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 2, 2012

Rev (Fr-soon-to-be) John Hunwicke

Fr. Smuts reports on his blog about the soon to accomplished priesting of John Hunwicke. Fr. Hunwicke, in my estimation, is a wonderful example of an important part of the Anglican Patrimony: the priest-scholar represented by so many notables, starting with George Herbert and continuing on through John Henry Newman, John Mason Neale, Charles Winfred Douglas and Dom Gregory Dix. It is an aspect of the patrimony that should be continued.
Fr Gerard sent in the news via e-mail:
I thought you might like to know that John Hunwicke will be ordained priest on 7pm om Wednesday, June 27th at the Oxford Oratory
On his blog, Fr Hunwicke’s Liturgical Notes, he writes himself:
I trust, Deo volente, to be admitted to the Presbyterate of the Ordinariate of our Lady of Walsingham on Wednesday June 27, at 7.00, in the Oxford Oratory Church. It would help if priests willing to take part in the Laying On of Hands could let me know. I would be pleased if there were many.

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