Primate Archbishop Dr. Karl Rodig

Instaurare omnia in Christo - To bring everything together in Christ -  Instaurar todo en Cristo - Ang lahat ng mga bagay ay kaniyang pag-isahin kay Cristo - Alles in Christus zu vereinen - De réunir toute chose en Christ - Kuleta kila kitu pamojakatika Kristo - Zeby przynosic wszystkiemu razem w Chrystus
"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

Curriculum Vitae

Archbishop 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.

Five years, 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, including members, like Hans Kung, 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  working with the Tubman Center for Truth and Justice.  Its “Manifesto” is registered in the Library of Congress. His Episcopal motto is also the one for the Church:                      

“Instaurare omnia in Christo” Eph 1:10  (To bring everything together in Christ)

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 Childhood to 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,  Archbishop Milingo Vatican City, US Vice President James Danforth Quayle, US Senator Bob Dole...

From humble Beginnings

From a little Farmer Childhood to Seminary life from 1974 through 1986, ordinations to the Deaconate, Priesthood and consecration to the Episcopacy, and ministry. Ph.D. studies at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, Graduation with Doctor in Ministry 1998 Miami, FL

On a Lake in lower Bavaria

Playing and building our Wooden Fortress with our bare hands, painting mom's house built in the 16th century, working in the Normandy, France, restoring the graves from WW I

St. Joseph Fockenfeld Seminary Classic Greek ClassClassic Greek Class with our Professor Fr. Paul Lackner who loved nature and died at the age of 104. He was a Priest for 80 Years, and was very loved by all.

As seminarian assisting youth camps, 

traveling to our missions in Rome and Spain.

Graduation Class

Visit to Southern France, partner school in Ancy

Tour to Cologne and the Rhineland, and France, in the mountains of Italy, and Altar Server in the Seminary

Visiting the USA in 1984 for the first time; dozens of times in Rome; travels to Greece; demonstrating 4 years practice of Aikido at the Seminary, joy over the birth of my niece. 

After working in a Kibbutz in the Jezreel Valley, by the Jordan River, climbing with 19 years the famous Masada in Israel

Friendship Soccer game in Arras, Normandy, and visiting Notre Dame Paris, France 1977

Mountain Climbing in the Alps, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, and Germany

Santa Claus at St. Josef Seminary having lots of fun 

Below: Medjugorje in 1982 appearance of Holy Mary

Meeting and shaking hands first time with Saint John Paul II in 1979

My 4th time in Rome in 1980

Visiting for 3 months North America, USA and Canada 1984

California, Washington DC, Ohio, Toronto, Canada

On top of the World Trade Center in NY  and in San Francisco

Seminary High School, first year and receiving Abitur Diploma

Before being ordained in 1986, I took a trip in 1985 to Morocco, with my backpack 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 the Cathedral of Salzburg, Austria, March 1986

Priestly Ordination July 1st, 1986

New Priestly Blessings at Mass in St. Josef Fockenfeld Seminary, Konnersreuth, Bavaria Germany 


Below Meeting with Cardinal of Mainz, Karl Lehman in Rome

Always wonderful to be home in Bavaria, including funny picture knighting my Dad :o)

School teacher, Spiritual Director in Israel, 1989, and spiritual travels with youth and adult groups to France and Italy, and my Uncle, Fr. Michael's 80th birthday 

Episcopal Consecration Feast of the Holy Trinity 1999



Sri Lanka

Kenya, Africa


Rome, Italy

Nicaragua and Costa Rica

Miami, Florida

Weddings in Florida

Consecration of our First auxiliary bishop and 2nd bishop for Florida + Hermogenes Rizo, Florida

First Florida Congregation 1999

Since 2010 at The Holy See of our ECCC in Detroit, Michigan. Ecumenism in a new embracing Spirit for all people of good will. Outreach Program for the Poor