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The Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham

 in England and Wales


On 15 January 2011, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith published a Decree which formally established a ‘Personal Ordinariate’ in England and Wales for groups of Anglican faithful and their clergy who wish to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church.

The establishment of this Ordinariate was the first fruit of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, issued by Pope Benedict XVI on 4 November 2009. The Constitution and the Complementary Norms published by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith provide the essential norms which will enable members of the Ordinariate to preserve within the Catholic Church those elements of Anglican ecclesial prayer, liturgy and pastoral practice (patrimony) that are concordant with Catholic teaching and which have nurtured and nourished their Christian faith and life.

On 15th January 2011,  two of the three PEVs, including +Richborough, plus other Church of England bishops, were received into the Ordinariate.   Some 50 Anglican priests and about 1,000 laity, including the parish priest and assistant priest of St Peter’s and about half the congregation, including nearly all the PCC, followed them at Easter that year.   In 2012, around 20 more priest and several hundred more laity moved to the Ordinariate, which they consider represents the culmination of the Catholic Tradition in the Church of England, with its full communion with the world-wide Catholic Church.  

Local Contact:

Fr. Stephen Bould

E: folkestone@ordinariate.org.uk
T: 01303 254 472

Other useful web sites:

Folkestone Ordinariate Group

Catholic Bishops' Conference

And for the local connection:

Our Lady Help of Christians