates as Bridges to Christian Unity

Msgr Steenson Monsignor Steenson has called for a redoubling of efforts to build and rebuild relationships with the Anglican Church. Speaking at an ordination in Canada Monsignor Steenson encourages the Ordinariates to be bridges of Christian unity. Read more here.


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Father Stephen Hill: Why I became a Catholic

Father Stephen Hill, OLSC has experienced several Christian denominations, but has found his home in the Catholic Ordinariate. Recently, Father Stephen was interviewed by Debbie Warrier of Western Australia’s The Record about his reasons for becoming a Catholic. You can read the article in full here. We thank The Record for permission to reproduce the article.

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Ordination of Father Ted Wilson. Congratulations!

Fr. Ted Wilson

“On a scorching hot day in Perth, Dcn Ted Wilson was ordained priest by Archbishop Timothy Costelloe on Saturday 14th December, the feast of St John of the Cross, in St Columba’s Catholic Church, Bayswater WA. Fr Ted was supported by members of St Ninian and St Chad’s Ordinariate parish, members of St Columba’s, oblates of New Norcia, as well as his fellow seminarians from St Charles’ Seminary and representatives from Redemptoris Mater Seminary and from his previous ministry in the Anglican Catholic Church in Australia.

In many ways this was a ‘parish church’ ordination as opposed to a larger cathedral ordination, but without doubt the occasion was joyous, dignified, prayerful, musical and one of close co-operation between the Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross and the Archdiocese of Perth. It was a privilege to have Bishop Sproxton, Auxiliary Bishop of Perth, and Archbishop Emeritus Hickey as well as Msgr Harry Entwistle, the Ordinary of OLSC present in the sanctuary.

Fr Ted said his Mass of Thanksgiving in St Ninian and St Chad’s parish, Maylands the following day.”

Robert Hiini from the The Record has written a beautiful article to mark the occasion. You can read the article here. We thank The Record for permission to reproduce the article.

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Father Stephen Hill replaces Monsignor Entwistle as parish priest of Maylands, Western Australia.

The Record has printed a full double page article to mark the occasion.  You can download the article here.  The Record has been and continues to be an enthusiastic supporter of the Ordinariate and we thank them for their support and generosity.

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South Australia: First Ordinariate Mass

On Monday 9 December 2013, Monsignor Entwistle celebrated the first Ordinariate mass in Adelaide.  Father Paul Cashen MSC has been appointed Chaplain to the South Australian Ordinariate community.  Photographs of this important occasion can be viewed here.

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The New Liturgical Movement after Benedict XVI

A new paper by Dom Alcuin Reid, OSB revisits the foundations of the new liturgical movement and reflects on the nature of the liturgical
reform of Benedict XVI with reference to the principles of the 20th century liturgical movement and of the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium. In the light of these considerations, the paper seeks to articulate principles and future pathways for a new liturgical movement that will serve this movement now that its “father,” Benedict XVI, is no longer the
reigning pontiff. Read the full paper here.

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The Mission of the Church is our Mission

At the Clergy Conference Archbishop Coleridge and Monsignor Entwistle both exhorted everyone in the Ordinariate to embrace evangelism with zeal. New ordained Father Scott Anderson continues this theme with a reflection about mission. You can read his reflection