The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross – not yet a year old, having been established on the feast of the Sacred Heart in 2012 – continues to grow, quietly and steadily; to-day, its thirteenth priest will be ordained: Fr Gordon Barnier.
Some time ago, another priest of the Ordinariate gave an interview in Kairos, the Melbourne Archdiocesan magazine, indicating that there were fifteen in formation, so we trust that in due course a few more men will be ordained for priestly service in full communion with the Catholic Church.
In a similar way, groups of Anglicans have been admitted into that full communion – most recently, several members of the St Patrick's Ordinariate Group (centred on Benalla, in north-east Victoria), in early April. The members of these groups are often widely-spread, but now, rather than being on the fringes of Anglicanism, mainstream or "continuing", they are full members both of the Catholic Church worldwide, and in a special way of the local Ordinariate.
Of your charity, please pray for the following priests of the Australian Ordinariate, especially on the anniversaries of their ordination as Catholic priests:
Western Australia (2):Very Rev Mgr Harry Entwistle, Ordinary (ord. 15/6/12)Fr Stephen Hill (ord. 1/3/13)
Victoria (4):Fr Christopher Seton (ord. 8/9/12)Fr Neil Fryer (ord. 8/9/12)Fr James Grant (ord. 8/9/12)Fr Ramsay Williams (ord. 8/9/12)
NSW (1):Fr Warren Wade (ord. 12/12/12)
Queensland (6):Fr Antony (Tony) Iball (ord. 18/10/12)Fr Lyall Cowell (ord. 18/10/12)Fr Andrew Kinmont (ord. 5/4/13)Fr Gordon Barnier (ord. 26/4/13)Fr Owen Buckton (ord. 1/2/13)Fr Ron(ald) Wallis (ord. 5/4/13)
Please pray, too, for the Ordinariate, and those considering entering full communion in it, that it may welcome many souls heeding the call to unity, and thus bear fruit for the wider Church:
Our Lady of the Southern Cross, pray for them.