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Keith Newton (prelate)

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Keith Newton

Ordinary Emeritus of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham
Newton circa 2021
SeePersonal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham
Appointed15 January 2011
Term ended29 April 2024
PredecessorNew post
SuccessorDavid Waller
  • 1975 (Anglican deacon)
  • 1976 (Anglican priest)
  • 13 January 2011 (Catholic deacon) by Alan Hopes
  • 15 January 2011 (Catholic priest) by Vincent Nichols
Consecration2002 (Anglican bishop) by George Carey
Personal details
Born (1952-04-10) 10 April 1952 (age 72)
DenominationRoman Catholic
(formerly Anglican)
Gill Donnison
(m. 1973)
Previous post(s)Bishop of Richborough (Church of England, 2002–2010)
Alma mater
Coat of armsKeith Newton's coat of arms
Styles of
Keith Newton
Reference style
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleMonsignor

Keith Newton (born 10 April 1952) is an English priest and prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. Newton was named as the first ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham from 15 January 2011 to 29 April 2024, however he is not a Catholic bishop.[1] Prior to his reception into the Catholic Church in 2011,[2] Newton had been a priest and bishop of the Church of England; his last Anglican office was as Bishop of Richborough in the Province of Canterbury from 2002 to 31 December 2010.[3]

Anglican ministry[edit]

Newton studied divinity at King's College London and went on to earn a Postgraduate Certificate in Education at Christ Church College Canterbury before completing his theological studies as an Anglican ordinand at St Augustine's College, Canterbury.[4][5] He was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 1975 and as a priest in 1976.[6]

Newton held the following positions in the Church of England:

  • 1975–1978, Curate of Great Ilford St Mary, Chelmsford
  • 1978–1985, Team vicar at St Matthew's Wimbledon in the Wimbledon Team Ministry, Southwark
  • 1985–1991, Rector of Blantyre, Malawi, and then Dean of Blantyre Cathedral
  • 1991–1993, Priest-in-charge of Holy Nativity Knowle, Bristol
  • 1993–2001, Vicar of Holy Nativity Knowle, Bristol
  • 1997–2001, Priest-in-charge of All Hallows, Easton

From 1995 to 1998, Newton was Rural Dean of Brislington. From 1998 to 2001 he was area dean of the new deanery of Bristol South.

On 7 March 2002, Newton was consecrated as an Anglican bishop by George Carey, the then Archbishop of Canterbury. Newton was subsequently Bishop of Richborough and a provincial episcopal visitor for the Province of Canterbury.[7] He held this post until 31 December 2010, when he left the Church of England.[8]

Ordination in the Catholic Church[edit]

Newton and his wife Gill after his ordination as a Catholic deacon

In 2008, Newton met officials of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to discuss the possibility of joining the Catholic Church.[9]

On 8 November 2010, Newton announced his intention to leave the Church of England at the end of the year in order to join the proposed personal ordinariates of the Catholic Church for former Anglicans.[8]

Newton was received into the Catholic Church on 1 January 2011, at Westminster Cathedral, with his wife Gill, by Bishop Alan Hopes. Also received at the same ceremony were Andrew Burnham (former Bishop of Ebbsfleet), John Broadhurst (former Bishop of Fulham) and his wife Judith, and three former sisters of the Society of Saint Margaret in Walsingham – Sister Carolyne Joseph, Sister Jane Louise and Sister Wendy Renate.[2] On 13 January 2011, he was ordained by Bishop Hopes to the diaconate with the two other former Church of England bishops, Andrew Burnham and John Broadhurst.[10][11] Two days later, on 15 January 2011, they were ordained to the priesthood by Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, at Westminster Cathedral. On this date, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Newton the first ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in England and Wales.[1] As a married man, according to its canon law, the Catholic Church did not permit his consecration as a bishop but it was possible for him to be ordained a priest as a former Anglican cleric.[12]

Newton with Pope Benedict XVI in April 2011

On 17 March 2011, it was announced that Pope Benedict XVI had granted Newton the title of protonotary apostolic (the highest ranking non-episcopal honorific title for Catholic clergy and the highest grade of monsignor).[3] Although Newton, as ordinary, does not have an episcopal ministry, he has been granted the use of pontificals (including the mitre, pectoral cross, episcopal ring and crozier etc.) by the Holy See in the same manner as some abbots.

Newton became a cruise chaplain with seafarers' welfare charity Apostleship of the Sea in 2014.

Personal life[edit]

Newton is married to Gill, a teacher, with whom he has three adult children – Lucy, Tom and James.[13]


  • Mr Keith Newton (1952–1975)
  • The Reverend Keith Newton (1975–1986)
  • The Very Reverend Keith Newton (1986–2002)
  • The Right Reverend Keith Newton (2002–2010)
  • Mr Keith Newton (1–13 January 2011)
  • The Reverend Keith Newton (13–15 January 2011)
  • The Right Reverend Keith Newton (15 January – 17 March 2011)
  • The Right Reverend Monsignor Keith Newton PA (2011–present)[14]


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  2. ^ a b "Three ex-Anglican bishops are received into full communion", The Catholic Herald, 1 January 2011.
  3. ^ a b "The Ordinary - Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham". Archived from the original on 30 January 2013. Retrieved 9 March 2013.
  4. ^ Who's Who 2008: London, A & C Black, 2008 ISBN 978-0-7136-8555-8
  5. ^ Crockfords(London, Church House 1995) ISBN 0-7151-8088-6
  6. ^ "Newton, Rt Rev. Mgr Keith, (born 10 April 1952), First Ordinary, Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, since 2011". Who's Who 2020. Oxford University Press. 1 December 2019. Retrieved 23 December 2023.
  7. ^ "Double Celebration". Trushare.com. 11 September 2005. Archived from the original on 26 February 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Statement from five bishops". Archived from the original on 11 November 2010. Retrieved 8 November 2010.
  9. ^ Impact of pope's decree begins to dawn on Church of England members. The Guardian, 26 October 2009. Retrieved 26 October 2009.
  10. ^ "Online Magazine Following Birth of 1st Ordinariate". Zenit. 13 January 2011. Retrieved 14 January 2011.
  11. ^ "Monsignor Keith Newton". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney.
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 January 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "[ARCHIVED CONTENT] UK Government Web Archive – The National Archives". Webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk. Archived from the original on 8 December 2009. Retrieved 25 July 2016.
  14. ^ "The Ordinary". Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. Archived from the original on 13 October 2014. Retrieved 8 October 2014.

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Church of England titles
Preceded by Bishop of Richborough
Succeeded by
Catholic Church titles
New title Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham
Succeeded by