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, December 3, 2012

First Ordinariate Community in North Carolina

Our Lady of Good Counsel Anglican Church was received into the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter on November 18, 2012. Located in Jacksonville, NC, it is the first congregation to enter the Ordinariate in North Carolina. Most Rev. Michael Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh, gave permission for the congregation to be located within the Diocese of Raleigh. Dr. William Waun, Vicar of OLGC, has completed the Formation Class that started in last year, and he is awaiting word regarding his application for ordination to the Catholic priesthood.

Pictured left to right are: Mrs. Shannon Porterfield, Miss Violet Porterfield, Mr. Paul Read, Mrs. Madeline Read, Rev. Msgr. David Brockman (Vicar General of the Diocese of Raleigh), Mr. Jeff Gillen, Fr. Scott Hurd (Vicar General of the Ordinariate), Fr. Ernest Ruede (Pastor of Infant of Prague, Jacksonville), Mrs. Noreen Buhl (OLGC Secretary/Treasurer), Mr. Joseph Buhl (OLGC Senior Warden), Dr. William Waun (OLGC Vicar), Dr. Cynthia Waun, Mr. Nicholas Waun, Miss Emily Waun, Mrs. Victoria Waun, and (in the front) Master Liam Waun & Miss Reese Waun. Not pictured is Mr. Kevin Porterfield.

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