The Friends of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham was established in 2011 to assist with the work of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in England and Wales through both practical and financial support. The Friends of the Ordinariate was also established in order to raise awareness of the Ordinariate’s life and mission within the wider Catholic community.
The Friends is a separate charity from the Ordinariate, with its own trustees. We work closely with the Ordinary, Mgr Keith Newton, to identify areas where the Friends can be of assistance. Mgr Newton is also the President of the Friends.
The Friends of the Ordinariate charity gratefully receives donations from individuals and organisations who share in the Holy See’s vision of Christian Unity, which has been made manifest in the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.
A number of distinguished individuals have offered to serve as Honorary Vice-Presidents:
- Rt Rev Dom Aidan Bellenger, former Abbot of Downside Abbey
- Rt Rev Dom David Charlesworth, Prior Administrator of Buckfast Abbey
- Fr Ignatius Harrison, Provost of the Birmingham Oratory
- Fra’ Matthew Festing, former Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta
- The Duke of Norfolk
- The Duchess of Somerset
- The Countess of Oxford and Asquith
- Lord Nicholas Windsor
- Lord Deben
- Sir Adrian FitzGerald, Bt
- Sir Josslyn Gore-Booth, Bt
- The Squire de Lisle
- Charles Moore, Esq
In an address to the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, given at Oscott in May 2011, Archbishop Mennini said:
‘[The Pope] reminded me that he had asked you to be “generous in implementing the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus”. In his name, I wish to thank all of you for the way you have meticulously carried out that mandate. At the same time, I wish to congratulate and encourage Monsignor Keith Newton who was appointed first Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.’