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

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Inquirer's Class to begin September 17th in D.C.

The St. Thomas of Canterbury Society of Washington, DC announces that it will begin an Inquirer's Class on September 17th at its location at St. Anselm's Abbey in Washington.

There will be four sessions on the following dates:

Saturday, September 17, 2011, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., followed by Evening Prayer in the Abbey Church;
Saturday, October 15, 2011, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., followed by Evening Prayer in the Abbey Church;
Saturday, November 12, 2011, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., followed by Evening Prayer in the Abbey Church;
Saturday, December 10, 2011, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m., followed by Advent Lessons and Carols in the Abbey Church.

All of the Evening Prayer services, and the service of Advent Lessons and Carols, will be followed by coffee hour.

The course will consist of five major sections: Creed, Sacraments, Morals, Prayer and the Anglican Patrimony. Sacraments and Prayer will be covered in one session.

Although there will be an overview in each section, we will concentrate our efforts on those areas that our members have indicated are of the greatest interest to them as Anglicans considering reception into the Catholic Church through the ordinariate.

For example, there will be a discussion on authority in the Church, infallibility, human sexuality, the Precepts of the Catholic Church, and Mary and the Saints in the appropriate sections of the course.

The monks of St. Anselm's Abbey are assisting in preparing the materials and will lead the class.

Pre-registration is not required, and all members and non-members of the Society are welcome to attend. Please feel free to contact James Farr via e-mail ( with any questions you may have.

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