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

Saturday, September 17, 2011

St Luke's Bladensburg, MD

St. Luke's will be received into the Roman Catholic Church at 9:30 am on October 9, 2011 in the Crypt Church at the Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC; His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl celebrating."

St. Luke's Episcopal Church Bladensburg, MD has its own property and sanctuary.

from The Anglo-Catholic.

We are honored to announce Monsignor Keith Newton, the ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in the UK, will be the celebrant and preacher at St. Luke's on October 16, 10:00am. This will be the first ever Catholic Mass celebrated at St. Luke's.

Msgr. Newton was formerly a bishop of the Church of England and served as the Bishop of Richborough in the Province of Canterbury from 2002 to 2010. On January 15, 2011, he and two other former Church of England bishops were ordained to the priesthood in Westminster Cathedral by Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster. On this date Pope Benedict XVI appointed him the first ordinary of the Ordinariate in England and Wales.

The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham is the very first Ordinariate established by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI. Ordinariates in other parts of the world are to be established in the near future.

from the web site of St Luke's parish, Bladensburg.

See these earlier posts:

"Big News in Washington"
"Anglicans on the Move"

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