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, August 30, 2011

RIP: Msgr. James Sheehan

[Msgr. Sheehan was secretary for the Pastoral Provision,
assisting Archbishop Meyers of Newark in overseeing the predecessor
to Anglicanorum coetibus. Msgr. Sheehan is in the center of the front row
of the photo above, with clergy of the Pastoral Provision, keynote
speaker Bishop Arrieta and his predecessor, Msgr. William Stetson.
Photo taken at the Anglican Use Conference in 2010 in Newark, NJ.

It is with great sadness that the Archbishop announces the passing into Eternal Life of Monsignor James Matthew Sheehan, Judicial Vicar and Secretary for Canonical Affairs. He was 39 years of age. Please join us in praying for the peaceful repose of Monsignor Sheehan's Soul, and for the consolation of his Family.

As the effects of Cancer set in, and while continuing treatment, it was Monsignor's wish to return home to our Residence at the Cathedral Basilica until the time of the Lord's Call. He died surrounded by a most loving and caring Family, and faithful Friends.

The Obsequies are as follows, all at our Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart:

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

- 12:00 Noon - 7:00 PM: Viewing

- 7:00 PM: Recitation of the Rosary

- 7:30 PM: Vigil Mass -

Principal Celebrant: The Most Reverend Arthur J. Serratelli, S.S.L., S.T.D., Bishop of Paterson; Homilist: The Reverend Geno Silva, S.T.D., Vicar for Evangelization, Diocese of Paterson

Thursday, September 1, 2011

- 11:00 AM: Funeral Mass -

Principal Celebrant: The Most Reverend John J. Myers, D.D., J.C.D., Archbishop of Newark; Homilist: The Reverend Monsignor Joseph R. Reilly, S.T.D., Rector, The College Seminary, Saint Andrew Hall

May Monsignor Sheehan, and all who sleep in Christ, find in the Lord's Presence Light, Happiness, and Peace.

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