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, September 27, 2011

Fr. Bruce Noble retires

from the weekly bulletin of Our Lady of Walsingham Church, Houston, Texas.
Congratulations to Father Bruce
Noble on his official retirement this Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham, September 24, from the Catholic Chaplain Corps after 25 years of service to this vital ministry! He and his beloved twin brother, Father David, gave a total of 50 years between the two of them working in the Texas Medical Center of Houston.

For a short, beautiful tale about Fr. Bruce and his recently deceased brother Fr. David, read this story Encounter with Christ on the Chistocentric Life blog.

A biography of the twin Frs. Noble can be read on the web site of Gulf Coast Catholic.

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