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

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Borough’s Precious Blood RC church entrusted to former Anglicans

Tuesday 8 January 2013

The Salvatorian community, which has served the the Roman Catholic Church of the Most Precious Blood for three decades, has left Southwark and the church has been placed in the care of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.

Just before Christmas parishioners learnt that the church in O'Meara Street would be entrusted to the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.

The Ordinariate was established in 2011 to enable former Anglicans to join the Roman Catholic church whilst retaining some of their distinctive liturgical traditions.

Members of the Ordinariate in South London have been worshipping at the Church of the Precious Blood for nearly a year. Regular services include Anglican-style Evensong on Thursday evenings.

Last Sunday marked the end of the tenure of Fr Richard Mway Zeng SDS as parish priest and the Sunday morning Mass was followed by a farewell party to commemorate the end of the Salvatorians' 30-year association with the parish.

The new priest-in-charge is Fr Christopher Pearson, who until spring 2011 was the vicar of the Anglican parish of St Agnes Kennington Park.

Mgr Keith Newton, Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham, said: "We are very grateful to Archbishop Peter Smith and the diocesan authorities for making this possible.

"It represents a positive moment in the life of the Ordinariate, as we grow towards the establishment of our own parishes and communities."

• Mgr Keith Newton will preside and preach at the 11am Mass on Sunday 13 January


Hat tip to Mary Ann Mueller

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