Sunday, 12 September 2010

The Pope’s offer of an Ordinariate. Meeting for interested people in the Redbridge and Havering Deaneries

Following a meeting with the Bishop of Richborough on Friday 10th September, he has given me permission to form a group to bring together members of the laity in the Redbridge and Havering areas who have no arrangements in their own parishes following the decision of General Synod to consecrate women as Bishops.

If you are interested in finding out more about this offer I invite you to a Mass and a Meeting at 7.30 p.m.on Tuesday 5th October at St. Augustine’s Church, Birkbeck Road, Rush Green RM7 0QP. Please let anyone else know who you think would be interested.

As I understand matters it will be necessary to be in a group to join the Ordinariate - certainly in the first place. At the meeting we will be able to discuss how and when we can meet in the future. Coming to this, or any further meeting, places you under no obligation to take this step but will provide the chance to explore the possibilities that have arisen through the Holy Father’s generous offer to Anglicans (members of the Church of England.) in the present difficulties brought about by General Synod’s decision to proceed with the creation of women Bishops, which will automatically rescind the Act of Synod and abolish Provincial Episcopal Visitors (Bishops like Bishop Keith, the Bishop of Richborough).

I hope many will be able to come to the meeting but if you are unable to do so, and are interested in the Ordinariate, please let me know so that I can add you to a list to send you further information of future meetings.

Father Mervyn Jennings SSC


  1. My best wishes and prayers, Father! When we started a group in Bristol, I thought it might be a struggle to get members, but we have steadily grown. We know that not all will in the end (or at least at the moment) make a positive decision to join the Ordinariate, but we have every expectation of forming the nucleus of an Ordinariate parish. If you build it, they will come!

  2. You can only do your best and then leave it in the hands of the Lord. He will look after His flock. God bless.