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, August 28, 2013

News from St. John Fisher Catholic Ordinariate Community

Dear Friends of the St. John Fisher Catholic Ordinariate Community,

Happy Feast of St. Augustine of Hippo.
Thank you for your patience.  Even the relatively slow month of August has been a busy one behind the scenes.  We have a list of several Ordinariate-related events to share with you this time.

Revised schedule:
Due to scheduling (and other) factors, we are planning a service of Anglican Use Evening Prayer on Sept. 8 at 5:00pm at Holy Spirit Catholic Parish.  We had hoped to begin a regular Mass at St. Mary of Sorrows Historic Church on that date, but scheduling conflict has sent us "back to the drawing board" on that front.  We hope to have more news on this in fairly short order.  In addition, we have learned recently that the revised Ordinariate Mass is to be introduced this fall, so we are weighing the relative merits of spending perhaps less than two months with the existing Book of Divine Worship and then switching to a different version in October or November.

***Note that the weekly Anglican Use Mass at Our Lady of Hope (5:00pm) will continue during this time, in any case.***

Fr. Sly on EWTN Radio tomorrow:
Fr. Randolph Sly, our chaplain, is scheduled to appear on the "At Home with Jim & Joy Pinto" radio show at 2:00pm tomorrow, August, 29.  To listen online or find your local station, see the website:

"Devil's Advocate" debate series:
The Office for Family Life of the Diocese of Arlington will sponsor a series of three "debates" on successive Tuesdays in September - Sept. 10, 17 & 24, 7-9pm at the Bishop Ireton High School auditorium.  Flyer is attached below.  The Sept. 17 debate ("Protestant Critiques of Catholicism") will feature our own Vaughn Treco.  Map:

Fr. Bergman to speak at Institute of Catholic Culture (ICC) event:
On Sunday, Sept. 22 at St. Michael Catholic Church in Annandale, VA, Fr. Eric Bergman, pastor of St. Thomas More Catholic Church, the Ordinariate parish in Scranton, PA, will speak at the second of two presentations, "Catholic for A Reason: Stories of the Conversion to the True Faith."  The Institute of Catholic Culture (website: will be familiar to readers of our email newsletters.  The first presentation in the series (Sept. 15) will feature Msgr. Stuart Swetland of Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD.
Remember, this and many other ICC events can be viewed live online and are available after-the-fact via video or audio through their extensive Media Library:

40 Days for Life begins Sept. 25:
The Fall 2013 40 Days for Life Campaign, a focused pro-life campaign with a vision to access God's power through prayer, fasting, and peaceful vigil to end abortion, will take place from Wed., Sept. 25 through Sunday, Nov. 3.  To learn more about campaigns in the local area, including Alexandria, Falls Church and Manassas, visit their websites -

Updated form to request membership in U.S. Ordinariate:
The form requesting membership in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter has been updated recently.  Those of you who have not yet submitted a form will want to use the updated version.  Those of you who have already submitted a form would do well to re-submit your request using the new form, which is attached below the "Devil's Advocate" flyer below.

Contribute to the work of the St. John Fisher Ordinariate Community:
We invite you to contribute to the work of the St. John Fisher Ordinariate Community. Your financial help will assist us in our growth and development.  (We also welcome volunteer help with the numerous other tasks necessary to do a weekly Mass.)
Please make checks out to St. Luke's Catholic Church and add "St. John Fisher Ordinariate Community" on the "For" Line.   Checks may be mailed  to:
C/O Bernard L. Seward, Jr.
8308 Fox Harrow Lane
Annandale, VA  22003

In Christ,
Heide Seward
St. John Fisher Catholic Ordinariate Community,
a mission of St. Luke's Catholic Church, Bladensburg, MD

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