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

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Fr. John Jay Hughes on The Anglican Patrimony and New Evangelization

The opening keynote talk at the Anglican Use Society Conference which was held in Kansas City, Missouri last week was given by Fr. John Jay Hughes. Fr. Hughes, the son and grandson of Anglican priests, was himself an Anglican priest for 6 years before entering the Catholic Church in 1960. He was conditionally ordained to the Catholic priesthood in 1968. A Church historian and priest of the St. Louis archdiocese, he is the author of numerous articles and publications, as well as his autobiography No Ordinary Fool: A Testimony to Grace, the story of a man who, 57 years after ordination, is still in love with the priesthood.

His talk was entitled: "The Anglican Patrimony and New Evangelization: Observations by a Pre-Vatican II Convert"

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