Friday, June 15, 2012

Entwistle, First Ordinary of the Australian Ordinariate

Fresh from the Vatican's daily Bulletin, the first two paragraphs translated from the Italian, the rest being supplied in English:

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Father, according to the norms of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum cœtibus, has erected* the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross in the territory of the Australian Episcopal Conference.
At the same time, the Holy Father Benedict XVI has nominated as first Ordinary of Our Lady of the Southern Cross the Reverend Harry Entwistle.
[Reverend] Harry Entwistle
Reverend Harry Entwistle was born on May 31, 1940 at Chorley, Lancashire, England and baptised an Anglican in the Parish Church on July 7, 1940. After studies at St. Chad's Theological College in the University of Durham, he was ordained [an Anglican] priest [prete anglicano] on September 20, 1964 for the Anglican Diocese of Blackburn, Lancashire. After priestly service in Fleetwood, Hardwick, Weedon, Aston Abbotts and Cubligton, he was Chaplain in Her Majesty's Prison Service from 1974 to 1981 and from 1981 to 1988, Senior Chaplain at HM Prison Wansworth.
He migrated to Australia in 1988 where he was the Senior Chaplain for the Department of Corrective Services in the Anglican Diocese of Perth, Western Australia.
From 1992 to 1999 he was Archdeacon and Parish Priest of Northam; from 1999 to 2006 Parish Priest of Mt Lawley. In 2006 he joined the Traditional Anglican Communion and was appointed Western Regional Bishop and Parish Priest of Maylands in Perth.
After reception into the Church and ordination as a deacon [on June 10, 2012], he was† ordained to the priesthood in St. Mary's Cathedral, Perth on June 15, 2012.

*According to this Decree, most interestingly, the formerly Traditional Anglican church of SS Ninian and Chad in Maylands, Perth (a humble structure I visited some years ago) is to be the principal church of the Ordinariate.

†Actually, his Ordination has not yet begun, since it is not yet 7 pm in Perth!

For the record, his name is spelled without an "h" - his surname does not mean "the whistle of an Ent", whatever Tolkien fans may think!

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