Ordinariate leaders meet in Rome

Anglican groups join to compare experiences

Leaders of three ordinariates have met for the first time in Rome as they gathered to offer 'progress reports' to the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

The leaders, Monsignor Jeffrey Steenson, Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter in the United States, Monsignor Keith Newton, Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in Britain Monsignor Harry Entwistle, Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross in Australia, met at the Vatican over February 17 and 18 to share experiences of bringing their respective Anglican communities into communion with Rome via the ordinariates established during the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI for such a reality.

“Each ordinariate is different, but we share a common goal and a lot of the challenges we face are common ones, so this was a good opportunity to meet and discuss where we all are and how we might help each other and learn from each otherís experiences in the future,” Monsignor Newton said. “The idea is that we should meet perhaps once a year from now on.”