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, February 13, 2010

Events Reminder

There are several events coming up in which readers may be interested. These are listed to the left, with more details and links.

First up, the Institute of Catholic Culture hosts "The Pope, The Anglicans and the Mass" on February 21, 2010 at 7:30 pm. Fr. Joseph Fessio, SJ, who heads Ignatius Press, will lead a discussion of Anglicanorum Coetibus at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Annandale, Virginia. Free admission.

Next, there will be a discussion of Anglicanorum Coetibus by members of the Faculty of Theology of the University of St. Michael's College (95 St. Joseph Street, Room 207, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) on Wednesday March 3, 2010, from 3:15 pm to 4:45 pm. Titled "The Pope's Response to Anglicans: Theological Reflections on the New Structure To Receive Anglican Groups Who Request Full Communion", this will be preceded by Midday Prayer, with Choir at 1:30 pm.

The next conference on Anglicanorum Coetibus, "Anglicanorum Coetibus Conference: An exploration of Anglican Patrimony", will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2010, from 10:30am - 6:00pm, at Pusey House in Oxford University in England.

The last event we've learned of is an Anglican Use Pilgrimage, from November 2 - 15, 2010, with the theme: "St. Paul, St. John the Divine, and the Early Church in Turkey." This pilgrimage will be led by Fr. Ernie Davis, Administrator of St. Therese Little Flower Parish where the Anglican Mass is celebrated on Sundays.

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