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

Sunday, April 15, 2012

New Ordinariate community in Greenville, South Carolina

Fr. Scott Newman writes on the web site of St. Mary's Church today:
Dear Friends in Christ,

Several items for your attention:

1. Last Wednesday, Jon Chalmers was ordained to the diaconate for service in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, the pastoral structure created by Pope Benedict for former Anglicans who come into full communion with the Catholic Church. Deacon Chalmers will be ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Guglielmone here at St. Mary’s on Sunday 3 June 2012 at 6 pm, and all are welcome to attend.

2. In the weeks ahead, local Anglicans who desire to join the Catholic Church and preserve their patrimony will be organized into a community of the Ordinariate under the patronage of St. Anselm. This community will be meeting at St. Mary’s under the leadership of the once and future Father Chalmers, and in due course, he will be celebrating Mass on Sunday evenings according to the Anglican Use of the Roman Rite. Once it is established, this Mass will be open to any parishioner who wishes to attend, but it will be primarily for the benefit of the members of the Ordinariate. For more information about the newly forming community of St. Anselm’s, Greenville visit

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