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, February 11, 2014

Warm congratulations to Father Reid on his upcoming move to Vancouver Island

The announcement of Fr. Carl Reid's upcoming move to Vancouver Island to assist in the Ordinariate there is a great boost to our western brothers and sisters in the Catholic Personal Ordinariate in Canada. While the people of Ottawa will miss his firm and steady leadership both in the parish and in the wider community, at the same time they are thankful that Fr. Carl has worked so well with his colleagues Fathers Hayman and Cooper to insure a seamless transition.

A faithful pastor to the Ottawa Ordinariate community, Fr. Carl has seen the Parish of the Annunciation through many tests which have brought them safely into full communion with the Holy See over the past few of years....

I had the chance to meet and spend time with Fr. Reid when he came to Newark, NJ for the Anglican Use Conference, and found him a solid and godly clergyman, and via Deborah Gyapong's blogging have been able to follow his pastoral care of the Ordinariate community in Ottawa over the years. I wish him and his family well, although I know that in Ottawa there will be many tears at his departure. SEC.

Read the full story of the former Anglican Catholic Church of Canada bishop's move to the West Coast at Peregrinations.

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