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

Monday, September 19, 2011

Symposium and Evensong for Feast Day of Blessed John Henry Newman

The Anglican Use Congregation of St. Athanasius and the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston will be sponsoring a symposium on the feast of Blessed John Henry Newman on Sunday, October 9, 2011 at 3 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

The speakers for the symposium are:
  • Dr. Peter Kreeft on Newman as poet
  • Dr. Philip Crotty on Newman as educator
  • Dr. William Fahey on Newman as preacher
  • Fr. Peter M. J. Stravinskas on Newman as convert.

Following the symposium there will be a reception, to be followed by Evensong in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel of the Cathedral at 5:00 pm.


  1. Are the talks going to be available on DVD or CD/

  2. Hi Matthew,

    Good idea. I'll look into it and try to make the arrangements.