The first principle of the Ordinariate is then about Christian unity. St. Basil the Great, the Church’s greatest ecumenist, literally expended his life on the work of building bridges between orthodox brethren who shared a common faith, but who had become separated from one another in a Church badly fragmented by heresy and controversy. He taught that the work of Christian unity requires deliberate and ceaseless effort...St. Basil often talked with yearning about the archaia agape, the ancient love of the apostolic community, so rarely seen in the Church of his day. This love, he taught, is a visible sign that the Holy Spirit is indeed present and active, and it is absolutely essential for the health of the Church.

- Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson, Homily on the Occasion of his Formal Institution as Ordinary

Friday, November 13, 2009

Interview with Fr. Eric Bergman

Fr Eric Bergman is a graduate of Yale Divinity School. A ‘cradle Episcopalian’, he was ordained as an Episcopal priest in 1997. In 2005, along with fifty of his parishioners, he was received into full communion with the Catholic Church. Married to Kristina, and father of six children, Eric was ordained as a Catholic priest under the Pastoral Provision in April, 2007. He is now the Chaplain to the St Thomas More Society--one of nine Anglican Use communities in the United States...

Read Fr. Longenecker's interview with Fr. Bergman on his blog Standing on My Head.

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