7th November 2005

I have been reflecting on the occasion, seven years ago today, when I was formally 'inducted', to the living of the Parish of Hockley as Vicar. Ss. Peter and Paul had been in interregnum for just over 6 months, and after interviews at Wadham College Oxford, (the Parish Patron) and with the Parish Representatives, I was offered the post.

I succeeded a priest who restored the Roman Rite, rituals, Resolution 'C' and catholic devotions to the Parish Church. I was faced with a picture of the Pope and The Bishop of Richborough ( Keith Newton) in the Sacristy with a Forward in Faith Candle burning in the chancel: for me, this was a dream!
4 years, almost to the day later, The Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith at The Vatican published: Anglicanorum coetibus, the Apostolic constitution containing therein Pope Benedict's vision for unity and truth for those wishing to come on an amazing pilgrimage.We really were going forward in faith!

With time to prepare my people who loved the catholic tradition, 80 souls moved into full communion with the Catholic Church in thankful response to this generous gesture by the Holy Father.
On Holy Thursday 2011 many were received from Hockley, including myself and family (including my parents) at the most moving liturgy of the Last Supper at St Teresa's Rochford with Monsignor Keith Newton and our friend Fr Gerry Drummond, the Priest in Charge (he himself a former Anglican) concelebrating. Catholicism was no longer a dream...it had become a reality, a dream come true!

Deo gratias.

Fr Jeff Woolnough, 7th November 2012
Priest in Charge of St Peter's RC Church, Eastwood and Pastor of the Hockley Ordinariate
 based at St. Pius X, Hockley.

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