By the decision of Sanctus Theological Institute (Portland, Oregon, U.S.), the Chairman of the Board The Most Reverend Dr. Richard Halladay, PhD, and Chancellor The Reverend Dr. James Waters, PhD, signed the Doctor of Divinity Summa Cum Laude theological degrees to the prelates of The Anglocatholic Church by their decision on December 10, 2018 to His Beatitude Dr. Patriarch Heigo Ritsbek; to His Eminence Patriarch Coadjutor Archbishop David Smith, and to His Eminence Metropolitan Archbishop Raphael Marie Villiere. It is the third honorary doctorate degree to Patriarch Dr. Heigo Ritsbek.
The Anglocatholic Church serves around the world in twenty-five countries: Australia, Brazil, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, DR Congo, Estonia, France, Gabon, Ghana, Haiti, Kenya, Nigeria, Paraguay, Philippines, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Spain, Tanzania, Uganda, and United States.
On December 14, 2018, by the decree of His Beatitude, The Most Reverend Dr. Heigo Ritsbek, MA, MDiv, DMin, LittD, DD, Patriarch of The Anglocatholic Church, His Excellency, The Most Reverend Dr. Sylvester Rwakaikara Adyeri, BA, MEd, PhD, Bishop of the Diocese of Good Shepherd, has been elevated as an Archbishop of The Anglocatholic Church. His Eminence, Archbishop Dr. Sylvester Rwakaikara Adyeri, is serving over The Archdiocese of Good Shepherd of The Anglocatholic Church (Uganda).
There are twenty-nine Bishops at THE ANGLOCATHOLIC CHURCH: Patriarch Dr. Heigo Ritsbek (Estonia); Patriarch Coadjutor Dr. David Smith (Canada); Primate Glentis G. Samuel (Canada); Primate Dr. Ian Charles Adrian (Australia); Primate Dr. Jean Ndjewel (Cameroon); Primate Jose Fernando de Faria (Brazil); Primate Dr. Jeffrey Pangilinan Orellana (Philippines); Metropolitan Archbishop Dr. Godwin Booysen (South Africa); Metropolitan Archbishop Dr. Raphael Marie Villiere (France); Metropolitan Archbishop Dr. Martin Lakwey Kiprotich (Uganda); Archbishop Emmanuel Kwasi Mensah (Ghana); Archbishop Vincent De Paul Nzunu (DR Congo); Archbishop Dr. Mauricio Isaias Largaespada Umana (Costa Rica); Archbishop Dr. Sylvester Rwakaikara Adyeri (Uganda); Bishop Dr. Raivo Kodanik (Estonia); Bishop Paul Jacob Boardman, Jr. (United States); Bishop Mathew Enoch Mount (United States); Bishop Jean Claude Normand (France); Bishop Joseph Iorhumba Pevigo (Nigeria); Bishop Joseph Matungulu Kyanga (DR Congo); Bishop Ralph Sutich (United States); Bishop Jorge dos Santos Costa (Brazil); Bishop Orestes Calazans Filho (Brazil); Bishop Jean Nicholas Ngigoe (Gabon); Bishop Bongani Mchuba (South Africa); Bishop Delvano Westenhofer Brum (Brazil); Bishop Bienvenu Beast Ngonda (DR Congo); Bishop Wenceslas Sakudu Mira (DR Congo); and Bishop Anicet Bikar (DR Congo).
We have also five Bishop Elects who are waiting their Consecration as Bishops in Christ’s One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.
From the DR Congo three bishops, who serve under Archbishop Vincent De Paul Nzunu have joined the Anglocatholic Church: Bishop Bienvenu Beast Ngonda, Bishop Wenceslas Sakudu Mira, and Bishop Anicet Bikar.
On Saturday, December 8, 2018, there was the investiture of Estonian Grand Priory of The International Order of Knights of Saint Michael the Archangel at Holy Spirit Lutheran Church in Tallinn, Estonia. Several new members were knighted. At the blessing ceremony His Beatitude Patriarch Dr. Heigo Ritsbek of The Anglocatholic Church and The Reverend Father Gustav Piir from Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church participated.
On December 6, 2018, there was at The National Library of Estonia, in Tallinn, the capital city of the Republic of Estonia, a very representative conference of the society in Estonia on the topic “Religion in Estonia”. Among the dignitaries were His Eminence Metropolitan Stefanus of the Apostolic Orthodox Church of Estonia, His Eminence Bishop Philippe Jourdan, The Bishop of The Roman Catholic Church in Estonia, His Eminence Archbishop Urmas Viilma, Estonian Evangelican Lutheran Church, His Eminence Archbishop Emeritus Andres Põder, Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church, The Reverend Erki Tamm, President of The Baptist Church in Estonia, The Reverend Robert Tsherenkov, Superintendent of The United Methodist Church in Estonia, The Reverend Ago Lilleorg, Bishop of Estonian Christian Pentecostal Church, and many others. Among them was also His Beatitude, The Most Reverend Dr. Heigo Ritsbek, MA, MDiv, DMin, LittD, DD, Patriarch of The Anglocatholic Church.
On December 5, 2018, by the decree of His Beatitude, The Most Reverend Dr. Heigo Ritsbek, MA, MDiv, DMin, LittD, DD, Patriarch of The Anglocatholic Church there will be following changes in our gatherings internationally: The Meetings of The Holy Synod will not be happening separately of other activities, but these Meetings of The Holy Synod will take place during two days prior of the opening of our Conclaves of The College of The Bishops of The Anglocatholic Church. After The Meeting of The Holy Synod this June in Toronto, our next gathering – God willing – will be The Second Conclave of The Anglocatholic Church in 2021. The next Conclaves are planned once in 4 years: in 2025, 2029, 2031 etc. All bishops of The Anglocatholic Church are invited to attend The Conclaves of The Anglocatholic Church, as they all belong to The College of Bishops.
On December 5, 2018, His Beatitude, The Most Reverend Dr. Heigo Ritsbek, MA, MDiv, DMin, LittD, DD, Patriarch of The Anglocatholic Church, made structural changes concerning Africa. There is now one Primate over All Africa. His Eminence, Metropolitan Archbishop, The Most Reverend Dr. Jean Ndjewel, LicTh., ThD, has been appointed as The Primate of All Africa.
On December 5, 2018, His Beatitude, The Most Reverend Dr. Heigo Ritsbek, MA, MDiv, DMin, DD, Patriarch of The Anglocatholic Church, elevated Archbishop Most Reverend Godwin Booysen, BA, MA, PsyD, PhD, DD, and Archbishop Most Reverend Dr. Martin Lakwey Kiprotich, DD, as Metropolitan Archbishops – over The Metropolitan Archdioce of Saint Symeon and Metropolitan Archdiocese of Saint Mark the Evangelist respectively, of The Anglocatholic Church.