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, February 13, 2012

A Historic Day in the Life of the US Church

Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson preaches at the Mass of his Installation as Ordinary
of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.

View many more photos from yesterday's historic event at The Daily Vine on the web site of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

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