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

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Ordinariate Presence at National March for Life

Dear Friends of the local Ordinariate community,

As you know, today marks the 40th Anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wade decision, commemorated ever since with the March for Life on the Mall in Washington.  In the past couple of years, a group of us have been gathering on the Mall to march under a banner identifying us with the Ordinariate.  This year a service of Evensong is planned the night before (Thursday, Jan. 24, 7:00pm) at Christ the King, an Ordinariate parish in Towson, MD.  Their pastor, Fr. Ed Meeks, was ordained a Catholic priest on June 23 of 2012, and his congregation was received into the Catholic Church through the Ordinariate the next day.

On Friday, Jan. 25, the Annual National Memorial for the Pre-born will take place at DAR Constitution Hall at 8:30am.  At 1:00pm we will meet up at the corner of 7th St. & Independence Ave., SW (just south of the Air & Space Museum) to march with the huge crowd that comes every year to stand up for the unborn.  Please join us for the March if you can or, if not, please join with us in prayer.

Note (Item #2, below) that our own Fr. Randy Sly has been appointed Director of Pro-life Activities for the U.S. Ordinariate!

To sum up, in chronological order -

1. Evensong - Thursday, January 24, 7:00 p.m.:
- Christ the King Catholic Church, Towson, MD (Directions on the Christ the King website:

2. Annual National Memorial for the Pre-born - January 25, 8:30-10:30 a.m.:
- Clergy and laity of the Ordinariate are invited to join other pro-life leaders from across the country for the Annual National Memorial for the Pre-born. This year's event will take place at DAR Constitution Hall. Fr. Randy Sly, Director of Pro-Life Activities for the Ordinariate, will be one of the participants. Admission is free, no tickets are required, and large groups are welcome.  See their website for more information:

3. Annual March for Life - Friday, January 25, 1:00 p.m. meet-up:
- Rendezvous of Ordinariate faithful to participate in the March for Life, Friday, January 25, 1 p.m., 7th St. & Independence Ave. SW.

Finally, a reminder, in the midst of a rough time for the pro-life movement--our Lord's words to his 12 disciples:
"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheerhave overcome the world." (John 16:33)

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