The Portal June 2018 - Page 13

THE P RTAL June 2018 Page 13 engaged in December and married in June (the Copts myself and not just because I wanted to be in the same catered for their wedding!). After four and a half years church as Alan. We joined the Ordinariate and got on they moved to  the UK, to Cambridge.   the mailing list of interested people. Alan attended a meeting in a church in North Alan is a Computer Programmer London and eventually a group and Franziska is studying Geology. was being prepared at Gordon We asked what made them join the Square. It was all a bit hush-hush. Catholic Church in the Ordinariate. We were admitted at Newman There was a long pause before Alan House, the University Chaplaincy said, “Umm… Pope Benedict XVI, in London. Our names were on when he became Pope… we saw the Central London Group. But it it on the German news. I wanted Franziska and Alan Norman was impossible to keep going to one of his books, and I bought a London, so now we attend Our collection of them! Each one I read got me hooked.  Lady and the English Martyrs in Cambridge.”  “It was also serendipity, when in Berlin, a few doors down from the church was a Women’s Order of Roman Catholic Nuns. They had Perpetual Adoration. Franziske took me and I just wanted to spend time there being with the Blessed Sacrament. I had theology from one source and practical advice from another.  On the Sunday morning we went with them to Our Lady and the English Martyrs. It was packed with over three hundred people present. All was just wonderful: music, liturgy, homily, all drew us to the very gates of heaven. Afterwards we were able to have a brief word with the Rector, the Right Reverend Monsignor Canon Eugene Harkness. He was supportive and welcoming.  “Long before the Ordinariate came along I was beginning to feel uncomfortable with some aspects of Well, two groups of Ordinariate members in Anglicanism. When the Ordinariate was announced, I Cambridge. T he P ortal has managed to put them felt it was in some way a personal invitation from Pope in touch with each other. Maybe the future will be a Benedict.  Franziska interrupted to say, “Although bright one for them all. I followed Alan, now I would make the decision for Mgr Keith Newton, Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, I nvites you to the ordination to the priesthood of Timothy Boniwell Leonard Cox Jonathan Creer David Hathaway David Jones Thomas Mason David Prichard Michael Ward by the Most Rev. Bernard Longley Archbishop of Birmingham on Saturday, 30th of June 2018 at 12.30 pm at the Oratory of St Philip Neri 141 Hagley Road Birmingham, B16 8UE ——— Please advise if attending. ——– The Presbytery 24 Golden Square London, W1F 9JR