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

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

"Becoming One" Conference Scheduled for Kansas City

I am pleased to announce a “Becoming One” Conference on the Ordinariate Friday evening February 25 and Saturday morning, February 26. Anglican Bishop David Moyer of Good Shepherd – Rosemont, a historic Anglo-Catholic parish in Philadelphia , and Fr. Christopher Phillips of Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church- the first “Anglican Use” parish in the Catholic Church - will make keynote presentations. The conference will be hosted by St. Therese Little Flower Catholic Church 5814 Euclid Avenue, Kansas City MO 64130. All who are entering the Ordinariate, all who may enter the Ordinariate at some time in the future, and all who welcome this step toward the healing of divisions in the church are invited to attend and participate.

The working draft of the schedule is as follows:

Friday afternoon and evening:

Reception for clergy and spouses

Solemn Evensong


Keynote Address: Bishop David Moyer


Saturday morning

Morning Prayer

Presentation 1: Fr. Christopher Phillips

Presentation 2:

Mass (Bishop Finn in attendance)


Midday Prayers – Dismissal

Further information will be available shortly.

Fr. Ernie Davis


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