Ordinary highlights ‘Called to be One’ at Shrewsbury Cathedral


L-R: Mgr Keith Newton, Canon Stephen Coonan, and Fr David Mawson at the Church of Our Lady of Pity (served by Shrewsbury Cathedral). © Nicolas Ollivant

Mgr Keith Newton, the Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, was invited to preach at all Masses in Shrewsbury Cathedral on the weekend of 5/6 July, as part of a wider Friends of the Ordinariate appeal in the Cathedral parish.

During his homily, Mgr Newton reflected on the importance of Christian unity, saying that he and other Ordinariate members became Catholics “not because we wanted to escape the Church of England, but because of the more important call to unity – a priority which Christ himself prayed for. We want to encourage others to do the same.” In this context, he highlighted the ‘Called to be One’ exploration day (6 September), organised by the Ordinariate for anyone wishing to find out more about this ecumenical structure, which was established for former Anglicans in 2011 by Benedict XVI.

Prior to Mgr Newton’s visit, Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury said the Cathedral was delighted to be able to welcome him, adding: “It will be an occasion for us to give thanks for the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. It is wonderful to see the ‘prophetic gesture’ Pope Benedict spoke of, being part of the daily life and witness of the Catholic Church in this land”.

At the invitation of the Bishop, the Ordinary also celebrated a Solemn Pontifical Mass on the Sunday morning. Fr David Mawson of the Ordinariate, who assists at Shrewsbury Cathedral, celebrated the 8.30am Mass, also on Sunday.

There was a retiring collection for the work of the Friends of the Ordinariate after each Mass. Nicolas Ollivant, chairman of the Friends, said: “The Cathedral could not have been more welcoming. We are very grateful indeed to Bishop Davies, to Canon Stephen Coonan and the other priests of the Cathedral and to the parishioners in Shrewsbury for their generous support”.


The photo were taken by the Chairman of the Friends of the Ordinariate, Nicolas Ollivant, who accompanied Mgr Newton during the appeal. (More photos HERE)

For more information about ‘Called to be One’ and for an official press release and more photos of this event, please visit the Ordinariate website

To donate to the work of the Friends of the Ordinariate, which exists to support and promote the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, please visit our Donate page.