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

Monday, March 28, 2011

Reports on the Ordinariate Meeting in Canada

The Anglo-Catholic blog has two reports on the meeting this past weekend about the Ordinariate in Canada that was hosted by Archbishop Collins:

The Cracked Jar - Healing the Western Church and Canadian Ordinariate Conference. I commend both to your reading.

Meanwhile, Deborah Gyapong has posted serveral accounts, with many great photos, of the conference, at the English Catholic blog. Anglicanorum coetibus Conference: Day Two, Evensong and Father Phillips -- All Glorious!, and More Pictures from the Anglicanorum coetibus Conference, and more, are all worth looking at.

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