On Sunday 5th January (the Solemnity of the Epiphany) Archbishop George Stack ordained Rev. Dr. Bernard Sixtus to the Diaconate for the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. The Ordinariate was established by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI as a way for members of the Anglican Communion to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church whilst maintaining elements of their patrimony and worship.
Born in Bremen, Germany, Dr. Sixtus was brought up in an Anglo-German family. In 1987 he enlisted in the German Army as an Officer Cadet and completed a degree in Pedagogy/Educational Studies in 1993. He left the Army in 2001 and began training for the Anglican Ministry within the Church of England obtaining a Masters degree in Theology and Religious Studies from Leeds University. Dr. Sixtus also holds a PhD in the Philosophy of Education.
Dr. Sixtus has previously served as Assistant Chaplain of St. George’s Anglican Church in Paris, and Assistant Vicar of the Abergavenny Anglican parishes (Church in Wales). He was received into full communion with the Catholic Church as a member of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in March 2013.
The ordination took place during the regular 11:00 am Sunday Mass at St. David’s Cathedral, Cardiff. Monsignor Keith Newton, Ordinary of the Ordinariate presented the candidate for ordination, after which a prayer of thanksgiving recognizing his previous ministries within the Church of England and Church in Wales was said. Also present were Dr. Sixtus’ wife and children who took part on the Offertory Procession.
With his background in Education and Pedagogy, Dr. Sixtus will serve as full-time Diocesan Director of Religious Education in Schools. He is also the first ordained member of the Ordinariate to have come from the Church in Wales.
We wish Dr. Sixtus well in his future ministry. Ad multos annos!
(For further information regarding the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham visit www.ordinariate.org.uk)