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, February 9, 2011

Archbishop ordains transitional deacons

February 8, 2011

ST. BENEDICT — Archbishop John Vlazny on Feb. 1 ordained three men as transitional deacons. The three, who hope to be ordained priests in the near future, come from diverse ways of life.

Rev. Mr. Mark Gikenyi was born in 1978 in Kenya. One of nine children, he obtained a bachelor's degree from the Salvatorian Institute of Philosophy and Theology in Morogoro, Tanzania in 2005 and entered Mount Angel Seminary in 2006.

Rev. Mr. Bryce McProud was born in 1948 in Moscow, Idaho. He was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1978 and served in Yakima, Wash., Albany and Eugene.

In 2005, he wrote a book about the Archbishop of Canterbury's efforts to maintain unity in the Anglican Communion, in which members were debating issues such as the blessing of same-sex relationships. He renounced Episcopal Orders in 2008 and became Catholic. He and his wife Deanna have a son and two grandchildren...

Read the rest at The Catholic Sentinel.

Hat tip to Mary Ann Mueller

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