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

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

RIP: Deacon John Denson

An email from the rector of the US Ordinariate's principal Church:

Dear Faithful of Our Lady of Walsingham,   
Our beloved Deacon John Denson passed from this life on Sunday afternoon at 12:45 p.m.   This Friday, November 22, 2013 there will be Evening Prayer and Rosary beginning at 6:00 p.m.   The next morning, Saturday, November 23 at 10:00 a.m. will be the Requiem Mass with lunch reception to follow. 
Both liturgies will be held at Our Lady of Walsingham Catholic Church.  May his soul and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace.  Let light perpetual shine upon him. 

Faithfully in Christ through Mary, 
Fr. Hough 

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