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Resignations and Appointments, 29.04.2024

Resignation of the Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, Great Britain,  and appointment of the Bishop Ordinary

The Holy Father has accepted the resignation from the pastoral care of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham (Great Britain), presented by Reverend Msgr. Keith Newton.

His Holiness has appointed Reverend David Arthur Waller, until now Vicar General of the Ordinariate and Pastor of Christ the King Parish in Chingford, as Bishop Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham (Great Britain).

Curriculum vitae

Msgr. David Arthur Waller was born on June 10, 1961, in London and graduated with a degree in theology from the University of Leeds. After graduation, he spent six years as a community worker in Bradford, northern England. In 1989, he commenced his training for Anglican orders at Chichester Theological College, at the end of which he received ordination to the diaconate and priesthood in the Church of England in 1991 and 1992, respectively. Subsequently, he held various pastoral roles in the Anglican Diocese of Chichester, in Sussex, where he also served as a hospital chaplain and Member of the Diocesan Synod.

In 2000, he was named Vicar (Parish Priest) of the Parish of St. Saviour in Walthamstow, East London, in the Anglican Diocese of Chelmsford. In addition to his pastoral duties, he held other pastoral and administrative roles, including Member of the Anglican Bishop of Richborough's Council of Priests, Chairman of the Diocesan Religious Education Committee, and Member of the General Synod of the Church of England. After the publication of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus in 2009, he decided to embark upon a path that would lead him to enter the Catholic Church.

In Holy Week 2011, Msgr. Waller was received into full communion with the Catholic Church. He was ordained to the priesthood in the Catholic Church, following the provisions of Anglicanorum coetibus, and subsequently held the offices of Administrator of St. John the Baptist Parish in Ilford (2011-15) and Parish Priest of Christ the King Parish in Chingford (since 2015). Within the Ordinariate, he has also served as President of the Governing Council, Dean for South East of England, and Vicar General.