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

Friday, June 24, 2011

Former Anglican open, joyful as he prepares for ordination

Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien (left) shares a moment with Deacon Warren Tanghe after ordaining him as a transitional deacon Feb. 26. The archbishop will ordain Deacon Tanghe, a former Anglican priest, to the Catholic priesthood June 24. (Courtesy Kitt O’Brien)

By Jennifer Williams

Transitional Deacon Warren Tanghe’s path to the Catholic priesthood may have been long and winding, but the former Anglican priest will be open to all the gifts of the holy spirit as he is ordained June 24 at 6 p.m. in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Baltimore.

“I prayed before my diaconate that the Lord would give me anything that was lacking in diaconal character,” said Deacon Tanghe, who was a member of the Anglican Church for 37 years. “I prayed that the Lord would renew and refresh those gifts he had already given me for diaconal ministry and that he would pour out upon me in their fullness anything that might be lacking. And that is my prayer going into the priesthood as well.”

Born in Kyoto, Japan, to a Catholic father in the U.S. Army and a mother who was Episcopalian, Deacon Tanghe moved every two to three years. Raised in the Catholic faith as his father fought in Korea, Deacon Tanghe, as the story goes, one day asked too many questions about the mosaics that decorate the Catholic church, so the priest responded, “Get that child out of here!”

He and his mother then began attending an Episcopal church...

Read the rest at The Catholic Review

Hat tip to Mary Ann Mueller.

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