Diocese of Leeds Welcomes the Ordinariate
3rd September 2018
St Joseph's, Pakington Street, Bradford will now be the venue for what is hoped will become a new Ordinariate Group - the first in the Diocese of Leeds since the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham was instituted in 2011.
From Monday, 3rd September (appropriately, the Feast of St Gregory the Great) there will be Evensong every Monday evening at St Joseph’s, Bradford, at 7pm. (Exceptions will be Bank Holidays, Christmas and New Year’s Eve, and the month of August.)
ALL welcome at Evensong and also at the first Ordinariate Mass at St Joseph’s on Saturday, 6th October at 3pm.
The new Ordinariate Group in the Diocese is very closely and happily aligned with, and supportive of, its sister-groups in York and Sheffield. Fr David Stafford from the Sheffield group will be celebrating the Masses in Bradford.
See attached poster for details of a Solemn High Mass which will be held at at Leeds Cathedral on Saturday, 15th September at 1.30pm.
After Pope Benedict XVI's 2009 Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, more than a thousand laity and eighty former Anglican clergymen have now joined the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, with most of the latter being ordained as Catholic deacons and priests.
So far, members of some 40 Anglican parishes have also corporally joined the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, forming stable ordinariate ‘groups’ within the Catholic Church. For the first time in its history, Anglican services, such as Evensong, are now being celebrated in the Catholic Church by canonically recognised groups of former Anglicans.
Information regarding the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham can be found at ordinariate.org.uk, and via links from that to the York and Sheffield groups.