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

Friday, June 15, 2012

Erection of the Personal Ordinariate in Australia expected today

Today is the official launch of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross, which i under the patronage of St Augustine of Canterbury.

And it officially gets underway with the priestly ordination of former Anglican Bishop Harry Entwhistle, and reception into the Church of around 70 members of his congregation, in Perth tonight at the Cathedral at 7pm.

So if you are in Perth, do go along and show your support.

Regardless, please keep all those preparing to enter the Church, and those being ordained, in your prayers.

Please pray also for those who have so far rejected the invitation to enter or return to the Church, that their hearts might yet soften.

And please do especially remember Bishop Peter Eliot, who has been the lead on this for the Church in Australia, and whose anniversary of consecration as a bishop it is today.

From Australia Icognita

Hat tip to Fr. Stephen Smuts


See also this run-up story with a few more details in Clerical Whispers.

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