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, February 14, 2012


Ft. Worth, TX—Bishop Kevin W. Vann of Ft. Worth and his newly appointed Secretary for the Pastoral Provision, Mr. Marlon De La Torre, M.A., M. Ed., who is also Diocesan Director of Catechetical Formation and Children’s Catechesis, are busy sifting and setting up records and files dating from 1980 (shipped from Newark) in their new home in the Fort Worth Catholic Center (800 West Loop 820 South, Fort Worth, TX 76108-2913, tel.1-817– 560-3300, fax– 1-817-244-8839;

Since our last report some months ago prior to the sad and early death from pancreatic cancer of Monsignor James M. Sheehan, then a Pastoral Provision Secretary, Mr. Marlon De La Torre, the new Secretary indicates that the Pastoral Provision Office has made two assessments, five certifications (completion of step one and permission to go on to step two) three new inquiries from Episcopal clergy and one authorization from the Holy See to proceed to ordination.

The authorization to ordain is given to the candidate’s sponsoring bishop, who in this case is Bishop Richard J. Malone of Portland, Maine for DAVID MICHAEL AFFLECK. David M. Affleck has already been ordained a transitional deacon on January 7 by Bishop Malone in Immaculate Conception Cathedral, Portland...

Read the rest in Volume 3, No 1 of The Link newsletter.

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