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

Monday, October 8, 2012

Members of St. Edmund of Canterbury in Fredericksburg, VA received into full communion

Fr. Scott Hurd reports about yesterday's reception on Facebook:
Five wonderful people from the former Saint Edmund of Canterbury Anglican mission in Fredericksburg, VA, were confirmed or received into the Ordinariate at St. Luke's, Bladensburg.
The St. Edmund's web site is not working this morning, perhaps in the middle of an update. I'll share any information I receive on this as it comes in.


  1. If all it takes is five wonderful people to form an Ordinariate Community, then NW San Antonio could have 100 communities by now. Though it's not clear whether there is now a new community, or just that the five people are now part of the Ordinariate at large.

    Are any of them to be ordained, or as many as three of them to be ordained?

  2. I believe the standard set by the Lord was "two or three"; so five is over the minimum amount. Fortunately, we aren't required to have a 10 person minimum to engage in prayer.

    I don't know the status of the TAC priest who was leading the group in Fredericksburg. I'm sure more info will be forthcoming.

    1. The only thing I know is that he was trained and ordained in the Church of England. Therefore, he has the needed level of studies. We must only pray that there is no impediment in his case.

      + PAX et BONUM

    2. Several of the Ordinariate Groups in the UK are very small.

      It would interest me to know where the 500 potential members in NW San Antonio are now? Are they sitting and biding their time? Do they attend Our Lady of the Atonement? Or ...?

      David Murphy