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, June 24, 2012

Reception Mass for Towson congregation of Christ the King

from the Facebook page of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter:

Mass to receive 120 parishioners at Christ the King in Towson, MD [earlier today] with Msgr. Steenson, Fr. Hurd & Fr. Ed Meeks, pastor. This is the 3rd Maryland parish & largest Anglican community to join the Ordinariate nationally.

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