English Cardinal Ordains Former Anglican Bishop as Catholic Priest

‘A Moment of Great Joy’

Michael Nazir-Ali was ordained at an Oct. 30 Mass at the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St. Gregory, Warwick Street, London.

The ordination of Michael Nazir-Ali to the Catholic priesthood takes place in London on Oct. 30.
The ordination of Michael Nazir-Ali to the Catholic priesthood takes place in London on Oct. 30. (photo: Screenshot from the UK Ordinariate Twitter account; last visited 10/30/21)

English Cardinal Vincent Nichols on Saturday ordained a former Anglican bishop as a Catholic priest.

The archbishop of Westminster described the ordination of Michael Nazir-Ali at an Oct. 30 Mass at the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption and St. Gregory, Warwick Street, London, as “a moment of great joy.”

Screenshot from Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church YouTube channel.

Screenshot from Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church YouTube channel

“The Church places such trust and confidence in the effectiveness of the ordained ministry. So that is why this ordination is a moment of great joy,” the cardinal said in his homily at the livestreamed Mass.

“It is a moment in which we ask the Lord to effect in you, Michael, a full inclusion into the ordained ministry of the Catholic Church. As the prayer we have just offered stated, here we seek to build on the fruitfulness of the priestly ministry you have faithfully exercised for so many years now.”

Nazir-Ali, the former Anglican bishop of Rochester, England, entered into full communion with Rome within the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham on Sept. 29.

The personal ordinariate was created by Benedict XVI in 2011 for groups of former Anglicans seeking to preserve elements of their patrimony.

The 72-year-old who was once considered a possible future archbishop of Canterbury, the spiritual leader of the world’s 85 million Anglicans, was ordained as a Catholic deacon on Oct. 28 by Archbishop Kevin McDonald, the emeritus archbishop of Southwark.

“For you, Michael, this journey has been rich indeed, in its geography, in your journey of learning, of prayer, of public ministry, and of decision,” Cardinal Nichols said.

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