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.


Laetare Sunday Pastorale

Monsignor Harry encourages all members and friends of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross to remain resolute in their Lenten disciplines. His Laetare Sunday Pastorale can be downloaded here.


The Ordinariates as New Ecumenism

Father Dwight Longenecker, from the United States, recently published an article in Zenit www.zenit.org 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 (neil2@bigpond.net.au) 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