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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!

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Special Announcement

August 17th, A. D. 2016

From the Apostolic Office of the Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ

Clarification about False and defamatory statements of the Roman Catholic Archdioceses of Detroit (AOD) from August 11th, 2016.

It came to our attention that the AOD has circulated false and defamatory statements about the Presiding bishop of the Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ (ECCC), Dr. Karl Rodig. It is sad to say the least that we still facing such attacks from the RC against other Churches who are not in alignment with the Roman Catholic Church. It is bewildering to see how false and defamatory statements are being used to badmouth our Church that is Catholic, but not Roman Catholic (The reader may know that there are many different Catholic Rites in the World, the Roman Catholic Rite is the largest one among them, but not the only one.) We see in this just an other sign that the Spirit and the Joy of the Gospel are completely missing. Instead of working together in an ecumenical Spirit, we see church politics as usual. Let us no longer live in the dark ages of the Church, no longer experience of a Church that has caused so much pain and suffering among the faithful throughout the ages. Church history should teach us the lessons not to repeat the past.

A Response to the false and defamatory statements of the AOD

1. Bishop Dr. Rodig was not dismissed by the Congregation of the Precious Blood as stated by the AOD. Back in 1989, Fr. Karl Rodig asked his Provincial of the Congregation of the precious blood to grant him a year of leave of absence, it was extended for two more years. The Provincial wanted him back, but Fr. Karl Rodig decided to leave for good. Then the process for granting Fr. Rodig's request was set in motion through the canonical process by John Paul II., because Dr. Rodig’s decision was based on his consciousness he did not wanted to live a double life as many of his priest colleagues do. He believes that celibacy should be optional! In 1995, under Pope John Paul II., the Vatican issued a statement for Fr. Rodig to seek an other Roman bishop in order to continue as a Roman priest. The Vatican has never excommunicated Dr. Rodig. It is sad to say that the way excommunication is being used by some Roman church leaders as a political tool in our days as it reminds us more of the dark ages of the Church. It would be better to see that one is leaving the church for good conscious reasons. In the meantime, Dr. Rodig became an independent catholic priest. He had many friends among the Roman priests in Miami in the 1990s. In 1999 he received a letter to his episcopal consecration of good wishes from Roman Catholic Archbishop Emeritus, McCarty, and he continued to have good friendships with high-ranking members of the Miami Roman Catholic Archdiocese. Bishop Rodig works with Roman Catholic Reform Movements, and was invited as guest to attend part of the discussion sessions for the Synod in Rome in 2014.

2. Dr. Rodig was not consecrated by Archbishop McCormick (they never met) as stated by the AOD statement (McCormick was not present at the consecration of Dr. Rodig). Bishop Karl was consecrated a bishop by Archbishop Dr. Hypolitus Orlando Lima of the old Roman Catholic Church and two co-consecrators of the Old Catholic Church. Our Apostolic lines are impeccable. A professor of the Catholic University of Washington DC, and a Catholic Bishop have confirmed them. Our Sacraments are valid!

3. Dr. Rodig did not take on the title Archbishop as stated by the AOD, but received the title after the consecration from Archbishop Lima. He hardly uses it. Just Bishop Karl.

4. The statement by the AOD to see the Old Roman Catholic Church as schismatic is just again an other political way of dealing with other Christ-minded Catholic Christians who follow Christ Jesus with their heart and soul. Worldwide we follow Christ, serving the poor, striving for social justice, and reaching out to all of God's people who seek a new spiritual home, healing, and to see a more active ecumenical dialog for unity among all Christian Churches. We have many Roman Catholic priest and bishop friends who appreciate our presence as we appreciate them as our brothers in Christ

                                            Our Response Statement is well documented                                                   Archbishop Dr. Rodig often says: "Where is Christ in all of this?" How true it is!

We also condemn the Slanders and False Statements of the Roman Catholic Fringe group, "Church Militant" against Archbishop Dr. Karl Rodig (this group also slandered Roman Catholic bishops!)

The Reader can take a look at the following article that also shows that this group has been condemned by other Roman Catholic Dioceses, etc. throughout the USA!

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From the Ecumenical Primate
The Holy See of the ECCC
The High Feast of the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior, A. D. 2023
(Please translate into your own languages, thank you!)

Christus Resurrexit Vere, Alleluja!
Christ Is Truly Risen, Alleluya!

    Peace and greetings, dear sisters and brothers in Christ, the Risen Lord!

    As we celebrate this joyous Feast of our Lord's resurrection, we call to mind that it is Him who also will make our own resurrection happening at His calling.
    Today, I would like to thank you, our clergy around the world, in your tireless service for the people of God, in your diverse ministries. Your ministry is not a profession that the world has in mind, it is a calling that is being tested over and over in order to show that you are following Jesus and serving the people of God with all your heart. Jesus, who was shunned, betrayed, persecuted, tortured, and killed. And yet he is triumphant. Our calling takes us into this Paschal Mystery when we celebrate Mass. When we assist the people of God in our pastoral care, spending the Holy Sacraments, suffering with the ill and abandoned in society, and be joyous with those around us who found the Lord.
    It is my deep gratitude to you our faithful in our Worldwide Church Communion who celebrate Christ in your midst on all Five Continents as far as Vanuatu of the Eastern Pacific. 
    You can see on our worldwide website the different countries with our ministries, be it the care in our orphanages, in our schools, in our many missions. 
    In all our doing, the way we live, the way we celebrate and serve each other is part of Christ's resurrection in our life, personally and in community. The Risen Lord is present in our communities in the Holy Eucharist elevated for us, the Lamb of God, present in the Tabernacle of our Churches, present among us in His lifegiving Word. He is present when we care for each other, and especially those who seek him, don't know him, or being lost. He is present in those who are imprisoned in this world because they follow him, or suffering because of him.
    Let us be joyful in this Easter Season as we recall His mandate, "Go into all the world and preach to all creation..." (Mark 16:15), "Go... baptizing them in the Name of the Father, the Son, and of the Holy Spirit...I am with you always to the end of the world." (Matthew 20:18-20)
    His sacrificial Love, God's power of the Resurrection, and His enduring Word give us the assurance that our faith in Him, and in His teaching creates an everlasting hope and joy that we are his beloved Children wherever we are in this world.

    Wishing you all our beloved a blessed and Joyous Easter Season, 
With my apostolic Benedictions
Your servant of God,

From the Ecumenical Primate
The Holy See of the ECCC

January 25th, The conversion of St. Paul, Apostle, A. D. 2023

Peace and greetings, your brother archbishops, bishops, Fathers, Deacons and beloved faithful 

of the Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ,

    Some time ago our communion passed a resolution to require that all students who are in pursuit holy orders would need a bachelor’s degree of theology. This requirement was met with widespread approval and appreciation from our worldwide communion of the Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ.

Our institution of choice has been our own St. Anthony’s Cathedral House of Liturgical Studies (SACHLS). Our institution offers training for all people who are pursuing Minor and Holy Orders, including aspirants, and those who are interested in growing and developing spiritually and academically in service to the communion and wider Christian circles. Therefore, I am urging all clergy members to participate in sending students to the school who need seminary training and who need courses to augment their formation and their training from parish leaders.

You will find attached a flyer from our institution, which can be printed and shared with all potential students and interested persons. If you have access to the Internet, you can also share the school’s website at or enter into conversations with school officials at its Facebook page (

There are certification programs in the House of Studies and professional and academic degrees, ranging from the bachelor’s degree, including the Bachelor of Theology and Baccalaureate of Theology, to the Masters of Divinity and to a research degree known as the Doctor of Theology (Th. D.). Some of our student body are to be found throughout the world in the following countries: Haiti, Vanuatu, Kenya, and multiple states within the United States.

We also would like to devote an education week with a worldwide electronic-virtual synod, where local parishes and study groups of our communion could participate and interact with faculty members of our institution. All archbishops, bishops, individuals, and interested parties would be invited to participate in this communion-wide education week. If this sounds appealing to you, please contact Monsignor Tom Roberts, PhD., D. D., for more information:

Below attached, please find a Flyer in PDF format that you can use to spread the good news as much as possible!

Looking forward that you can bring students, young and older to this great opportunity of studies!
Wishing all much success in their spiritual growth
Blessings in the Good Lord
++Dr. Karl Rodig
Ecumenical Primate


The Feast of the Nativity of our Lord and Savior, A. D. 2022

Please translate into your languages, thank you!

Peace and greetings, dear sisters and brothers in our worldwide Church Communion of the Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ, and all people of good will!

Wishing you all a very blessed Christmas Season and a healthy and peaceful 2023
    As we celebrate this Nativity of our Lord as Christians have done for so many centuries, we think of the significant meaning of this High Feast. God came into our world prophesized through the prophet Isaiah 2700 years ago. We celebrate Christ's coming into the world as human and divine, and we are aware that this is not only an historic moment, but an ongoing happening in our life, Christ needs to be born into our lives every day, we need to welcome him with heart, mind and soul, accepting his love that guides us toward His Kingdom that starts here and now.

    We look for more peace for our families, our neighborhoods, and the whole world, we long for true love among each other, and the understanding of the beauty of our human diversity that the creator has bestowed in Creation. Only if we see this colorful mosaic of God's creation in its entirety can we find peace, and see the world through the lenses of that inclusive divine love that is coming toward us every day. 

    In the face of new wars, famine, and so much injustice the world is facing, we are compelled to bring this pure love from Bethlehem to all the world seeing his poverty and the innocence of the baby Jesus. The rejection of the holy family by all around them seeking a home for his birth, gives us hope that we too shall seek all in simplicity as Christ was born in a poor and simple manger. In our Cathedral of St. Anthony, we have the manger with Jesus right next to the big cross reminding us of his salvific task he is about to live for, including the brutal death on the cross, followed by his glorious resurrection. Birth and death are his divine fate, salvation is our reward, and the call to follow him is our destiny to rise one day from death into new life. 

    We pray in this time also for Peace for the people of the Ukraine who suffer so much under the attacks by the Russian Tyrant's murderess army that commits so many war crimes against the civilian population. We pray for peace in the Middle East, for peace on the African Continent, and for an end of the famines around the world.

    Dear friends, let us in this Nativity of our Savior renew our commitment to follow him with a humble heart, seeking always his love, living in simplicity, and serving the people in this world by example of an inclusive spirit seeking peace with each other and be good and responsible stewards in His beautiful Creation, our earthly home.
Sending you all my apostolic benedictions
Prayers promised,
Your servant 

If you have the opportunity you can also watch our Sunday Mass on our Second Facebook with livestream:                 Cathedral of St. Anthony Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ - Videos

I will announce the Christmas Greetings in Languages from around the world at Sunday Mass.

ECCC News from around the World

Congratulations to our Archbishop and Apostolic Nuncio for India, Dr. Sunny Alappat who consecrated his cathedral church and archdiocesan center for our Church in Kerala in India. Welcome to our new Deacon, Rev. Paul Maria of the Religious Order, he is finishing his Ph.D. in Psychology, he is very devoted to the Franciscan Spirituality. Fr. Donald is continuing with great success his church in Mumbai.

Bishop +Manuel has completed his new Cathedral Church and more people are coming to celebrate the Holy Eucharist. We have nominated Fr. Ted Asis, NOSF to be the Provincial of the NOSF for the Philippines. His congregations are growing and he is expanding his mission work receiving new members in the Order as well. Congratulations to you all!

Sri Lanka:
Fr. Nicholas, our Vicar General in Sri Lanka is doing very good spiritual outreach and awareness programs for so many. Fr. Michael has expanded his missions in Central Sri Lanka with many new ministers in the mission work and new congregations. After a heavy storm his Church roof has been restored.

African Continent: 

Cameroon: The Prelature of St. Augustine under the leadership of Bishop Didier has been elevated to the Diocese of St. Augustine. We welcome also the new auxiliary bishop for the diocese, +Jean Baptiste Nxegue Mimon. He is serving our communities in South Cameroon. We also welcome the newly ordained deacon, Rev. Pere Vincent Mbom, and the incardination of Father Bruno Jacques Baheng. We pray for the passing of Fr. Pere Thomas Solifack. The orphanage and school in the diocese of St. Augustine is doing well under the leadership of bishop Didier and his staff with a lot of activities and ecumenical outreaches.

Archdiocese of Yaoundé: We have appointed archbishop ++Jean de la Resurrection of Yaoundé in Cameroon to be our Apostolic Nuncio for the French speaking countries in Africa, and to be the ambassador for Peace for Africa. We pray for the passing of Fr. Abbe Magloire Besala Djanna.

We wholeheartedly welcome into our Church with the Concordat of Full Union in the ECCC, The United Liberal Catholic Church of the Democratic Republic of Congo, under their leadership of Archbishop ++Jean-Pierre Kajembe in Kinshasa with clergy and missions. 
Our orphanage and school in Congo that was destroyed by a fire has been rebuilt. Thanks to those who helped, especially, Rev. Deacon Damas. Also the Orphanage has received its tax exempt status, thanks to the efforts of Gary Starzak, congratulations to you all! 
Burkina Faso:
We welcome to our new missions in Burkina Faso, Fr. Raphael Botioni who was ordained to the priesthood by our Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Godfrey Siundu from Kenya. Congratulations!

Our apostolic Nuncio for Africa has been very busy dealing with all the referrals I mailed him to make all the new clergy in different parts of Africa possible. Thank you! The Archdiocese of Kitale-Bungoma is doing very well with new lay groups being established among the adult and the youth faithful with special gatherings and seminars. Also a new home and school for battered women has been established. 
We also welcome wholeheartedly the new ordained priests and deacons in the archdiocese: 
5.DAVID EKAI, 6.ISAIAH EPUU. Congratulations! 

We wholeheartedly welcome for our new missions, Fr. Steven Tiyesere Kathiti.

We wholeheartedly welcome for our new missions, Fr. Cedric Inkoromatima

We wholeheartedly welcome our new clergy for the missions in Uganda, Fr. Francis Ochom, Fr. Ukach Kizito Akachukwu, Rev. Deacon Robert Orwaja together with Fr. John Musaazi they will spread the ECCC in Uganda. 

South Africa:
Bishop +Mukize Khumalo is the ordinary of our new diocese of Pretoria in South Africa, he and his clergy serving many faithful in of South Africa.

We wholeheartedly welcome the incardination of our new auxiliary Bishop Dom Pier Mario Lippi who has a community in Siena: community of Saint Benedict and Bruno. We welcome wholeheartedly the incardination of Father Vito Sollucente and his community in Bari: St. Nicola and Giovanni di Dio.
Congratulations to the ordination of our new deaconess Rev. Rosalia Maria Pia Dipace for the new community of Novara: Holy Mary mother of the joy.
We pray for the ordination of the new deacon, Rev. Pietro Corposanto on January 21st, he will have his new community in Taranto: St. Lucy.

New Mission of San Lazaro opened in Benidorm, southern Spain, under the leadership of Fr. Adalberto. They are getting doing very well with new members coming in to the Church. Congratulations to all!

Through our Nuncio for Eastern Europe, we wholeheartedly welcome the incardination of our new Pastor for Jerusalem, Rev. Zachar Prav.

New Mission opened in Andorra by our archbishop ++Antonio Jimenez Aguado. Congratulations!

Latin America and Caribbean:
Costa Rica:
The archdiocese of Costa Rica under the leadership of Archbishop Sebastian Pla has two new auxiliary bishops, bishop +Enrique Vasquez and bishop +Luis Leiva. Congratulations to your consecrations! Prayers for the ordinations of the new deacons for Costa Rica Manuel Alejandro Zamora Santana.
Through our Apostolic Nuncio for Latin America, Archbishop ++Sebastian Pla, we welcome the Intercommunion with Vetero Iglesia Catolica Hispana under the leadership of Archbishop ++Jose Luis Miralles Castro. The archdiocese is also very involved with projects for the immigrants and the poor street children.

Colombia, Spain, Portugal, Ecuador, and Andorra:
We have received Archbishop ++Antonio Jimenez into our Church and established for his church the
Prelatura Fraternidad Sacerdotal de Santa Filomena with missions in Colombia, Spain, Portugal, Ecuador, and Andorra.

Congratulations to the consecration of our first bishop for Cuba, bishop +Vladimir Jimenez Lorenzo for our Orthodox Diocese in Cuba and the Caribbean! They also involved with the elderly in our Church in the Dominican Republic. Prayers for the ordination of the new deacon in Cuba in January, Rev. Jesus Hernandez.

Prayers for our mission in Haiti who lost their church building due to storms.

Through the efforts of our Apostolic Nuncio for Latin America, A new mission in Honduras will be opened for our Church. Congratulations!

Bishop +Rodolpho is involved with the human rights groups for the indigenous in different parts in Mexico, and he works very well with the Jesuit priests as well.
Fr. Roberto is continuing his youth ministry for the university campus in Leon.

Puerto Rico:
Prayers for Bishop +Angel Munoz and his people as they went through floods due to the Hurricane.

We welcome our new brothers who have done their vows through our Provincial for the USA, Archbishop Dr. Tony Scudery, NOSF for the Franciscan Order of the NOSF Br. Abel A. Soto and Br. Steve Forry. At the Cathedral Church in Detroit, we have had a lot of repairs for the roof due to storms and plumbing and electrical repairs as well. With the help of volunteers, our outreach for the poor and homeless people has been very successful providing food and clothes and social assistance. Our online school is doing very well under Chancellor Dr. Tom Roberts and the Administrator Gary Starzak and the great faculty! We also have a new mission in the

Our Vicar General, Rev. Yuri has been very active with ecumenical relations and joint prayer events in the Ukraine and beyond with the Major Orthodox Churches. It is a remarkable sign of unity expressed in the gatherings between our Churches. Thank you for your ministry!

Eastern Pacific:
Vanu Vatu:
Opening of new mission. Congratulations!

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!


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


            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 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: or contact me at my home telephone number 208-549-2351.

Sincerely In Christ's Holy Name,

Monsignor Tom Roberts, PhD, DD
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!

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. 

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!

 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,

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!


-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! 

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!

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.

-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.

-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!

-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.

-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!

-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!

-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:

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
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!


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  

who is  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


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,
ECCC News:

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!

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.

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.

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!

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.  

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