The Portal magazine started 12 months ago as “an independent review serving the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham”. Funded by grants from Cost of Conscience, the Catholic League and some private donations, it celebrated its first birthday on Wednesday, January 11, with a party at The Crypt in Gordon Square, central London.
Guests heard Fr Mark Woodruff of the Catholic League give an interesting talk about unity, the Catholic Church and the ordinariate and the part played in this by The Portal magazine.
Mgr Keith Newton, the Ordinary of the personal ordinariate, praised The Portal for its first year of service to the ordinariate and announced that from now on it is an official publication of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. The news was greeted with loud applause.
Mgr Newton congratulated the editorial board, its co-editors, Jackie Ottaway and Ronald Crane, and its writers on their initiative and imagination in starting The Portal and wished the magazine well in future years.