Ordinations to the diaconate and priesthood often occur on or around the feast of Ss. Peter and Paul these days; a season known as Petertide. This year two familiar faces are getting ready to receive sacramental gifts that imbue ontological change and I am sure the whole parish will join me in praying for them and wishing them well.
Jack Lusted was an Anglican minister for many years having trained at St. Stephens house in Oxford. His last post was as vicar of Robertsbridge. A few years ago he made the courageous decision to enter into the Catholic church, along with his family, via the Ordinariate. He had hoped to serve within it but, lamentably for us, no opening could be found that would enable him to support his family. So he was released to the diocese of Arundel and Brighton and they will now gain an excellent cleric. He is pictured above in shirt and tie alongside family and other candidates received into the church in Pembury that year. Fr. Lusted has been studying since then at St. John’s seminary in Wonersh and will be made deacon this coming Saturday. I shall be present to represent St. Anselm’s and support him.
Thomas Mason, pictured above serving at the altar alongside Mgr. Burnham, was one of the first young men to discern a vocation from within the Ordinariate. He has studied at Blackfriars in Oxford and latterly at Oscott and was made deacon this time last year. Fr. Nicholas will be travelling to the Oratory in Birmingham this coming Saturday where deacon Thomas is to be ordained a priest alongside 7 others for ministry within the Ordinariate. The ordinations will be conducted by Archbishop Longley in the presence of Our Ordinary, Mgr. Keith Newton. Thomas will be known to members of St. Anselm’s parish having taken a summer placement here a few years back.