Friday, May 27, 2011

Institute of Christ the King confirms apostolate in Shrewsbury diocese


Thanks to Fr Blake for the news that the Institute of Christ the King and the diocese of Shrewsbury have confirmed that the Institute will take over the running of the church of SS Peter and Paul, New Brighton. The Catholic Herald has the story here. This is very exciting as it is the first time in this country an Ecclesia Dei institute has been given possession of a church and so is quite a break-through. Once people see that the diocese of Shrewsbury does not collapse because of this I hope it leads to a greater acceptance of the Extraordinary Form and the Ecclesia Dei institutes. The Fraternity of St Peter has two canonically erected houses in the UK and it would be good to see them entrusted with a church too.

Last week at the Canon Law Society annual conference I heard many good things about bishop Davies of Shrewsbury and was given a copy of the new diocesan magazine: a small (A5) magazine which has replaced the diocesan newspaper. Fr Stephen Dwyer, the editor explains that the new magazine will be a quarterly and is designed to allow the bishop to share his thoughts and plans for the diocese at greater length than possible elsewhere. All the articles are by priests of the diocese and include a reflection on the recent apostolic exhortation on Scripture `Verbum Domini` an article by the vicar general, Monsignor Egan on the Marian Year that the diocese is having (which concludes in November when the bishop will rededicate the diocese to Our Lady, Help of Christians), an article on vocations and one on marriage. It also includes the bishop`s Lenten Pastoral Letter.

Shrewsbury is leading the way and I`m sure bishop Davies will be glad of prayers!

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

just as a matter of interest....Fr Egan VG is now Monsignor Egan VG.Bishop Davies, unlike a number of Northern Bishops believes in asking the pope to honour clergy and laity....


Well Done your Lordship!

Fr Michael Brown said...

Thanks for the correction. He is still Father in the copy of the Catholic Voice I have. I`ll make the correction.

Fr. Francis Wadsworth said...

What is Salford's loss is Shrewsbury's gain. Nonsignor Mark Davies was an excellent VG in Salford. I have every conficende that he will be a great Bishop of Shrewsbury.