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

Friday, February 4, 2011

Bishop Campese to Head Provisional Structure

February 3, 2011
by Christian Campbell

Having resigned from his office as Ordinary of the Diocese of the Eastern United States of the Anglican Church in America, Bishop Louis Campese is now to serve as Ordinary of a new transitional structure, under the umbrella of the existing Patrimony of the Primate, designed to facilitate the movement of faithful clerics and groups from the deeply divided diocese into the anticipated personal ordinariate to be erected in the United States of America under the terms of Anglicanorum Coetibus.

The new jurisdiction is called the "Pro-Diocese of the Holy Family," and, in a recent interview, Bishop Campese, stressed its temporary nature. The Pro-Diocese will have only a lightweight administration, designed solely to accomplish the mission of Christian Unity to which the bishops of the ACA committed themselves over three years ago.

Bishop Campese has appointed a Council of Advice (a purely consultative, non-canonical body) to assist him. Its members are:

Fr. Edward Meeks, Rector of Christ the King Parish (Towson, Maryland)
Fr. Anthony Vidal, Vicar of St. Augustine of Canterbury (Baltimore Area)
Fr. Mark Siegel, Dean of the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Orlando, FL)
Fr. William Holiday, Curate, Cathedral of the Incarnation
Ms. Carla Hansen, Treasurer

In addition to its presently Anglican members, Bishop Campese has also appointed two Catholic members to the Council of Advice (both Contributors to The Anglo-Catholic):

Fr. Christopher Phillips, Pastor of Our Lady of the Atonement
Mr. Christian Campbell

from The Anglo-Catholic blog.

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