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

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Anglicans Received into the Catholic Church

December 31, 2011

by Christopher Mahon

In this Christmastide the good news keeps coming.

This coming Sunday, the 1st of January, the Bishop of Hamilton will be receiving a group of Anglicans from the Kitchener-Waterloo area into the Catholic Church. The Mass within which they are to be received will be celebrated according to the Anglican Use at 2pm in the Cathedral of Christ the King in Hamilton.

This will be the third group received in Canada after a number of Anglicans were received in Toronto and Calgary on Advent IV. The Calgary parish, St John the Evangelist, is now celebrating the Anglican Use regularly. We in the Toronto group hope to begin doing so in the near future as well [after several members of the Toronto group were received into the Catholic Church on 18 December.]

New Year’s Day will also see the official erection of an Ordinariate for the United States. It is expected that the American Ordinary will be given interim jurisdiction over the Canadian Anglican Use communities until such time as Canada is given an ordinariate of our own.

A letter from the Bishop of Hamilton is available here, on the Diocese of Hamilton’s website.

May God continue to bless these communities, and others aspiring to respond to the Holy Father’s initiative, through the New Year.

from The Anglican Ordinariate in Toronto

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