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, October 7, 2009

The Rev. Paul F. Gray: Dallas' 2nd married priest ministered to military, police, prisons

The Rev. Paul F. Gray had a ministry that spanned more than 40 years and included service as a chaplain for the armed forces, the Dallas Police Department and the U.S. Bureau of Prisons. He was first ordained as an Episcopal priest, but for the past 24 years he served as the second married man in Dallas to be ordained a Catholic priest. Father Gray, 73, died Friday in his sleep at his Dallas home. He had numerous medical problems. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. today at All Saints Catholic Church in Dallas, where he was associate pastor...

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