New priests welcomed into the Portsmouth’s Catholic diocese

ARRIVALS From left Father David Elliott, Monsignor Keith Newton, Bishop Crispian Hollis, Father Jonathan Redvers Harris and Father Graham Smith
ARRIVALS From left Father David Elliott, Monsignor Keith Newton, Bishop Crispian Hollis, Father Jonathan Redvers Harris and Father Graham Smith
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The Catholic Bishop of Portsmouth welcomed three new deacons into the priesthood on Saturday.

Rt Rev Crispian Hollis, the Catholic Bishop of Portsmouth, officially ordained David Elliott, Jonathan Redvers Harris and Graham Smith, in St John’s Cathedral on Edinburgh Road, Portsmouth.

The ordinations of the three former Anglican priests for the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham were celebrated by the Bishop of Portsmouth for, and on behalf of, the Ordinary, Monsignor Keith Newton.

Bishop Crispian said: ‘Saturday’s priestly ordination of three deacons of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham completes the current cycle of receptions and ordinations to the Ordinariate within the Portsmouth diocese.

‘I welcome these three new priests and pray that their ministry – both to the members of the Ordinariate and the diocese – will be joyful and will bear much fruit.’