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, January 17, 2012

Good news from Fr. Jeffrey Steenson for us Canadian-Ordinariate hopefuls

January 17, 2012
by Deborah Gyapong

Fr. Jeffrey Steenson

Last night, I received a most kind email from Fr. Jeffrey Steenson, the new Ordinary (to be installed in February) of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, reaching out to me after reading my “lament” about the state of play for Ordinariate-hopeful folks in the Traditional Anglican Communion (or what’s left of it), especially those of us in the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada.

I feel a little like how the lost sheep must have felt when Jesus left the 99 and hauled her over his shoulders. What a difference to feel cared for and wanted at the banqueting table.

It goes a long way. Thank you, Fr. Steenson...

Read the rest, including Fr. Steenson's note, at the blog English Catholic.

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