Founder of the ECCC: Primate Archbishop Dr. Karl Rodig, NOSF
"I believe in God who is Love, Peace, Justice, and Mercy, who created all people equal.
I believe there is only one Human Race.
I believe Racism is learned and needs to be unlearned in order to become a just society.
I experienced in my growing faith that to follow Jesus is to consciously getting to know HIM, therefore finding HIM, and then let HIM lead.
I believe that God calls men and women into ministry as shown in the early Church's history." +Dr. Karl Rodig
Karl Rodig graduated with a Masters degree in Theology from the
Paris-Lodron University of Salzburg, Austria 1980-1986. PhD studies in Dogmatic at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA 1990-1993.
He received his Doctorate in Ministry in 1998 at Florida Center for Theological Studies.
Dr. Rodig was ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood on July 1st, 1986 in the Cathedral of Salzburg Austria. He was consecrated a bishop on May 29th, on the Feast of the Holy Trinity in 1999 for his Church. Since then he is serving his worldwide church community as Primate Archbishop.
He was involved in parish ministry, hospital ministry, spiritual director during several trips to Israel, Rome, France and Spain.
When Karl came for the first time to the US as a Seminarian in 1984 to experience American and Canadian Parish lives, he stayed for three month. He loved the people so much that he promised to come back one day.
In 1987 he came back to help out for three weeks at Roman Catholic Parishes in Toronto, Canada.
In 1989 -after prayer and reflection, he decided to leave as a clergy the Roman Church being convinced that vocation to the ministry should not be dependent on celibacy, rather it should be optional; for over a thousand years there were married clergy, including 39 married popes.
From 1994 to 1996, in the multi-ethnic city of Miami, Florida, Karl gave pastoral care to dying patients with Aids, because no one wanted to take on this difficult ministry.
1996-2001, he was a chaplain at Miami Children’s Hospital (member of South
Florida Chaplains Association), and conducted for many years ministry to
disenfranchised Catholics in Florida. He taught at Barry University and
in public schools. In 1999 he was called to be a professor for Koiné
Greek at Florida’s Center for Theological Studies.
Dr. Rodig’s years of pastoral experience in different parts of the world, hearing the cry of so many Catholics who seek a new spiritual home, and attentive to the call for reforms in the Roman Catholic Church and other Catholic Rites, led to his decision: to start a new ecumenical movement for Catholics from different Rites and Protestant Churches alike with a new vision for the 21st Century—praying and seeking dialog and unity with all Christian churches, and dialog with other religions as well.
This new movement, founded in 1998, he called “The Reformed Roman Catholic and Apostolic Church.” After receiving churches from different Catholic Rites, he changed in 2007 with his bishops the name to: “The Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ”. He was offered by his bishops to use the title, “Ecumenical Primate”. He prefers, Presiding Bishop.
After 2 years of searching within 10 US States, we also saw in 2007 that churches being up for sale in Detroit. Bishop Karl sold his house, and in 2010, bought St. Anthony Roman Catholic Church in Detroit. It has become our National Cathedral, and international headquarters.
The Church has grown worldwide in Europe, the United States, Latin America, Africa, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. Ukraine, Russia. Archbishop Karl founded also the “Institute of Hope for the abandoned Street Children”. He has traveled his world wide missions many times. His clergy and lay people around the world are actively involved in pastoral care reaching out to all of God’s people in need. Archbishop Karl is also a Consultor for the Worldwide Catholic Church Reform Movement CCRI, including members, like Hans Kueng, and Sister Joan Chittister. A signed letter was sent to Pope Francis on November 1st, 2013. Our Cathedral Abbey of St. Anthony is also a member of the Roman Catholic movement of "Elephants in the Living Room" which seeks to keep the ideas and reform issues of the Second Vatican Council alive, seeking active dialog and Reform. Bishop Karl is also a member of the Detroit Clergy Alliance, Moses. The “Manifesto” of the ECCC is registered in the Library of Congress. His Episcopal motto is also the one for the Church:
Arzobispo Dr. Karl Rodig se graduó con una maestría en Teología por la Universidad Paris-Lodron de Salzburgo, Austria, 1980-1986. Realizó estudios de doctorado en Dogmática en la Universidad de Duquesne en Pittsburgh, PA 1990-1993. De doctorado en Ministerio en 1998 en el Centro de Estudios Teológicos de la Florida. El Dr. Rodig fue ordenado sacerdote católico el 1 de julio de 1986 en la Catedral de Salzburgo Austria.
Fue ordenado Obispo el 29 de mayo de 1999 para su Iglesia en la Florida. Desde entonces cumple su misión en todo el mundo como Arzobispo Primado.
Estuvo involucrado en el ministerio parroquial, el ministerio hospitalario, director espiritual durante varios viajes a Israel, Roma, Francia y España.
Cuando Karl llegó por primera vez a los EE.UU. como seminarista en 1984 para experimentar la vida parroquial en Estados Unidos y Canadá, se quedó por tres meses. El amaba a la gente tanto que prometió volver un día.
En 1987 regresó para ayudar durante tres semanas a una Parroquia Católica Romana en Toronto, Canadá.
En 1989, contra la voluntad de sus superiores, decidió dejar la Iglesia Católica Romana, está convencido de que la vocación al ministerio sacerdotal no debería depender del celibato; sino que debe ser opcional, por más de mil años hubo sacerdotes casados, entre ellos 39 Papas.
En 1994, en la ciudad multiétnica de Miami, Florida; Karl comenzó a servir durante dos años a los pacientes que mueren de SIDA. Cinco años para el período 1996-2001 como capellán en el Hospital de Niños de Miami (miembro de la Asociación de Capellanes del sur de la Florida), y realizó el ministerio durante muchos años a los católicos privados de sus derechos en la Florida.
Enseñó en la Universidad Barry y en las escuelas públicas. En 1999 fue llamado a ser profesor de griego koiné en el Centro de la Florida de Estudios Teológicos.
El Dr. Rodig tiene muchos años de experiencia pastoral en diferentes partes del mundo, al oír el grito de tantos católicos que buscan un nuevo hogar espiritual, y atento a la convocatoria de las reformas en la Iglesia Católica Romana y otros ritos católicos, tomó la decisión: de iniciar un nuevo movimiento ecuménico de católicos de diferentes ritos y las iglesias protestantes por igual con una nueva visión para el siglo XXI, orando y buscando el diálogo y la unidad con todas las iglesias cristianas, y el diálogo con otras religiones.
Este nuevo movimiento, fundado en 1998, que él llamó: "La Iglesia Católica Apostólica Romana Reformada" Después de recibir Iglesias de diferentes ritos católicos, cambió en 2007 su nombre en consenso con los fieles y apoyado por los Obispos de entonces a "La Iglesia Católica Ecuménica de Cristo".
En 2007, se le ofreció por sus Obispos a utilizar el título de "Primado Ecuménico".
La Iglesia tiene misiones en Europa, Estados Unidos, América Latina, África, Asia, Australia y Nueva Zelanda. ++Mons. Karl fundó también el "Instituto de esperanza para los Niños Abandonados de la Calle". Ha viajado por sus misiones en todo el mundo muchas veces. Su clero y laicos de todo el mundo participan activamente en la pastoral y llegar a todos los pueblo de Dios que lo necesitan.
Su "Manifiesto" está registrado en la Biblioteca del Congreso. Su lema episcopal es: " también una sola Iglesia": "Instaurare omnia in Christo", Efesios 1:10 (Para reunirnos todos en Cristo).
Pictures: From the Roman Catholic seminarian, Roman Catholic priest, to Presiding Archbishop of the ECCC, including some of his pastoral activities, and meetings with leaders of the Episcopal Church, from the Vatican, world leaders, and politicians, such as Polish President Lech Wałęsa, the President of Costa Rica, Oscar Arias, US Vice President James Danforth Quayle, US Senator Bob Dole...
From humble Beginnings
Playing and building our Wooden Fortress with our bare hands, painting mom's house built in the 16th century, working in the Normandy restoring the graves from WWI
Tour to Southern France visiting partner school in Ancy, France
Tour to Cologne, Germany and France, Altar Server in the Seminary
Visiting USA, Rome and Greece, Spain, demonstrating 4 years of Aikido at the Seminary, and joy over the birth of my niece.
Graduation Class in 1979 St. Saint Josef Fockenfeld Seminary
First year in Seminary Highschool with a Latin Play, and last year ending with Abitur Diploma
Classic Greek Class
After working in a Kibbutz in the Jezreel Valley, by the Jordan River, climbing with 19 years the famous Masada in Israel, and again in 1989 as young priest.
Friendship Soccer game against Arras, in the Normandy, and visiting Notre Dame in Paris, France 1977
Over the years Mountain Climbing in the Alps, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, and Germany
Santa Claus at St. Josef Seminary having lots of fun
Below: Visiting Medjugorie in 1982 appearance of Holy Mary
Meeting and shaking first time hands with Saint John Paul II in 1979
4th time returning to Rome in 1980 and other parts of Italy
Visiting for 3 months North America, USA and Canada 1984 Washington DC, Ohio, Toronto, Canada
On top of World Trade Center in NY San Francisco
Youth Summer Camps
Before being ordained in 1986, I took a trip in 1985 to Morocco, with my backpack, motorcycle and the Bible. For two weeks I lived with the Bedouins in the Western Sahara, seeking answers for the final Yes of my vocation. The incredible hospitality and genuine love of the Bedouin families will always remain with me.
Ordination to the Diaconate in Salzburg, March 1986
Priestly Ordination in Salzburg 1986
Giving my First Priestly Blessings in the Seminary of St. Josef Fockenfeld, Bavaria, Germany in 1986
My Uncle's 80th birthday
Always nice to coming home to beloved Bavaria and Europe, having fun with my Dad knighting him :o)
Spiritual Director in Israel 1989, spiritual travels with youth and adult groups to France and Italy, including meeting German Cardinal Karl Lehmann from Mainz in Rome.
In Jerusalem in 1989 met also the President of the German Bundestag, Rainer Bartzel, and ZDF TV Reporter
Episcopal Consecration Feast of the Holy Trinity 1999
Again in Rome, Italy
With archbishop Milingo, Vatican City
Nicaragua and Costa Rica
Weddings in Florida
Consecration of First auxiliary bishop +Hermogenes Rizo, Florida
Florida Congregation in 1995-2008