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

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

RIP: Ralph Johnston, headmaster of OLA Academy in San Antonio and MC of AUS annual conferences

Dear Friends,

It is with great sadness that I tell you of the death of our former Headmaster, Ralph Johnston. As you know,
he suffered a stroke several months ago, and has remained unresponsive since that time.

Ralph has been an important and beloved leader at the Academy, and we miss him very much. However,
it with confidence that we commend him to God's keeping, and I ask you to pray for the repose of his soul.

The final services will take place next week, and the schedule is:

Thursday, June 21st - 7:00 p.m. Rosary at Porter Loring North (2102 North Loop 1604 East) with calling
hours beginning at 6 p.m.

Friday, June 22nd - 11:00 a.m. Requiem Mass at Our Lady of the Atonement, with a light luncheon reception
following. Interment will be at the Resurrection Cemetery of the Cordi-Marian Sisters.

Our prayerful support is extended to his wife Cecily, and their two sons Cooper and Joseph.

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Christopher G. Phillips

1 comment:

  1. Grace was heartbroken to receive the news but also realizes Mr. Johnston is with his Maker and at peace now. I will miss Mr. Johnston - he was a great communicator and listened intently to any concerns I had. God bless his family and may their faith and the happy memories they shared with him bring them strength at this difficult time.
    ~Christina McCumber & Family