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 9, 2012

Update on the Ordinariate in Canada

From the Update of the Sodality of St. Edmund, King and Martyr by Gary Freeman

Over the past 6 months a number of Anglican communities, across Canada, have been received into the Catholic Church, and are Ordinariate-bound, in accordance with Pope Benedict's Apostolic Constitution, Anglicanorum coetibus.

Communication is not the best, yet, but allow me to set out the 'facts' as I understand them: The first and second groups of Anglicans to be received were in Calgary - the former Anglican Church of Canada Parish of St. John the Evangelist, and the Toronto Ordinariate Group (all of whom were former members of the Anglican Church of Canada) who were both received on December 18, 2011.

The third group to be received, and the first Anglican Catholic Church of Canada community to be received, was ours, now The Sodality of St. Edmund, King and Martyr. We were received on January 1, 2012.

The fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh groups to be received were Victoria (The Fellowship of Blessed John Henry Newman), Ottawa (The Sodality of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary), Spencerville (The Sodality of St. Barnabas), and Barrhaven (Holy Nativity), who were all received on April 15, 2012.

The eighth and ninth groups to be received were Oshawa (The Sodality of the Good Shepherd), and (the Sovereign Mohawk Territory of) Tyendinaga (Christ the King), who were received on April 22, 2012.

With the exception of 'Calgary' and 'Toronto', all the other groups were former ACCC communities. While no firm dates have been established, there are 3 other groups (all former ACCC communities) currently preparing for reception.

Contact Gary Freeman for additions, corrections, etc.

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