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, December 30, 2008

Archbishop Ordains Former Episcopalian Minister : Father Kimel Joins Church through Pastoral Provision

by James Goodness
December 2005
Archbishop John J. Myers, on Dec. 3, ordained Alvin Kimel Jr.- an Episcopalian clergyman for 25 years-as a Catholic priest in service to the Archdiocese of Newark at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, South Orange.
Among those witnessing the ordination were Father Kimel's wife, Christine, his mother, Ninon, and several other members of his family. Father Kimel's family includes three sons and a daughter-all adults...
Read in full at The Catholic Advocate.

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