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, June 17, 2013

St. James celebrating first anniversary

The Rev. Nick Marziani with Jimmy Faulkner and Kathleen Sloan taken at a service
of Sacred Evensong Feb. 22, on the occasion of the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter,
the Ordinariate patronal feast day. Contributed photo.

Special to The Record
June 14, 2013

ST. AUGUSTINE, FLA---St. James Church, a Catholic community of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, will observe its first year anniversary June 22 as a Eucharistic community.

The church, which meets at the St. Augustine House of Prayer, 34 Ocean Ave., near the Mission Nombre de Dios, offers a weekly vigil Mass at 4:30 p.m. Saturdays.

June 22, Mass will be followed by a reception and no-cost dinner at the St. Augustine Shores Golf Clubhouse.

St. James is a constituent mission church of the Personal Ordinariate in the United States, a Roman Catholic trans-territorial jurisdiction headquartered in Houston that encompasses the entire United States and parts of Canada.

St. James exists to preserve the Anglican Patrimony within the context of the Catholic Church.

Established in canon law by Pope Benedict XVI in November 2009 by the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus, and formally erected in the United States Jan. 2, 2012, churches of the Ordinariate offer a liturgical, spiritual and pastoral tradition deeply informed by the long history of the Church of England and its daughter churches throughout the English-speaking world. Two other global Ordinariates exist — one in England and the other in Australia, explains the pastor, the Rev. Nick Marziani.

While fully faithful to Roman Catholic sacramental and theological principles, a service of Holy Eucharist at St. James would be very familiar to anyone from an Episcopal or Anglican background.

In observing the first anniversary St. James invites members of the larger community to join with them in Divine Worship and Fellowship at this year’s event. There is no cost for the celebration dinner, but reservations are required. Inquiries are invited, and those wishing to attend should RVSP to Father Marziani at 904-460-0535 (home office) or 904-806-3037 (cell).

from St., web home of the St. Augustine Record newspaper.

Hat tip to Mary Ann Mueller.


  1. Canterbury cap, tippet and surplice; how very patrimonial! :)

  2. Canterbury Cap? Is that what that is on his head? Always wondered what it was called. Cool. I like it. Any other Ordinariate clergy wear them? Always thought they were smarter looking than the biretta.

  3. "Always thought they were smarter looking than the biretta."

    Actually a Canterbury cap is simply an English biretta. They were worn by Catholic clergy in England up until the Reformation (look at portraits of St. John Fisher to see that).

    1. Reaaly? Learned something new. Pre-Reformation ~ now THAT is righteous!

  4. On other news; both the All Saint's Sisters and the Toronto ordinariate group have terrific new websites!

  5. @Don Henri: thanks for the link to the new web sites.