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

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Organization meeting of San Francisco Bay Area Anglican Use Society

The organizational meeting of the San Francisco Bay Area Anglican Use Society will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2011, from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. in the Cedar Room at the Main Branch of the San Mateo Public Library, 55 West 3rd Ave., San Mateo, CA, 94402.

The group's first goal is to establish an Anglican Use society for the Bay Area, which will begin offering services from the Book of Divine Worship at least monthly. The location of the first services will depend upon the availability of church or chapel space, but eventually the group plans to have locations in the City of San Francisco, the North Bay, East Bay and South Bay areas.

The meeting agenda will include:

1. forming a leadership team;
2. discussing possible locations for the first services;
3. tentatively scheduling the date of the first service and the date of the first leadership team meeting.

James Farr, president of the Washington, DC-based St. Thomas of Canterbury Anglican Use Society, is advising the group and will speak at the meeting.
Contact: James Farr, e-mail

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