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, Monsignor Keith Newton, to identify areas where the Friends can be of assistance. Monsignor 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
- Rt Rev Dom David Charlesworth, Abbot of Buckfast
- Lord Deben
- The Squire de Lisle
- His Most Eminent Highness Fra’ Matthew Festing, Prince and Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta
- Sir Adrian FitzGerald, Bt
- Sir Josslyn Gore-Booth, Bt
- Father Ignatius Harrison, Cong.Orat.
- Charles Moore, Esq
- The Duke of Norfolk
- The Countess of Oxford and Asquith
- The Duchess of Somerset
- Lord Nicholas Windsor
The Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, His Excellency Archbishop Antonio Mennini, encourages benefactors to be as generous as possible in their support of the Ordinariate. In an address to the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, given at Oscott in May 2011, the Apostolic Nuncio 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.’