Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jun 14, 2023 / 14:05 pm
A former Anglican bishop from Wales will be received into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church next month and serve as a priest with the Anglican Ordinariate, which was set up by former Pope Benedict XVI in 2011.
The Right Rev. Richard Pain, who served as the Anglican bishop of Monmouth, will join the Catholic Church on Sunday, July 2, at St. Basil and St. Gwladys in Rogerstone, Wales. He is the first Welsh Anglican bishop to convert to Catholicism through the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.
“We are delighted that after much prayer Richard has asked to be received into the full communion of the Catholic Church,” Monsignor Keith Newton, who serves as the ordinary of the ordinariate, said in a statement.
“He will be the first bishop from the Anglican Church in Wales to be received into the ordinariate since its creation in 2011,” Newton said. “Richard has a long and distinguished ministry in the Church in Wales. He has many gifts which he will continue to use to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of Wales.”