Change in the Leadership

On December 28, 2018, by the decree of His Beatitude, The Most Reverend Dr. Heigo Ritsbek, MA, MDiv, DMin, LittD, DD, Patriarch of The Anglocatholic Church, effective immediately, the Primates of The Anglocatholic Church are:

Primate of All Europe
His Beatitude Patriarch Dr. Heigo Ritsbek
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Primate of All Asia
His Eminence Archbishop Dr. Jeffrey Pangilinan Orellana
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Primate of All North America
His Eminence Patriarch Coadjutor Dr. David Smith
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Primate of All Caribbean and Islands

His Eminence Archishop Dr. Mauricio Isaias Largaespada Umana
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Primate of All South America
His Eminence Metropolitan Archbishop Jose Fernando de Faria
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Primate of All Africa
His Eminence Metropolitan Archbishop Dr. Jean Ndjewel
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Primate of Australia and All Oceania
His Eminence Metropolitan Archbishop Dr. Ian Charles Adrian

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Decree of The Patriarch Concerning The Holy Synod

On December 27, 2018, His Beatitude, The Most Reverend Dr. Heigo Ritsbek, MA, MDiv, DMin, LittD, DD, Patriarch of The Anglocatholic Church, appointed His Eminence, The Most Reverend Jose Fernando de Faria, Primate of All South America and Metropolitan Archbishop of The Metropolitan Archdiocese of The Holy Spirit of The Anglocatholic Church (Brazil) and 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 (South Africa) as Members
of The Holy Synod of The Anglocatholic Church.  The next Convocation of The Holy Synod of The Anglocatholic Church will be on June 27 – 30, 2019 in Toronto,
Canada.

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Planned Ordinations in January 2019

The Office of the Patriarch has been noted that there are plans to ordain two men to priesthood in Toronto, Canada and four men to priesthood and two men to diaconate in Kenya, Africa. Keep these upcoming ordinations in our prayers!

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Christmas Blessing from Bishop of Estonia

Blessing from The Most Reverend Dr. Raivo Kodanik, Ordinary of The Diocese of Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of God of The Anglocatholic Church (Estonia).

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Christmas Eve Solemn Mass Celebrated by Primate Ndjewel

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The Anglocatholic Church In Numbers 2018

The Anglocatholic Church has around the world in twenty-five countries (+11): 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 in twelve archdioceses (+7) and nineteen dioceses (+14) in 143 parishes (+80) with 21,835 faithful members (+12,939). Among them are 30 bishops (+20), 209 priests (+104), and 235 deacons (+50), total 474 clergymen (+174).

(In the brackets change with last year).

There are thirty 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); 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); Bishop Anicet Bikar (DR Congo), Bishop Dr. Sylvester Rwakaikara Adyeri (Uganda); and Bishop Ebiringah Barthelomeuw Uwaoma (Nigeria).

In December 2018 three largest Archdioceses of The Anglocatholic Church are: Archdiocese of Saint Mark the Evangelist, led by His Eminence, Most Reverend Dr. Martin Lakwey Kiprotich, D.D., Archbishop, in 5 countries, 20 churches, 2 bishops, 36 priests, and 22 deacons with 10,060 faithful members; Archdiocese of Saint John the Apostle, led by His Eminence, Most Reverend Emmanuel Kwasi Mensah, Archbishop, in 3 countries, 54 churches, 1 bishop, 94 priests, and 194 deacons with 5,336 faithful members; and Metropolitan Archdiocese of Mediator Dei, led by His Eminence, Most Reverend Dr. Jean Ndjewel, Metropolitan Archbishop, in 6 countries, 23 churches, 6 bishops, 33 priests, and 8 deacons with 3,273 faithful members. 

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Fourth Advent Mass in Tallinn, Estonia

On December 23, 2018, The Feast of the Fourth Advent, the Mass was celebrated at The Holy Trinity Cathedral in Tallinn, Estonia by His Excellency, Dr. Raivo Kodanik, Bishop of The Diocese of Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of God of The Anglocatholic Church (Estonia).

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New Bishop in Nigeria Consecrated

On December 22, 2018, The Primate of All Africa, His Eminence, Archbishop Dr. Jean Ndjewel, consecrated Fr. Ebiringah Barthelomew Uwaoma in Nigeria as a Bishop in Christ’s One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. Primate Dr. Ndjewel was assisted with His Excellency, Bishop Joseph Iorhumba Pevigo, Bishop of The Diocese of Saint Joseph in Nigeria. Bishop Uwaoma will serve as the Ordinary of The Diocese of Saint Michael the Archangel of The Anglocatholic Church (Nigeria). He is our thirtieth bishop in The Anglocatholic Church.

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CHRISTMAS MESSAGE TO THE BISHOPS

For while gentle silence enveloped all things,
and night in its swift course was now half gone,
your all-powerful Word leaped down from heaven,
from the royal throne, into the midst of a land that was doomed,
a stern warrior carrying the sharp sword of your authentic command.
Wisdom of Solomon 18 . 14, 15

Dear Brothers in Christ, O Sapientia, December 17, 2018

Greetings in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ :
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts;
let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly. Colossians 3 . 15, 16

In the annual celebration of the birth of the Son of the living God
in the weakness and temporality of our mortal flesh,
and throughout the season of his Nativity,
may the Lord our God increase in us both the knowledge of his great love
and of the riches revealed in the birth of his divine Son.

I extend to you the challenge the I have received from the study of the works of the great Rhineland Dominican mystic and preacher Meister Eckhart of Hocheim.
I rely here on his great cycle of 4 Christmas Sermons on the Ewigegeburt, the eternal birth, to be experienced in the silent depth of the awakened soul of the believer. These are to be found in Predigt 101 – 104 readily available in fine modern translations.

The Master challenges us to consider the great reality lying hidden beyond our Christmas celebrations, urges us to go beyond Matthew and Luke’s charming scenes and even John’s profound understanding in order that we might open our minds and hearts
to the concept of the eternal birth of the Son of God in three distinct way, God’s birth as Son, our own birth in the Godhead and our birth as sons and daughters of God.
The celebration of the Incarnation urges us to expand our limited concept of human birth, to open it outward in such a way as to permit God to open toward us as love. That is, I believe, to celebrate the concept of birth and thus of life itself as a divine gift. Eckhart created for us his own unique terminology for this process, the German word Durchbruch, that is, breakthrough. He urges us to re-think our restrictive interpretations of the temporality and individuality of our human nature by opening them out to God, by breaking through the protective definitions that we have received and externalized as barriers that prevent us from experiencing the outflow of divine grace which must return to its source, by living to the full the divine potential of the imago Dei gifted us in birth, living it from the bullitio, the bubbling of God that is the source of all that is, and his creative acts that bubble over, ebullitio, as creation. These two values, outflow and inflow or return form the natural dialectic between Divinity and creation, an interaction of heaven descending Grace and the upward return of faith and hope. Yet how often do we react with a certain rigidity, with a calculated resistance that forms an unfortunate barrier between us and God? A barrier that dulls our senses to His indwelling and transformative presence that is alone the source of the peace promised by the Christmas angels.

I issue to myself as a Christmas gift and I extend to you my brothers this very challenge, the graced opportunity to turn our lives around by becoming open to a breakthrough experience, by daring to release the grasping control of the ego and to undertake the Exodus journey of formation through the desert wastes of this world towards the promised land of the Father, the unfolding kingdom being revealed in our midst. I urge you to make this renewal of your ministry and indeed your whole life your gift to the Child resting in the lowly manger of the Bethlehem stable. If we are to effective leaders of the people, true shepherds of the divine flock, and spiritual masters drawing potential believers into relationship with our God, we too must accept the risk of faith by opening ourselves to the firey Spirit that in filling our hearts and minds will consume but will not destroy. Surely, said the prophet, Isaiah 12 . 2 “God is my salvation! I will trust and will not be afraid, for the LORD GOD is my strength and my might; He has become my salvation. Let us then with joy draw water from the wells of salvation and say in that day ‘ Sing praises to the LORD, for He has done gloriously; let this be known in all the earth. Shout aloud and sing for joy, O royal Zion, for great in the midst of you is the Holy One of Israel.“‘

+++ Patriarch Coadjutor Dr. David Smith, DD,
on behalf of The Patriarch and The Holy Synod of The Anglocatholic Church

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Honorary Doctorates for Three our Bishops

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.

 

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