About us

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.

We are a separate charity from the Ordinariate, with our own trustees who are:

  • Nicolas Ollivant (Chairman)
  • Peter Sefton-Williams
  • Mgr John Broadhurst
  • Mgr Andrew Burnham
  • Lord Gill
  • Michael Hodges
  • Fr Nicholas Leviseur

We work closely with the Ordinary, Mgr Keith Newton, who is our president, to identify areas where the Friends can be of assistance.

We 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.

Since our founding in 2011 we have been pleased to give grants to a great many projects. In 2018, this included:

£24,000 in stipends for two newly-ordained priests allowing them to train as curates in two Ordinariate parishes; £20,000 to the Ordinariate group in Hemel Hempstead as part of the repayment of a loan to acquire the ownership of the presbytery which is currently occupied by the Ordinariate priest; £2,868 to replace a church boiler; £2,000 for the refurbishment of the organ loft at a parish church to permit its use for catechesis and general parish use; £4,964 to improve lighting in an Ordinariate church. The total amount of grants distributed during the financial year ended 30th November 2018 was £37,832.

A number of distinguished individuals serve as our Honorary Vice-Presidents:

  • Rt Rev’d Dom David Charlesworth, OSB, Prior Administrator of Buckfast Abbey
  • The Very Rev’d Fr Ignatius Harrison Cong Orat, Provost of the Birmingham Oratory
  • Fra’ Matthew Festing
  • 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.

Apostolic-Nuncio-Archbishop-Mennini_largeThe former Apostolic Nuncio to Great Britain, His Excellency Archbishop Antonio Mennini, asked 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, 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.’