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Monsignor Andrew Burnham

Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham

Divine Worship: The Missal and “the liturgical books proper to the Anglican tradition” (Anglicanorum Coetibus, III)


Mgr Andrew Burnham (born 19 March 1948), third Bishop of Ebbsfleet, from 2000 to 2010, was received into the Roman Catholic Church and ordained as a Catholic priest on 15 January 2011 for the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. Born in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, and brought up at Worksop Priory, and at Southwell Minster, where he was a cathedral chorister, he went on to study music and then theology at New College, Oxford. After a period as a music teacher and freelance musician, he trained for ordination at St Stephen’s House, Oxford. He was ordained in 1983 and served in Southwell diocese as curate of Clifton and Beeston, and, from 1987, as Vicar of Carrington. Serving as a Proctor in Convocation and member of General Synod from 1990 to 2000 he served on the Church of England Liturgical Commission, which at the time was producing Common Worship, the liturgy of the Church of England for the new millennium. In January 1995 he was appointed Vice-Principal of St Stephen’s House, Oxford, where, as well as bringing parochial experience to the teaching of ordinands, he was tutor in liturgy.

On 8 July 2008, he announced his intention to lead groups of clergy and faithful into the full communion of the Catholic Church, and in a column in the Catholic Herald, asked Pope Benedict XVI to provide a way for this to happen. In November 2010, following the publication of Anglicanorum cœtibus, he was one of five Anglican bishops who announced their resignations and their intention to join the proposed Personal Ordinariate in England and Wales and he was received into the Catholic Church at a Mass at Westminster Cathedral on 1 January 2011 and later appointed a Prelate of Honour. He has since served as an Assistant to the Ordinary in the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham and as Parish Priest of East Hendred Catholic Parish, a place with a noble recusant tradition.

Apart from articles and lectures, he compiled A Manual of Anglo-Catholic Devotion, 2001, 2004, and Heaven & Earth in Little Space: The Re-enchantment of Liturgy, 2010. Serving on the Interdicasterial Commission Anglicanæ traditiones, he has been instrumental in the producing of Divine Worship: Occasional Services, 2014, and Divine Worship: The Missal, 2015. He was also the compiler and editor, with Fr Aidan Nichols OP, of The Customary of Our Lady of Walsingham, 2012, which brings together material from the Divine Office in the Anglican tradition and extracts from the English spiritual tradition.


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