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 3, 2011

Diaconal Ordinations in Cambridge

28th April 2011

Following the reception of almost 1000 faithful into the full communion of the Catholic Church during Holy Week, this week sees the first of twenty-four ordinations which will take place across the country between now and July. At the request of the Ordinary, Monsignor Keith Newton, Bishop Alan Hopes ordained Professor Allen Brent and David Skeoch to the diaconate in the church of Our Lady & the England Martyrs, Cambridge, on Thursday morning.

David Skeoch was chaplain to the Bishop of London, Graham Leonard, who later became a Catholic and died last year. He was subsequently Vicar of St Gabriel, Pimlico in the Diocese of London and a Canon of the Diocese of the Murray.

Allen Brent is a scholar of early Christian history based in Cambridge. He has published extensively on Hippolytus, St Ignatius of Antioch and St Cyprian. Both will, God willing, be ordained to the sacred priesthood on 15 June in Norwich Cathedral.

from the Ordinariate of OLW web site.
Copyright 2011 © Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.

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