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

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Registration for the 2012 Anglican Use Society Conference now open

Speakers will include:

Dr. Barbara J. Elliott, the founder of the Center for Cultural Renewal, lecturer for the Catherine of Siena Institute and author of four books including Street Saints: Renewing American Cities and Equipping The Saints, is an adjunct member of the faculty of the University of Houston and the winner of many prestigious awards. She is a member of Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Church in Houston, Texas.

Fr. John Jay Hughes was an Anglican priest for 6 years before being conditionally ordained to the Catholic priesthood in 1960. A Church historian and priest of the St. Louis archdiocese, he is the author of No Ordinary Fool: A Testimony to Grace, the story of a man who, 57 years after ordination, is still in love with the priesthood, as well as numerous other articles and publications.

Fr. Ian Ker is the author of Mere Catholicism (a popular introduction to the Catholic faith), the definitive John Henry Newman: A Biography, G. K. Chesterton: A Biography, and other books and articles too numerous to count. He is a parish priest and teaches theology at Oxford University.

and Msgr. Jeffrey N. Steenson, appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as first Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.

The conference site can be found at

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