Consecrations of Our Bishops

*January*
MAURICIO ISAIAS LARGAEPADA UMANA – January 6, 2013
*February*
JEFFREY PANGILINAN ORELLANA – February 7, 2016
JEAN CLAUDE NORMAND – February 9, 2009 
*May*
EMMANUEL KWASI MENSAH – May 17, 2007
VINCENT DE PAUL NZUNU – May 19, 2004 
RAPHAEL MARIE VILLIERE – May 19, 2013 
JEAN NDJEWEL – May 25, 2004
*June*
BIENVENU BEAST NGONDA – June 6, 2016
WENCASLAS SAKUDU MIRA – June 6, 2016 
GODWIN BOOYSEN – June 11, 2011
*July*
RALPH SUTICH – July 28, 2018
JOSE FERANDO DE FARIA – July 29, 2018 
DILVANO WESTENHOFER BRUM – July 29, 2018 
ORESTES CALAZANS FILHO – July 29, 2018
*August* 
PAUL JACOB BOARDMAN, Jr. – August 5, 2017
MATHEW ENOCH MOUNT – August 5, 2017 
GLENTIS GLADSTONE SAMUEL – August 14, 2016 
ANICET BIKAR – August 23, 2016 
HEIGO RITSBEK – August 25, 2012 
MARTIN LAKWEY KIPROTICH – August 26, 2012 
*September*
JORGE DOS SANTOS COSTA – September 7, 1980
*October* 
IAN CHARLES ADRIAN – October 3, 2008
*November* 
DAVID SMITH – November 5, 2017
BONGANI SCHUBA – November 6, 2016 
JEAN NICHOLAS NGIGOE – November 11, 2011
MICHEL MARIE ONDIGUI ESSOMBA – November 11, 2018 
RAIVO KODANIK – November 21, 2015
*December*
SYLVESTER RWAKAIKARA ADYERI – December 1, 2018 
EBIRINGAH BARTHELOMEUW UWAOMA – December 22, 2018 
JOSEPH MATUNGULU KYANGA – December 29, 2013 

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Feast of The Foundation of The Anglocatholic Church

Please remember, that our communion will celebrate on Thursday, February 21, 2019 The Third Anniversary of our Church and The Feast of The Foundation of The Anglocatholic Church.

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Third Anniversary Message by The Patriarch

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Oratory of Saint Edward the Confessor Established

On February 1, 2019, by the decree of His Beatitude, The Most Reverend Dr. Heigo Ritsbek, MA, MDiv, DMin, LittD, DD, Patriarch of The Anglocatholic Church, The Oratory of Saint Edward the Confessor of The Anglocatholic Church (Canada) was established. The Oratory is led by His Eminence, The Most Reverend Dr. David Smith, BMus, MMus, DD Summa Cum Laude, Patriarch Coadjutor of The Anglocatholic Church and The Primate of All North America of The Anglocatholic Church.

We are thankful with the clergy and faithful of the Church of Our Lady and Saint Basil for the best service possible of His Eminence Patriarch Coadjutor Dr. David Smith at that particular parish in Toronto, Canada over more than ten years.

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Citation of Merit

CITATION of MERIT
from the Anglocatholic Church and her Patriarch
His Beatitude Most Reverend Heigo Ritsbek,
M.A., M. Div., D. Min., Litt. D., D. D.

To our dear brother and fellow worker in Christ,
the Most Reverend Paul Jacob Boardman, Jr.

Greetings in the Name of the Lord.
Truly dear brother, you are that faithful and wise servant that the Lord
has made ruler over his house. Truly you are of the generation of those
who seek the Lord and have received blessings from his hand. Truly you
are a Priest of God Most High after the Order of Melchisedech,
chosen to offer before Him a pure and spiritual sacrifice.
The Lord our God has laid the foundations of his holy Church upon the
solid rock of the apostolic confession and has laid upon his servants her
Bishops the gift of the five talents. Truly may you say ‘ Lord, You
delivered unto me five talents : behold, I have gained beside them five
talents more. ‘

To you and to God Almighty the Anglocatholic Church owes a debt of
gratitude for your witness in our midst, for your love of the Gospel of
Jesus the Christ, and for the joy that you have brought to all that you
have met in the course of your ministry.

May your retirement be a blessing to you and your family. May your
continued witness be a shining example of a pastor who has modelled his
life after that of the Good Shepherd.

May Almighty God richly bless you,
may He make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you;
may He lift up the light of his countenance upon you,
and give you peace.

Yours brotherly

Patriarch Dr. Heigo Ritsbek

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ANNIVERSARY MESSAGE TO THE ANGLOCATHOLIC CHURCH 2019

By
THE MOST REVEREND DR. HEIGO RITSBEK
MA, MDiv, DMin, LittD, DD
Patriarch of The Anglocatholic Church

                By the Grace of God, we celebrate the Third Anniversary of The Anglocatholic Church this year of the Lord, Anno Domini 2019. Our Communion is very young, very young. But the teaching and the liturgy and the Principles of church government are going back to the Early Church.

            We may honestly ask the question – why there is a need for such a young representation of these teachings and values and liturgy and Principles of church government for a three year old communion? Are not there communions which are centuries old having them already and we may be part of them? Why have something new in this twenty first century?

            If we recognize and require the Apostolic Succession, why to emphasize this through a new communion? Here we reach to the key issues, that Apostolic Succession is not a magic thing of the laying of hands by bishops. The Succession that Bishops give to the new Bishops has to be giving to the new generations all that which came from the Apostolic times. If it is not Apostolic, then we cannot talk about the Apostolic Succession.

            At this time of history of the Christian Church, there are two Principles, which are for us the „red line“. Certainly these are seen very well, but actually they go to deeper theological truths among many Christian communions. And then we see that these our “red lines” actually are much more deeper as with the first glimpse. These „red line“ isuses are – non-acceptance of female clergy and gay clergy. At first it seems to be a small issue of ministry – but actually, if we had accepted these non-scriptural and non-traditional understandings (i.e female clergy and gay clergy), then actually we had thrown away sacramentology of the Holy Scriptures and of the Apostolic Tradition; also we had thrown away ecclesiology of the Bible and the Early Church.

            Are we the only „right church“ in the world? No. Absolutely not. We recognize fully a lot of communions, most definitely Roman Catholic Church, Orthodox Church, several Eastern churches and among Old Catholic and Anglican bodies churches many, which cling to the Holy Scriptures and the Apostolic Tradition. But we are one younger brother among these above mentioned communions.

            We are a small body: thirty one bishops with more than two hundred priests and two hundred deacons in over 100 parishes in 25 countries of the world with 22,000 faithful members. But at the same time I want to emphasize that the question is not so much in it, what is our membership number, but how much we actually are „the salt of the Earth“.

            One of the key-questions of every denomination is the reason for existence which involves clear understanding who we are? What is our mission? In what sense are we different? As mentioned above, this is not the question how or why are better – but is the DNA of our communion.

            I have been asked several times, theoretically speaking, if there were in the world a communion with exactly the same theology, liturgy, moral theology, church polity etc., what would we do then? And my honest answer would be – then we enter into negotiations to merge with such a church. Our existence is not for that, to keep our ecclesiastical positions. At the same time we do not need to have changes in our DNA only for that, to be in communion with somebody or to merge with another communion.

            In the 21st century it seems that our challenges are in sexual ethics. Yes in this too, but they grow out from our basic theological groundwork. Do we believe every line of the Creed? Do we believe the Holy Scriptures as the Word of God? Do we believe the liturgical and sacramental nature of the Church? Do we believe in Holy Trinity? And so on. It is very sad to see, how in many churches around the globe all scriptural truths and Early Church values are disappearing very quickly like snow in spring.

            This all had more general beginning during Humanistic times from fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. When the center of the Universe was not God anymore, but a human being. And that is why now we may be surprised, why all basics of Christianity is turned upside down.

            To live in a human-centered world, it is very clearly seen that humanism is the biggest enemy to the Christian theology and to the Church. Every church or communion which wants to be “humanistic” in whatever way, loses its firm Christian roots. It is no need to name all these activities, which are called some people, who wear the name Christians, what they do or believe. Our task is not to be judges, God is judge. But at the same time the teachings of Jesus and the Early Church and the Apostolic Tradition are giving us light where to go and what to follow.

            And who gives now Agenda to the Church? Many Christians think that the world around us, the people around us, a human being. This makes life for many serious and dedicated Christians very hard.

            As mentioned – we are not the only place where to hide from humanistic plagues, but at least one place among others. And in this we see also our mission and reason for existence.

            If somebody asks – what is the mission of The Anglocatholic Church? Then our answer is very simple, it is in the words of Jesus – “All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:18-20).

Let us pray the Collect of our Anniversary.

ALMIGHTY and Everlasting God,
who didst deign to enrich the earthly Body of thine only Son,
the Holy Church, by the birth of a new family of faith :
Mercifully grant to us, we beseech Thee,
the healthfull Spirit of thy Grace,
that we may ever please Thee in truth,
and be filled with the dew of thy heavenly blessing,
that, in our witness and ministry,
we may bring forth a fruitful harvest of souls
to the honour and glory of thy great Name;
Through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Spirit,
ever one God, world without end. Amen.

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Collect for the Anniversary Celebration of the Anglocatholic Church

ALMIGHTY and Everlasting God,
who didst deign to enrich the earthly Body of thine only Son,
the Holy Church, by the birth of a new family of faith :
Mercifully grant to us, we beseech Thee,
the healthfull Spirit of thy Grace,
that we may ever please Thee in truth,
and be filled with the dew of thy heavenly blessing,
that, in our witness and ministry,
we may bring forth a fruitful harvest of souls
to the honour and glory of thy great Name;
Through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Spirit,
ever one God, world without end. Amen.

For use within the Anglocatholic Church
on the Sunday nearest 21 February, the Anniversary of our founding.

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Third Anniversary of The Anglocatholic Church

On Thursday, February 21, 2019 we will celebrate The Third Anniversary of The Anglocatholic Church. As the Patriarch of The Anglocatholic Church I ask in all archdiocesis and diocesis and in all parishes and missions to have in connection with this anniversary Thanksgiving and Prayers for our Communion on Sunday Masses, February 24, 2019. May God bless our Church, our Clergy, and our Faithful Members! Here is the official flag The Anglocatholic Church.

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New Chaplain to The Holy Synod Appointed

On January 25, 2019, by the decree of His Beatitude, The Most Reverend Dr. Heigo Ritsbek, MA, MDiv, DMin, LittD, DD, Patriarch of The Anglocatholic Church, His Eminence, The Most Reverend Dr. Godwin Booysen, BA, MA, PsyD, PhD, DD, Metropolitan Archbishop of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Saint Symeon of The Anglocatholic Church and a Member of the Holy Synod of The Anglocatholic Church, has been appointed as The Chaplain to The Holy Synod of The Anglocatholic Church. Currently there are nine members at the Holy Synod of The Anglocatholic Church. The next Convocation of The Holy Synod of The Anglocatholic Church will be in June 2019 in Toronto, Canada.

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Retirement of Bishop Paul J. Boardman, Jr.

With sadness we have to announce, that our Bishop, The Most Reverend Paul Jacob Boardman, Jr. health has deteriorated recently very much and he has announced to the Office of Patriarch of his retirement effective immediately. Please pray for Bishop Boardman and especially for his health as for his wife Murielle at your Masses and other gatherings. He will remain a Bishop of The Anglocatholic Church, but without no duties or obligations. He promised to support our Church as much as possible. He will be in the same status as our Bishop Jean Claude Normand in France.

The Anglocatholic Church thanks Bishop Paul Jacob Boardman, Jr for his best service ever possible to the Kingdom of God through The Anglocatholic Church and asks blessings upon his continued ministry!

With this statement there is no Diocese of Saint Michael in the U.S., Bishop Boardman Jr. is not a member of The Holy Synod and its Chaplain – the place of the Chaplain to the Holy Synod is vacant – sede vacante.

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