Pope Francis appoints new head of Personal Ordinariate in Australia

In an Audience of February 7, 2019 given to the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Luis Ladaria, the Holy Father Pope Francis accepted the resignation of the pastoral governance of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross (Australia), presented by the Rev Monsignor Harry Entwistle, in conformity with canon 401 §1, CIC, and nominated Ordinary of the same Personal Ordinariate, Father Carl Reid, until now Dean of all of the Canadian parishes of the Personal Ordinariate of The Chair of St Peter (USA) and pastor of a community of the same Ordinariate in British Columbia, Canada.

Father Reid has accepted the nomination and the Apostolic Nuncio in Australia has been informed of the appointment.

Father Reid, born on December 14 1950, was baptized on January 14 1951 in the Anglican Church of Canada.

He earned a bachelor’s Degree in Geological Engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario in 1973. He earned a Master of Divinity Degree from St. Bede’s Online Theological College. In 2006, he was given the title of Doctor of Divinity honoris causa.

He was ordained a deacon in the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada in 1988, and a minister in the same jurisdiction on June 23, 1990. He was ordained a suffragan bishop of the same communion on January 27, 2007.

After being received into the full communion of the Catholic Church, Father Carl Reid was ordained a priest on January 26, 2013 of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter (USA).

Father Reid will be installed as Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross on Tuesday August 27th at 7pm at the Cathedral of St Mary’s in the Archdiocese of Sydney by Archbishop Anthony Fisher, OP, Archbishop of Sydney.

Archbishop Fisher will be joined by Archbishop Augustine DiNoia, OP, Adjunct Secretary, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Most Reverend Steven J Lopes, Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter (USA) and Monsignor Keith Newton, Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham (UK).

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Monsignor Harry Entwistle

Monsignor Entwistle was the first Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross. Educated at St Chad's Theological College, he was ordained a priest in the Church of England Diocese of Blackburn in 1964. After reception into the Roman Catholic Church, he was ordained to the priesthood in St Mary's Cathedral, Perth on 15 June 2012.