On Sunday, September 20, 2020, the greatest Baptist Church in Northern Europe – Oleviste Baptist Church in Tallinn, Estonia, with 2,000 members, celebrated its 70th anniversary. The greeting from His Beatitude, The Most Reverend Dr. Heigo Ritsbek, Patriarch of The Anglocatholic Church, was also read at the Solemn Worship Service.
His Beatitude, The Most Reverend, Dr. HEIGO RITSBEK, MA, MDiv, DMin, LittD, DD, The Patriarch of The Anglocatholic Church, is involved just now in writing process of five books. In November 2020 there has to appear his first book – autobiography, titled “Looking Back”, next year there will be published “Festschrift Heigo Ritsbek 70”, and then comes a collection of lectures by The Patriarch at different theological schools and universities under title “Scripta in Theologia” and also later his fourth book, he is also writing just now, about the Holy Eucharist, titled “Heaven on Earth”. Also a booklet “The Anglocatholic Church” (in English) is in very early stage just now. All other books will be published in Estonian.
At our Holy Trinity Anglocatholic School of Ministry the lowest level regular students will begin distance learning from September 2021 for Bachelor of Ministry (B.Min.) degree, at the same time proposed Bishops Track for receiving Master of Ministry (M.Min.) is already working, as some Bishops of our Church are working with their dissertation – details given in my email to them. From opening the School of Ministry two first honorary degrees – Doctor of Divinity (D.D.) have been given out.
On September 8, 2020, by the decree of His Beatitude, The Most Reverend Dr. Heigo Ritsbek, MA, MDiv, DMin, LittD, DD, Patriarch of The Anglocatholic Church, The Most Reverend Julio Cesar Diazgranados Fandino, Ordinary of the Diocese of Saint Patrick (Colombia) of The Anglocatholic Church, has been named as a Member of The Holy Synod of The Anglocatholic Church, the highest organ of The Anglocatholic Church and the only legislative body of The Anglocatholic Church. The current six members of The Holy Synod of The Anglocatholic Church are: Patriarch Dr. Heigo Ritsbek (Estonia); Patriarch Coadjutor Dr. Raphael Marie Villiere (France); Primate Dr. Earl Lewis Frazier (United States); Primate Dr. Ian Charles Adrian (Australia); Primate Dr. Joseph Iorhumba Pevigo (Nigeria), and Bishop Julio Cesar Diazgranados Fandino (Colombia). Prefect Dr. David Smith (Canada) is the Consultant to the Holy Synod of The Anglocatholic Church. As we see five continents are represented here, we hope to have soon also a representative of Asia.
Signed by the President of Holy Trinity Anglocatholic School of Ministry, The Most Reverend Dr. Heigo Ritsbek, MA, MDiv, DMin, LittD, DD, The Patriarch of The Anglocatholic Church, Holy Trinity School of Ministry gives on September 8, 2020, to Bishop Emeritus Paul J. Boardman, Jr. and Primate Joseph Pevigo, Doctor of Divinity honoris causa degrees! Axios! Axios! Axios!
By the decree of His Beatitude, The Most Reverend Dr. HEIGO RITSBEK, MA, MDiv, DMin, LittD, DD, Patriarch of The Anglocatholic Church, on September 7, 2020 The Holy Trinity Anglocatholic School of Ministry was established. President of this distance learning school is Patriarch Dr. Heigo Ritsbek, Dean Primate Dr. Earl L. Frazier, Local Supervisor of The Studies is Primate Joseph Pevigo (Nigeria). Currently Nigeria is our only Satellite Campus, but they may be established around the world in different places. We will open from September 1, 2021 one degree Program – degree is Bachelor of Ministry (B.Min). Faculty Members are currently: Dr. Heigo Ritsbek, Dr. David Smith, Primate Joseph Pevigo. We hope to begin next September with 5 students in Nigeria. Also there are possibilities to form other Satellite Campuses. At the same time we have established a special program for Bishops and Bishop-Elects without earned theological degrees to receive Master of Ministry (M.M.) degree. For these our Bishops and Bishops Elects who have not a theological degree, have other degrees and honorary degrees, it is a possbility to get a theological degree from our School of Ministry – Master of Ministry (M.M.)
Patriarch Dr. HEIGO RITSBEK, MA, MDiv, DMin, LittD, DD is sitting in front of the painting of him in his doctoral gown from Boston University
The Anglocatholic Church is around the world in thirty-one countries: Australia, Angola, Argentina, Brazil, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, DR Congo, Ecuador, Estonia, France, Gabon, Haiti, Italy, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Peru, Russia, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Switzerland, Tanzania, Uganda, United States and in Venezuela in eleven archdioceses and fifteen dioceses in 123 parishes with 31,444 faithful members. Among them are 26 bishops, 151 priests, and 57 deacons, total 234 clergymen. The Anglocatholic Church is in ministry in 12 countries in Africa, 9 countries in Latin & South America, 5 countries in Europe, 2 countries in North America, 2 countries in Asia, 1 country in Oceania.
On Sunday August 30, 2020, at the XXII Sunday of Kingdomtide, The Holy Mass was celebrated at The Cathedral of The Holy Trinity of the Diocese of Blessed Virgin Mary the Mother of God, in Tallinn, Estonia, by His Excellency, The Most Reverend Dr. Raivo Kodanik, DD, Ordinary of The Diocese. Here some photos of this Holy Mass in our Chapel.