The new head of Australia’s Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross for former Anglicans will be installed at a special Mass in St Mary’s Cathedral on 27 August.
Monsignor Carl Reid, a Canadian, will become the second head of the Ordinariate as he takes over from its first leader, Perth-based Mons Harry Entwistle.
Meanwhile, a senior official in the Vatican’s top theological watchdog – the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith – will give a public lecture in Sydney on the ordinariates the day after Mons Reid’s installation.
Archbishop Augstine Di Noia OP, Adjunct Secretary of the CDF, will speak on 28 August on the patrimony of the ordinariates, created by Pope Benedict XVI between 2011 and 2012 following his apostolic constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus of 2009.
Archbishop Di Noia’s lecture will be given at 7pm at Mary MacKillop Plcae in North Sydney.
He will also preach the homily at the Mass of Installation for Mons Reid.
Archbishop Di Noia’s connection with the ordinariates goes back to the early 2000s when as a key Vatican official he handled negotiations between the-then Traditional Anglican Communion and the Catholic Church on possible unity.
Outgoing Ordinariate head Mons Entwistle was one of the key negotiators in the talks that led to the Church opening its doors to the Traditional Anglican Communion.
Fr Reid, married to wife Barbara, grew up in the Anglican Church of Canada before going on to serve as a deacon, minister and suffragan bishop of that church.
He was later received into full communion with the Catholic Church and ordained a Catholic priest in January 2013.
Until his appointment as head of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross, Mons Reid served as dean of all Canadian parishes of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter, which also covers the US.
The Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross was erected by Pope Benedict on 15 June 2012, the third Ordinariate to be erected for former Anglicans (after the United Kingdom and the United States of America / Canada).
The Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham which covers England and Wales was formed in 2011; the Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter, covering the US and Canada, was formed in 2012.
The Australian Ordinariate has 18 worship communities and communities in formation across Australia and Japan.
Ordinariates are led by an ordinary, who has the powers of a bishop, but may not necessarily be ordained a bishop.
If the cleric chosen is a married former Anglican priest or bishop, as Mons Reid is, he cannot be ordained a bishop in the Catholic Church. Whether or not the ordinary is a bishop, he is a voting member of the bishops’ conference in the country of the ordinariate.