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, September 24, 2013

News from St. John Fisher Ordinariate Community

Dear Friends of the local Ordinariate community,

Greetings on this Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham!

Just a note to let you know about two upcoming events of particular interest:

Sunday, Sept. 29, 7:30pm, Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Annandale, VA - The Institute for Catholic Culture (ICC) presents Alice von Hildebrand on Mulieris Dignitatem: Radical Feminism & the Restoration of the Dignity and Vocation of Women
Remember, you can also access this and other ICC presentations live online or after-the-fact through their Media Library:

Monday, Sept. 30, 6:30pm, The Catholic Information Center (CIC) The British Isles & Christianity: From the Past to the Present
From the CIC website:
"The Christian Heritage Centre, located in Lancashire, England, documents the history of Christianity in Britain through an extensive, one-of-a-kind collection of Christian artifacts, relics, and documents. The Centre’s royal patron, Lord Nicholas Windsor, Centre curator, Jan Graffius, and its chairman, Professor Lord Alton will discuss the Centre and explore the role of Christianity in Britain historically and in the contemporary world. They will additionally relate this to religious freedom in the 21st century, both in the United States and Britain."
For more information & directions, see the CIC website:

Blessings to you,
Heide Seward
St. John Fisher Catholic Ordinariate Community,
a mission of St. Luke's Catholic Church, Bladensburg, MD

... And I earnestly pray for this whole company, with a hope against hope, that all of us, who once were so united, and so happy in our union, may even now be brought at length, by the Power of the Divine Will, into One Fold and under One Shepherd.
- Blessed John Henry, Cardinal Newman
 Apologia pro vita sua

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