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

Saturday, November 15, 2014

RIP: Servant of God Jerry McGreevy

I am saddened to report that George Gerald (Jerry) McGreevy, long-time treasurer of the Anglican Use Society and a founding member of St. Thomas More Catholic Parish in Scranton, died on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 in Palm Beach County, Florida, where he had resided for the past 16 months. He was instrumental in the establishment of the mission of St. Thomas More to reconcile our separated brethren to Holy Mother Church, accompanying Fr. Eric Bergman on many trips to share with others the work of their community of converts to the Faith. 
Jerry (right) with my family on his visit to Boston.

I met Jerry when he accompanied Fr. Bergman to Boston so that he could have his initial evaluation with the faculty at St. John's Seminary, which was the faculty that worked with Pastoral Provision clergy candidates at the time. Jerry stayed with us in Brockton, and it was the beginning of a warm friendship. He returned the hospitality when David Burt and I stayed with him when we attended the first annual Anglican Use Conference in Scranton in 2005. Jerry was received into the Church and confirmed later that year, along with more than 30 others, on All Saints Eve in 2005. 

While he will be buried in Florida, a Requiem Mass for Jerry will be offered on Saturday, December 6 at 10 AM at St. Joseph Church in Scranton, with a pot luck lunch in the Parish Hall to follow. Please mark this date on your calendars and make every effort to assist at this Mass, offered for the repose of the soul of one of God's faithful servants.

Rest eternal grant unto him, O Lord,
And let light perpetual shine upon him.

May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed
Through the mercy of God rest in peace.

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