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, November 10, 2012

Vatican, U.S. Officials to Headline Symposium on the Ordinariate

November 9, 2012

Archbishop Gerhard Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith; Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington; and Msgr. Steve Lopes, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and Secretary to the Anglicanae Traditiones Commission, will be featured speakers at a symposium to mark first anniversary of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.

The symposium, which will be sponsored by the ordinariate, will be held Feb. 2, 2013 at St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston. Topics will include the ecclesiology of Anglicanorum Coetibus, and the evangelization and liturgical missions of the ordinariate.

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, will greet participants. Additional speakers include Bishop Kevin Vann of Orange (CA), who also is the ecclesiastical delegate for the Pastoral Provision; and Monsignor Jeffrey N. Steenson, ordinary of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.

The Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter was established by Pope Benedict XVI on Jan. 1, 2012 for former Anglican groups and clergy seeking to become Catholic while retaining elements of the Anglican traditions and heritage. The ordinariate, which is based in Houston, Texas, is equivalent to a diocese, but national in scope. Its clergy and communities are located across the United States and Canada. Other ordinariates are located in the United Kingdom and Australia.

Details on the symposium will be posted online soon at


November 12, 2012 UPDATE: While not yet confirmed by the Ordinariate, word has reached me that it has been decided that the Symposium will be held at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart (rather than at the seminary) in Houston because of the anticipated large attendance.

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