There is a move to set up a new Ordinariate group in Guildford in Surrey. This is a long way from Yorkshire, but is of interest because it is some time since a new Ordinariate group was set up. There is to be a Mass in the Ordinariate Use at the Church of St Edward the Confessor, about 3 miles to the northeast of Guildford, at 3pm on Saturday 28th November. The purpose is to test whether there is interest in setting up an Ordinariate group in the area. The church is very small and built in a rural location on the estate of Sutton Place, which was formerly owned by the recusant Weston family. In more recent times, it has been owned by J Paul Getty.
We wish the people of Guildford success in their venture. Although the counties surrounding Surrey are well supplied with Ordinariate groups, there are none in Surrey itself, and the current proposal may go some way to plugging a gap. Another gap in the Ordinariate map is Yorkshire. We have a modest group in Sheffield, which is still struggling to get properly established, but nothing else. It is a little surprising that in the whole of Yorkshire there is not more activity on the Ordinariate front.
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