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

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Anglican Use Conference June 10-12

The Annual Conference of the Anglican Use Society is rapidly approaching. The conference will be held in Newark, New Jersey from June 10 through June 12. There will be four principal speakers:

Juan Ignacio Arrieta,
secretary of the Pontifical Council
for the Interpretation
of Legislative Texts

Dr. William Oddie,
author of numerous books
including The Roman Option

Dr. Anne B. Gardiner,
author of Modern Faith
and Freedom in John Dryden's
The Panther and the Hind

and Sr. Anne, ASSP
of the All Saints Sisters of the Poor
who is resident in their Philadelphia house.

We already have nearly 100 people registered, including Archbishop Falk of the Anglican Church in America and Bishop Carl Reid from the Anglican Catholic Church in Canada. The reserved block of rooms at the Best Western, Robert Treat hotel is no longer being held, but you may well be able to get rooms there still. For more information on the conference, visit

1 comment:

  1. My one and only AU conference was a few years ago in Scranton. I can't recommend it highly enough. Yes, I was a bit intimidated by all the powerful minds around -- Cardinal Dulles was the keynote -- and I felt distinctly under-educated in my own heritage. But I never felt excluded. It was a great intellectual and spiritual experience being surrounded by all these clerics and lay leaders both within the Catholic Church and without. If I was anywhere near North America I would go, especially this year. Can you imagine the excitement? But alas, I must be at home in the Philippines.