The community, which has about 15 members, has been in limbo since 2008 when it announced that it wished to enter into full communion with Rome.
The group’s decision was a response to Pope Benedict XVI’s Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum, which allowed priests to celebrate the traditional Latin Mass freely.
Previously, the community had been a part of the worldwide Society of St Pius X (SSPX), the estranged traditionalist group currently in dialogue with Rome.
This evening the community were to make a public profession of vows at their home on Papa Stronsay, a tiny, windswept island in Orkney, off the north-east of Scotland. The profession will be celebrated by Bishop Hugh Gilbert OSB of Aberdeen, who, as their diocesan bishop, granted them canonical recognition.
Bishop Gilbert was ordained as Bishop of Aberdeen exactly a year ago, taking over from Bishop Peter Moran, who had retired.
Truly, Pope Benedict XVI is the Pope of Christian Unity.
Their website is here with the Decree of Erection.
Any thoughts on this quote, Tweeted today? And why would the Ordinariate not appeal to those, say of, an Evangelical persuasion? The desire to unity is a stong pull, generally. The offer is to Anglicans, on the whole, and they are after all, known to be a motley crew.