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, December 5, 2009





Mass in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe at 10:00 a.m. at the High Altar

Meeting to follow, at 11:00 a.m. in the St. Anthony Hall

Join us for an informational meeting to learn more about the Holy Father’s recent Apostolic Constitution regarding the establishment of Personal Ordinariates throughout the world.

Our parish has been involved in reconciling former Anglicans/Episcopalians in this country through the Pastoral Provision for more than a quarter of a century, and now the Holy Father is now expanding this important work of reconciliation in a special way to the whole world. There will be ample time for your questions following the scheduled presentations.

A light lunch, ($6 ea. and payable at the door), will be available. So we have some idea of how many will want lunch, please notify me (if you haven't already) at

The program will be moderated by Mr. Charles Wilson and our guest speakers will be Mr. Michael Dunnigan, Mr. Duane Galles, and Mr. Ralph Johnston.

Charles M. Wilson is the founder of the Saint Joseph Foundation, and serves as its Executive Director. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and his Master's degree in Theological Studies from the Oblate School of Theology. His area of academic concentration was canon law. He is an associate member of the Canon Law Society of America and serves on the Board of Governors of Eternal Word Television Network.

Ralph Johnston serves as the Headmaster of The Atonement Academy, having obtained his Master’s degree from Yale University. A member of the parish, and an avid follower of these momentous events, he was the first person to deliver a formal request to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for the establishment of a Personal Ordinariate in the United States.

Duane Galles lives in Minneapolis. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of the St. Joseph Foundation and the key canonical consultant there for some twenty years. He is qualified as a civil and canon lawyer, having received his Doctor of Canon Law (JCD) degree from St. Paul University in Ottawa, Canada.

Michael Dunnigan is both a civil and canon lawyer. He received his Licentiate in Canon Law (JCL) degree from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome and is now preparing to defend his JCD dissertation.

This will be a great opportunity to learn more about our Holy Father's generous decision.

Many people have already indicated that they plan to attend. If you haven't yet, email Fr. Phillips and let him know.

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