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

Membership in the Anglican Use Society

The Anglican Use Society was established in 2004 to help promote the Anglican Usage of the Roman Rite liturgically, and to support people who had entered into full communion with the Catholic Church, but who don't live near an Anglican Use parish. The Society holds an annual conference, which allows members to visit, people curious about the Pastoral Provision to learn more, and which invites speakers to address topics of current concern. Former speakers have included Avery Cardinal Dulles, Fr. Aidan Nichols, O.P., Daniel Cardinal DiNardo, Mrs. Linda Poindexter, Dr. Alexander Burke, and Dr. Hans-Jurgen Feulner.

The conference this year will be at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, New Jersey, hosted by Archbishop Myers who is the Pope's Ecclesiastical Delegate for the Pastoral Provision. Full info is available at the AU Conference web site. The keynote speaker will be Bishop Juan Ignacio Arrieta, the secretary for the Pontifical Council on Legislative Texts. This Vatican dicastery is charged with both writing and interpreting legislation, such as that found in Apostolic Constitutions like Anglicanorum Coetibus.

The Society also publishes a quarterly journal, Anglican Embers, which is published at the four embertides of the liturgical year. The next issue will be mailed out at the end of February. We are about to begin our third volume (each volume covers 3 years, with 12 issues). The articles are an examination of the Roman Primacy in the Ancient Fathers of the Church by Msgr. Daniel Hamilton, a homily on Our Lady and Christian Unity by Fr. Peter M. J. Stravinskas, and a talk on the relationship of Anglicans and Catholics in evangelization by Mary Moore, which was delivered at last June's Anglican Use Conference in Houston.

Membership in the Society is only $40.00/year for laity, $20.00/year for clergy. There is an associate membership, at the same rates, for those who have not yet entered into full communion with the Catholic Church.

If you are interested in joining the Society, visit the web site, where you can learn more and sign up for membership.

1 comment:

  1. I have only attended on Anglican Use conference, the one in Scanton, at which Cardinal Dulles spoke, and it was wonderful. I found that it deepened my faith and it was great to meet so many different Anglicans, from the Catholic Church, various Continuing Churches and the Episcopal Church. Indeed, I was surprised by how many non-Catholics were there, a third to a half.