Friday, 13 May 2011

From the text of the address given to the Bishops of England and Wales by the new Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Antonio Mennini


Dear Brothers in the Episcopate, let us therefore continue, with our Christian brothers and other believers, to be for the world what Cardinal Suenens called the “soul supplement”. I am happy to tell you that besides Catholic Bishops, I have been able to have brotherly meetings with Archbishop Rowan Williams and with some other non Catholic religious leaders; it is interesting to note they share this view. After my seven year mission in the Russian Federation, where I had the opportunity and privilege of meeting closely with two great Patriarchs and knowing the Russian Orthodox Church pretty well, I hope that my mission here will also enable me to know and share our concerns with the Church of England and other churches and religious denominations in this country.

As you know, following the proclamation made by the Holy Father, the Holy See is preparing the Ecumenical Meeting of Assisi. That meeting, as similar previous meetings, will certainly be an occasion to highlight what we can commonly offer to our society.

Dear brother Bishops, I have the honour to tell you that during my meeting with the Holy Father before I left Rome to come here to take up the function that he had entrusted to me, he asked me to bring his pastoral solicitude to all of you and to the clergy, religious, faithful and people of Great Britain. He recalled keenly the hospitality he had received from Her Majesty and Her Majesty’s Government, and also from the Church and the British people. He remains grateful to all of you. He also reminded me that he had asked you to be “generous in implementing the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus” (Address to the Bishops of England, Scotland and Wales, St Mary’s Oscott). 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, and pray for the continuous development of the relations between Anglicans and Catholics in this country.

Friday, 6 May 2011


It has been confirmed that this will take place on Tuesday 7th June with a HOLY HOUR at 7.00 p.m. followed by a meeting with Monsignor Keith Newton. We will be joined by members of the Harlow Ordinaraite Group.

Thursday, 5 May 2011


The Pilgrimage on the 16th July is being led by Monsignor Keith Newton. Members of the Redbridge & Havering Exploratory Group have decided that they would like to take part in this. Of course, we are unable to take a full part in the Mass at the RC National Shrine so, instead, it has been arranged for us to hold a Mass at the Anglican Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in the Barn Chapel at 12 noon and then to join in the Procession, Benediction and Sprinkling. There will be more details in due course.

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

MEETING 3rd May 2011

We met at St. Augustine’s, Rush Green for Mass and the continuation of the Evangelium Course on Tuesday At the next meeting on the 17th May the Rosary will be said. Father Mervyn will not be able to be there so Father Martin will be taking the service followed by a discussion group. ALL ARE WELCOME.

At the meeting at The Church of the Assumption, Manford Way, Hainault on the 7th June we will be joined by members of the Harlow Ordinariate Group. It will take the form of a HOLY HOUR & BENEDICTION followed by a meeting with Monsignor Keith Newton.