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

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Nashville to get its first married priest

Sunday February 21, 2010
by Deacon Greg Kandra

Continuing a quiet trend in this country, another diocese is about to get its first married Catholic priest:
Prentice Dean will be ordained as a Catholic priest on Monday -- while his wife watches.
The former Episcopal priest and father of two will become the first married priest in the Nashville diocese.
He resigned from the Episcopal Church because he thought the denomination had moved away from traditional Christianity. He converted to Catholicism five years ago, and, after Monday, he'll be celebrating Mass, hearing confessions and handling all the responsibilities of a priest.

Read the rest at Deacon Greg's blog The Deacon's Bench

Hat tip to Mary Ann Mueller

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