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

Friday, August 22, 2014

US Ordinariate begins publishing "Ordinariate Observer"

The Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter has completed an important item on its to do checklist with the publication of the initial issue of The Ordinariate Observer.

This initial publication has articles on the move of the congregations of St. Luke's from Bladensburg, MD to Washington, DC and St. Gregory the Great's from Beverly to Stoneham, MA. Monsignor Steenson writes on "The Joys and the Challenges of Growing our Congregations".

Other articles include "News from our Principal Parish: Our Lady of Walsingham"' "Target Date for our New Chancery: Early 2015"; "And there I was in Afghanistant: Special Report by Fr. Jerry Sherbourne"; "Reports from Our Clergy"; "Presbyteral Assembly in October Needs the Help of All of Our Congregations"; "Clergy Retirement Plan Approved"; "A Beautiful Church Plus Beautiful Country: A Perfect Place to Live?" about Holy Nativity in Payson, AZ; "Father Paul Manning to Lead Fall Retreat in Belleville, IL"; "First Combined Ordinariate Mass Celebrated in California"; "From Philadelphia: New Ordinariate Community Begins From Former Anglican Fellowship"; and "St. Gregory's Journey From the Winter of 2012 to Today: A Journey of Joy." 


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    1. Searching the Ordinariate website for internal links turns up this destination:

  2. Abandoning the “ANGLICAN” of the “ORDINARIATES”.
    Couldn’t come up with anything better than “OBSERVER”? Please……………….give me a break.