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U.S. Ordinary Welcomes Appointment of Australian Ordinary
June 15, 2012
Monsignor Jeffrey N. Steenson, Ordinary of the U.S.-based Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, welcomed the appointment of Rev. Harry Entwistle as the first Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross in Australia:
"I welcome the news of the new Ordinariate in Australia and the appointment of Rev. Harry Entwistle as Ordinary. I offer my support to him as he begins the important work of raising a home for Anglicans in Australia who have been called by God to full communion with the Catholic Church and the rock from which we were hewn. The prayers of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter are with him. May God bless Fr. Entwistle as he launches this new endeavor in the vast lands of 'down under.'"
The Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross is the third Personal Ordinariate created by Pope Benedict XVI following the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus to serve Anglican groups and clergy seeking to become Catholic while retaining elements of their Anglican heritage and tradition.
The Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter was established by Pope Benedict XVI on January 1, 2012, and is based in Houston, Texas. The first ordinations of priests for the Ordinariate are underway around the United States.