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, August 21, 2010

Full Programme of Events to Celebrate Blessed John Henry Newman

Thursday, August 19, 2010
by Shawn Tribe

The Fathers of the Birmingham Oratory are planning a series of events surrounding the beatification of their founder, John Henry Cardinal Newman, by Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday, September 19th.

Day Conference on Blessed John Henry Newman

On Saturday, September 18th there will be a day conference in the International Convention Centre in Birmingham, “Newman by his Biographers”. The featured speakers are Fr Ian Ker and Dr. Sheridan Gilley, both authors of well-known biographies of John Henry Newman and excellent speakers in their own right...

Read the rest about the Oratory program at The New Liturgical Movement blog.

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