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, May 7, 2013

Springtime Feast Days at Mount Calvary Church, Baltimore, Maryland


  1. Beautifully put together! If only I had an Ordinariate parish to go to this Thursday.

  2. Yes Gabriel I know the feeling. Looks like only Texas and Maryland are the promised land of Ordinariate Parish Crawl!

    Steve: I noticed a couple Anglican Ordinariate Groups are not listed any more: Saint Edmund of Canterbury, Fredericksburg, VA. and the men's monastic community, can't remember the name. So what happened? Inquiring minds want to know!

  3. Matthew, the web site for the Fredericksburg congregation was taken down after several of them were received into the Church...I believe that they worship with Fr. Sly's group in Virginia. I'm not sure about the men's monastic community...there's the Catonsville Sisters and there's the group that meets at St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota. There is a hermitage in Maine ( but I have never linked to his site although I have met the hermit at AUS Conferences.

  4. Matthew, I think I know which group you meant by the men's community...there was a group meeting at the Benedictine Abbey in northeast Washington. That group is part of St. Luke's in Bladensburg, so there are no longer separate meetings at the the abbey, which was host to them in the run up to the Ordinariate. The group had divided into the DC branch and a northern Virginia branch. The Virginia branch continues to meet separately as the St. John Fisher community in Potomac Falls under Randy Sly, though it is sort of a mission of St. Luke's also.

    1. Thanks for the update about Saint Edmund's.
      I found the men's monastic community on the ACA website:
      Don't understand what happened as they seemed so excited about entering the Ordinariate.

  5. The bishop ordinary of the Northeast and presiding bishop of the ACA is none to friendly to the Ordinariates; that is why none of the ACA parishes in the northeast US have entered, although I am aware of a couple that are interested. But they are biding their time so as to not have a divisive fight. My guess is this may have affected the priory in Maine.

  6. Well gee, very few groups are friendly to the Ordinariates. Did,'t ever think it was a popularity contest; it's always been a pissing contest. Perhaps someone should talk to the Prior on the DL.

  7. As a Mount Calvary-ite, Steve, thanks very kindly for posting our flyer. Our music director, Daniel Page, does a superb job with our promotions.

  8. Athelstane, Dr. Page does indeed do a fantastic job. You've got a real jewel in him. I look forward to my next visit to Mt. Calvary, perhaps this summer on a visit to my son down in DC/NoVA.