New priest is making history
4:10pm Thu Sep 26, 2013
A Catholic priest has made history as the first married man to be ordained, without first having been ordained in the Church of England.
Father Andrew Harding
Father Andrew Harding
Father Andrew Harding, 45, was granted permission to be ordained by Pope Benedict.

Father Andrew was ordained at Our Lady of Victories in Southwell.

He had been training for ordination in the Church of England, but asked to be accepted into the Catholic church.

He is a member of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, which was set up by Pope Benedict for disaffected Anglicans.

He is the first seminarian from the Ordinariate to be ordained.

The ordination was conducted by the Bishop of Nottingham, the Right Rev Malcolm McMahon.

Father Andrew will live in Southwell and serve as an assistant priest working with Father Michael O’Donoghue in Southwell, Newark and Calverton.

He is married to Janina, who worked as a nurse with the Ministry of Defence before moving to Southwell.

The couple have two children ­— Thomas, 8, and Sophia, 4.

Before training for the ministry, Father Andrew served in the Army for four years and was then a banker in London for 11 years.

He said: “If someone had told me this was on the horizon 20 years ago I would have said they were crazy.”

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