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

Friday, January 25, 2013

Ordinariate Symposium to be Live-Streamed.

Next week's symposium, The Mission of the Ordinariate, will be live-streamed online at, 9:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. CST.

Speakers include Archbishop Gerhard Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (making his first visit to the prefect); Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington; and Msgr. Steven Lopes, an American priest on the staff of the CDF and Secretary to the Anglicanae Traditiones Commission. Bishop Kevin Vann and Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson will speak as part of the afternoon panel. The full schedule and other details are online at

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