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

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Please support the All Saints Sisters of the Poor

I received this letter today, along with a liturgical calendar with many wonderful photos, both historic and contemporary, from Mother Christina. I had ordered my Christmas cards from the Sisters this year, and remind you that they have cards for every occasion, not just Christmas. Please do visit their web site and support them.

Office of the Prioress
All Saints Sisters of the Poor
PO Box 3127
Catonsville MD 21228

Feast of St. Martin of Tours 2011

Dear Friends in Christ,

In London on the Feast of St. Martin in 1872, the Mother Foundress of the Anglican sisterhood of All Saints Sisters of the Poor announced the foundatino of a branch house in Baltimore, Maryland. On today's feast, nearly 140 years later, I write to you from that very same monastic foundation-which has just been re-founded as a Roman Catholic Priory of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
The dedicated gift of a kind benefactor has made possible this mailing to you. Therefore, I am very happy to be able to send you, with no obligation, the enclosed calendar and information about the All Saints Sisters of the Poor. In this way, we want to introduce ourselves to those who may not know us yet and request your support for our institute.
This month, on our patronal Feast of All Saints 2011, when Archbishop O'Brien erected our Institute as a Priory and received our perpetual vows, he said: "What a great day, what a gift this day is for the Church of Baltimore. And for each of you as well, sisers, this is a momentous hour in a long journey of faith." Indeed it was--and is--a momentous hour for us! A whole new stage of our journey has begun. In our new endeavors, we hope to make many new friends--upholding them with intercessory prayer, offering hospitality in our Retreat House and Monastic Guest Wing, and reaching out with our Scriptorium cards, calendars and books. As the "new" All Saints Sisters of the Poor begin to thrive and grow, welcoming the inquirers who are already showing interest in possibly joining us, we pray for a generous response from friends--both old and new, near and far. I cordially invite you to become one of them.
In particular, your gift to us now will enable us to add essential final touches to the recent, long-overude renovation of our buildings. Although recent repairs and renovations are now "completed", still our old buildings and equipment keep asking for more. Your generous assistance would help us to furnish the newly remodeled rooms in our convent or the new chaplain's residence and chapel, or to purchase indispensible equipment, or fund additional necessary building repairs.
Please prayerfully consider using the enclosed envelope to make a donation, in any amount, to assist our Priory. Be assured that the intentions of all benefactors will be remembered in our community prayer.
Thank you, and God bless you,

The Reverend Mother Christina of All Saints

P.S. Please visit to order additional calendars, original greeting cards, and books.

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