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Cardinal Victor Manuel Fernández ordains Bishop David Waller for the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham (Catholic Herald/ CBEW)

Broken Bay Bishop Anthony Randazzo has participated in the ordination of the first bishop of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in London. Source: Catholic Herald.

Cardinal Victor Manuel Fernández, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, flew from Rome to London to ordain Bishop David Waller as the second ordinary of the organisation created for the corporate reception of Anglicans into the Catholic Church.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster, Bishop Stephen Lopes of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter in the United States and Canada, and Bishop Anthony Randazzo, Bishop of Broken Bay and the Apostolic Administrator of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross in Australia, were the other ordaining bishops.

During a Mass at Westminster Cathedral, Cardinal Fernandez quoted a homily of St John Henry Newman on Christ the Good Shepherd, reminding the congregation of the saint’s observation that “a shepherd leads from within”.

“This is, in fact, what Pope Francis insists we must all do: to announce to everyone the love of God, manifested in the open arms of Christ, who today is active in our lives,” he said.

The ordinariate was established in 2011 by Pope Benedict XVI under the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus.

It provides for the reception of Anglican parishes into the Catholic faith and in just a decade has expanded to about 50 communities in Great Britain.

Bishop Waller, a former Anglican minister, succeeds Msgr Keith Newton, a married father-of-three, as the leader of the ordinariate and, because he is celibate, will also serve as its first bishop.

Bishop Waller was born in London in 1961 and educated at the School of St David and St Katharine in Hornsey and the College of Ripon and York St John, University of Leeds.

From 1983 to 1989 he worked as a community worker in Bradford before training for Anglican orders at Chichester Theological College. He was ordained in 1992.

In 2000, he moved to East London to become vicar of St Saviour, Walthamstow, and he remained in that post until his reception into the Catholic Church in 2011. From 2005 until 2010 he served as a member of the General Synod of the Church of England.


Cardinal Fernández ordains first bishop for British ordinariate (By Simon Caldwell, Catholic Herald)


Ordination of Bishop David Waller as first Bishop of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham (Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales)