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

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Photos from the AUS Conference in the afternoon and evening

Deacon Oliver Vietor and Brother Rex Anthony Norris

Bishop Juan Ignacio Arrieta and Archbishop John Hepworth.

The clergy of the Pastoral Provision parishes in their panel discussion:
L to R, Fr. Eric Bergman, Fr. Richard Bradford, Fr. Jean Hart, Fr. Ernie Davis,
Deacon Oliver Vietor, Fr. Allan Hawkins, Fr. James Ramsey.

(center)Fr. Jeffrey Steenson with Dr. Bill Tighe

Sr. Elaine, ASSP of St. Anna's in Philadelphia with Fr. James Ramsey

Archbishop John Myers presents a gift of appreciation to outgoing
secretary for the Pastoral Provision Msgr. William Stetson.

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