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, November 3, 2012

Victoria, British Columbia Ordinariate group finds new home

Deborah Gyapong reports that the Ordinariate group in Victoria, British Columbia has found a new home, leasing the former Anglican Church of Canada church of St. . She also reports that Peter Wilkinson, former Archbishop of the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada, will be priested on December 8th.
“There were about 35 present at the first Mass, and the celebrant was Fr John Laszczyk, rector of St. Andrew’s Cathedral,” he wrote. ”About 30 went out for dinner after the Mass. It was a wonderful occasion, and the music of the Mass and the hymns were enthusiastically sung a capella for we are as yet without organ.”
Read the whole post with photos at Foolishness to the World.
Visit the web site of The Fellowship of Blessed John Henry Newman to keep up with this ordinariate group's progress.

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