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, January 15, 2010

Evening prayer and Anglicanorum Coetibus discussion on Jan 22nd

Evening Prayer according to the Book of Divine Worship
Reverend Father Eric Bergman, Officiant
Friday, January 22, 6:30 p.m.

Please join us on Friday, January 22nd at 6:30 p.m. at Old St. Mary's Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. Fr. Eric Bergman, chaplain of the Anglican Use Society, will be in town from Scranton, Pa. for the March for Life. He has graciously agreed to stay an extra evening to meet with those in the Washington, D.C. area who are interested in the Holy Father's apostolic constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus. All who are interested, including non-Roman Catholics, are invited to attend and participate.

Followed by a talk on Pope Benedict XVI's apostolic constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus, which provides for the creation of personal ordinariates for Anglicans.

Old St. Mary's Catholic Church
727 5th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Fr. Bergman is a priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Scranton. He was ordained according to the Pastoral Provision of Pope John Paul II and is the Chaplain of the St. Thomas More Society in Scranton. He was recently on EWTN's The Journey Home.

The church has a small parking lot, but public transportation is recommended. St. Mary's is two blocks from both the Gallery Place - Chinatown & Judiciary Square Metro stations.

Please RSVP to or 202-642-5359.

from the Anglican Use discussion group

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