Are you an Anglican and wish to be in communion with the Universal Church?

Do you live in Sheffield, South Yorkshire or North Derbyshire?

Is your partner Catholic and you wish to be in sacramental communion with him or her?

Do you wish to join the Ordinariate established by Apostolic Constitution by Pope Benedict XVI?

Then please apply to be received into the Catholic Church as a member of the Ordinariate.

Please contact Fr David Stafford, telephone 0114 248 0993, e-mail david.stafford14@btinternet.com.  Further details can be found on the website

www.ordinariate.org.uk then go to groups, scroll down and click on ‘Sheffield’.

On 4 December, 2009, the Ordinariates representing the English speaking Anglicans throughout the world who wished to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church were erected by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.  Their purpose was to maintain the liturgical, spiritual and pastoral traditions of the Anglican Communion within the Catholic Church ‘as a precious gift nourishing the faith of the members of the Ordinariate as a treasure to be shared’ (Anglicanorum Coetibus III) thus enriching the Catholic Church as a whole.  The Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham was established for England and Wales on 1 January, 2011.

The Ordinariate also has an ecumenical dimension.  Its purpose is not to proselytise but to build bridges with our separated Christian brethren who share our common commitment to Christ as Christians baptised in the Name of the Blessed Trinity.  Last September the Ordinariate started a mission entitled ‘Called to be One.’  This call goes to the very heart and meaning of the Ordinariate.  I have often said that the Ordinariate is the greatest initiative within the ecumenical movement for over four hundred years.  But perhaps I am wrong, maybe it is the greatest ecumenical movement for over a thousand years when the great Churches of East and West drifted apart.

I am seventy years old in March and one would think that I am coming to the end of my ministry, but when I look back to my education in Anglican Schools and my ordination as a Priest in the Church of England many years ago, I can now see that through the guidance of the Holy Spirit I have been brought to take part in this great mission in the service of Christ. As a former Anglican Bishop who has now joined the Ordinariate told me, “I have to pinch myself every morning that this great thing has happened.”

Whilst always welcoming people of the Anglican tradition to become members of the Ordinariate we also welcome all baptised Christians to work with us to help us grow in understanding as we work towards that day when corporate communion is restored.

For many years the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC), established by Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Michael Ramsey in 1967, has continued to work on doctrinal matters that separate the Church of England from the Catholic Church.  Its valuable work continues today but the work of the Ordinariate is at a grass roots level where we learn to develop in a spirit of love and understanding under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

If you are an Anglican and wish to become part of the Ordinariate or you are a baptised Christian who wishes to help us on our ecumenical journey, you will always find a warm welcome.  For further information please contact me at e-mail: david.stafford14@btinternet.com, telephone: 0114 2480993.

Fr David Stafford