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, June 25, 2013

Pope Francis to impose the Pallium on Archbishops

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los
Angeles, after receiving the pallium
from Pope Benedict XVI in 2011.
Annually, on the feast of Ss. Peter and Paul (June 29th) the Pope imposes the Pallium on Archbishops named since the previous year's feast. The pallium is a symbol of communion with the Holy Father and is given to these Metropolitan bishops who typically have one or more suffragan sees. The pallium is woven from wool sheared from sheep in the feast of the martyr St. Agnes (whose name means, of course, sheep), January 21st.

The list of Archbishops who will receive the pallium this year is an impressive display of the universality of the Church. This list was taken from the Vatican Information Service's daily bulletin.

Vatican City, 25 June 2013 (VIS) – Pope Francis will impose the pallium upon the following metropolitan archbishops in this year's ceremony on 29 June, the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul:
1. Patriarch Manuel Jose Macario do Nascimento Clemente, patriarch of Lisbon, Portugal
2. Archbishop Dieudonne Nzapalainga, C.S.Sp., of Bangui, Central African Republic
3. Archbishop Carlo Roberto Maria Redaelli of Gorizia, Italy
4. Archbishop Claudio Dalla Zuanna, S.C.I., of Beira, Mozambique
5. Archbishop Prakash Mallavarapu of Visakhapatnam, India
6. Archbishop Antonio Carlos Altieri, S.D.B., of Passo Fundo, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
7. Archbishop Marek Jedraszewski of Lodz, Poland
8. Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow, Scotland, Great Britain
9. Archbishop Salvatore Joseph Cordileone of San Francisco, California, USA
10. Archbishop Rolando Joven Tria Tirona, O.C.D., of Caceres, Philippines
11. Archbishop Rogelio Cabrera Lopez of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
12. Archbishop Joseph William Tobin, C.Ss.R., of Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
13. Archbishop Carlos Maria Franzini of Mendoza, Argentina
14. Archbishop Lorenzo Ghizzoni of Ravenna-Cervia, Italy
15. Archbishop George Antonysamy of Madras and Mylapore, India
16. Archbishop Anil Joseph Thomas Couto of Delhi, India
17. Archbishop John Wong Soo Kau of Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
18. Archbishop Murray Chatlain of Keewatin-Le Pas, Manitoba, Canada
19. Archbishop Sérgio Eduardo Castriani, C.S.Sp., of Manaus, Amazonas, Brazil
20. Archbishop Peter Loy Chong of Suva, Fiji Islands
21. Archbishop Alfonso Cortes Contreras of Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico
22. Archbishop Alexander King Sample of Portland in Oregon, USA
23. Archbishop Joseph Effiong Ekuwem of Calabar, Nigeria
24. Archbishop Jesus Juarez Parraga, S.D.B., of Sucre, Bolivia
25. Archbishop Fabio Martinez Castilla of Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas, Mexico
26. Archbishop Ramon Alfredo Dus of Resistencia, Argentina
27. Archbishop Mario Aurelio Poli of Buenos Aires, Argentina
28. Archbishop Gintaras Linas Grusas of Vilnius, Lithuania
29. Archbishop Michael Owen Jackels of Dubuque, Iowa, USA
30. Archbishop Duro Hranic of Dakovo-Osijek, Croatia
31. Archbishop Moacir Silva of Ribeirao Preto, Sao Paulo, Brazil
32. Archbishop Jozef Piotr Kupny of Wroclaw, Poland
33. Archbishop Sergio Alfredo Gualberti Calandrina of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia
34. Archbishop Giuseppe Petrocchi of L’Aquila, Italy
The following archbishop will receive the pallium in his Metropolitan See:
35. Archbishop Francois Xavier Le Van Hong of Hue, Vietnam.


  1. Impose? IMPOSE? What a horrible thing to do. How would you like it if I IMPOSED my purple bowlder hat upon you? Nothing good should ever be IMPOSED on anyone.

    Can we find another word please?

  2. Impose just means to put upon. As incense is imposed on the burning coals. Don't be so put upon ;)

  3. HA!HA!HA! Glad you didn't ask for my purple bowler hat! (misspelled the first time!) I still think another word should be found. I thought it meant "forced down upon" someone or something. :-)