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

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Mass for the US Ordinariate's Feast of Title

Mount Calvary Church is pleased to announce that Fr. Albert Scharbach will be celebrating a special Mass in the Anglican Use on the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, the Solemnity of Title of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, at 10:00am this Saturday, February 22 in the main church at Mount Calvary. There will be an opportunity for confessions at 9:30.

Fr. Scharbach, a new priest of the Ordinariate, celebrated his First Mass as a priest here at Mount Calvary after his ordination in November, and has been a frequent celebrant for daily Mass since then. Fr. Scharbach currently serves as Pastoral Associate to Bishop Denis J. Madden, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

We very much hope that you can all join us here at Mount Calvary for this special feast day for the Ordinariate, which takes place at the same  time as the Ordinariate's pilgrimage to Rome. For more information, please see our website at

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