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, May 6, 2013

Ordinariate Ordination in June in California

Founding members of St. Augustine of Canterbury, Oceanside

From Fr. Bartus at Blessed John Henry Newman Church in Orange County, California:
The lay administrator of St. Augustine of Canterbury in Oceanside, Mr. George Ortiz-Guzman, will be ordained in a private service to the Sacred Order of Deacons on June 19, 2013! He will be ordained in a public service to the Sacred Order of Priests on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 10:00am at St. Margaret Catholic Church in Oceanside (St. Augustine’s host parish).
St. Augustine’s will, after nearly a year after being received into the Church, have their first Mass according to the Anglican Use, on Sunday, June 30, 2013 at 12:45pm inside St. Margaret’s, Oceanside.
Congratulations to all the members of St. Augustine's and to the future Fr. Ortiz-Guzman

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