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, September 27, 2010

Our Lady of Martyrs Anglican Use Society

September 27, 2010
by Fr. Christopher Phillips
I think it’s encouraging to hear of what’s going on with Ordinariate-oriented Anglicans and former Anglicans, so I like to pass those bits of news along. I just heard from Fr. Prentice Dean, who is a Catholic priest in Nashville, Tennessee. Fr. Dean had served as an Episcopal priest, but in 2005 he was received into the Catholic Church, along with his family. He then went through the Pastoral Provision process, and was ordained as a Catholic priest this past February 22nd.

Although he serves as Vice-Chancellor of the Diocese of Nashville and also assists at the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Fr. Dean has been given permission by his bishop to form an Anglican Use group, which he has done. Our Lady of Martyrs Anglican Use Society is hosting its first event – Solemn Evensong and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. This will take place on Thursday, October 7, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. at The Church of the Assumption, 1227 7th Avenue, North, Nashville, Tennessee...

Read the rest at The Anglo-Catholic.

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