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10 nuns of the personal Ordinariate in the UK make their first public vows, in a new monastery



In England the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham opened its first monastery on first January, 2014, the New Year’s Day. This was the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, when the community of 10 Sisters was formally established as the ordinariate’s first autonomous monastery. A personal ordinariate, often called more elaborately as a "personal ordinariate for former Anglicans" is a (canonical) structure within the Catholic Church established in order to accommodate a group of people. In this case the ordinariates were established in order to enable "groups of Anglicans" to join the Catholic Church while preserving elements of their liturgical and spiritual beliefs (patrimony).
The leader of the ordinariate in the UK is Mgr Keith Newton. The new sisters place in Oscott Hill, Birmingham, is called the convent of the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary. And on the founding day, the Sisters who are former members of an Anglican Community in Wantage, in Oxfordshire, professed their solemn vows, each placing her hands into those of Mgr Keith Newton, the leader of the ordinariate, who also read the Decree of Erection, presided at the Mass and delivered the homily. First January was the first anniversary of the Sisters’ reception into the full communion of the Catholic Church.
In his homily, Mgr Newton said that January 1 was an appropriate day to mark a new beginning, especially for a community under the maternal care of the Mother of God, who teaches us how to follow her son as his disciples. Mgr Newton appointed Mother Winsome as the first Reverend Mother for an initial period of three years. Subsequent Reverend Mothers will be elected in accordance with the constitutions of the monastery.
Mother Winsome said: “For us the day was a mixture of great solemnity, but also of deep joy. We each professed our original vows separately, in the case of some of the Sisters, more than 50 years ago. For us to be able to renew our vows solemnly and publicly and to be able to share this profound moment, when we have shared such a unique spiritual journey over the last two years, felt a very special gift of God to each of us and to us corporately as Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary”.




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