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

Monday, December 14, 2009

Anglican Catholics of Springfield Missouri

December 14, 2009
Christian Campbell

Over the weekend, I was alerted to a new “Anglican Use” group forming in Springfield, Missouri. While any group seeking to worship both in the Anglican tradition and in the unity of the Catholic Church is a wonderful thing, this group is especially interesting for its diversity. The community includes Episcopalians, former Anglicans already received into the Catholic Church, Baptists, Evangelicals, and ordinary Roman Catholics disillusioned with the typical celebration of the Novus Ordo in their parishes.

Shane Schaetzel, one of the founders of the group, has written the following introduction for our readers. Please pray for the success of this new community!

Something’s Brewing In The Ozarks
by Shane Schaetzel

When the Vatican recently announced the reception of Anglican communities into the Catholic Church it was a dream come true not only for Anglo-Catholics seeking their own pastoral provision, but also for many Roman Catholics with Anglican backgrounds. Over the last thirty years there has been a quiet but steady trickle of Anglicans into the Roman Catholic Church. In the American province of the worldwide Anglican Communion, “The Episcopal Church,” it began with alterations to the Book of Common Prayer in 1979 and increased with the ordination of female clergy, along with the widespread acceptance of homosexuality...

Read the rest at The Anglo-Catholic.

Visit the new group in Springfield's page on Facebook

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