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, June 9, 2012

Ordinariate News from Scotland

The web site of the UK Ordinariate has news about growth and interest in the Ordinariate in Scotland, including the recent ordination to the diaconate of Stanley Bennie, whose priesting is scheduled for September 11th at St. Columba's Cathedral in Oban. Fr. Len Black, currently the sole Ordinariate priest in Scotland, goes on to write:
The Ordinariate in Aberdeen
Fr Len has received a request to have an Ordinariate Mass in Aberdeen where there have been a number of enquiries from people wanting to know more about the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in Scotland.
It is excellent that interest in the Ordinariate is now beginning to emerge from different places and people and Fr Len - and soon Fr Stanley - is delighted to meet with anyone, anywhere ... in private, in small informal groups, or whatever. Again, for further information please contact Fr Len on 07836 365719 - Meanwhile plans will be made to have an Ordinariate Event in Aberdeen ... so watch this space!

You can read the entire posting at the site of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham

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