Yesterday I took delivery of 10,000 new leaflets about the Ordinariate. The pamphlet, published by the Catholic Truth Society, is part of our ongoing work of improving people’s knowledge of the Ordinariate – specifically in terms of what we’re about and the route by which we came into existence.
The new pamphlet – What is the Ordinariate? – will be the first of a number of printed materials which can be sent out to parishes and Ordinariate groups. In the southwest, the Ordinariate groups have clubbed together to produce Angelus and we also have our online magazine The Portal. On top of that we have the new newsletter from the Friends of the Ordinariate, Memorare, which will keep donors and benefactors informed about what’s going on.
I’ve been really impressed with the responses we’ve had to our communications work. The new website, our social media outlets (Twitter, Facebook, Flickr), and the weekly eBulletin have all been well received. Especially with the social media accounts, we’ve been able to make real headway in communicating the Holy Father’s vision for the Ordinariate, and through that drawing people into a closer relationship, I hope, with Christ.
When I was in Rome last year for the Blog Meeting at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, I heard nothing but positive comments about the way that we’d embraced the new media, and I was pleased that the news.va site, which has been so successful, is so similar in structure to what we’ve been putting in place for our own site.
Now, though, we need to be on the ground and speaking to parishes; we need to be meeting and greeting and explaining what we’re about and why we’re here. We need to be speaking to Catholics who love the idea, to harness that enthusiasm; to those who are sceptical, to prove we don’t have two heads; to Anglicans who are looking across to see what happens.
If you can help, or if you would welcome a talk in your parish or deanery about the Ordinariate, you can be in touch. We are integrated by virtue of our communion, but we still need to work – from all sides – to make the Ordinariate seem a normal part of the UK Catholic landscape, so we can continue to welcome people into the Church, and to assist with the important work of evangelisation entrusted to us.