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Special collections

Monsignor Newton has written a pastoral letter, to be made available this Sunday, in which he calls for additional fundraising for the Ordinariate via three official second collections to be taken each year.

Around the feast of St. Augustine of Canterbury a collection will be taken to support the Ordinariate Clergy training fund for Ordinariate seminarians who do not have access to many of the established diocesan funds set aside for this purpose. I shall write more extensively on this need nearer the time.

Around the feast of Our Lady of Walsingham a collection will be taken to support the Ordinariate Clergy relief trust. Despite working full time in diocesan settings and parishes our clergy are not entitled to the usual perks enjoyed by diocesan clergy; private health packages and pensions. With no historic legacies and funds this is a daunting challenge.

And, close to 15th January (the founding of the Ordinariate) a collection will be taken for the Ordinariate Families Fund. To that end we shall take a collection in Pembury this coming week.

Mgr. Newton writes “Those of our clergy with families suffered particularly when they gave up their Church of England posts. There was the move from their family home to accommodation that might not be particularly satisfactory for family life or in very good repair. There was the disruption to schooling or extra cost of getting children to new locations. Less obvious was the loss of access to sources of additional support  available to clergy in the Church of England.  There are no such funds for Ordinariate Clergy families.  The Ordinariate Families Fund seeks, in a small way, to begin to fill this gap.”

These collections will, at present, occur only in the few parishes where the Ordinariate is present- but I urge supportive clergy and parishes to join us! Finance is a particular challenge for us having been required to start what is effectively a non-geographical diocese from scratch and having left behind our buildings, legacies, pensions and funds.

Imagine if the entire church in England and Wales were to get behind such an initiative…one can but hope! Until then we appeal to friends and supporters. Blog readers can send donations via myself or head office at Golden Square. 

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5 Comments

  1. David Knowles

    The instigation of second collections really proves that the Ordinariate is now truly and completely Roman Catholic!

  2. Sue Deeley

    Will send you a donation. God bless.

  3. Andrew Godsall

    Ed may I just check that I have understood two things correctly from your post.
    1. You say you are not entitled to pensions. Could you clarify? I realise you may not be classed as employees but I think it would still be illegal for the Roman Catholic Church to avoid the obligation that every employer has to provide a work place pension.
    2. You say you left your C of E pension behind. Again, please would you clarify? You will surely be entitled to the pension you accrued for the years you did in service?

    • Admin

      1. There is no pension anywhere. Dioceses have ‘sick and retirement funds’ and each bishop is responsible for his clergy. Ergo the Ordinary has been told, in most places, that he must provide for his clergy as we are not incardinated in the diocese. This seems a bit harsh given that we have no resources or parishes and are, in truth, running diocesan parishes- but nevertheless it is where we find ourselves. Portsmouth, I believe, is an exception and has set aside funds to help. Here in Southwark it has been made clear that I am ineligible for health and pension provision – but I was nevertheless required to run a campaign for their fund.
      2. I will be entitled to what was accrued in C of E- of course. But 4 years curacy and 4 as incumbent wont amount to much!!

  4. Fr Masaki

    Clergy (both in Church of England and Roman Catholic Church) are self-employed, so the Church has no obligation to offer workplace pension. Church of England Pension Scheme has been running for a number of years but it’s an optional scheme for those in stipendiary ministry with no clergy contribution so almost all eligible clergy belong to it. In the past, the Church had to demonstrate they had an alternative pension scheme in order for the clergy to be contracted out of state second pension scheme, but nowadays all clergy are contracted in. In the Catholic Church, it’s up to each diocese to provide for the need of their clergy both in active ministry and in retirement, and detailed provisions vary hugely between dioceses.

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