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, July 1, 2011

2011 Anglican Use Conference to Be Live Streamed

June 30, 2011
by Fr. Christopher Phillips

The 2011 Conference of the Anglican Use Society will be taking place on July 7th – 9th at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Arlington, Texas. The general theme of the conference will be “Our Patrimony,” and speakers will include Fr. David Jaeger, OFM, of the Antonianum Pontifical University in Rome; Msgr. Keith Newton, Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in England & Wales; John Hunwicke, formerly parish priest of St. Thomas the Martyr in Oxford and now a member of the Ordinariate in England; Fr. Larry Covington, Pastor of St. Louis the King Church in Austin, Texas; and Dr. William Tighe, Associate Professor of History at Muhlenberg College. The Most Reverend Kevin W. Vann, Bishop of Fort Worth (and adviser to Cardinal Wuerl on the erection of the Ordinariate in the U.S.) will be the principal celebrant and preacher at the conference Solemn Mass on July 8.
The conference talks and events will be live streamed at this web address:, where you may watch it live, or (since it will remain archived) you can view it at a later time.

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