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, November 25, 2013

Msgr. Wadsworth of ICEL to speak at Mount Calvary, Baltimore - Friday, December 6th

Mount Calvary Welcomes Msgr. Andrew Wadsworth for a Special First Friday Lecture on Vatican II and the Liturgy

Mount Calvary Catholic Church, Baltimore's Ordinariate parish, continues its new monthly First Friday Series on Friday, Dec. 6. Adoration and Confessions will begin at 5:30 pm, followed by Devotions and Benediction in the Anglican Use at 6:30 pm. The First Friday supper and lecture will follow immediately after Benediction at 7:00 pm. Msgr Wadsworth will be giving a talk on Vatican II and the sacred liturgy, entitled “Sacrosanctum Concilium: What We Have Done, and What We Have Failed To Do.” 

Msgr. Wadsworth is Moderator of The Community of St. Philip Neri, a community-in-formation for the Oratory at the Church of St. Thomas the Apostle in Washington, D.C., and is the Executive Director of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL). Mount Calvary, long known for its Anglo-Catholic traditions and liturgy, entered the Catholic Church in January, 2012 as the first parish of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. For more information, see our website at


  1. Are the talks going to be made available on-line?

  2. Hello Matthew,

    That's an excellent question.

    There's been some discussion of starting to tape these - subject to the permission of each speaker. I can't make any promises, but it's something we're looking into.