Catholic Life

Priests give first blessings

Priests await their blessing from Fr Keith Newton (Photo: Mazur)

Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster ordained three former Anglican bishops as priests during an emotional and deeply prayerful Mass in Westminster Cathedral on Saturday January 15, writes Peter Jennings.

After the Mass, Fr John Broadhurst, Fr Keith Newton, the first Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, and Fr Andrew Burnham gave their first blessings as priests to the priests of Westminster who were gathered. Archbishop Nichols himself humbly knelt down and bowed his head as Fr Broadhurst blessed him.

Pope Benedict XVI has placed the new Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham under the patronage of Blessed John Henry Newman. He nominated Fr Keith Newton as the first ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.