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

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Washington, DC area events

From the Heide Seward, secretary at St. John Fisher Ordinariate community of Northern Virginia comes notice of two special events in the DC area, including one this weekend:

Looking for a way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day?  This Sunday, March 16 (the Eve of St. Patrick's) at 6:00pm, the Institute for Catholic Culture will host a presentation by Fr. Randolph Sly, "St. Patrick: Apostle to Ireland" at St. James Catholic Church in Falls Church.  See the ICC website for directions and further information:

The annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast will take place on Tuesday, May 13 at the Washington Hilton.  If anyone is interested in putting together an Ordinariate table again, please let me know, and I will tell you where to send the check.  Individual tickets are $75 ($750 for a table of 10).  Keynote speaker this year is Cardinal Sean O'Malley.  Robert George will also be a featured speaker.  See the NCPB website for more details:

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