The Archbishop of Birmingham celebrated the Mass in the Ordinariate Use

Eight new priests were ordained for Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham at the Birmingham Oratory on Saturday.

Archbishop of Birmingham Bernard Longley celebrated the Mass according to the Ordinariate Use of the Roman Rite, carrying the crozier of Blessed John Henry Newman, the Ordinariate’s patron.

The Oratory is the home of the Shrine and Relics of Cardinal Newman.

Two of the new priests were the first to complete their formation entirely within the Ordinariate. The other six were former Anglican clergy.

The Ordinariate was established in 2011 by Pope Benedict XVI for former Anglicans seeking full Communion with the Catholic Church while maintaining elements of their Anglican patrimony.

The number of priests ordained for the Ordinariate was two more than for England’s largest diocese – the Archdiocese of Westminster – which ordained six priests on the same day.

The number of priests in the Ordinariate is now 100 exactly.

Pictures: James PJ Turner