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, June 12, 2010

Conclusion of conference

We've concluded most of the conference, including an unscheduled address by Archbishop Hepworth (pictured above with Bishop Moyer, Ordinary for the Military in the US, and Bishop Reid, suffragan in Ontario for the Anglican Catholic Church in Canada. We'll now have the annual business meeting, and conclude with low Mass in the Cathedral's crypt chapel. I've got lots of video and some of that along with conference talks will be posted over the coming days.

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