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

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Sisters of the Sacred Cross

At Bl. John's, we are honored and priviledged to have Sr. Carol Therese worship with us and help us build a new parish community for the Ordinariate in Orange County. But Sr. Carol's order, Servants of the Sacred Cross, have sisters in the US, Canada and Australia and the entire community is coming into the Ordinariates in those countries! We've read about the receptions in Victoria and elsewhere, but so far, no publicity has been given to these sisters.
Here are some photos of their Superior, Mother Wendy James, SSC, at her reception in Victoria. Please keep these nuns in your prayers as they discover ways to work within the Ordinariates and transfer their unique gifts and talents to further the Catholic faith and the Anglican patrimony!

Read the whole post at Anglican Patrimony.

May 24, 2012. Fr. Bartus has posted an update to his post:

UPDATEIn the post below, I made a few mistakes that require clarification. Their Superior, Mother Wendy James, SSC, writes that the sisters are not technically nuns, as they are a dispersed Community of married and single women under the appropriate Vows and living in our own homes. And they are actually present in four countries - Canada, the USA, Australia and England. Also, I mentioned that the Sisters were all Ordinariate-bound, but in fact, they have made no decision in terms of seeking to become a recognized Community of the Ordinariate(s); decisions like this are made by their governing body, being those who comprise their voting body of Professed Sisters at their General Chapter.

Mother Wendy hopes to write in to tell us more about the Community and its founding and history. Stay tuned!

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