ECCLESIA CATOLICA ECUMENICA CHRISTI
Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ
Iglesia Católica Ecuménica de Cristo
Ökumenische Katholische Kirche Christi
Ecumenical Kanisa Katoliki la Kristo
Œcuménique Église catholique du Christ
Chiesa Cattolica Ecumenica Di Cristo
Igreja Catolica Ecumenica De Cristo
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From the Office of the Ecumenical Primate

Archbishop Dr. Karl Rodig

Please share with all, and if possible translate in to your local language. Thank you!

Por favor, comparta con todos, y si es posible traduzca a su idioma local. ¡Gracias!

Si prega di condividere con tutti, e se possibile tradurre nella tua lingua locale. Grazie!

Моля, споделете с всички и, ако е възможно, преведете го на вашия местен език. Благодаря ти!

Будь ласка, поділіться з усіма, і, якщо це можливо, перекладіть на свою місцеву мову. Дякую!

Пожалуйста, поделитесь со всеми и, если возможно, переведите на свой местный язык. Спасибо!



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         Education Campaign: 

We wanted to remind you and emphasize the beauty and  

   importance of Education, be it you are a seminarian, a lay personor as continued education program.         

We have a great School that is very happy to receive you online around the world! 

               Please contact the School, or refer others, and if you know members of other Churches who seek education,                        We welcome them, we are ecumenical.                               

 Please contact either: Mr. Garry Starszak admin@stanthonysliturgicalhouse.org            

or Monsignor. Tom Roberts, Ph.D. sacralkingship@yahoo.com who are happy to assist you. 

The school website is posted on our websites. https://www.stanthonysliturgicalhouse.org

        Please use the opportunity to enroll in our study program and use this link Application: www.stanthonysliturgicalhouse.org/admissions
























Easter, Pascua, A. D. 2022


Alleluja, Alleluja, Christus resurrexit vere. 

Peace, Pax, Paix, Pace, Paz, Frieden, Irene, Mir, Shalom, dear sisters and brothers        in Christ around the World!

    Wishing you all a blessed and joyous Feast of the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ!
    May our hearts be filled with a inner joy that shall not end until we see Him in His Glory, the Kingdom of Heaven.

    We are praying in this Holiest of Seasons especially for Peace. Easter is the beginning of Peace as Christ greeted his followers after the resurrection, "Peace I leave you, Peace I give you". Today's world with its horrors of wars and destructions, especially the current barbaric war attack on so many civilians, children, women, and the elderly in the Ukraine by an evil dictator, cries out to the Lord for Peace. The world was blindsided by this man who has so much blood on his hands, in Syria using cluster bombs and chemical weapons against thousands of civilians, in Georgia where he destroyed and leveled the entire city of Grozny filled with civilians...Lucifer is at work in this Russian president and uses his words and speeches to force him to evil actions! All evil dictators have fallen in history! Evil will not succeed, this is the message from Easter, as Satan has been defeated by the Sacrifice of Christ, the Son of God Most High!
    Let us also pray for peace in Yemen, a war that has cost so many lives. For an end of the civil wars in Ethiopia, Mali and Sudan. 
    Every time when humans are in love with power and fall in temptation for the disregard of basic human rights, we see destruction, selfish exploitations of the poor, the abuse of the common Good and indescribable atrocities against our sisters and brothers around the world. 

    Easter calls for a new beginning for Humanity, for a love that is filled by God's Holy Spirit. A love that is selfless, a love that bares fruit for all of God's children in this world! In the eyes of God it is not our color of the skin, it is not our ethnic background, it is not our belonging to a particular nation, but our hearts that He seeks, His love to share with each other. Let us walk with Jesus and strife for a better future for all of humanity, let us be a people who see with the eyes of love and peace, and justice.

Let us pray and work for a better world that Christ has envisioned for all of humanity,
Let us all be missionaries being an instrument of Peace,
Each of of you is in my prayers,
Be all blessed on this Season of Christ who is risen so that we shall rise to new life with him here and now and to eternal life!

Yours,
+Karl 

















March 12th, Saint Vindicianus, A. D. 2022

(Please share with all your people! Por favor compartir con toda su gente!)

Peace, and greetings, dear brothers and sisters in the service of the Lord, and all our beloved faithful in this Holy Season of Lent!

    As we all have started our Lenten Season with reflection and renewal of our lives, especially our spiritual way of living and devotion to God, I would like to share with you some thoughts that came through my mind in this past days.
  We have Lent, Quaresima, because in Scripture it is Jesus who leads us in our fight for not falling into temptation, resisting the forces of evil that can destroy body and soul! As clergy and as Christians we made a choice to follow Jesus and live through him as a shining light for this world. 
    Yet, we might be frustrated at times to see that there is so much of a broken world, a new war that massacres innocent people in the Ukraine, orchestrated by a madman who fell into the temptation of building an empire based on lies and deceit; we see how people are being exploited from their fair share on the common good, as quite a few have fallen into the temptation of greed and trying to control a never before seen wealth that puts more people into poverty...We see climate change is a reality that Nature is being polluted on all fronts, air, water, and our living space in this creation of God! We ask ourselves where will this end? How can we fast and reflect on our lives as we see all this destruction around us? 
    Many of us think that we are helpless, and we are not able to see a better world for tomorrow...
    Yet it is the our faith that is tested here not to fall in the temptation to be controlled by hopelessness, it is our trust in God through our inner connection with Yahweh. 
I saw on TV an old mother crying in the Ukraine saying, "I am not afraid of dying or being killed, I am afraid of my children and grant children..." And she repeated it. In her heart she knew that faith was stronger than the enemies at her door trying to kill her...
    This reminds me on Psalm 18, 1- 30. We shall pray it more often. I will post the verses here as a reminder that this prayer is what we need to find ourselves again in harmony with God: " 1 I love you, Yahweh, my strength (my Saviour, you have saved me from violence). 2 Yahweh is my rock and my fortress, my deliverer is my God. I take refuge in him, my rock, my shield, my saving strength, my stronghold, my place of refuge. 3 I call to Yahweh who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my foes. 4 With Death's breakers closing in on me, Belial's torrents ready to swallow me, 5 Sheol's snares every side of me, Death's traps lying ahead of me, 6 I called to Yahweh in my anguish, I cried for help to my God; from his Temple he heard my voice, my cry came to his ears. 7 Then the earth quaked and rocked, the mountains' foundations shuddered, they quaked at his blazing anger. 8 Smoke rose from his nostrils, from his mouth devouring fire (coals were kindled at it). 9 He parted the heavens and came down, a storm-cloud underneath his feet; 10 riding one of the winged creatures, he flew, soaring on the wings of the wind. 11 His covering he made the darkness, his pavilion dark waters and dense cloud. 12 A brightness lit up before him, hail and blazing fire. 13 Yahweh thundered from the heavens, the Most High made his voice heard. 14 He shot his arrows and scattered them, he hurled his lightning and routed them. 15 The very springs of ocean were exposed, the world's foundations were laid bare, at your roaring, Yahweh, at the blast of breath from your nostrils! 16 He reached down from on high, snatched me up, pulled me from the watery depths, 17 rescued me from my mighty foe, from my enemies who were stronger than I. 18 They assailed me on my day of disaster but Yahweh was there to support me; 19 he freed me, set me at large, he rescued me because he loves me. 20 Yahweh rewards me for my uprightness, as my hands are pure, so he repays me, 21 since I have kept the ways of Yahweh, and not fallen away from my God. 22 His judgements are all before me, his statutes I have not put away from me. 23 I am blameless before him, I keep myself clear of evil. 24 So Yahweh repaid me for acting uprightly because he could see I was pure. 25 You are faithful to the faithful, blameless with the blameless, 26 sincere to the sincere, but cunning to the crafty, 27 you save a people that is humble and humiliate those with haughty looks. 28 Yahweh, you yourself are my lamp, my God lights up my darkness; 29 with you I storm the rampart, with my God I can scale any wall. 30 This God, his way is blameless; the word of Yahweh is refined in the furnace, for he alone is the shield of all who take refuge in him..."
    As we walk in our faith with hope, and with that everlasting love that God keeps pouring out into our hearts through his beloved Son in the Holy Spirit I find myself in Luke 21, 9-28 as he is spot on, when all this things happen, in the end "stand upright...your liberation is near at hand", 9 And when you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be terrified, for this is something that must happen first, but the end will not come at once.' 10 Then he said to them, 'Nation will fight against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes and plagues and famines in various places; there will be terrifying events and great signs from heaven. 12 'But before all this happens, you will be seized and persecuted; you will be handed over to the synagogues and to imprisonment, and brought before kings and governors for the sake of my name 13 -and that will be your opportunity to bear witness. 14 Make up your minds not to prepare your defense, 15 because I myself shall give you an eloquence and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to resist or contradict. 16 You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relations and friends; and some of you will be put to death. 17 You will be hated universally on account of my name, 18 but not a hair of your head will be lost. 19 Your perseverance will win you your lives. 20 'When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then you must realize that it will soon be laid desolate. 21 Then those in Judaea must escape to the mountains, those inside the city must leave it, and those in country districts must not take refuge in it. 22 For this is the time of retribution when all that scripture says must be fulfilled. 23 Alas for those with child, or with babies at the breast, when those days come! 24 'For great misery will descend on the land and retribution on this people. They will fall by the edge of the sword and be led captive to every gentile country; and Jerusalem will be trampled down by the gentiles until their time is complete.  25 'There will be signs in the sun and moon and stars; on earth nations in agony, bewildered by the turmoil of the ocean and its waves; 26 men fainting away with terror and fear at what menaces the world, for the powers of heaven will be shaken. 27 And then they will see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 When these things begin to take place, stand upright, hold your heads high, because your liberation is near at hand.'
May we be faithful to our God, and may HE grant Peace to the People of the Ukraine and all people around the World.
Wishing you all a blessed remaining Lenten Season leading us to Easter.
In Christ's Love
Yours,
+Karl


ECCC NEWS

            Please, I cannot urge you enough to find ways and channels to expand our St. Anthony's Cathedral House of Liturgical Studies: to enroll more students from around the world, to connect with other institutions that can cooperate with our school.

This letter from the Chancellor of our School, Msgr. Dr. Tom Roberts is an invitation to you all: 

Your Holiness, Your Eminences, Excellencies and Archbishops and all other concerned clergy and fellow educators, 
Greetings in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and May His Blessings be given to you all. 
I am Monsignor Tom Roberts, PhD, DD. As many of you know, I represent St Anthony's Cathedral House of Liturgical Studies as Chancellor. 
Our faith community is The Worldwide Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ under the auspices of His Eminence Primate Archbishop Karl Rodig. 
Our worldwide communion is interested in the collaboration of educational and inter-faith and collegial efforts. We have a growing seminary that offers certificates of study through a Doctorate of Theology with four language components. We are dedicated to the preparation of students for scholarly work. As Chancellor, I have been commissioned to reach out to other jurisdictions for the creation of an environment of scholarship and cooperation. 
It is certainly no surprise to anyone in the Reformed or Old Catholic Movements to understand that there has been much division as well as splits in many faith communities. 
My fellow clergy and educators, in my professional opinion, we should do everything we can to reverse these trends by creating a mutual professional relationship which would overcome our historical challenges. We have already begun the process of opening extensions of our seminary in several nations and are working on concordant agreements with other jurisdictions to share faculty and to create joint or dual degree programs where our academic policies coincide with the standards of other institutions. 
Would you be interested in working with us to continue this process? We would love to find other qualified men and women who desire to bring quality education to their jurisdictions. This can be accomplished not only online and through mentorships but also through training within the parish itself for residential requirements. Most of our courses consist of a blended format with online classroom hours combined with independent study and collateral reading. If one reviews our seminary website, it can be seen that through our rigorous degree programs and flexible tuition structure that we take education extremely seriously. We have plans to join academic and professional associations as well as ASIC for accreditation in the future. Please review our website at  http://www.stanthonysliturgicalhouse.org. We are currently authorized to grant degrees through a religious exemption from the State of Virginia, USA. 

Please consider bringing our seminary to your parish. St Anthony's House of Liturgical Studies also invites qualified educated clergy to join our growing worldwide academic faculty. 
Please feel free to share this email with any interested party. 
May we work together to reverse the tide of division and unnecessary competition among jurisdictions who should join with each other to bring glory to Christ and His Kingdom and act as the Body of Christ in the common goal to fulfill the Great Commission through ministry and education (Matt 28:19).  

If I may be of any assistance to any of you regarding this matters, please feel free to reply to this email: sacralkingship@yahoo.com or contact me at my home telephone number 208-549-2351.

Sincerely In Christ's Holy Name,

Monsignor Tom Roberts, PhD, DD
Chancellor 
St Anthony's Cathedral House of Liturgical Studies

-Latin America and Europe:
Incardination into the ECCC/ICEC
We have incardinated through our Apostolic Nuncio in Costa Rica our new Archbishop ++Antonio Jimenez with the Prelature of the Fraternidad Sacerdotal Apostolica de Santa Filomena with members of priests, nuns and missions in Ecuador, Colombia, Spain and Portugal.
A Wholeheartedly Welcome to you all to our worldwide ECCC/ICEC!

Africa:
Request for Incardinations:
The following incardiantions are being in progress through our Apostolic Nuncio for Africa, Archbishop Godfrey Siundu.

Democratic Republic of Congo:
Bishop +Donatien Abel Tshitanta Musungayi, including the congregation of the Sisters of Mary. 

Gabon
We are in dialog for incardination with Rev Fr Aloysius Chinoso MSF the Coordinator of Missionary of Stevenist Fathers Libreville Gabon.
We pray that your journey into our Communion will be blessed!

USA/Europe/Africa
Congratulations:
 Archbishop Dr. Tony Scuderi who just published the new book for our ECCC/ICEC, "A Text Commentary and Cannon Law of the Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ Worldwide"it enlightens us on the meaning of the Canon Law and guides us. This book is very important to you all around the world! It is based on our Church Manifesto, our restrictives, the Roman CIC, and other Denominations. (A separate book of Cannon Law Volume I will follow soon) Archbishop Tony is also working on the Pontifical for liturgies for our ECCC which of course respects the different liturgical Rites that are present in our Church, catholic, orthodox, old catholic, Anglican, and other eastern Rites. I bought 20 copies of it which I will distribute to you bishops, Please provide me with your proper mailing address! If you would like to purchase the Book, please do so, it is available on Amazon! 



A new book by Archbishop Agostino De Caro, our Apostolic Nuncio for Western Europe.  A spiritual book dedicated to Mary.



From our Archbishop Godfrey Siundu, Apostolic Nuncio for Africa, and his book, "The power of Deliverance".



Monsignor Dr. Tom Roberts also wrote a book recently -among other works-, on marriage with a deep theological analysis bringing it into a new light:



Thank you all for your tireless ministry in the vineyard of the Lord!
Be all blessed!






















Dear sisters and brothers around the world of our beloved Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ!
Christus natus est, Alleluja!

    As we celebrate Christ's Incarnation, the Son of God, our Savior, the light of the World, the Prince of Peace, King of Kings, brother, sacrificial Lamp... We are also reminded that it our lives' purpose to live toward his second coming in Glory.
    You, our church members, families and friends, serve God and so many people in a new Way that calls to mind the way the early Christians lived, sharing the gifts of the Holy Spirit, becoming more Christlike, giving Light to the World, and being less part of a material and mortal world that tries to dominate peoples lives.
    Everywhere we look, we see wars, famine, disasters, corruption, dictators, the pandemic, crimes against humanity, and yet as Christians, we do not lose hope, because we believe that God's message of Love and Peace from Bethlehem is our new way of life that calls for Justice for the poor, feeding the hungry, caring for the ill, and live towards Peace with God, ourselves, our neighbor, and with Nature.
    May Christ in his humble coming on this earth always remind us that we are not alone in a world, as he brings love and a message of a new dignity for all of humanity. 
    Let us receive this newborn Child in our hearts, this Prince of peace, who encourages us to follow always the Light that has overcome darkness.

    Wishing you and your loved ones a joyous celebration of the Birth of the Son of God, the Messiah who has changed so many millions of lives. May the New Year bring to all of us, health, peace and God's abundant Love

With my Prayers
and Apostolic Benedictions,
yours
+Karl









From the Ecumenical Primate
The Holy See of the ECCC

November 28th, 1st Advent , A. D. 2021

Please share with all your people! Por favor compartir con toda su gente!

Peace, and greetings, dear brothers and sisters in the service of the Lord, and all our beloved faithful in this Holy Season of Advent!

In this Holy Advent Season, I greet you with the Words of St. Paul in his Letter to the Thessalonians from the first chapter: 
"We always thank God for you all, mentioning you in our prayers continually. We remember before our God and Father how active is the faith, how unsparing the love, how persevering the hope which you have from our Lord Jesus Christ. We know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that you have been chosen, because our gospel came to you not only in words, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with great effect. And you observed the sort of life we lived when we were with you, which was for your sake. You took us and the Lord as your model, welcoming the word with the joy of the Holy Spirit in spite of great hardship. And so you became an example to all believers... and how you are now waiting for Jesus, his Son, whom he raised from the dead, to come from heaven. It is he who saves us from the Retribution which is coming." 

    These words do recall all of your Christian lives and your ministries in your dioceses and missions in the ECCC around the World! 
    You all have received the Word of God and your faith has grown into unsparing love, you all have persevered in hope because of our Savior Jesus Christ. For this you all have been chosen to actively spread the Good News empowered by the Holy Spirit. Indeed your example of life following Jesus is before all believers your testimony for a loving God who will reward you despite all the hardships you endure on this earthly journey while awaiting with joy the 2nd coming of Christ. This is happening because Christ lives within us and works through us.
    In this Adventus Domini Season let us be a reflective people who renew their commitment to Christ and our Church, the ECCC, that is growing because God has a plan for all Churches in this World.

    Wishing you a blessed Season for the celebratory preparation of His first coming into this world -when people did not recognize him-, and so may our lives be more ready to welcome Him in his Second coming in Glory.

With my prayers and apostolic benedictions,
And please be all safe out there!
yours
+Karl

ECCC NEWS:

Asia:
Philippines
-Bishop Manuel in Bataan opened his new Church which has successfully drawn new people to God. Congratulations! 
-We welcome our new bishop in the Philippines, +Arthuro B. Costillas who works in close consultation with bishop Manuel.
-Bishop Aramando and his Church in the Manila area is extending their work with the faithful.
-We have nominated Fr. Ted Asis to be the First Provincial of our Franciscan Order, NOSF for the Philippines. He has many activities for the poor, and the members of the Order are increasing. 
Blessings to you all! 

India:
Our Nuncio for Asia in India, H. E. Archbishop ++Dr. Sunny Alappat has given us an update of the ECCC Metropolitan Archdiocese in India, this includes also our first members of the NOSF Franciscan Order in India:

1. We have established our First Cathedral House (5,000 Sq. Ft Building) at Pullurampara, Calicut - Kerala
(Still the registration is not yet completed, the balance payment has to be paid approx.. 80K USD)
Upon completion of registration 
2. We are approved by Section 80 G Tax exemption to those who donate the fund to the Church.
3. Presently 17 priests are incardinated. 4 Brothers are studying Theology and 1 Sister joined in our Sisters Community.
4. We could open a church for our communities in Mumbai - Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Church, Vassai, Mumbai. Fr. Donald is appointed as Parish Priest & Vicar General of Mumbai.
5. New Religious house is opened for NOSF Friars (One Brother- Bro. Paul is joined. Vestation Ceremony is over) at Calicut , Kerala
6. We are provided with a small piece of land in the hill area of Calicut. Registration process is going on. Once registration is completed we may build a small alter to pray / celebrate holy mass .
7. We are praying / discussing with the benefactors to begin a project for the church  (Residential School / Retirement Home / Retreat Centre / Farming) . All Facilities are in the single plot. Land cost is estimated by Approx. 100,000/- USD for 5 Acre size.  We request your prayer support always.
We thank and praise our Lord Jesus Christ. And We thank and appreciate your leadership support and work for the growth of ECCC.
Many blessings to you all for the good work in the Lord!

Pakistan: we receiving new members for our Church in Pakistan, including seminarians for the priesthood study.
-Rev. Fernandus D. Gill has attended interfaith conferences in an ecumenical spirit. Despite the hard work for his faithful and the poor, he is marching on with deep faith!
 
Sri Lanka:
Fr. Michael has done Church roof repairs as they were taken off by a storm. He has 17 missionaries in outstations for evangelization. Despite the hardship they are all in they work with Christian courage for the Kingdom of God.

Vanuatu, Pacific Islands: We have received our first seminarian, Br. Rex for the study to the Priesthood in the Far East. Congratulations. May we reach the ends of the earth for Christ!


Europe:
Our both Nuncios for Eastern and Western Europe, H. E. Archbishop Hristo and H. E. Archbishop Agostino de Caro are expanding the ECCC in Europe and Ukraine and Russia. 
-Archbishop ++Hristo is connecting the Slavic Seminary Schools with our St. Anthony Liturgical House of Studies in the USA in order to reach more seminarians and lay people who would like to study.

-Archbishop ++Agostino de Caro has expanded the ECCC in Italy and has received also new members of the NOSF. 
-We have nominated archbishop Agostino to be the First Provincial for the NOSF in Europe.

-Paris - Catania: After we have signed the Intercommunion with the Patriarch of the Orthodox Church in France, His Beatitude, Nicholas, archbishop Agostino and the Patriarch Nicholas had a cordial and ecumenical meeting with the faithful in Catania, Sicily.  

Germany: We have elevated H. E. Archbishop ++Winkler Thomas A. Sebastian to a Prelature whit her Episcopal Seat in Germany which includes provinces in other countries. His Prelature is expanding as we speak. Congratulations and may God always guide you in your precious ministries.

Africa:
Cameroon: 
-Bishop Amou Didier with his missions in Yaoundé will be elevated to a Diocese in the summer of 2022.
Bishop Amou attends also interfaith meetings with other Catholic denominations, like the Anglican Church, etc. Keep the good Work!
-We thank him and his clergy and good people for taking care of the new Orphanage and School of Saint Koorilose.

Democratic Republic of Congo:
-Rev. Deacon Damas Mukamba and his brothers and sisters of the NOSF are expanding their mission work, and taken good care of the archbishop Dr. Karl Rodig school and orphanage. Despite extreme poverty and hardship they are moving forward with God's work. Our Nuncio for Africa, H. E. archbishop Godfrey Siundu is preparing Rev. Damas for the sacred priesthood.

Kenya:
-H. E. Archbishop Godfrey Siundu has expanded the school and orphanage in Kitale and finished the archdiocesan Cathedral and Center in Bungoma, it includes also a center for job training for women. After a lot of sweat and efforts, it has become a main center for many Catholics in Western Kenya! Many blessings. 

Latin America:
Costa Rica:
-Our Nuncio, H. E. Archbishop ++Sebastian Pla has recommended Fr. Laiber Ismael R. Rojas in Colombia to be our bishop for the ECCC in Colombia. We have accepted. Congratulations bishop elect Laiber!

Colombia: 
-Bogota: We have nominated Fr. Desiderio Vargas Perez, NOSF as the First Provincial of the NOSF for Colombia. His missions are expanding and he is receiving new members for the NOSF in Colombia. Congratulations for your good work!

Peru: Bishop Ivan M. Aragon is expanding his ministry and is very dedicated to the cry of the poor! Many blessings to you and all who serve in this precious ministry!

Cuba: Archbishop Sebastian Pla has recommended our Orthodox priest in Cuba, Fr. Vladimir J. Lorenzo to be the first bishop for the ECCC in Cuba. We congratulate bishop elect +Vladimir! He, and his clergy are very active in their ministry on the Island. 
-Havanna - Moscow: bishop elect, +Fr. Vladimir has visited our orthodox Church in Russia, he received a very warm welcome and shared his ministry with our Russian orhtodox bretheren in Moscow, a good ecumenical progress.

Brazil: 
-Mina Gerais: Our Nuncio for Brazil, H. E. Archbishop Dom Lucas of the Anglican Church has received a new bishop! Congratulations. The ministry of the Metropolitan Archdiocese is growing. 
-Ceara: Bishop Dom Antonio has had major repairs on his Cathedral and hasalso created a Radio Station in the North East of Brazil to spread the Good News! congratulations!

USA:
-California: 
-Our Nuncio, H. E. Archbishop ++Dr. Tony Scuderri has finished for our Church Manifesto "Text and Commentary on the Manifesto and the Canon Law of the Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ Worldwide". It is almost 200 pages, and with the Approval of the Ecunenical Primate it will be published soon and contributed to all the bishops of the ECCC. This book is very important as it our canonical guide for the ECCC and her global work! Thank you Archbishop Dr. Tony for this high task!
-Archbishop Tony has been appointed Provincial of the ECCC in the USA. Congratulations.

-Fr. Edik Baroni from Pasadena, CA has been elected bishop, he will receive his consecration in 2022. He will form a Prelature to serve the Persian Christian communities in the USA and beyond. Congratulations bishop elect, +Edik!          May your ministry be be blessed with many years of service in the vineyard of the Lord!

Idaho: We have given Fr. Tom Roberts, Ph. D. the Title of Monsignore for his outstanding work in educational ministry and outreach. He is also the Chancellor of our School for liturgical Studies and has written books with lasting impact on burning issues for our times, like marriage...

-We have received in the NOSF in the USA:
Brother Abel A. Soto, NOSF Texas
Brother Stephen Forry, NOSF Pennsylvania 
Congratulations and God's blessings on your way with Saint Francis!

Ohio: Fr. Anthony Capretta, OFM, Ph. D. has repaired his Church in Crestline, OH. Congratulations!

Michigan: 
-Detroit Holy See Cathedral of St. Anthony:
After many months with: repairs on the bell towers, the tall chimneys, and the monastery roof, plumbing, and electrical work, we can finally breath again.
-Since the pandemic has brought for many churches a decrease in congregants, we are with the help of God rebuilding our church community/ies.
-We have started earlier this year a Sunday live streaming of our cathedral mass that you can follow on our Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/St.AnthonyECCC

You can see many pictures from all the countries in which the ECCC reside on our international website: see above, and for the Cathedral in Detroit also see above.





















































June 22nd, Saint Paulinus, A. D. 2021

The Ecumenical Primate Dr. Karl Rodig

+In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Peace to you all brothers and sisters in the Good Lord!  

    It is with a heavy heart to let you know that our beloved brother, Fr. Dr. Rogelio Carrera, NOSF, has just passed away of complication due to the covid19 virus. I was contacted by his son Leo. Fr. Rogelio was so proud of his 4 sons and family. He has been a Franciscan in our Order since 2016. He was a very humble priest and he loved our Church. He supported our outreach for the poor and never stopped to let us know how thankful he was for the gift of humility and service for so many who were in his care as a Family Doctor.  Our Condolences go out to his family and friends. Here is a little bit from our brother's obituary:
    Fr. Rogelio "Roger" L. Carrera, MD, age 69, of Knoxville, TN entered the loving arms of Jesus on June 18, 2021. Born August 22, 1951, in Havana, Cuba, he was the son of Dr. Rogelio H. Carrera, MD and Asuncion Diaz Carrera. As a young child, he fled to the United States with his family before the borders closed following the fall of Batista. He obtained his Bachelor's degree at Tulane University, and his Medical degree at Compultense University of Madrid in Spain. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army, Marine Corps and Air Force, where he served as a flight surgeon earning a Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He owned a family practice off of John Sevier Highway in Knoxville, TN prior to serving in Operation Desert Storm. 
    Upon returning home, he practiced as an emergency room physician across the country. His passion was family and serving others. He was beloved by all who knew him. He was a life-long member of the Catholic Church, and he was an ordained priest in the New Order of St. Francis and St. Clare of the Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ. He was preceded in death by his parents; He is survived by his sister, Alina (Jack) Grier; his sons, Scott, Leopoldo, Adam, and Jeremy Carrera; several grandchildren; and countless close friends that he considered family. 

    May you rest in the peace of our Good Shepherd who called you to the heavenly Kingdom, and may the angels and saints sing the Hymn of Glory when you enter.
Well done, good servant of God and His people.
We will miss you greatly. 
We will have a requiem mass for his repose this coming Sunday.




Please be all safe out there.
Prayers promised,
remaining yours with my benedictions
+Karl
Ecumenical Primate



Blessed Feast of our Cathedral Patron Saint Anthony of Padua




The Ecumenical Primate Dr. Karl Rodig

+In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

                        Peace to you all brothers and sisters in the Good Lord!                                    


It is with a heavy heart to write to you about the repose of our beloved bishop in Panama, +Julian Castillo.

We are in sorrow of a good man, wonderful preacher of the Word of the Lord, and pastor and great theologian

 that is greatly missed by his people and by us! He suffered from Leukemia and it has taken its toll.

                      We want to express our condolences to his family and all who were in his care. 
 
               Please say a mass in his memory this coming Sunday, the Feast of the Corpus Christi.

May he rest in the Peace of His Savior, the Good Shepherd Jesus Christ!

R.I.P











Some ECCC News:

On more joyful occasions: 

With great Joy we receive and celebrate communions:


-On June 1st A. D. 2021, we have received in our Church Communion 

Die Keltische Katholische Kirche and die Selbstaendige Katholische Kirche with 

their Leader, Archbishop Thomas Andrew from Germany.

The SKD/KKD is a full member in the Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ and is 

canonically a Prelature in the ECCC.



-On April 30th  A. D. 2021, we have signed an Intercommunion with 

The Traditional Anglican Church in Colombia, with their leader, 

Archbishop Archimedes Gomez Rojas.



-On May 30th A.D. 2021 we have signed an Intercommunion with 

The Orthodox Church Patriarchate of Nations in France with their leader,

His Beatitude, Patriarch Nicola I.



-We working on our Membership with the WCCC in Geneva.



-We working on the legalization of our New Church in Egypt with their leader, 

Archbishop Mina Tawfik.



-After communications, we finalizing to receive our first ECCC community under 

Rex Thomas in Vanuatu, the Eastern Pacific.



-We have received the priest, Fr. Zachar with a community 

in Jerusalem, the Holy Land.



  I wanted to thank again our Nuncios: ++Agostino, ++Hristo, ++Sebastian, 

++Godfrey who assisted in all of this.



You may see more of it on our international website with the respective countries.


We are eternally grateful to God Almighty who keeps giving us unworthy servants 

 Grace after Grace in all we do.



At last but not least, I wanted to emphasize -as in previous letters- 

the beauty and  importance of Education, be it for seminarians, lay people, or 

 as continued education  program. We have a great School that is very happy

 to receive you online wherever you are in this world!

Please contact them, refer students, lay people, your seminarians, and if you

 know other Churches who struggle with education means, we welcome them,

 we are ecumenical after all :o)


Please contact either: Mr. Garry Staszak admin@stanthonysliturgicalhouse.org

or Fr. Tom Roberts, Ph.D.  sacralkingship@yahoo.com  

who are  more than happy to assist you. 


As you know we have the school website posted everywhere on our websites.

Here it is again:




Thank you all for your service for God's people!

Sending you my apostolic benedictions

Remaining your servant of God


+Karl

Ecumenical Primate




Pentecost, A. D. 2021

Peace, and Greetings, dear beloved in the service of the Lord, and all our beloved faithful on this Birthday of all Christian Churches around the World!

    It is my sincere hope that you are all well and that you are able to celebrate with each other this day of the sending of the Holy Spirit by Jesus to the Church with all the gifts that empowers us to be a loving and caring people of God. Jesus knew that he had to go home to God, and he gave us the Holy Spirit so that we will never be alone, but always conscious of His presence within us and his church communities.
    As we recall, Easter is the fifth and final season of the Church year as it celebrates the last stage in Jesus’ life when he did three things -he rose from the dead, -ascended into heaven, -sent the Holy Spirit on his followers.
These are three different historical events but also three aspects of the one “mystery” of Jesus’ triumph over death.
-The resurrection reminds us that his tomb was empty, death had no power over him.
-The ascension that he was no longer limited to one place and time but was at the  right  hand of the Father and at the same time “with” his followers as they went out into the whole world “making disciples of all nations”.
-The sending of the Spirit that he was now really present within them – the “short time” had passed and they could “see him” again (cf. John 16:17).
    The sequence of the different aspects of the Easter event varies in the  New Testament accounts. St Luke’s gospel (which we read on the feast of the Ascension in Year 2) tells us that Jesus ascended on Easter Sunday, and in the gospel readings for the feast of Pentecost St John relates that Jesus Breathed the Spirit on the disciples on “the evening of the same day” – Easter Sunday. It is also significant that, according to the lectionary, we read the story of the coming of the Holy Spirit in the first reading of Easter Monday, and that of Jesus’ promise to send the Spirit on the Sundays and weekdays of the fifth and sixth weeks of Easter time.
    The sending of the Holy Spirit gives us some important pointers on how we are to understand this event. I will just mention three.
-People sometimes refer to Pentecost as “the feast of the Holy Spirit”, but that is not a good expression. It is a feast of Jesus, the “mystery” of his sending the Holy Spirit on his followers, the moment when he became present to them in a new way – by being with them.
-We too come to a stage in our lives as parents, teachers, church ministers and spiritual guides, when we have to let go of those God has entrusted to our care and let them live their own lives. Like Jesus, we must “breathe on them”, so that they may be guided inwardly by the values we taught them. Like Jesus too we can do that only if we have first given our lives for them - which will include being crucified.
-The coming of the Holy Spirit is an event in our lives as it was for Jesus’ disciples. It is the moment when we realize that following Jesus is not a matter of keeping commandments but of having him live within us. The experience is always the culmination of a journey - we first have to look wonderingly at an empty tomb; to see the risen Jesus and then to have him vanish from our sight; to wait a long time in Jerusalem, trusting that the Lord’s promise will be fulfilled.
Wishing you all this Love that God gives us every day anew in the presence of the Holy Spirit, God's Advocate for us.
It is the Spirit that makes Jesus known to us and the whole world.
Blessings and Prayers promised,
Yours
+Karl
ECCC News:

Egypt:
A cordial Welcome to the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Egypt with her leader, Archbishop Mina, his clergy, seminarians and faithful who have been incardinated into our ECCC. (in the international website you can see also some pictures). May you all grow in the love for God and his Church on Earth. Special Thanks to our Apostolic Nuncio in Italy, Archbishop Agostino who was instrumental for the incardination process!

Colombia:  
A cordial welcome to the Iglesia Tradicional Anglicana from Colombia under the Leadership of Archbishop Arquimedes who signed with our Church Intercommunion. Special Thanks our Nuncio for Latin America, Archbishop Sebastian for the dialog and final draft for the Document.

Brazil:
We have appointed our Archbishop in Brazil, Dom Lucas to be the Apostolic Nuncio for Brazil. We wish him many blessings for his service to grow the ECCC in Brazil.

France:
We are in dialog and close consultation for an Intercommunion with Patriarch Nicolas and his Patriarcat Orthodoxe des Nations, including bishops, clergy and faithful. Thanks to our Apostolic Nuncio for Western Europe, Archbishop Agostino who is in dialog with them!

Germany:
We are in dialog with the Primas Archbishop Thomas from the Keltische Katholische Kirche. We welcome them! In a Concordat we will establish a Personal Prelature for them in the ECCC.  

Italy:
We wish much success for the ongoing Synod in Italy. May their gatherings be blessed by the presence of the Holy Spirit!









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Easter A. D. 2021

Christus Resurrexit Vere! Alleluja!

Peace and Greetings in the Name of the Risen Lord to you all, beloved brothers and sisters of our Worldwide Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ!

    It fills me with great joy to greet you all on this blessed High Feast of the Church as we celebrate our Savior Glorious Resurrection!
    We are at aw at this wonder of all wonders that God who gave all He had, Himself for our Salvation through His beloved Son who suffered, died and rose for us in the Holy Spirit. 
    There is no other Feast in the World that can show such deep Love of God for us, there is no other happening in any religion  that can describe this deep meaning of God's Love for the world which He created.
    As Christians we are filled with an inner spiritual awakening that will not end, we are drawn to God's presence in Christ Jesus among us caused by that Fire of the Holy Spirit.
Oh Love divine, how can we acknowledge such mystery given to us, oh beauty of this everlasting Joy that fills our hearts.

    My dear brothers and sisters around the world, God has spoken to us through a final act of Redemption, God has delivered us from the claws of the Devil, God has shown us that He will never give up on us, pouring out this everlasting Love toward us and so that we are able to seek Him. Therefore, one day the Kingdom of Heavens will be filled with the unending number of faithful that returned this Love for God and Neighbor.

I wish you all a blessed Easter Season as you all celebrate within our Church families of the Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ around the World.
    May you all be filled with the Spirit of the Powerful Message of Christ: Peace be with you! May your brother and sister-hood be filled with the sincere desire to live toward the Kingdom of God that is for all of His Children born into this world.

    Despite the Pandemic and all the restriction we need to abide in order to save lives, we are able to pray and celebrate with each other in a safe way the Risen Lord in His loving presence within our midst. 

    As Christians we are Easter People, may we therefore all grow in and through Christ for a more loving world, may we rise to the Way, the Truth, and the Life that He always will be for us. May we speak up when injustice attacks our world and wars slaughter our brothers and sisters, may we help as we can those who endure famine and expulsion, those who are homeless, those who are fleeing their countries seeking a better life for their families. May we always see when evil tries to tear us apart as brothers and sisters. We shall always let our faith speak with the Heart of Jesus through the Holy Spirit. 
 
I can't wait to see you all again in your countries, and also meet the many new members who have entered our Church in many parts of the world. 

Greetings to all in your care, sending you my apostolic benedictions
Your Servant of Christ
+Karl


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With the request and the acceptance by the 6 Nuncios of the Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ, the Nuncios will serve on the advisory board for the Ecumenical Primate


Africa:

Metropolitan Archdiocese of Kenya:
Congratulations to our Nuncio for Africa, Archbishop Godfrey Siundu for his book, "The Power of Deliverance" he just finished!  The expansion of our Orphanage and School is ongoing, and the Completion of the New Cathedral is celebrated. The  faithful have grown in great numbers. Archbishop Godfrey could also welcome the Deputy Prime Minister of Kenya.  
Our Nuncio is also in talks with new bishops and church members from other churches who would like to join the ECCC in different parts of Africa. He is also in communication with the Orthodox Leader in South Africa who wants to join our ECCC. Blessed talks, our prayers are with you.

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Cameroon:
Bishop Didier is working hard to expand his religious Order of the Companions of St. Augustine. His orphanage and school are blessed with the beloved orphans, children and care takers.

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Democratic Republic of Congo:
Rev. Deacon Munembwe Mukumba Damas has build up our school in Bukavu which he named after the Ecumenical Primate, Archbishop Dr. Karl Rodig Primary School. We send them all our prayers and love! Looking forward to visiting you all!

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Liberia-Sierra Leone- Ghana:
Fr. Emmanuel, Rev. Deacon Martin and the brothers and sisters are helping refugies and persecuted Christians. Our Prayers are with you always!



Europe:
Metropolitan Archdiocese of Italy:
Our Nuncio for Europe, Archbishop Agostino Di Caro has been appointed Provincial of the NOSF (New Order of Saint Francis) for Europe. He has received new members of the Order in Italy and Hungary. 
As Nuncio I have asked him to be in communication with bishop Mina, his clergy, seminarians in Cairo, Egypt, and clergy members in Lebanon and Jordan. I was informed the negotiations for full communion with our Church are moving forward. Blessings and welcome to Bishop Mina and his Church!

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Bulgaria:
Our Nuncio and Archbishop Hristo has communicated with Archbishop Agostino to have new communities of our NOSF into the East: Bulgaria, Russia and the Ukraine.
Archbishop Hristo has also a priest in Jerusalem who will start a community of the NOSF in the Holy Land. Congratulations to you all for expanding the NOSF.
Blessings.



Asia:

India:

Metropolitan Archdiocese of India:

Congratulations Archbishop Dr. Sunny has acquired and renovated with his clergy and church members their new Arch 

diocesan Center in Kerala. He is also on Board for the Human Rights and Social Justice Commission for India.
Dr. Sunny has also a Sister religious Orden who wanted to join our Church in India. Prayers for you all.

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Sri Lanka:
Fr. Michael is working tirelessly for his mission that have expanded!
Vicar General Nicholas has revived his monastic life and creating a new spiritual environment for many to witness.
I am also wanted to extend greetings from our Fr. Dilkushan.


The Philippines:
Bishop Manuel is spreading the Good News of our Church at the Cathedral of the Sacrifice Valley. We wish him all the blessings in the large area of Bataan where he is serving so many.

Bishop Armando with his cathedral church is serving many people in the Luzon and Manila area. 

Our Provincial for the NOSF, Fr. Ted has expanded our Franciscan Mission work and received new members in our religious Order. Welcome and many blessings to you all.
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Latin America:
Our Nuncio and Archbishop Sebastian works tirelessly to travel and support out missions in Latin America. He went recently to Cuba to organize our missions there, expand our religious Order of the NOSF as well.

Colombia: 
We have received a new priest, Fr. Leiber in Cucuta. Welcome!
We also in talks with a new priest in Bogota who will join us soon.
Blessings to you all.

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USA

Archbishop Tony from California has been appointed Nuncio for the USA and her territories. His installation will take place at our Cathedral in Detroit on Pentecost. Congratulations and Blessings to your new task. Archbishop Tony is also working on our Manifesto for the Layman. And is in preparation for developing a cannon law department for our School.

Please pray for our bishop Jeffrey from Texas who is battling cancer!

Our Saint Anthony's Cathedral Liturgical House of Studies is doing very well! We seek to expand worldwide and are in communication in various Countries.

Fr. Tom Roberts, Ph.D. has been elected as the new Chancellor. Congratulations, Fr. Tom!
We wish you and the School board, and the advisory board much success in this honorable task! 

Please when you have students who seek a study online, please contact our school, either Mr. Garry Staszak or Fr. Tom Roberts.
This is a great opportunity to seek a degree and expand your horizons in theological, biblical and spiritual fields!






 
 
Peace and Greetings in this Holy Seasons to you all in our
 Worldwide Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ!

       It is my sincere prayer and hope that you are all safe and well in this time that has become so different from times past. Our Advent's reflections this year might have been different this year as we had to take into account the onslaught of the Pandemic that has taken so many lives, and shown so much suffering and makes us speechless. We ask ourselves where can there be joy that we used to had, where are the big and happy family gatherings that we always were looking forward to...?     Many of our church families had to form new ways of coming together for Sunday service, or have it suspended because of the danger of gatherings that could cause harm to others spreading the covid19 virus.
      An yet, in all of this we are reminded that we can still find joy that is nearer than expected, a joy that is different from just casual social happiness, it is a joy of a deeper spiritual awakening that touches our hearts and moves our spirits. It comes from a Love that God has shown throughout the centuries, a Love that needs a response from us, and here is the key that changes our so settled minds. In the Gospel of Luke the well known Magnificat of Mary shall help us. What went through Mary's mind? She, like Anna in the book of Samuel (name meaning "God heard") giving their Sons to God, not holding back, but letting God lead in it all, becoming aware of a promise that finds fulfillment. 
    Only in her humility can Mary accept God's will expressed by the Archangel Gabriel. The struggle of the mind is present till she speaks this YES to God's Will and it changes everything that was not planned, that makes the ordinary extraordinary. For us this YES to God will lifts also our spirit removes the veil of our blindness caused by self-absorption and confusion, the worries that overtake our daily lives, the uncertainties toward what lies ahead for ourselves and our loved ones, our communities, our world...
    Mary's and our unconditionally Yes to God is the breakthrough to a inner joy that others might call crazy, useless, misguided, etc.
    Only in this simple yes to God find we the true meaning of the birth of Christ: our Savior is born! All the glitter and worldly glamour that we have become so keen to, as nice as it is, will no longer be the main reason why we celebrate Christmas, but our personal relationship to the human and divine Jesus of Nazareth will be our focus. And this can and will change us and the world around us when we take these words serious and make them our own: "My soul magnifies the Lordand my spirit rejoices in God my Savior; because He has regarded the lowliness of His handmaid." This rejoicing shall be ours in these trying times, in our loneliness, in our despair, in our personal struggles, in our quest for the answers of the meaning of life, in our search for true and unconditional love, and the list goes on...
    Our Yes to God is already the answer, and to whatever calling we find ourselves in, God will give us this inner joy that helps us to walk through this dark times, and to find new longing for a better world that has written justice and peace on its banner, becoming more and more His hands of a loving people. 
    The Magnificat has touched me this year more than ever. Ask yourself, what word of Scripture can and will touch you to find an awakening toward God's message shown us in the birth of His beloved Son, born to bring a New Way of Life, sent to us to find meaning in His Word and Action, seeing in His suffering the agony and loneliness of the Cross, and yet in this darkest of moments the Light of that eternal Love of the Father ever present keeps the promise of the resurrection and our Salvation. You might find solace and inspiration in one of the great prophets like Isaiah, or other writings in Scripture that have changed the lives of millions of Christians in the history of Salvation.
 
     In this year's so fast changing world, we are being reminded that fear and suffering of this eon have not the last word, but that we shall become more aware, like Mary, in her Yes to God shown in her life's experience standing by her son's suffering, as he is put to death, and resurrect from the death beyond human imagination, she realizes that God's Love is always stronger than death, greater than earthly happiness, this Love that overcomes hate, denial, injustice, wickedness, deceit, war, cruelty and destruction... This God of so many names, so many mysteries, is the one that changes us, because "He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart. He has put down the mighty from their thrones, and has exalted the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty. He has given help to Israel, his servant, mindful of His mercy even as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his posterity forever."

    From the bottom of my heart I wanted to thank you all for your great dedication in so many different services in our beloved Church, be it in the pastoral ministry, education, or social services, in the cultural and social environments we find ourselves in. 

    Wherever you are in this world, from the Philippines to Sri Lanka, to India, Pakistan, Europe, Africa, Latin America and North America, I want to thank you for the so many letters you have written throughout the past year, expressing your gratefulness for being in our Church, your Concerns, and your Joys. I see your love and honesty toward the hard work you are doing for the poor, the marginalized, the downtrodden, the abundant in society in building new communities, being present for the street children. I want to thank our St. Anthony's liturgical house of studies that has taken of ground and is expanding, and it will reach the ends of our worldwide church. I want to thank so many of you in your episcopal leadership of our Nuncios, and our bishops for welcoming in an ecumenical spirit clergy and faithful from other denominations finding a home in our ECCC, be it our brethren of the Orthodox Churches who have signed the Tomos with our Church, members from the Lutheran and Anglican Churches that have joined our Church, and the list goes on.
    At this moment, let our entire Church pray for our Synod in Italy that started in September 2020. It has been in preparation for quite some time. May it bear lots of fruit! God given, I shall be there for the Concluding Session in June of 2021.

    Wishing you all a Blessed and Joyous Feast of our Savior's Birth.
May He be reborn in our hearts, so that we can see anew with the eyes of Love.
And as this Pandemic has hopefully changed the way of living and thinking of so many in the World, may the New year bring for all of us and all of humanity a better and deeper understanding of a world where we are all God's Children that belong to each other.

May God give the Grace to see each other again and the so many I have not met yet.


With my Apostolic Benediction
Yours
Servus Dei
+Karl Ecumenical Primate
  


USA:

The Ecumenical Primate, Dr. Karl Rodig has recommended that Fr. Dr. Tom Roberts be the new Chancellor for our St. Anthony's Cathedral Liturgical House of Studies, and Archbishop Dr. Sunny Alappat from India to be on the Board as well.

We have a new Seminarian joining our ECCC in California, Brother Alexey coming from Utah, he will be trained and guided under the auspicious of our Metropolitan Archbishop for California, ++Dr. Tony Scuderri in Sacramento.
Our Parish in Los Angeles, Archangel, with pastor, Fr. Jacob, is under Archbishop ++Dr. Tony Sucerri's episcopal and diocesan leadership.
I want also to congratulate Archbishop Tony for his new book he just published, "And What Peace Can I Receive From God: The Miracle of Francis and the Leper"

Despite the Pandemic, our Cathedral of St. Anthony in Detroit, Michigan, has been distributing clothes and food for many homeless. We also have prepared Christmas gifts for over 50 Children.
Our Cathedral was hit by a heavy storm in November of this year, it has ripped of the roof of one of the Bell towers, and also damaged some of the upper windows. We have organized a fundraising to help pay the repairs.
 

These are also encouraging news from the reform movements around the world of which we are also a partner:
December 22, 2020
The 2022 Synod must be expanded to include lay people, especially women and young people
At this special time of our liturgical year
we are urging you to take some action steps to help move our church forward
Pope Francis has repeatedly said he wants us to be a "synodal" church. Understanding synod to mean “walking together,” it is our expectation that any coming synod will mean that lay people and especially women and young people are going to be walking together/side by side with the bishops and priests in this assembly.. But our fear is that they will be walking behind (two tiers, two rows, front and back) as has always been done in the past. In the Synodal Path assembly held in Germany this year, the bishops and lay people walked in side by side in a genuine synodal style. Pope Francis has called for a Synod in 2022. Our concern in advance is that this Synod will not be “the whole Church walking in a synodal way.”

At this moment, the Lineamenta (the preparatory document for the Synod) is already being drafted. Our concerns: Are lay people/women involved? Or is the document from the top down? Who is being consulted? Where is the distribution of the Lineamenta taking place? Is it going directly to a wider, inclusive group? In the old model, it went to the Conferences of Bishops, to the Pontifical University, and to the Union Superior Generals of men. But is it going to the Union Superior Generals of women or to International lay groups? Let us do all in our power to ensure that, finally, voting participants in this Synod will be more inclusive!

When the Lineamenta came out in Vatican documents on young people, there was no reference to the term “LGBT+” (lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgendered, etc.). Young people requested that it be included in the document. It is a reality in our world and in humanity. On the synod floor, there were many disputes over this issue. African bishops declared they had no gay people in their country. When young people were asked what is missing from our Vatican documents, they said reference to sexuality. Rome is frightened of addressing this issue. When Francis came out with his Apostolic exhortation, these topics were left out. It was felt they were too controversial.

Our Opportunity to participate in submitting issues we want to see included in the 2022 Synod agenda
What can we do to address our concerns about the preparation for the October 2022 Synod? ln the name of our being a Synodal church, along with other reform organizations, let us commit to submitting our suggestions for agenda topics and positions to be addressed at this Synod. We insist on having lay people, especially women and young adults, included both in this process and in the right to vote.

Tomas Halik, Peter Neuner, Anna Hennersperger, and Paul M. Zulehner (from Austria) have created a survey and have invited all of us to take part in it. The survey is designed to give the Synod organizers a sense of the views of the People of God and encourage the participants to make bold deliberations and decisions. We strongly encourage every one of us to take the survey. Here is the link in English: https://survey.zulehner.org/index.php/514332?lang=en. Please pass this onto to your members and list of contacts. We must have a new way of thinking and writing about the church that is inclusive. This will not happen coming from the Bishops alone. We need to pressure them by making our voices heard.

The survey is available in both German and English. For another language, please use a computer program (e.g. https://translate.google.com/) to translate the questionnaire. Let us all commit to taking the survey and assuming a more responsible role in moving our church forward and joining in its governance.
Additional action steps we can all take