History

On February 21, 2016 The Anglocatholic Church (ACC) was established by The Most Reverend Dr. Heigo Ritsbek, M.A., M.Div., D.Min., Litt.D., D.D. with members of The Estonian Anglocatholic Church in Tallinn, Estonia. Estonian Anglocatholic Church was established on May 2, 2012 by (then) Archbishop Dr. Heigo Ritsbek in Tallinn, Estonia. Soon after February 21, 2016 Bishop Emmanuel K. Mensah joined the ACC with his ministries in Ghana, South Africa and Spain.

On Febuary 27th, 2016 The Patriarch’s Council of The Anglocatholic Church was established with His Beatitude Patriarch Heigo Ritsbek.

On March 11th 2016, the Estonian Government gave its legal recognition to The Anglocatholic Church.

On March 21, 2016 The Reverend Father Raivo Kodanik (Estonia) was consecrated as the Bishop for The Diocese of The Most Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of God in Tallinn, Estonia.

On April 3, 2016 there was Solemn Opening Mass at former Saint Catherine’s Church sacristy from 1246 – 770 years old room, what is now Chapel for the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity of The Anglocatholic Church in Tallinn, Estonia. The celebrant was His Beatitude Patriarch Dr. Heigo Ritsbek, he was assisted by The Ordinary of The Anglocatholic Church in Estonia – Diocese of The Most Blessed Virgin Mary the Mother of God – Bishop Dr. Raivo Kodanik.

On Sunday, April 17, 2016 there was a Solemn Mass with Intention: Patriarch Dr. Heigo Ritsbek 65 years old at Tallinn Holy Trinity Cathedral of The Anglocatholic Church. The celebrant was The Most Reverend Dr. Raivo Kodanik, D.D., Ordinary of The Anglocatholic Church in Estonia. The sermon was given by The Most Reverend Dr. Heigo Ritsbek, M.A., M.Div., D.Min., Litt.D., D.D., The Patriarch of The Anglocatholic Church.

On March 23, 2016 The Parish of Our Lady and Saint Basil in Toronto, Canada and the priests – The Reverend Father Glentis G. Samuel and The Reverend Father David Smith joined us.

On May 22, 2016 by the decree of His Beatitude Patriarch Dr. Heigo Ritsbek, The Bishop Elect Glentis G. Samuel had been nominated as a member of The Patriarch’s Council of The Anglocatholic Church.

On Sunday June 26, 2016 there was a solemn Pontifical Mass at Tallinn Cathedral of the Holy Trinity celebrating the 20th anniversary of Patriarch Dr. Ritsbek’s ordination into priesthood. Celebrant was The Most Reverend Dr. Heigo Ritsbek, Patriarch; co-celebrant The Most Reverend Dr. Raivo Kodanik, Ordinary.

On August 14, 2016 The Reverend Father Glentis Gladstone Samuel was consecrated bishop by Patriarch Dr. Heigo Ritsbek at Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Toronto, Canada. He was also enthroned as the Archbishop for The Archdiocese of Saint Basil of The Anglocatholic Church (Canada).

On August 18th, 2016 Patriarch Dr. Heigo Ritsbek elevated The Reverend Father David Smith at Saint Basil Cathedral in Toronto, Canada to the status of Canon. Also he was elevated as the Senior Advisor to Patriarch, and a member of Patriarch’s Council.

On August 31, 2016 The Most Reverend Jeffrey Pangilinan Orellana from Philippines joined The Anglocatholic Church forming The Diocese of Divine Trinity of The Anglocatholic Church (Philippines). With the bishop joined us 6 parishes and missions, 5 priests and 20 nuns and 2 deacons with a community of three hundred members.

On September 11, 2016 by the decree of The Most Reverend Dr. Heigo Ritsbek, M.A., M.Div., D.Min.,Litt.D., D.D., The Patriarch of The Anglocatholic Church, The Most Reverend Emmanuel Kwasi Mensah (Ghana), serving at The Archdiocese of Saint John the Apostle of The Anglocatholic Church (Ghana, Kenya, Pakistan, South Africa) was elevated as the Archbishop of The Archdiocese of Saint John the Apostle of The Anglocatholic Church.

On September 30, 2016 The Reverend Father Matthew Enoch Mount, BA, MDiv, MBA (Rock Falls, IL, U.S.A.) was incardinated into The Anglocatholic Church and appointed as a Bishop Elect by His Beatitude Patriarch Dr. Heigo Ritsbek.

On October 5, 2016 The Archdiocese of Saint John the Apostle of The Anglocatholic Church, working in Ghana, Kenya, and South Africa and led by The Most Reverend Emmanuel Kwasi Mensah reported its statistics – under His Eminence Archbishop Mensah there were 53 parishes, 69 priests, and 189 deacons. Total faith community under him was 4,925 people.

On October 21, 2016, by the decree of His Beatitude, The Patriarch of The Anglocatholic Church, The Most Reverend Dr. Heigo Ritsbek, MA, MDiv, DMin, LittD, DD, Archbishop The Most Reverend Glentis G. Gladstone, had been elevated as a Metropolitan Archbishop of The Anglocatholic Church. At the same time his archdiocese in Canada had been elevated as The Metropolitan Archdiocese of Saint Basil of The Anglocatholic Church (Canada).

On November 11, 2016 by the decree of The Most Reverend Dr. Heigo Ritsbek, MA, MDiv, DMin, LittD, DD, The Patriarch of The Anglocatholic Church, the highest organ of the Church – The Patriarch’s Council – has been named The Holy Synod.

On Saturday May 20, 2017, His Beatitude Patriarch Dr. Heigo Ritsbek participated with The Reverend Gustav Piir from Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church at the Investiture of The Estonian Grand Priory of The International Knights Order of Saint Michael the Archangel and the Investiture of The Royal Fraternity of Saint Teotonius of Portugal at Tallinn Holy Ghost Lutheran Church. Patriarch Ritsbek participated in blessing the new members of the Orders, prayed the Collect Prayer and gave the Benediction at the end of the Solemn Ceremony. During the ceremony, Patriarch Heigo Ritsbek was given the Medal of Merit by the Royal Brotherhood of Saint Teotonius from Portugal. Patriarch Ritsbek also gave the key-note speech at the Gala Banquet that night.

On JUne 28, 2017 by the decree of His Beatitude, The Most Reverend Dr. Heigo Ritsbek, MA, MDiv, DMin, LittD, DD, The Patriarch of The Anglocatholic Church, was confirmed that The Canon Law of The Anglocatholic Church will be legal and binding for the whole Anglocatholic Church from August 4, 2017. Also The Patriarch confirmed by his decree the Liturgy of the Consecration of Bishops of The Anglocatholic Church (effective immediately – June 28, 2017) and announced, that if the Diocesan Bishops or Metropolitan Archbishops or Archbishops decide so, they may choose an ancient rite for the liturgy under their jurisdiction. Also the Liturgy used by St Basil Cathedral in Toronto, Canada was encouraged to be used in The Anglocatholic Church by the Patriarch, if bishops decide so.

By the decree of His Beatitude The Most Reverend Dr. Heigo Ritsbek, MA, MDiv, DMin, LittD, DD, The Patriarch of The Anglocatholic Church, on July 7, 2017, the official flag of The Anglocatholic Church was confirmed.

By the decree of His Beatitude, The Most Reverend Dr. Heigo Ritsbek, MA, MDiv, DMin, LittD; DD, Patriarch of The Anglocatholic Church, Bishop Elect Fr Paul Jacob Boardman, Jr. has been named as a member of The Holy Synod of The Anglocatholic Church effective immediately, July 14, 2017.

On July 30, 2017 The Independent Catholic Gallican Church in France joined The Anglocatholic Church and formed The Archdiocese of Mary Mediatrix of All Graces of The Anglocatholic Church (France). This Archdiocese is led by His Eminence The Most Reverend Raphael Marie Villiere, Archbishop. Archidiocèse Gallican Catholique Indépendant Marie Médiatrice de toutes les grâces de l’Eglise Anglo-Catholique (France).

On August 4 – 6, 2017 there was the First Conclave of The Anglocatholic Church and the Meeting of The Holy Synod in Seekonk, MA, United States. The gathered experienced unique unity in love relationship between our clergy; decisin was made to make The Canon Law legal for all over the Anglocatholic Church: two bishops were consecrated by Patriarch Dr. Heigo Ritsbek and assisted by Metropolitan Archbishop Glentis Samuel – these men were Bishop Paul Boardman, Jr. and Bishop Mathew Mount. They were consecrated on August 5, 2017. Canon David Smith was nominated by the Patriarch a Titular Bishop of Antioch of Pisidia; it was decided that the next Holy Synod Meeting will be in late June 2019 in Toronto (Canada), the next Conclave place and time for 2021 was not determined yet; great Enthronement Solemn Mass of Patriarch Dr. Heigo Ritsbek was celebrated on August 6, 2017. The Most Reverend Paul Jacob Boardman, Jr. was nominated by The Patriarch as The Vicar General of The Anglocatholic Church. Wonderful lectures by Bishop David Smith and Metropolitan Archbishop Glentis Samuel were presented and very fruitful and encouraging theological and liturgical discussions happened; fellowships were around meal times.

On August 5, 2017, His Beatitude, The Most Reverend Dr. Heigo Ritsbek, MA, MDiv, DMin, LittD,DD, Patriarch of The Anglocatholic Church named The Reverend Canon David Smith, MA, MMus, as a Titular Bishop of Antioch of Pisidia. He had to be consecrated as a Bishop in Toronto by The Reverend Glentis G. Samuel, Dip.Theol, M.Div., Metropolitan Archbishop of The Metropolitan Archdiocese of Saint Basil of The Anglocatholic Church.

By the decree of His Beatitude, The Most Reverend Dr. Heigo Ritsbek, MA, MDiv, DMin, LittD, DD, Patriarch of The Anglocatholic Church, from September 13, 2017, His Eminence, The Most Reverend Raphael Marie Villiere, Archbishop of The Archdiocese of Mary the Matriatrix of All Graces of The Anglocatholic Church (France) has been appointed as a member of The Holy Synod of The Anglocatholic Church.

On September 23, 2017 His Beatitude, The Most Reverend Dr. Heigo Ritsbek, MA, MDiv, DMin, LittD, DD, Patriarch of The Anglocatholic Church elevated two more members to the Holy Synod of The Anglocatholic Church – His Eminence, The Most Reverend Emmanuel Kwasi Mensah, The Archbishop of The Archdiocese of Saint John the Apostle and His Excellency, The Most Reverend Jeffrey Pangilinan Orellana, The Bishop of The Diocese of Divine Trinity.

The Most Reverend Dr. Martin Lakwey Kiprotich, D.D. had joined our Church with his parishes in Kenya, Uganda, and South Sudan with close to 10,000 members in 20 parishes. By the decree of His Beatitude, The Most Reverend Dr. Heigo Ritsbek, MA, MDiv, DMin, LittD, DD, The Patriarch of The Anglocatholic Church, His Eminence Dr. Martin Lakwey Kiprotich began serving as the Archbishop of The Archdiocese of The Saint Mark the Evangelist of The Anglocatholic Church (Kenya, South Sudan, Uganda).

The Reverend Generoso Maria Matogo Mondomo, Lic. Theol., Th.D., joined The Anglocatholic Church from Loja, Granada, Spain.

The Most Reverend Joseph Iorhumba Pevigo from Nigeria had joined us.

In July Bishop Joseph Matungulu Kyanga (DR Congo) and Archbishop Ian Charles Adrian (Australia) were incardinated to our Church.

On July 17, 2018, by the decree of His Beatitude, The Patriarch of The Anglocatholic Church, The Most Reverend Dr. Heigo Ritsbek, MA, MDiv, DMin, LittD, DD,

Metropolitan Archbishop, The Most Reverend Glentis G. Samuel, The Metropolitan Archdiocese of Our Lady and Saint Basil of The Anglocatholic Church, has been appointed as The Primate of the Carribean and All Islands of the Anglocatholic Church. This task of a Primate is added to his Eminence’s ministry as Metropolitan Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Our Lady and Saint Basil of The Anglocatholic Church.

Bishop, The Most Reverend David Smith, Titular Bishop of Antioch of Pisidia of The Anglocatholic Church, had been elevated as an Archbishop of The Anglocatholic Church and appointed as The Primate of All North America of The Anglocatholic Church.

By the decree of The Patriarch of July 19, 2018 His Eminence, The Archbishop The Most Reverend Raphael Marie Villiere, Archbishop over The Archdiocese of Mary Mediatrix of All Graces, had been elevated to His Eminence, Metropolitan Archbishop, Ordinary of The Metropolitan Archdiocese of Mary Mediatrix of All Graces. From the same time Patriarch Dr. Heigo Ritsbek serves also as The Primate of All Europe.

On July 20, 2018, by the decree of His Beatitude, The Patriarch of The Anglocatholic Church, The Most Reverend Dr. Heigo Ritsbek, MA, MDiv, DMin, LittD, DD,

His Eminence Archbishop, The Most Reverend Dr.Jean Ndjewel, The Archdiocese of Mediator Dei of The Anglocatholic Church, has been appointed as The Primate of All Central and Western Africa of the Anglocatholic Church. This task of a Primate was added to his Eminence’s ministry as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Mediator Dei of The Anglocatholic Church.

His Eminence Archbishop, The Most Reverend Dr. Martin Lakwey Kiprotich, The Archdiocese of Saint Mark the Evangelist of The Anglocatholic Church, has been appointed as The Primate of All Eastern Africa of The Anglocatholic Church. This task of a Primate was added to his Eminence’s ministry as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Mark the Evangelist of The Anglocatholic Church.

July 27, 2018 – By the decree of His Beatitude, The Patriarch of The Anglocatholic Church, The Most Reverend Dr. Heigo Ritsbek, MA, MDiv, DMin, LittD, DD,

His Eminence Metropolitan Archbishop, The Most Reverend Dr. Ian Charles Adrian,The Metropolitan Archdiocese of Our Lady of Guadeloupe of The Anglocatholic Church, had been appointed as The Primate of Australia and All Oceania of the Anglocatholic Church. This task of a Primate was added to his Eminence’s ministry as Metropolitan Archbishop of the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Our Lady of Guadeloupe of The Anglocatholic Church.

His Excellency Bishop, The Most Reverend Dr. Jeffrey Pangilinan Orellana, The Diocese of Divine Trinity of The Anglocatholic Church, had been elevated as an Archbishop of The Anglocatholic Church. And he has been appointed as The Primate of All Asia of The Anglocatholic Church. This task of a Primate was added to his Eminence’s ministry as Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Divine Trinity of The Anglocatholic Church.

By the decree of the Patriarch On August 20, 2018 The Most Reverend Dr. Ian Charles Adrian, Dip.Th., Lic.Th., Ass.Th, D.D., was appointed as a Member of The Holy Synod of The Anglocatholic Church.

The Holy Synod of The Anglocatholic Church has decided: a) not to have the position Vicar General; b) to establish a position of Patriarch Coadjutor; c) in the case of sede vacante immediately Patriarch Coadjutor will become Acting Patriarch, his enthronement will be at the next Meeting of the Holy Synod of The Anglocatholic Church.

By the Patriarchal decree of August 21, 2018 Primate Archbishop David Smith had been appointed as the Patriarch Coadjutor of The Anglocatholic Church and Bishop Paul Jacob Boardman, Jr. has been appointed as the Chaplain of the Holy Synod of The Anglocatholic Church.

On September 8, 2018 Primate Dr. Martin Lakwey Kiprotich announced the ministries of The Anglocatholic Church in Burundi, Rwanda, and Tanzania. Also The Anglocatholic Church in Uganda had been officially accepted into the National Council of Churches in Uganda.

On October 11, 2018, by the decree of His Beautitude, The Most Reverend Dr. Heigo Ritsbek, MA, MDiv, DMin, LittD, DD, Patriarch of The Anglocatholic Church, Bishop Jose Fernando de Faria had elevated to the status of Archbishop and his diocese in Brazil as an Archdiocese of the Anglocatholic Church. Also His Eminence, Archbishop Jose Fernando de Faria had been nominated as The Primate of All South America of The Anglocatholic Church.

On October 17, 2018, Patriarch Dr. Heigo Ritsbek became a member of The Church History Society of Estonia.

On November 5th, 2018, His Beatitude, The Most Reverend Dr. Heigo Ritsbek, MA, MDiv, DMin, LittD,DD, Patriarch of The Anglocatholic Church, received into The Anglocatholic Church His Excellency The Most Reverend Jorge dos Santos Costa from Brazil with his clergy and church members. He is leading the Diocese of Holy Cross of The Anglocatholic Church (Brazil).

On November 8, 2018, His Beatitude, The Most Reverend Dr. Heigo Ritsbek, MA, MDiv, DMin, LittD, DD, Patriarch of The Anglocatholic Church received Bishop Orestes Calazans Filho, B.Psy, Lic.Litt., as a Bishop in The Anglocatholic Church with his clergy and church members. He is leading the Diocese of Saint George of The Anglocatholic Church (Brazil).

On November 9, 2018, by the decree of His Beatitude, The Most Reverend Dr. Heigo Ritsbek, MA, MDiv, DMin, LittD, DD, Patriarch of The Anglocatholic Church, based on the proposal of His Eminence, The Most Reverend Dr. Jean Ndjewel, Lic.Theol., Dr.Theol, Primate of All Central and Western Africa of The Anglocatholic Church, The Patriarch  accepted into The Anglocatholic Church Archbishop Vincent de Paul Nzunu with his clergy and churches and appointed him The Archbishop of The Archdiocese of Saint Therese of The Anglocatholic Church (DR Congo); Bishop Jean Nicolas Ngigoe with his clergy and churches and appointed him Bishop of The Diocese of Child Jesus of The Anglocatholic Church (Gabon); and Bishop Elect, Father Augustine Ikott with his clergy and churches, and appointed him to be Bishop Elect in The Diocese of Saint Paul of The Anglocatholic Church (Nigeria).

November 11, 2018, The Most Reverend Dr. Godwin Booysen, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.,D.D., Bishop from South Africa, had joined the Anglocatholic Church.

On November 13, 2018, The Reverend Father Albert Mthanjiswa Majozi, B.Ed., from South Africa, had joined us with his two parishes.

On November 19, 2018, The Most Reverend Bongani Schuba, Bishop from South Africa had joined us with his diocese and clergy and church members. He is serving as Ordinary The Diocese of Saint Peter the Fisherman of The Anglocatholic Church (South Africa).

On November 20, 2018 by the decree of His Beatitude, The Most Reverend Dr. Heigo Ritsbek, MA, MDiv, DMin, LittD, DD, The Patriarch of The Anglocatholic Church, His Eminence, Primate Archbishop, The Most Reverend Dr. Jean Ndjewel, Lic.Theol., Dr. Theol., has been elevated as Metropolitan Archbishop and the Archdiocese under him is The Metropolitan Archdiocese of Mediator Dei of The Anglocatholic Church.

On November 20, 2018, His Beatitude, The Most Reverend Dr. Heigo Ritsbek, MA, MDiv, DMin, LittD, DD, Patriarch of The Anglocatholic Church received The Most Reverend Dilvano Westenhofer Brum from Brazil with his clergy and church members. Bishop Brum is serving The Diocese of Saint Expeditus of The Anglocatholic Church (Brazil).

On November 23, 2018, 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 Jose Fernando de Faria, Archbishop of The Archdiocese of Holy Spirit of The Anglocatholic Church (Brazil) had been elevated Metropolitan Archbishop. So he is Metropolitan Archbishop over The Metropolitan Archdiocese of the Holy Spirit of The Anglocatholic Church. Under him are three dioceses in Brazil. Also Metropolitan Archbishop Jose Fernando de Faria serves as The Primate of All South America of The Anglocatholic Church.

On the November 23, 2018, by the decree of His Beatitude, The Most Reverend Dr. Heigo Ritsbek, MA, MDiv, DMin, LittD, DD, Patriarch of The Anglocatholic Church, appointed His Excellency, The Most Reverend Dr. Godwin Booysen, BA., MA., PsyD., PhD.,DD., Bishop of The Diocese of Saint Symeon, an Archbishop of The Anglocatholic Church. With this elevation he is serving The Archdiocese of Saint Symeon of The Anglocatholic Church (South Africa).

On Tuesday, November 27, 2018, His Beatitude, The Most Reverend Dr. Heigo Ritsbek, MA, MDiv, DMin, LittD, DD, Patriarch of The Anglocatholic Church, nominated His Eminence, The Most Reverend Dr. Godwin Booysen, BA, MA, PsyD, PhD, DD, The Archbishop of The Archdiocese of Saint Symeon of The Anglocatholic Church as The Primate of All South Africa of The Anglocatholic Church. Also Primate Dr. Godwin Booysen had been appointed as The Advisor of African Affairs to the Patriarch, instead of Primate Dr. Jean Ndjewel.

On Saturday, December 1, 2018, The Most Reverend Father Dr. Sylvester Rwakaikara Adyeri, B.A., M.Ed., Ph.D., was consecrated a bishop by His Eminence, Primate Dr. Martin Lakwy Kiprotich (Uganda) and by His Eminence, Primate Dr. Jean Ndjewel (Cameroon). Hix Excellency, Bishop Sylvester Rwakaikara Adyeri is serving The Diocese of Good Shepherd (Uganda) of The Anglocatholic Church.

On December 4, 2018, The Reverend Father Mauricio Isaias Largaespada Umana, from Costa Rica, has joined us with his churches. He is elected as a Bishop Elect, and after consecration will the Ordinary of The Diocese of The Most Holy Redeemer of The Anglocatholic Church (Costa Rica).

On December 5, 2018, His Beatitude,The Most Reverend Dr. Heigo Ritsbek, MA, MDiv, DMin, DD, Patriarch of The Anglocatholic Church, elevated Archbishop Dr. Most Reverend Godwin Booysen, B.A., M.A., Psy.D., Ph.D.,D.D., and Archbishop Most Reverend Dr. Martin Lakwey Kiprotich, D.D., as Metropolitan Archbishops – over The Metropolitan Archdiocesis of Saint Symeon and Metropolitan Archdiocese of Saint Mark the Evangelistof The Anglocatholic Church respectively.

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 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, will be serving over The Archdiocese of the Good Shepherd of The Anglocatholic Church (Uganda).

By the decision of Sanctus Theological Institute (Portand, OR, 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 honoris causa 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. For Patriarch Dr. Heigo Ritsbek it is the third honorary doctorate degree.