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, June 10, 2012

Newly ordained Fr. Matthew Venuti...

is profiled in a slideshow at the Mobile Press Register

The Rev. Matthew Venuti celebrates a morning Mass at St. Mary's Catholic Church on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, in midtown Mobile, Alabama. After growing up atheist, Venuti found his way to religion and joined the Episcopal church and became a priest, but soon realized his true calling was to be Catholic. He was ordained on June 2, 2012, as a Catholic priest. He and his wife, Minerva, have a 6-month-old, Peter -- which puts Venuti in a small but growing circle of married Catholic priests with children.

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