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

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

More on St. Timothy's, Catonsville

In an article on The Christian Post, Fr. Jason Catania of Mount Calvary Church, Baltimore is interviewed about St. Timothy's.
St. Timothy's Church is not the first Maryland congregation to opt to leave The Episcopal Church for the Catholic Ordinariate. Christ the King Anglican in Towson, and Mount Calvary Episcopal in Baltimore joined last year.
Fr. Jason Catania (right) with Fr. Reamsnyder and Fr. Vidal
after their ordination as Catholic priests last year.

Fr. Jason Catania of Mount Calvary told The Christian Post that he was "delighted by the decision of St. Timothy's to join the Ordinariate."
"I have been in close communication with their rector during the past year, so I know what a careful and thoughtful process it has been," said Catania.
"I congratulate them on having made such a momentous decision, one which sadly includes abandoning their property, as the Diocese of Maryland seems to be unwilling to reach a settlement as they did with Mount Calvary."
When asked if he felt other Maryland congregations would follow suit, Catania told CP that he was unsure but that it was not impossible.
"I was asked this same question after Mount Calvary's decision, and the time said that I didn't think there would be any more Episcopal parishes in Maryland that would seek to join the Ordinariate. Clearly I was wrong," said Catania.
"But at this point, I can't really think of any other congregation that might follow this course, though there could well be individuals or groups from particular parishes that might do so. It is curious how Maryland seems to have become such a hotspot for the Ordinariate in North America."
Read the whole article at "Md. Episcopal Congregation Votes to Join Catholic Church".


  1. They made the decision in Feb. 13, it is now June and I can find nothing since. What, if anything, has happened at St. Timothys?

  2. They were received by Monsignor Steenson at the Easter Vigil (March 31st).

  3. I expect to visit the Catonsville, MD area shortly. I am a former Episcopalian now Catholic and I would love to attend an Anglican use Mass. Where is the former St. Timothy's congregation now meeting? It is a shame the Episcopal diocese is unwilling to part with St. T's property.