Houston: dedication of new Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham

I read at the site Ordinarite Portal, for the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham set up under the provisions of Anglicanorum coetibus – Benedict XVI is the Pope of Christian Unity – that on 28 May Our Lady of WalsinghamH.E. Daniel Card. DiNardo of Houston blessed a Shrine for O.L. of Walsingham.

The shrine is a replica of the ruined priory arch in Little Walsingham, Norfolk. Photographs can be found here.

The site has this text:

The dedication of our new Shrine and other buildings was one of the seminal events in the thirty year life of our Parish, ranking with the founding of the parish in 1984, and the dedication of the new church in 2003.  We were blessed to have our Archbishop, Daniel Cardinal Dinardo consecrate the altar of the Shrine witnessed by the three pastors that have served our parish along with visiting clergy,  parishioners and friends. It was a very happy occasion.

Brick by brick.

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  1. AnAmericanMother says:

    Bless the Anglicans — they know how to do ceremony right. And the Anglican Use Catholics are bringing all that beauty of art, ritual, music with them.

    May their tribe increase!

  2. mike cliffson says:

    Good egg!
    1.At the level of avocations:
    Our lady of Walsingham is Our lady of Loreto, who is the patron Saint of Aviation( and space travel, surely?) – is the whereabouts of the Houston space Center just something like springs to mind for foreigners like me who thrill at the sound of “come in houston”, or is this walsingham shrine there just because?
    2.Walsingham(UK) is at the centre of a whole host ofcenturies-old pilgrim trails (hence,the shrine having been ruined and despoiled, very like a doughnut: old routes, surroundings, medieval old town, in whose centre: a hole, a private park with a lonely ruined arch), on a smaller scale than Santiago, & about the only pilgrimage to walsinhamthat actually gets there on foot is “student cross”, in Holy week. Youngish, Yufish, beery, hairy, holy, and on the legs with little opportunity for washing, stinky. Internet at tripledoubleyoudot studentcrossdotorgdotukforwardslash really doesn’t give the flavours of this pilgrimage, but there are quite few Cousins walked it on one leg or another at one time or another,( and it’s quite a testimonial for the towns one walks thru too… if texas is traversable on foot at Easter?) if any read Fr Z would they set it up? give advice? Do things differently?

  3. Sid says:


    Bless the Anglicans — they know how to do ceremony right. And the Anglican Use Catholics are bringing all that beauty of art, ritual, music with them. May their tribe increase!

    Amen! Let all Catholics — bishops, pastors, laity — hang out a “welcome” sign to Anglicans who wish full unity with Rome within the Anglican Ordinariate. They need us, and we in fact need them — at least those of us who wish liturgy that manifests “the beauty of holiness”. I urge each deanery in the United States to advertise in the local media an exploratory meeting for Anglicans who are considering a move to Rome. They don’t have to swim the Tiber; Good Pope Benedict already has built a bridge!

    And may the USA Anglican Ordinariate soon be established.

    — Sid Cundiff

  4. PeterK says:

    When I lived in Houston I was a member of this parish in the days before this magnificent edifice was constructed. My daughter had her First Communion here. These photos don’t do it justice but do enjoy them


  5. benedictgal says:

    I had the privilege of visiting Our Lady of Walsingham when I was in Houston for the Society of Catholic Liturgy conference. I loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    The staff was kind enough to give us a tour and we got to see the building as it was being built.

  6. Fr. Basil says:

    There is an Antiochian Orthodox (Western Rite) Parish of Our Lady of Walsingham in Mesquite, TX. With the blessing of both Metropolitan Philip (Saliba) and Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware), the priest there, Fr. Dan Keller, has established an Orthodox Society of Our Lady of Wasingham, and hopes to build a national Shrine under this title in the USA.

    Most Holy Theotokos of Walsingham, pray for us.

  7. KAS says:

    How exciting! I’ve been by that parish and often have wished I were able to be in Houston for Mass sometime. However, I will have to settle for cheering for this lovely new shrine! The Anglican use people are a breath of fresh air. I just thrill when I think of an entire parish coming home!

    These may be “interesting times” but they are also “exciting times”

    Maybe next year I can do my Marian pilgrimage to the Shrine but I’m unlikely to get to Houston until August.

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