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June 27th, A. D. 2024

From The Office of the Ecumenical Primate of The ECCC

    Peace and Greetings to you all, beloved sisters and brothers in Christ!
It is with great joy to announce the First European Synod and the Middle East of the ECCC in Rome from October 30 through November 3rd with participants of the clergy and laity.
And with the adjusted words of Pope John XIII at the opening of Vatican II, I am addressing you all around the World solemnly:

Venerable brothers and sisters, such is the aim of our Synods of the ECCC, which, while bringing together our Church's best energies and striving to have people welcome more favorably the good tidings of salvation, prepare, as it were and consolidate the path toward that unity of mankind which is required as a necessary foundation, in order that the earthly city may be brought to the resemblance of that heavenly city where truth reigns, charity is the law, and whose existence is eternity. (See the beginning of our ECCC Manifesto)

We had planned the worldwide Synods a few years ago, and with the Covid19 Pandemic we had to postpone it. 

At our Synodal gatherings -this will also be the model for all 5 Continental Synods of the ECCC in the coming years-, as we are united in the Holy Spirit, we moving forward to new Horizons as the Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ to: Assess, Discuss, and Elaborate on our local pastoral situations for each country. From there, we will explore the needs of a new phase in our ministries: how to better meet the spiritual and social needs of God’s people in the

21st century. We shall find new ways in our inclusive ways of Church outreach for the marginalized, the oustracized in society, and widen our inclusive ways for women in ministry.

Through different workshops, in prayerful and active meetings, our Results will be presented to: The Plenary Sessions with ECCC worldwide Representatives -after the 5 Continental Synods are completed. This will bring the necessary and new pastoral approaches to light in order to fulfill the Evangelization under Christ's Command for our time. The Plenary session will issue the final Document sharing it with the whole Church.

This Document will be of uttermost importance as it will create a new Pastoral Plan/Approach for our ECCC in today’s World, including and respecting the worldwide cultural diversities in our Church Communion.

For some it seems we are having a parallel Synod to the Roman Church. Yet, we can say with assurance that some Ideas of our ECCC Church Manifesto that started in 1998 has finally reached the Roman Church..., laity in church governance, ideas of more participation of women in the church, the Synodal Church, the laity, the struggle for women ordination, inclusiveness of all of God’s people...

I am adding a short article that just came out of Rome:                                                                    A church alive and on the move” Work of the group of theologians concluded                               Vatican, June 14, 2024
"The Holy People of God has been set in motion for mission thanks to the synodal experience. In the reports there were enthusiastic and creative responses offered as well as some with resistance and concern. Most reports, however, show the joy of the journey that has given new life to many local communities and also provoked significant changes on their way of living and being Church. The seeds of the Synodal Church are already sprouting!" said Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich S.J., General Rapporteur of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, at the conclusion of the work of the group of theologians whofrom June 4 to 14worked on the reports that reached the General Secretariat of the Synod in preparation for the Second Session of the XVI Assembly (Oct. 2-27, 2024). The group of theologians (women and men, bishops, priests, consecrated men and women, and lay people) from different continents worked on the 107 reports from the Bishops' Conferences and from the Eastern Catholic Churches, the contribution of the USG-UISG (the International Union of Major Superiors and the International Union of Superiors General, respectively), and the more than 175 submissions, from international realities, university faculties, associations of the faithful or of individual communities and persons. Another significant source of reflection was the reports presented by the parish priests at the three-day working session of the Parish Priests for the Synod meeting. These reports are the fruit of the work that local churches have done since the Synthesis Report of the First Session of the 16th Assembly. They show a Church that is alive and on the move. Among the themes most frequently mentioned are: formation for synodality, the functioning of participatory bodies, the role of women, young people, attention to the poor, inculturation, transparency and a culture of accountability on the part of those who assume ministry in the Church, but also catechesis and Christian initiation, collaboration among churches, the figure of the bishop, etc....These reports are also rich in testimonies. "The reports often recount the experience of people who have made a real personal conversion. Others, however, are of people who continue to experience confusion, worry or anxiety. In particular, there is a fear that what is sent is not taken seriously or that ideologies and lobbies of the faithful may exploit the synodal path to impose their own agenda," says Cardinal Mario Grech, Secretary General of the General Secretariat of the Synod. Continuing, he said, "That is why it is good to remember that the October Assembly is not about this or that issue, but about synodality, about how to be a missionary Church on the way. All the theological issues and

pastoral proposals for changes have this purpose. The Assembly will first and foremost be a time when each participant, placing one’s self within a journey that began in 2021 and bringing the 'voice' of the people of God from where each one comes, will invoke the help of the Holy Spirit and that of his brothers and sisters to discern God's will for His Church, and not an opportunity to impose one’s own vision of Church." The process of drafting the Instrumentum Laboris will continue with other stages: at this moment, which has seen the articulation of the material received by this group of theologians, the Ordinary Council will carry out an initial discernment of what has been drafted. This will be followed by the stages of drafting the actual document and a system of wide-ranging consultation until the Ordinary Council approves the document to be submitted to the Holy Father for final approval. "The Instrumentum Laboris for the Second Session of the XVI Assembly will look different from the previous one. If for the First Session it was important to bring out the wide-ranging themes, to be addressed, the working document for the October session intends instead to highlight some knots to be unraveled in order to answer the question, How to be a synodal Church in mission, taking in the path made so far and proposing theologically grounded arguments together with some concrete proposals to help the discernment entrusted to the members of the assembly," says Msgr. Riccardo Battocchio, Special Secretary of the XVI Assembly. The work, held at the headquarters of the General Secretariat of the Synod, was led by the two Special Secretaries of the XVI Assembly, Msgr. Riccardo Battocchio and Fr. Giacomo Costa S.J., and was attended by Cardinal Mario Grech and Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich S.J.” (Also attached below find also an article from Catholic Church Reform International in which some of us also participate. It highlights also the demand and struggle withing the Roman Church about the Synodality of the Church, etc. Some of the demands look very familiar as we have them already in our Church Manifesto and Canon Laws. Still it also gives ideas one can explore. Yes there is hope.)

It is evident that there is a lot of movement in local roman diocesan church gatherings where people speak up and demanding their voices being heard, and yet there is a lot of resistance from ultra right roman bishops...Blessed is our Church, The ECCC, as we approach our Church path forward where we do listen and take more serious all people who sincerely seek necessary changes in the church.

Wishing your local preparatory synodal gatherings much success as they will produce fruits in the Holy Spirit leading to our European Synod in Rome, and thereafter in our Synods in Asia and Pacific, Africa, South and North America.

With my Apostolic Blessings a

nd Prayers promised,

Remaining yours faithfully,

+Dr. Karl Rodig
Ecumenical Primate ECCC
Given at the Holy See, The Cathedral of St. Anthony                                                                      The Day of Saint Anectus of Caesarea, June 27th, A. D. 2024

Attached Article: Submission from Catholic Church Reform International (CCRI) Agenda Issues for 2nd Assembly of the Synod on Synodality. May 13, 2024The following submission responds to the directions approved by the Ordinary Council of the General Secretariat of the Synod in “HOW can we be a synodal Church in mission?” This document signifies global discernment of crossgenerational, cross-continental, cross-cultural reflections upon which, with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we reached full consensus of the faithful. CCRI requests that these matters named below be included in the agenda for the 2nd Assembly. Key Terms The terms Synodality, Clericalism, Subsidiarity, Governance, and Sense of Faith of the Faithful (Sensus Fidei Fidelium) are key to issues addressed by the Synod; meanings are appended.* Principles, Issues and Actions The Synthesis Report of the 1st Assembly includes a wide range of substantial proposals. We submit our priorities for what we believe are the central issues, reflecting teachings of Vatican II and the ‘sense of faith of the faithful’*. In that regard, after numerous online synodal gatherings representing different countries, ages, and cultures, our global consensus strongly agrees that the most urgent priority of the 2nd Assembly to be held in 2024 is the equality of women in governance and ministry. Principles and priorities must guide the wide-ranging agenda of reform if the extensive issues in the 2023 Synthesis Report are to be properly addressed. Further, the ten study groups recently established by Pope Francis should not in any way pre-empt consideration of matters by the 2nd Assembly. The following five agenda principles are accordingly proposed, identifying key issues and priority actions to achieve “a synodal Church in mission.”

1. Our God-given Mission ISSUES below identify fundamental failings we experience in pursuing our Christian mission: i. Our Church far from being “a missionary Church capable of transforming everything” as noted in Evangelii Gaudium ii. The Church’s loss of trust, credibility, and relevance amongst the faithful and in dialogue with the wider world iii. Massive alienation of Catholics, particularly young people, from the Church in many countries iv. Dysfunctional Church governance* as shown by clerical sexual abuse and particularly the widespread cover-up v. Considerable financial malpractice and numerous bankruptcies in the Church vi. Many bishops’ loss of their moral footing, pastoral legitimacy, commitment to synodality, and listening to the sensus fidei fidelium. * ACTIONS we submit that the 2nd Assembly propose to Pope Francis: i. Synodality* to be the core element of all Church structures, practices, and culture including small Christian communities. ii. Strong accountability, transparency, and inclusion while recognizing subsidiarity.* iii. Involve the faithful in the selection and evaluation of bishops and parish priests/pastors. iv. Standing up for all social justice issues and educating the faithful of its primary purpose in the mission of the Church. v. Due process of sexual abuse issues given to civil authorities even amid financial bankruptcy, prioritizing care of victims. vi. A committee established of staff and the faithful to evaluate the bishop and parish clergy every 2 years. vii. National synods called to address the massive loss of Catholics from the Church viii. Strategically respond to the needs of young adults for whom the Church has become increasingly irrelevant. ix. Pursue the Church’s mission synodally* by both teaching and modelling the example of Jesus Christ.

2. Equality of all, ensuring gender diversity in governance and ministry - rejecting male clerical autocracy ISSUES below identify fundamental failings we experience in pursuing our Christian mission: i. Male clerical autocracy is neither theologically nor biblically based on clear teachings of Jesus, is anti-synodal, and reflects past cultural practices now exposed as inadequate and discriminatory. ii. Male autocracy dismisses the voice of women and is damaging to institutional decision-making and efficacy. iii. Critical issue of women’s equality in leadership roles within the Church is still being approached as a matter for analysis and study as opposed to being viewed as a matter for immediate, strategic action. iv. Consideration of women only as deacons is in itself inadequate. v. The exclusion of women from Church ministry (c. 1024) and Church governance (cc.129 and 274§1), and from preaching the homily (c.767§1), deprives the Church of the benefits of gender diversity and balance in leadership, as well as being contrary to the inclusivity of Jesus’ teachings. vi. Dissonance between welcoming LGBTIQA+ and simultaneously judging them to be “intrinsically disordered” vii. Ongoing refusal to return mandated man-made priestly celibacy to optional as done in 23 eastern rites. ACTIONS we submit that the 2nd Assembly propose to Pope Francis: i. Replace male autocracy with co-responsible models of ministry as we are all

created/baptized as equals. ii. Canon law revised to enable deliberative participation of laity and clergy at every level of leadership. iii. All synodal structures and practices must be truly inclusive of all. iv. Repeal canon 1024 which excludes women from sacred ordination. v. Repeal canons 129 and 274§1, which exclude women from governance. vi. Amend cc.767§1 to permit qualified non- ordained to preach the homily. vii. Following the example of the Eastern rites, amend cc.194 and 1394 to remove the ban on marriage of priests. viii. Take tangible steps to increasingly do together ecumenically what we do not need to do apart (cf. Lund Statement 1952). ix. Actively welcome divorced /remarried, LGBTIQA+ Catholics, young people, and the marginalized.

3. Synodal structures and practices at every level of the Church ISSUES below identify fundamental failings we experience in pursuing our Christian mission: i. Church’s lack of a synodal approach in its structures, devalues sensus fidelium, and prejudices Church’s efficacy. ii. Widespread active resistance of many bishops to the call to synodality. iii. Many bishops appoint as delegates to synodal structures only those who align ideologically with them. iv. Many dioceses lack effective and monitored diocesan pastoral councils despite the default provision of canon 511. v. The current male governance and leadership model adopted by bishops is autocratic and the antithesis of synodality. vi. “Shortage of priests” caused by current institutional restrictions is creating Eucharistic famine in parts of the world. vii. Parish pastoral councils, although provided for, are not required by canon law. viii. Finance Committees often operate independently of the Pastoral Council. ix. The faithful are inadequately involved in diocesan and parish administration. x. Liturgies are often overly stereotyped with language much too formal and exclusive. xi. The essential nature of Small Christian communities is inadequately recognized in the Church. ACTIONS we submit that the 2nd Assembly propose to Pope Francis: i. Synodal structures and practices be canonically mandated, guided by pastoral inclusion rather than episcopal control. ii. Delegates to synods and consultative bodies be chosen synodally by both clergy and faithful. iii. Representative body of the parish/diocese be given deliberative authority when serving on pastoral councils. iv. Bishops to be accountable to their council for adoption of diocesan councils, synodal structures, and culture in their dioceses. v. Structures and practices to reflect the principles of both synodality and subsidiarity, respecting the sensus fidelium and ensuring Christian discernment through Conversations in the Spirit. vi. Eucharistic famine in Global South to be addressed by appointing qualified candidates to serve as presbyters. vii. Diocesan and parish pastoral councils to be mandated with responsibilities for local decision-making with regular synodal reporting to the faithful. viii. Mandate Finance Committees to serve the mission of pastoral councils. ix. Priority given to the education of the whole People of God in scripture, theology, synodality, and subsidiarity. x. Mandate diocesan synods to be convened every 3 years. xi. Periodic dialogue about the day’s readings needed to discern among the faithful how to live out the Gospel in their lives. xii. Liturgies to be more diverse and participatory, accessible, and responsive to local needs and cultures. xiii. Canonical endorsement of Small Christian Communities essential as part of a synodal Church structure.
4. Clericalism to be eradicated ISSUES below identify fundamental failings we experience in pursuing our Christian mission: i. Clericalism is a social sin rooted in a medieval mindset reinforced by the structure of the Church and male autocracy. ii. Clericalist attitudes reinforced by clergy’s pressure/incentive and silent complicity of laity conditioned over centuries. iii. Clericalism, in an effort to control the faithful, often neglects teaching the primacy of conscience, and leads to a massive loss of talent that could build up the Body of Christ. iv.The concept of a presbyter as ontologically different is a catalyst for clericalism, the antithesis of synodality. v. The baptismal call of “Priesthood of the faithful” is ignored in the current structure of the Church. ACTIONS we submit that the 2nd Assembly propose to Pope Francis: i. Create specific structures that enculturate synodality, including both women and men in governance and ministry. ii. Accountable, inclusive, humble, and accessible leadership as an active remedy for clericalism and male superiority. iii.

Education of clergy and laity be required in the synodal process for the church to become a synodal community. 3 iv. Co-responsible pastoral leadership to become normative in every diocese and parish, having additional benefit for parishes without priests. v. Seminaries completely reformed to integrate with university programs intermingling their studies with women and men. vi. Beginning in seminaries, priesthood taught to follow Christ’s example “by taking the very nature of a servant.” (Phil 2:7)
5. Enculturate synodality (1-4 above) throughout the Church and reinforce the sensus fidelium ISSUES of concern that must be addressed: i. Effective Church reform requires a shared culture of synodality, valuing cultural diversity, rejecting male autocracy. ii. The actions in 1-4 above will require both decrees and synodal programs of learning throughout the Church from Small Christian Communities to parishes to dioceses, all the way to the Vatican in accord with Pope Francis’s example. ACTIONS we submit that the 2nd Assembly propose to Pope Francis: i. A qualified, synodally approved program of learning for bishops, priests, and laity, including all church organizations ii. Ongoing servant leadership formation at every level iii. Review of all catechetics and Church activities including liturgy to achieve understanding and commitment to the actions proposed in #1-4 above to achieve: “a synodal Church in mission.” *

Key Terms Synodality (cf. International Theological Commission and the Catechism) pertains to the essence of the Church, and every aspect of the Church’s life and mission, and means “walking together”. It is a constitutive dimension of the church. The concept of synodality was implicit in Vatican II’s teaching, meaning much the same as communion, or union with God the Trinity and union with others in the Church. Consulting and listening to the faithful, who make up a great majority of the church, before the hierarchy makes decisions at all levels of the Church, is an essential aspect of the synodal process. The whole body of the faithful cannot err in matters of belief. This characteristic is shown in the sensus fidei of the whole people of God. Clericalism is the antithesis of synodality. Clericalism involves an expectation that ordained ministers are better than and should rule over everyone else among the People of God. Pope Francis has stated: “It is impossible to think of a conversion of our activity as a church that does not include the active participation of all the members of God’s people...Such is the case with clericalism, an approach that not only nullifies the character of Christians, but also tends to diminish and undervalue the baptismal grace that the Holy Spirit has placed in the heart of our people.” (Letter to the People of God, August 20, 2018). Sexism and misogyny are corollaries of clericalism among some clerics. Subsidiarity is a social principle that ensures individuals, groups, and associations have maximum freedom to exercise personal responsibility as they pursue their goals, consistent with the requirements of the common good. The principle was expressed by Pope Pius XI 1931 in a papal encyclical Quadragesimo Anno: Just as it is gravely wrong to take from individuals what they can accomplish by their own initiative and industry and give it to the community, so also it is an injustice and at the same time a grave evil and disturbance of right order to assign to a greater and higher association what lesser and subordinate organizations can do. (n.79). Governance is a concept encompassing all the means by which an organization is directed and controlled to achieve its mission and strategic objectives. Good governance has regard to leadership, authority, processes, systems, structures, relationships, standards, delegations, and organizational culture; these are the tools of good governance. Organizational leaders are responsible for all aspects of the organization’s performance and ethical standards. Good governance requires high standards of accountability, transparency, and inclusiveness, with full regard to gender balance and diversity, and guided by the principles of synodality and subsidiarity. Sense of Faith of the Faithful – ‘sensus fidei fidelium’ (cf. International Theological Commission) The Church teaches that the congregation of the faithful cannot err in matters of faith. While the faith of the universal Church is authoritatively expressed by her prelates, each believer has a personal instinct of faith. The ITC further stated that the sense of faith of the faithful "is a sort of spiritual instinct that enables the believer to judge

spontaneously whether a particular teaching or practice is or is not in conformity with the Gospel and with apostolic faith. While the validity and importance of different church teachings cannot be the subject of a popular vote, the degree to which they are or are not accepted by most Catholics is important.” The Second Vatican Council's teaching regarding the laity, the document on Revelation says: "All of the baptized participate in the prophetic office of Jesus Christ...The Holy Spirit anoints them and equips them conferring on them a very personal and intimate knowledge of the faith of the Church... As a result, the faithful have an instinct for the truth of the Gospel, which enables them to recognize and endorse Christian doctrine and practice, and to reject what is false." For information or clarification: Rene Reid, Catholic Church Reform Int’l director. May 13, 2024




Our Celebration of St. Anthony on Sunday, June 16th, A. D. 2024


Come join us for the Celebration of our Church Patron, St. Anthony

On Sunday,  June 16 th

At 11:00 AM


May, A. D. 2024

Much needed Renovations indoor and outdoor of ourHistoric Cathedral of St. Anthony

Happy 2nd Anniversary St. Anthony Village Block Community, May 4th,  A. D. 2024

Easter A. D. 2024

Peace, Pax, Paix, Pace, Paz, Frieden, Irene, Mir, Salam, Shalom in the Risen Lord,
Dear sisters and brothers in Christ around the World!

    We celebrate Easter, the highest feast of the Church year, a feast that never ends as it is willed to us by God that we honor and joyfully accept, the gift of Salvation that we receive through Christ's suffering, his dead on the Cross and his resurrection. My thoughts and prayers go to our world of suffering, to the people of the Ukraine, to the Middle East, to Africa, to Haiti, and other places around the world, and to people we personally know who are stricken by pain, losses and desperation. In all of this, we shall never cease the unbreakable hope expressed in the words of the Son of God, "I have loved you as the Father has loved me, remain in my love..." This words of Jesus were sealed with his actions, his compassion, his empathy for a broken world back then and today. This divine love of the Messiah is eternal, and we as His followers can rely on it because the world cannot offer anything like it! 

    I wanted to thank you all for your faith and hope in the Risen Lord, who has shown so many people throughout the centuries His divine presence, His enduring love and guidance in the Holy Spirit towards Eternity. Believing is not trusting some "empty words" the world offers, but in taking the Words of Jesus  serious and to convert them into our daily actions. This is how the early church grew so fast and spread throughout the Middle East, Europe, and Northern Africa. Seeing the Chorus of Martyrs, the innumerable flocks of followers that found purpose in the Good News of Jesus, that saw a new love that is deeper than anything this world can offer, that experience of a loving and accepting community where people from different nations, different backgrounds are coming together and building the Universal Ekklesia, the body of the faithful, the body of Christ.

    Let us continue to build this Church for all people of good will, let us work to ease the suffering and poverty of so many among us, let us love as Christ keeps loving us without end until we reach the heavenly Kingdom where we see from eye to eye the Glory of God.


Wishing you and your loved ones, a blessed and joyous Easter Season.

With my prayers and Love

yours

+Karl


ECCC NEWS:

Latin America:

Mexico:

We welcome wholeheartedly the Incardination of, H. E. +Mons. Sebastián Zeferino Estrada, his clergy, seminarians, and all beloved faithful with their parishes of the Old Catholic Diócesis Inmaculado Corazón de Maria in Mexico. We are very happy to have you on board of the ECCC. We looking forward to walking together towards God's Kingdom with you all. 

We give special thanks to our Apostolic Nuncio for Latin America, H. E., ++Sebastian Pla for being instrumental for this work of Union. 

Africa:

Democratic Republic of Congo:

Our School and Orphanage in Congo has been accepted by the State, and with its board of directors, including the USA under the leadership of Rev. Deacon Damas, Mr. Gary Starzak is moving to new horizons.

Kenya: The Metropolitan Archdiocese of Kenya under the leadership and Apostolic Nuncio for Africa, ++Godfrey Siundu is growing, and it has many pastoral activities for old and young. Always good to see your church expanding the pastoral activities.


Cameroon:

 Our Diocese of St. Augustine in Yaoundé is growing, also participating with ecumenical gatherings, including the Roman Catholic Church.


USA:

Congratulations to our apostolic Nuncio for the USA, archbishop ++Dr. Tony Scuderi for his new book (see picture below), it has beautiful poetry and thoughts for life. Congratulations to the book of our Presiding bishop of the Armenian Prelature worldwide, Bishop Edik, about the Armenian and Assyrian Genocide (see picture below), it is a thorough historical recount of what happened to 1,5 Million Armenian and Assyrian Christians having been murdered over a hundred years ago.


Philippines:

Bishop Emmanuel has built a new church for his dioceses in Bataan. Congratulations and blessings to all faithful.

Bishop Armando is expanding his missions and work of evangelization. Blessings for this precious endeavor. 

Vicar General and Provincial of the New Order of St. Francis and St. Clair receiving new members.


Synods: 

Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America and North America

As we had planned Synods for the ECCC just before the Pandemic, we now renew our commitment for it. Therefore:

Europe:

The first Continental Synod of the ECCC in Europe 

will take place 2024.

I thank Archbishop our apostolic Nuncio ++Agostino from Italy and bishops in Europe for organizing the Synod. More information will follow.

The other Synods for each continent will convene in the following years. I will contact the local Nuncios in this matter to find the dates.

Thank you all for your service in this matter!


Spain:

Bishop Adalberto of our Diocese in Spain is building his first Cathedral. The consecration is set for August 15th.

Please, if you have any news in your missions you would like to share, contact us. Thank you!


Blessings

Prayers promised

+Karl

Come Join us for

Holy Week:


Palm Sunday: 11:00 AM

Last Supper: Thursday 7:00 PM


Good Friday: 

Stations of the Cross 2:00 PM 

Liturgy: Passion of Christ 3:00 PM


Easter Sunday Celebration: 11:00 AM




March 3rd, A. D. 2024

Congratulations Sofia for receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation. May your journey as a mature
Christian with Jesus towards the Kingdom be blessed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. 

From the Ecumenical PrimateThe Holy See of the ECCC

Lent A. D. , 2024

Peace and greetings, dear sisters and brothers in Christ and all people of good will at the Beginning of this Lenten Season.


   Hope you are all doing well, and had a good start for this Lent.    In today's world of Wars with the massacres on civilians, the utterly destructions of cities, communities and God's creation, the deepening divisions in societies, driven by hate and ignorance, the effects and devastating consequences of Global warming, we as Christians are even more compelled to show a new way of love in brother- and sisterhood for new and caring world communities in God's Creation.      In order to be this ferment in our societies that can bring peace and stability, we are reminded in the Gospels that in order to celebrate Easter, the highest Feast in Christendom, God's ultimate sacrifice of Love and Peace, we need to look more inward and reflect more closely on our life before God and each other. Christ invites us to walk with him in this holy time, he shows us the way to retreat into the desert of our lives, how to fight off temptations that can destroy us and people close to us...    This exciting time of Lent is an opportunity for all of us to see who we are, what is my Christian believe, how do I fulfill my baptismal pledge to grow in faith, to be part of God's family, and to live a peaceful life pleasing to God and each other. Let us take our Baptism serious, where God opened for us the door to the Kingdom. For so many of us, long ago, we started our journey of a growing faith that seeks God and his Grace within us. In Baptism we acknowledged our dying with Jesus, and our raising up to new life eternal with him, being a royal priesthood of believers anointed with the holy oil of Chrism, a community that strengthen each other; indeed this needs our solemn pledge to always be renewed as long as we live on this earth.

   May we take much time for discernment and inner reflection by avoiding too many earthly engagements, but to keep the focus on Jesus and his calling for each one of us.

Wishing you all a blessed Lenten Season,

Let us all pray for Peace in the World

At the Cathedral and Holy See of the ECCC 

+Karl

Ecumenical Primate


ECCC world News:

Latin America:


Congratulations to H. E., Archbishop Sebastian Pla and bishop Vladimir Jimenez Lorenzo for having been nominated Chaplains for the United Nations, Archbishop Sebastian Pla as Mayor Chaplain for Costa Rica and the international confederation, bishop Lorenzo for the Dominican Republic and the international confederation as Colonel Chaplain, both chaplaincies are involved for human rights, building alliances with institutions, and building world peace... 

A big thank you to bishop Luis Leiva Friedman from Costa Rica, who sent us the translation of our Canon Law. It is for all of the Spanish tongue, it is attached below.

Our Apostolic Nuncio for Latin America, H. E. Archbishop Sebastian Pla is in dialog -on behalf of the Ecumenical Primate-, with the Old Catholic Diocese of Mexico to enter our Worldwide ECCC/ICEC into Full Communion. God's blessings for this precious task. Bishop Sebastian Z. Estrada of the Old Catholic Diocese, his clergy, and congregations shall know that we welcome them wholeheartedly into our ECCC. 


USA

Our apostolic Nuncio for the USA, H. E. Archbishop Tony, Bishop Edik, and the Primate, we are planning to find ways to reach out to more Roman Catholics who have left the Church and seek new faith communities. It is a taunting task as in our secular society, religious belonging becomes less and less important for so many people. You might be aware that there are roughly a thousand churches for sale in the USA as so many closing due to lack of congregants and financial support...

Here at the Cathedral of St. Anthony in Detroit, we have started with our websites provider to give them a facelift. Hope fully soon, it will be finished, and I will share them with you.


St. Anthony's Cathedral Liturgical House of Studies  is enrolling new Students. Please, if you know someone who wants to study theology, let them know and go to the website to apply for different studies and degrees. The Administration staff, Mr. Gary Starzak, will guide you.

H. E. Archbishop Dr. Tony Scudery has been nominated to be the Rector of our School. Wishing him and all the staff much success and God's richest blessings.


ECCC worldwide:

Our dioceses and mission of the ECCC, are growing, including our orphanages and schools. If you know some donors who want to support these projects, please let us know, and we direct you. Thank you!!

Week of January 5th, A. D. 2024

Saying good by to our 3 wonderful neighbors who passed away within 10 days: Mrs. Dorothy Jean Brown, Mr. Robert Jackson, and Mr. Jimmy White. May they rest in the Peace of the Good Lord and receive their place in the heavenly Kingdome in which they believed. Rest in Peace.

Come join us for our Christmas Celebration

Monday, December 25th at 11:00 AM

From the Ecumenical Primate

The Holy See of the ECCC


The Feast of the Nativity of our Lord and Savior, A. D. 2023


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!

     

    As we celebrate the Birth of our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, and awaiting His Second coming, we are all preparing ourselves for this moment of joyful celebrations.

    This Feast is a time to reflect also on our own life before God and each other. We are grateful for our faith and the holy mysteries the good Lord has endowed us with. 

    And yet, we see the world around us that is run by greed, materialism, abuse of powers, wars, terrorism, mass-killings, and pure ignorance for the value of the life of immigrants, the destruction of God's creation with Global warming on the march, an increasing hopelessness among young people...

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the thousands and thousands of innocent Children and civilians of Gaza who are being slaughtered in front of our eyes, and the West-bank of Palestine where Palestinians are living under oppression and apartheid, and as the world stands by doing nothing to stop it. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Ukrainian people, a sovereign nation, where the madman of Russia waging war and slaughters so many innocent people who need to defend themselves. My thoughts and prayers go out to Africa where so many people look for a life in democracy and freedom, yet more and more countries being drawn into civil wars, persecutions of minorities, and coup d'é·tat depriving people of their basic human rights...

    We ask ourselves what kind of Peace has our Savior promised for humanity as it is entangled in so much misery? If it wouldn't be not in our faith, we would be indeed a people without hope! It is our faith in a God of Love, Peace and Justice, a God who has been, is and will be the Sovereign over history, not in human intellectual terms, but in the mystery of His Love for His children that we are able to discover by following Jesus more closely. 


    Let us all have a prophetic voice for the Kingdom of God and let us not be silent, but to speak up when we see injustice and evil. Satan still tries desperately to corrupt as many hearts and minds as possible. We as Christians do have the calling to fight this evil with the power of Love that Jesus has shown through his suffering, dying on the Cross, and his powerful resurrection defeating Satan's grab for absolute dominance.


    In these days of Christmas, it fills us all with great joy to see how our Worldwide Church Communion is growing. 

    I want to take this moment to thank you all, our bishops, priests, deacons, pastoral assistance and you our beloved faithful who have shown so much work in our Church ministry, and give Her a voice for the poor, the orphans, the marginalized, and downtrodden. 

    As we approaching an other year, I wanted you to continue to reach out to others who seek a new spiritual home of love and acceptance where there is no hate, but love for all seekers of God.

 

ECCC NEWS:

  • I want to take this opportunity of let you know that we did a worldwide survey of our Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ in the Fall of 2023. We have so far over One Hundred Thousand members, and I am still awaiting for some to report to us with their faithful members.

  • We want to welcome our new Bishop +Jorge Ramon Defelice Guillen, consecreated on December 1st, A.D. 2023. He is the first bishop for Paraguay. Cordial congratulations, and we all sending you our appreciation and blessings for your new ministry for our new diocese in Paraguay.

  • We welcome bishop elect, +Msgr. Vincent de Paul for our Diocese of St. Augustine in Yaoundé, Cameroon under our good diocesan brother bishop Didier. Welcome and cordial congratulations from us all.

  • As per new inquiry about our Canon Laws by some of our ECCC in different countries, we have them on our websites, under "Church Documents", please study them. I wanted to thank again our Archbishop and Nuncio for the USA, ++Dr. Tony Scudery, our Canon Lawyer who put them together so diligently! I have attached them in PDF format in this email for you to read, and I do hope it is possible to translate them into your local languages.

  • For those who are new clergy in our Church and use the catholic Rite for celebration Mass, please be aware to use the insert in the Eucharistic Prayers that we use worldwide, and those of the Orthodox, Anglican, and other Catholic Rites in our Worldwide Communion of the ECCC, please adjust accordingly.As you can see, we pray for the Pope, the Eastern Patriarch, the Anglican Archbishop, the Primate of the ECCC followed by your local ECCC bishop, and if your are only a Vicariate, then for the ECCC Primate only.

  • As I am often overwhelmed with your inquiries in Church matters, please be advised to contact always your Apostolic Nuncio pertaining to your territories first. They are located on our Websites under "International Church". I am inserting them here as well.


Apostolic Nuncios:

And Advisory Board of the Ecumenical Primate

Apostolic Nuncio for Latin America: ++Metropolitan Archbishop Sebastián Pla of Costa Rica
tiaplacat@yahoo.com.mx

Apostolic Nuncio for all of Asia: ++Metropolitan Archbishop Dr. Sunny Alappat of India   
alappat.ecchurch@gmail.com

Apostolic Nuncio for African Continent: ++ Metropolitan Archbishop Godfrey Wasike. Kenya    gsiundu@yahoo.com

Apostolic Nuncio for the French Speaking Countries in Africa and Ambassador for Peace of the ECCC in Africa: ++Metropolitan Archbishop Jean de la Resurrection, Yaoundé, Cameroon  
bishop.amougou@yahoo.com

Apostolic Nuncio: ++Metropolitan Archbishop Hristo S. Pisarov of Bulgaria, Romania, All of Eastern Europe, including, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, and the former Soviet States, including Moldavia. Northern Europe: Scandinavia, Denmark, Belarus, Baltic States, Balkan, Greece and Turkey and Georgia. ceacbg@gmail.com

Apostolic Nuncio: ++Metropolitan Archbishop Agostino De Caro, NOSF, Italy, Provincial Superior NOSF for Europe, Spain, Portugal, Andorra, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Malta  http://www.eccc.it/    p.agostinodecaro@gmail.com

Apostolic Nuncio for the USA and her Territories ++Metropolitan Archbishop Dr. Tony Scuderi, Provincial of the NOSF Franciscan Province in the USA          
bishoptonyscuderi@yahoo.com

Apostolic Nuncio for Brazl ++Metropolitan Archbishop Lucas Macieira, Anglican Archdiocese of Brazil
padrelucasmacieira@gmail.com

Wishing you all a Blessed Christmas Season, Peace, Health and always God's Love in 2024

Thank you all for your tireless service for the Kingdom of God.

With my prayers promised,

yours

+Karl

Ecumenical Primate

Christmas Concert December 17th, 2023

Thank you all who came to our Concert with this amazing Musicians, especially 12 year old Ethan who played the piano like a young Mozart. It was stunning! Thanks so much to Joe Lipare who brought the musicians together. 

December 10th, A. D. 2023

Santa came to 85 poor children who had smiling faces. God bless and protect our Children and families. A heartfelt thank you to our volunteers and donors who made this day possible.

Be all blessed in the Good Lord!

Come join us for our Christmas Concert

Sunday, December 17th at 3:00 PM

November 11th, A. D. 2023 

Modern Music Concert

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November 11th, A. D. 2023

St. Anthony Village meeting with representatives from District Five of Detroit and Authentically Detroit. We making good progress revitalizing our neighborhood!

October 21st, A. D. 2023

Wedding of our Tamee and Dennis. May you be very blessed and may your marriage be a blessing for others to witness your love for each other and your love for God. Health and Peace. Prayers promised!

October 8th, A. D. 2023

Gathering of our bishops and blessing of our pets in honor of St. Francis

September 23rd, Saint Padre Pio, A. D. 2023

Congratulations, Fr. Michael Einheuser to your ordination to the sacred Priesthood. We wish you and pray for you that you are getting closer to Christ in your service for all of God's people. Let us rejoice and be glad!

September 12th, A. D. 2023

 A special Thank you to AmeriCorps who helped with Safety Sign around our Cathedral Abbey!

September 9th, A. D. 2023

We started our Video project for Live-Stream for Mass with hundreds of feet cable laying. Thank you Dave, Brother Eric and family! 

September 9th, A. D. 2023

Our Church Neighborhood is coming back to life thanks to the efforts of our hard working people with the Spirit of a new Community. According to the wish of our neighbors, our neighborhood will be called in the near future: Saint Anthony Village. Thank you all for your Love! We are Family!

August 9th, A. D. 2023

Repairs on the monastery indoor and outdoor continue.  4 floors stairways, and front entrance brick tucking.

Come Join us for the Celebration of our Church Patron Saint Anthony

Mass, Tuesday, June 13th 10:00 AM

And

Solemn Mass Sunday, June 18th, 202311:00 AM

June 7th, A. D. 2023

Roof repairs ongoing

May 23rd, A. D. 2023

Today, ongoing roofing repairs on church and monastery.

May 21st, A. D. 2023

Thank you all so much who came to our Classical Piano Concert with the amazing Pianist, Mr. Joe Lipare!

Thank you Joe for your selfless service for our community!

Thank you all for your donations! And thanks to our Volunteers for their tireless service

May 13th, A. D. 2023

An Afternoon with modern Music in our Cathedral

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May 6th, A. D. 2023

April 20, A. D. 2023

Dear All, This is to help students in recovery continue their education. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, nearly 60% of college students use drugs and alcohol. Substance use among college students can diminish academic performance, reduce the likelihood of employment after graduation, and pose serious health risks. 

Our guide helps students learn about which substances pose the greatest risks to them, the consequences of continuous usage, and steps to overcome addiction.


PLEASE VIEW THE GUIDE HERE:

https://www.intelligent.com/substance-abuse-recovery-support-guide-for-college-students/.

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 

http://www.ecumenicalccc.org

 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,

+Karl

Come Join us for

Holy Week:

Palm Sunday: 11:00 AM

Last Supper: Thursday 7:00 PM


Good Friday: 

Stations of the Cross 2:00 PM 

Liturgy: Passion of Christ 3:00 PM


Easter Sunday Celebration: 11:00 AM



Peace and Greetings, dear sisters and brothers and all people of good will on this First Sunday of Lent!

Wishing you all times of meditations in this Lenten Season as we walk with Jesus toward his Suffering, dying and Resurrection. As we reflect on this Sunday's Gospel, we are faced with the threefold temptation of Jesus by Satan trying to keep him from his mission to bring the true Kingdom to us.

He says No to the temptation to become a magic power to create food at his pleasure, no He becomes the Bread of life.

He says no to the temptation of the evil doer who is twisting the Bible to his advantage to have Jesus perform magic. He will not give in to show at the Devil's behalf that he is safe over death...His death for our salvation will be the way towards Golgotha and the crucifixion!

He says No to the temptation of the Evil One to be the earthly ruler and adore the Devil who promised him the power and might over all created things and its splendor. Jesus is the Son of God, and his Kingdom is a different Kingdom than that of Satan. His Kingdom is about true Love, Peace, Mercy and Justice...
May we resist temptations with all our heart and soul when they come toward us in many different ways, either in hidden or in aggressive ways.

The soul rejoices when we resist temptations that will eventually destroy us, and God rejoices of every Sinner who comes back to Him and there is more joy in heaven.
With my prayers promised for you all in this Lenten Season
Blessings along the Journey
Yours,

+Karl


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 www.stanthonysliturgicalhouse.org or enter into conversations with school officials at its Facebook page (www.facebook.com/stanthonyshouseofliturgicalstudies).

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 Mr. Gary Starzak

, for more information: 

admin@stanthonysliturgicalhouse.org

.


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


resources/St.%20Anthony%20Flyer%202023.pdf

January 15th, A. D., 2023 

Baptism of Kenneth Ray.

 Welcome to God's Children and his Church Family

He even gave us a High Five :o)

December 30th, A. D. 2022

Please pray for the repose of our church member, Kristina, she passed away on Christmas day after a horrible car accident going home from work. We miss her greatly. Please pray for her parents.

Come join us this Sunday for Christmas Day 

Service 11:00 AM


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

კონსტანტინეპოლის კათოლიკური ეკლესია ქრისტეს

Вселенската католическа църква на Христос

Вселенский католическая церковь Христа 

كنيسة المسيح الكاثوليكية المسكونية 

Igreja Catolica Ecumenica De Cristo

Chiesa Cattolica Ecumenica Di Cristo

Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, Georgia, Hong Kong, India, Latin America New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Russia, Ukraine, The Caribbean, The Pacific Islands, The Philippines, USA 



The Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ 

International Headquarters

5247 Sheridan StreetDetroit, MI 48213 USA
From the Ecumenical Primate
The Holy See of the ECCC
The Feast of the Nativity of our Lord and Savior, A. D. 2022
Please translate into your own 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 

+Karl

If you have the opportunity you can also watch our Sunday Mass on our Second Facebook with livestream:

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




ECCC News from around the World

Asia:

India:

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.

Philippines:

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.


DRCongo: 

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!

Kenya:

 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: 

PRIESTS.

1.REV.JOHN KENNEDY SIKANGA, 2.REV.RAPHAEL BATIONO, 3.REV.FRANCIS OCHAM

DEACONS

1.BERNARD GACEE CHOMBA, 2.ANTHONY LOCHIPERIET, 3.JOHN NANOK, 4.EDWIN WAIGURU

5.DAVID EKAI, 6.ISAIAH EPUU. Congratulations! 

Malawi: 

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

Rwanda:

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

Uganda:

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.

Europe:

Italy:

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.

Spain:

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!

Israel:

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

Andorra:

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.

Cuba:

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.

Haiti: 

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

Honduras:

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

 Congratulations!

Mexico:

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.

USA:

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

Ukraine:

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!

December 18th, A. D. 2022

Children Santa. 70 Children received gifts, many smiling faces. 

Special thanks to all who made this day possible. 

December 14th, A. D. 2022     

Thank to all the donors who made it possible to help Children in need for their Christmas Gifts!

Thank you volunteers for preparations. 

November 13th, A. D. 2022

Visitors from California who's parents were married at St. Anthony in 1946

November 12th, A. D. 2022

Our Sheridan Neighborhood block meeting at our Church class room is doing great bringing a written off area back to life.  Thank you Felicia, Kim and Rhonda and all who are part of it.

October 17th, A. D. 2022

Electrical repairs on the entire outdoors security and flood lights

October 4th, Saint Francis Day, A. D.  2022

Blessed Day of St. Francis. May he show us always the importance for God and Creation. His life and sincere love   gives us hope and encouragement for our faith.

September 25th, A. D. 2022

Congratulations to your Baptism, Eleanor Grace! Welcome to God's Church Family!
May you grow into God's everlasting Love. 

September 10th, A. D. 2022

Blessed Matrimony to Jaylyn and Star, health, peace and always God's Love.

July 25 A. D. 2022

Happy blessed 75th Birthday to our Sister Theresa, health and God's Love, many more years to you.
Thank you for your service at our Cathedral! 

July 3rd, A. D. 2022

Come and join us for the Celebration of our Church Patron Saint Anthony

Sunday June 12th A. D. 2022

At 11:00 AM

5247 Sheridan Street, Detroit, MI 48213

June, A. D. 2022

Since Easter we are again serving food after Sunday Mass, many poor people have no access to food on Sunday. God is good. Thanks to all our volunteers!

If you can financially support our efforts for food for the poor, it is deeply appreciated.

May 25th, A. D., 2022

Rest in Peace, good brother, Dr. James We will miss your laughter and sincere heart.
May the Angels of the Lord welcome you to Paradise.

May 22nd,  Saint Rita de Cascia, A. D.2022

Peace and greetings to you all on this 6th Sunday of Easter!

We wanted to congratulate our new Bishop Dr. Edik Baroni on his Day of Consecration.

It was a beautiful day to witness.

May he grow in his love to Jesus and serve the people of God with his heart.

May that Love that Jesus shows us in todays Gospel always lead us to a greater love than ourselves.

Prayers promised.

+Karl

May 13th, A. D. 2022

Congratulations Christina and Todd to your wedding Celebration! Always Love, health and the gift of Children. Prayers will always the right glue in your Marriage. 

Please join us for this rare apostolic event

At our Cathedral of St. Anthony on Sunday May 22nd 2022 At 11:00AM 

5247 Sheridan Street, Detroit, Michigan 48213

May 5th, A. D. 2022

April 24th, A. D. 2022

Congratulations and many blessings to you Adan and Juancristobal to your Sacrament of Confirmation!

Holy Week 2022

Palm Sunday 11:00 AM

Holy Thursday 7:00 PM Last Supper

Good Friday 2:00 PM Stations of the Cross  3:00 PM The Passion of Christ

      Easter Sunday: 11:00 AM Celebration of The Resurrection of our Lord and Savior 

    Lord by your cross and resurrection, you have set us free. You are the savior of the world.

March 16th, 2022

Roof Repairs of the Church East Side Nave after heavy winds ripped of parts of the roof.

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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 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).  

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!

February  A. D. 2022

January 30, A.D. 2022

Congratulations, Sylvin to your Baptim and First Holy Communion!

May you grow with Christ.

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 apostolic benedictions,

yours

+Karl

Christmas 2021

Blessed are the children of God! We gave Christmas gifts to 87 poor children. A special Thank you to those who helped so much with donations and our tireless volunteers.

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...

Texas

-We have received in the NOSF in the USA:

Brother Abel A. Soto, 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.

November 27th, A. D. 2021

Congratulations Fabian and Valeria on your great wedding day!

God's Blessings, Health and the gift of healthy children!

Come and join our St. Francis Celebration

Sunday October 3rd 11:00 AM

Monday October 4th 11:00 AM

August 1st, A. D. 2021

Welcome to God's Church family, Angelino Richard. May you grow with Christ on your side, and the love and protection of your family and the angels. Congratulation Suave Family!

Please join us Sunday, July 25th at 11:00 AM for a High Mass Celebration of the 120th Anniversary of The Corner Stone Laying of our Cathedral in the Year Of the Jubilee of Christ's Birth In the Year of our Lord 1901.

JULY 3RD, 2021

WE REOPENED OUR CLOTHES AND FOOD PANTRY AFTER 14 MONTHS DURING THE PANDEMIC DELIVERING CLOTHES AND FOOD PERSONALLY TO OUR NEIGHBORHOOD.

Please, if you have clothes and non-Perishable food, let us know, or make a monetary donation to:St. Anthony

St. Anthony
5247 Sheridan street, Detroit, Mi 48213.

For online donation go to our website and at the first page click on the PayPal donate

button.

www.cathedralofstanthonydetroit.org

We deeply appreciate all your help!

BLESSINGS TO YOU AND ALL YOUR LOVED ONES.

June 27th, A. D. 2021

Congratulations Jose for receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation! Many blessings,
may you grow with Faith and devotion to Jesus' Kingdom! 

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

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This Sunday June 13th
Our Patron Saint Anthony of Padua
High Mass at 11:00 AM

Education Campaign - Opportunity


  We wanted to remind you and emphasize the beauty and importance of Education, be it you are a seminarian, 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 the School, refer students, lay people, your seminarians, and if you know other Churches who seek education, we welcome them, we are ecumenical after all :)

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

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

Here it is:  https://www.stanthonysliturgicalhouse.org


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!

5th Sunday of Easter 2021

We welcome Axel into the Christian Church through his Baptism today! 
Many blessings upon Julissa and Kevin for having received the Holy Spirit in the sacrament of confirmation today!
May you grow more and more  into Christ love.

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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 benedictionsYour 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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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!


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March 24th, 2021

We had two young men from the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit, Michigan, here at our Church doing research on our old tower clock. So nice to see the interest of young people in History

Come Join us for Holy Week:

Palm Sunday: 11:00 AM

Last Supper: Thursday 7:00 PM

Good Friday: 
Stations of the Cross 2:00 PM 
Liturgy: Passion of Christ 3:00 PM

Easter Sunday Celebration: 11:00 AM


The Peace of Christmas and the Joy over the Birth, our Savior be always with you!

Prayers and blessings to you and all your loved ones.

We had a nice crowd of families and faithful present today at our Christmas Mass, and the organist brought a Cantor Tenor with an amazing voice singing beautiful Christmas Carols, and after Mass the Children receiving their gifts, we had gifts for 65 children this year.

Thanks to all who donated for the children, and helped to prepare it. Many happy hearts!

May you all be safe.

Let us keep each other in our prayers.

I am asking you all also to pray for my sister in Germany who is a nurse, she got covid19, and yesterday my Niece was diagnosed with it as well.

May God bless all of humanity and bring it to a new spiritual and loving awakening.

With my prayers and blessings,

Love and Peace

+Karl

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December 22nd, The Day of the Magnificat, A. D. 2020
The Nativity of our Lord and Savior,  A. D. 2020

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 Lord, and 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 Scuderri'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:


India:

Our Nuncio and Archbishop Dr. Sunny Alappat has shown great work by reaching out and receiving more clergy and religious into our Worldwide Communion:

3 Benedictine Anglican Friars with the leadership of Bro. Robin Sebastian, are becoming one of our religious communities. Legal documents of the religious trust registration are in process. Once the legal formalities in India is completed, there would be diaconate ordination to 3 members. Later completion of theological studies (3 years)  we would proceed with priestly ordination.

We are praying for the church infrastructure in India, we are having the first cathedral religious house with a chapel at Kerala In India (Plot Size 8,700 Sqft Appx. 5,000 Sqft Building) . We have paid 70% of the amount and the balance 30% will be paid in Dec and the registration of the building will   take place together with the last payment. All the funds are borrowed. We would run some services to generate income and return the borrowings.

As directed / verified / informed by Fr. Fernandez in Pakistan, there are 3 brothers ready for diaconate ordination. And there is a sister for her first profession of vows. He has invited me to Pakistan. According to the pandemic situation / international flight  schedules on convenient travelling, further programs would be scheduled / organized.

Congratulations also to Archbishop Dr. Sunny Alappat for having become a member for the Human Rights Commission for India.

Pakistan:

Fr. Fernandez in Pakistan serves many poor people and has expanded his services. We have also received new inquiries for seminarians wanting to be in our Church. 

3 brothers are ready for diaconate ordination and a Sister for her first religious vows.

Sri Lanka:

Fr. Nicholas, a former Benedictine Monk wants to revive the Order in his Country. Prayers and best wishes.

Fr Michael has expanded his mission and has 9 new lay ministers assisting him with the school and the new missions. Blessings for your work!

Africa:
Kenya:

 Our beloved Nuncio for the African Continent and Metropolitan Archbishop of Kenya, ++Godfrey Siundu, has been very active on many fronts, he is finishing the Church construction in Bungoma.

He had been chosen by different church and religious leaders, including the Roman Church to lead an ecumenical Conference in Kenya that was very successful. He also welcomed the Deputy President of Kenya and his delegation. 

Our Church is growing and showing her presence with a lot of respect by other denominations, religions, and politicians.

Thank you for your wonderful Work!

Cameroon:

The Metropolitan Archdiocese of Cameroon under the leadership of Archbishop Jean de la 

Résurrection AMOUGOU will ordain Father Ferdinand KOA to the sacred Priesthood of Jesus Christ on December 31, 2020. This brings the number of priests of the archdiocese to 13. We congratulate you and all your wonderful people!

Msgr. Didier with the Religious Order of the Companions of St. Augustine with their missions in Cameroon has become a Prelature. This will be a first step to establishing a new Diocese. Congratulations!

 Thank you for taking care of the orphanage and school for the poor children!

Ivory Coast, Senegal:

Fr. Emmanuel is working very hard for the poor in his country, especially for the abundant children. Prayers for all his good work!

Democratic Republic of Kongo:

Rev. Brother Munembwe Mukamba 

Damas, NOSF 

2020-2021 School year, Monsignor Karl Primary School opened its doors in Kabare for orphaned and most vulnerable children of society.

From March 2021, the Reverend Deacon MUNEMBWE MUKAMBA DAMAS will make pastoral trips to the following provinces: Maniema Province, Greater Katanga Province and North Kivu...Thank you for all your good work! Be all blessed, especially the abundant children!

Latin America:

Thanks to all the efforts of our beloved Archbishop and Nuncio for the Territories of Latin America, ++Sebastian Pla, we can report the following:

The Ecumenical Seminary founded in Costa Rica by Archbishop Sebastian Pla is providing service to seminarians in Central America and the Caribbean, to date we have 24 seminarians, we also provide training when requested by a brother Bishop of the church within our territory.


Central America and Caribbean:                                                                                                                                                                                              Active missions in Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Haiti


Bishops in South America:
Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela and Mexico, a new Vicar General in Colombia, Father Leiber Rojas.
Cuba:

 The NOSF, and the Ecumenical Franciscan sisters having  an new Mother Trinidad Mora Cabrera, the Orthodox Rite and the Latin rite are under Mons Fanurios Bishop Elect for Cuba and Canon Mons Stefanos.

Archbishop ++ Sebastian Pla has ordained 3 deacons in December 2020, including members of the NOSF.

The Latin rite is growing on the island. 

Mons Fanurios has worked very hard for the Church in Cuba, there were also confirmations and baptisms during Archbishop Sebastian's Pla visit in Cuba. A special Thank you also to Fr. Adalberto who has been instrumental for this event.

The names of the new deacons are:

1. Rev. Jesús Díaz Hernández

2. Rev. Maykel Crúz Rodríguez

3. Rev. Jorge Luis García Cesar (C. C. Brother Bernardo)

Congratulations for the Priestly ordination of Fr. Adalberto conducted in Italy by our Archbishop Agostino de Caro in Sicilia. Many years in the vineyard of the Lord!

Costa Rica:

Besides our missions in Costa Rica, there is also public soup kitchen for the poor within social works.

We have developed Catechesis, social pastoral, vocational pastoral, we have generated teaching and regulations based on the manifesto that has allowed us to regulate and govern the church in the territories added to this the result of the two local synods. We formed the Ecclesiastical Tribunal for the dissolution of the bond, by 2021 we are fostering our efforts for the expansion of the church.

El reporte de la administración apostólica y la Arquidiocesis Metropolitana de Costa Rica

Seminario Ecuménico fundado en Costa Rica bajo mi episcopado esta brindando servicio a los seminaristas de América Central y el Caribe, hasta la fecha tenenos 24 seminaristas, también brindamos la formacion cuando nos es solicitada por algún hermano Obispo de la iglesia dentro de nuestro territorio.

Tenemos activas las misiones en Guatemala, Nicaragua, Costa Rica Panamá, Cuba, República Dominica y Haiti

Lógicamente existen Obispos en Sur América, Perú, Ecuador, un Vicario en Colombia que es Padre Leiber Rojas, Venezuela y México.

En el territorio Cubano existe NOSF, y las hermanas Franciscanas Ecuménica teniendo a la Madre Trinidad Mora Cabrera y tememos el Rito Ortodoxo y el rito latino con el apoyo de Mons Fanurios Obispo Electo para Cuba y Mons Stefanos Canónigo,

En Costa Rica existen misiones y un comedor público para pobres dentro de las obras sociales, hemos desarrollado Catequesis, pastoral social, pastoral vocaciónal, henos generado magisterio y reglamentos basados en el manifiesto que nos ha permitís normar y regir la iglesia en los territorios sumado a esto el resultado de los dos sinodos locales. Conformamos el Tribunal Eclesiástico para las disoluciones del vínculo, para el 2021 estamos dirigiendo nuestros a la expansión de la iglesia

Cuba:

Archbishop ++Sebastian Pla ordenado 3 diáconos entre ellos miembros de la NOSF, el rito latino está creciendo alla en la isla y hemos tenido el apoyo de Mons Fanurios Obispo Auxiliar Electo de nuestro Rito Ortodxo para con ellos, Mons Fanurios es una persona que se ha esforzado y trabajado muy duro por la Iglesia en Cuba, tendremos confirmaciones y bautizos en m visita, la Madre Trinidad superiora de las franciscanas Ecuménica le envía su saludo, se hace necesario realizar estas 3 ordenaciones por necesidad pastoral para poder atender adecuadamente las comunidades de rito latino. Gracias tambien por Fr. Adalberto and Mons. Fanurios que eran instrumental por este eventos.

Los nombres de los nuevos diáconos son:

1. Rev. Jesús Díaz Hernández

2. Rev. Maykel Crúz Rodríguez

3. Rev. Jorge Luis García Cesar ( C. C. Hermano Bernardo)

Europe:
Italy:

1. In oct. 4th we begun the N.O.S.F. The two friars: Fr. Andrea and Fr. Pietro

2. We have ordained as a deacon rev. Piero Barulli

3 we have incardinated Rev. Mother Maria Vittoria Longhitano from the Anglican Church in Italy.

4. We begun the experience of the theological study within the St. Anthony's Liturgical House of Studies with our seminarians

On October 4th we will have the profession of the first two Italian friars of the new order of St. Francis and St. Clare.

On September 28th we will give the cassock to three new seminarians who will begin their formative journey with us this year.  They are very motivated and enthusiastic.  In all, at the moment our Archdiocese has 5 seminarians (4 men and 1 woman), one of them will be ordained deacon in December.

Almost all the offices are now open, albeit with many limitations, so finally on September 30th at 12.00 we will be in front of the public official to sign the founding act of the church .. after two years of hard work!

Attached in this email you also can see the planning and order of the Metropolitan Synod for Italy under the leadership of Archbishop ++Agostino di Caro

Archbishop di Caro is also appointed to be the Provincial for the New Order of Saint Francis and Saint Clare, NOSF, for Europe helping to better organize our Religious Order.

Hungary:

Rev. Akos Konya, NOSF who is a hospital chaplain, has reported of the sacrifices that the Pandemic has brought upon so many. He is doing his work with great vigor. Blessings and stay safe with your family!

November 15, 2020

We had a raging storm that damaged the roof of one of our bell towers.

Prayers and financial support is deeply appreciated. 

Please make your donations out to: Cathedral St. Anthony

MAIL TO:

CATHEDRAL OF ST. ANTHONY

5247 SHERIDAN STREET
DETROIT, MI, 48213

Thank you from all of our hearts!

 October 2020 Fall Cleanup in Garden and Grounds of St. Anthony. Special Thanks to Dr. Barbara, Patty, Renato, Dave, his crew, and bishop Karl for your hard work to make St. Anthony shine, being ready for the colder season.

August 5th, Saint Afra, A. D. 2020
(Please share with all your people! Por favor compartir con toda su gente!)


Peace to you, Sisters and Brothers in Christ!

Hope you are all doing well in this time of the pandemic. It does give us time of reflection and soul searching.

My prayer life has increased. God is leading in all.

I wanted to share with you a survey that I already too. As you know we are also consultors of the CCRI (Catholic Church Reform International) that has members of Roman Catholic Church and other Christian denominations as well.

The Reform issues that are shown the ones we have also in our Manifesto from 1999. 

Please answer the survey, it would be a great help to foster the reforms within the Roman Church and the desire of so many Catholics to see a new Face of the Church.

As we transition through the pandemic . . .


As we transition through the pandemic . . .

Take this survey powered by surveymonkey.com. Create your own surveys for free.


Thank you.
ECCC NEWS
India:

I wanted also to welcome a

 New Congregation of Sisters in India who are joining our New Order of St. Francis, NOSF. Special thanks to our Nuncio for Asia, Archbishop Dr. Sunny Alappat who is guiding them and also will be their Superior as the Metropolitan Archbishop of India. 

Italy/Cuba

We also congratulate Fr. Adalberto from Cuba who was ordained by our Archbishop Agostino Caro in Licata, Italy. 

USA

We also welcome Fr. Frank Souza who is joining our worldwide Communion. He currently lives in Pennsylvania.

With my prayers for you all

Be blessed in our Good Lord

And stay safe in these trying times.

Yours

+Karl


Blessed Feast of St. Anthony, June 13th, A. D. 2020

Easter , A. D. 2020

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

Alleluja, Alleluja, Christus resurrexit vere. 

The Peace of the Risen Christ be with you all, dear brothers and sisters in the service of the Lord, and all our beloved faithful around the World, wishing you all a blessed and joyous Easter!

    God has entered the world in His beloved Son, taking on and sharing our humanity while not leaving His Divinity. He walked among us as the living Word, preaching the Good News, suffering for us in unspeakable agony and humiliation, torture and cruel death in order to bring Salvation for us. He rose triumphantly from the dead, and sent us the Holy Spirit who groans within us in our earthly suffering as we joyful await His coming in Glory facing our own resurrection through Him.       

Easter is the feast that unites Heaven and Earth, the spiritual world and the earthly world. Easter is the moment that turns doubts into a manifestation of faith, showing that we cannot live by earthly evidence only, but by a spiritual awakening that shows that we are a New Creation in God.     

Easter is the Feast of the New and Everlasting Covenant that God has given us. It can never be reversed as it is God's sworn promise, sealed with His Son's own blood. Therefore this once and for all given Sacrifice established the new and everlasting Priesthood that has replaced the old priestly order and of a royal people that are freed from sin, sharing His Kingdom.    

Easter is our response in faith to a spiritual reality that seeks God first in all our  wanting and doing.    

Easter is the beginning of a new life in this world reminding us that we are stuarts of God's creation and not dominators and destroyers of it.    

The three pictures you see on top of the letter shall remind us that Jesus is always near in our suffering, and with the empty tomb we have the chance to rethink our ways of life, including our ways of how to see mother Nature, not to exploit it in our selfish, self absorbed and greed driven ways...We need to respect Creation more than ever, including the the dignity and respect to the animal world.     

We have again reached a cross road for humanity as we face deadly deseases that affect the whole world. We keep wondering how to survive in all of this as we face the devastating consequences. We are compelled to see our life in a new way, to correct so many of our bad decisions...    

How important is it that we see in this Easter Message of the Risen Lord, "Peace be with you, my Peace I leave you, and My Peace I give you" a message that is based on Love, a call to a new world in which we care and serve each other in Love and Peace.     

How devastating is it when we face daily lies that control our world! I mentioned in one of the bulletins for Lent that we live in a post-truth era: entire nations are being misled, misinformed, and betrayed by ideological forces that make us believe in an alternative reality causing more suffering, showing disregard for the environment, in the end leading to a self-destructive behavior of humanity. One of the causes: An egocentric and self absorbed person with a narcissistic behavior that is driven by a self-made truth and reality. This person will do everything to dominate and to suppress the sincere desire for a deeper truth. This person will attack the facts, deny the evidence, mislead, confuse entire people, a constant liar in order to support its self-serving purpose...Such behavior evidently has demonic and evil roots. Only by the Grace of God can we as faithful see through it, not to follow blindly such a selfish person. And yet, many follow such a person as proven over and over in the history of humanity.       

The Resurrection of Christ with its divine presence among us encourages all people to face their demons, to awaken the Goodness within us, and to look towards new horizons in order to be a better human race that prays in the Holy Spirit to renew the Earth in a true Sisterhood and Brotherhood.     

For many of us around the world this Easter is so different. For the first time in our lives we are confined to our rooms, and sometimes frightened of what will happen next...    

It reminds me on the disciples after the crucifixion hiding in a room out of fear for the forces that can kill them...(As we say there is light at the end of the dark tunnel). It needed the presence of the Lord to remind them that they shall not be afraid, and that they had a task to fulfill to preach the Gospel and to be witnesses of the resurrection. He is alive, was the new message! He is not among the dead, but the living. We shall rise with Him! Here on earth we shall rise once again for the sake of the Gospel of the risen Lord to find ways to walk in a new togetherness toward the Kingdom. The current confinements give us an opportunity to reflect and find better ways and means for a humanity that cares for all, where the rich share with the poor, where we see more clearer that we are all together in this, not just a few privileged, where we rethink our behavior towards God and His creation so that future Generations can still live the dream of a dignified and caring life. One of our elderly homeless to whom I brought food over the past weeks has inspired me in so many ways as he wrote me with such a sincere heart words of faith and encouragement. He found in our church a place that gave him dignity and respect, a place where he could live the remaining years of his life in a loving church community.     

Easter is our Hope for our own resurrection. We share this hope with each other being assured in our faith that this current situation will pass, that our Life is not defined by death, but by God's enduring Love that has conquered death. 


I wish you all from the bottom of my heart a Blessed and Joyous Easter !May you all have the courage of faith to live toward a better future and care for each other as Christ cared for us giving us the promise that we are not left behind like orphans, but that we are called to be followers of this New Covenant of a holy people reconciled with God.


 With my prayers and apostolic benedictions until we shall see us again,Yours+KarlEcumenical Primate


ECCC NEWS

Russia:

On March 11th, A. D. 2020, the day of Saints Fina of San Gimignano and Euthymius II of Novgorod, We signed the Tomos with The Apostolic Orthodox Church of Russia represented by the Metropolitan Archbishop of Moscow and Primate, His Grace, Vitaliy Kujevatov. We welcome wholeheartedly our brothers and sisters in to our worldwide Church Communion. I wanted to give special thanks to our Nuncio for Eastern and Northern Europe, H. E. Archbishop ++Hristo Pissarov for his tireless work to have made this happen by the Grace of God!
Over the past years, we have signed 2 Tomos and 2 Concordats of Full Union with Orthodox churches of the East: The Orthodox Church of Bulgaria, Ukraine, and two Russian Orthodox Churches. 
May God bless our work toward Unity in diversity. 

Hungary:

We welcome our new brother for the NOSF, Rev. Akos Konya, his wife and two sons into our Church. He serves as Hospital Chaplain in Hungary. May you all be blessed! 

India:

We welcome our new priests in India Fr. Philip Peter Lopez, Fr. Johnson Tomas!  Blessings to the ordination of Rev. Shinto. This brings the number of Priests for our beloved Church in India to 15. Thanks to our good archbishop and Nuncio for Asia, ++Dr. Sunny Alappat who works tirelessly.  

USA:

We welcome Fr. Frank Souza from the Orthodox Church who was referred to me by my good friend, H. E. Archbishop Mar Melchisedek.

Synod: 

Due to the Covid19 Pandemic, our Nuncio for Asia and I have decided to postpone the Synod to 2021. That means all other synods will follow a year later as well.

March 14th, A. D. 2020

Dear all, Because of the spread of the COVIT19 Virus, we suspending our Sunday Services and Food pantry until further notice.

We are doing this in accordance with the Governor's office and the recommendation of the health departments.

This is hard for all of us, but we have to be realistic that for health reason and to be on the save side, this could be for many a life or death situation.
The Church bulletins will still be posted on Facebook and our Websites.

We will resume our Church Services for Holy Week unless the situation is too dangerous and we are obligated by the state to keep closed.


Cathedral of St. Anthony Communique Reducing the spread of infection: Clergy and congregation 

 You should always practice good hand hygiene and respiratory hygiene. Hand hygiene and respiratory hygiene are a series of actions to take which are designed to reduce the spread of disease, including COVID-19, to yourself and others. These actions include regular handwashing and covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or the bend of your elbow when you cough or sneeze.

Hand hygiene: Wash your hands regularly. You should wash your hands: after coughing or sneezing before, during and after you prepare food before eating after using the toilet before and after caring for sick individuals when hands are dirty after handling animals or animal waste Wash your hands with soap and running water when hands are visibly dirty. If your hands are not visibly dirty, wash them with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub. Respiratory hygiene: Cover your mouth and nose with a clean tissue when you cough and sneeze and then promptly dispose of the tissue in a bin and wash your hands. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into the bend of your elbow instead, not into your hands. Posters on preventing spread of infection are available on the HPSC website. Settings where religious services take place, including churches, should take the following actions

Religious leaders/clergy and congregation not to attend if they are ill. Supply tissues and alcohol based hand gel at religious services/gatherings. Provide bins for disposal of tissues at religious gatherings. Ensure hand-washing facilities, including soap and disposable towels, are well maintained. Ensure all hard surfaces that are frequently touched, such as door handles, hand rails, taps and pews are cleaned regularly with a household detergent. Have a plan for how the church will continue or suspend its activities in the event of religious leaders/clergy becoming ill with COVID-19. Religious leader/clergy administrations to sick laity should be carefully managed

Physical interaction during religious services, e.g. Sign of Peace

Most physical interaction during religious services, e.g. shaking hands while exchanging the ‘Sign of Peace’ in Christian religious services, involves a low risk of spreading the virus especially if members of the congregation who are unwell do not attend religious services while they are ill. However, because COVID-19 is a new disease that has not been seen in people before, we need to exercise extreme caution to limit the spread of the virus. Current information suggests that COVID-19 can spread easily between people and could be spread from an infected person even before they develop any symptoms. For these reasons we suggest that physical interaction during religious services, including the Sign of Peace, should be suspended. For Christian religious services, the priest may choose to give the congregation permission to carry out an alternative Sign of Peace that does not involve hand contact (such as smile/ nod/ bow) if so wished. The practice of shaking hands on greeting and departure at religious services/ gatherings should be suspended for both religious leaders/clergy and laity.

Communion Using communal vessels for food and drink during religious services, e.g. drinking from the Chalice during Holy Communion in Christian services To minimise the risk of spread of infection, the use of communal vessels should be suspended. For example, during Holy Communion in Christian religious services only the celebrant should drink from the Chalice. No one else should drink from the Chalice – this includes other priests, ministers of the Eucharist and members of the congregation. Alternatives to direct sharing of the Chalice should also be AVOIDED including: 1.Intinction, i.e.:  the Communion wafer is dipped in the Chalice and administered into the hand or the Communion wafer is administered into the communicant’s hand and they dip it into the Chalice. 2.Distribution of Communion wine through individual small cups Everyone administering Holy Communion should wash their hands or use alcohol based hand gel before beginning. Holy Communion should be administered into the hands only and NOT onto the tongue

Thank you, Health and Blessings +Archbishop Dr. Karl Rodig

December 26th, A. D. 2019


Welcome to our Church, Ewan Christopher, in the Sacrament of Baptism.
Your smile made us all happy. You and your family be blessed richly!

Christmas, Navidad, Natale, Noel 2019 


(Please share with all, Thank you! Compartir con todos, Gracias!)


Hodie, Christus Natus est, Hallelujah, Hallelujah!

Et Pax Hominibus bonae voluntatis.

Gloria in Excelsis Deo!

Merry Christmas!

Afrikaans:Geseënde Kersfees en 'n gelukkige nuwe jaar

Albanian:  Gëzuar Krishlindjet Vitin e Ri!

Germany: Fröhliche Weihnachten und ein Gesegnetes Neues Jahr Euch allen Nah und Fern.Möge der Friede Christi in Euere Herzen einziehen!

Arabic: ميلاد مجيد

Bulgaria: Весела Коледа и благословена Нова година

Armenian:  Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Soorp Janunt

Esturian:  Bones Navidaes & Gayoleru anu nuevu! 

Belgium:  Zalige Kertfeest   

Catalán:  Bon Nadal i feliç any nou!

Croatia:  Sretan Bozic! Blagoslovljena i radosna božićna sezona, zdravlje i mir u novoj godini

Danmark: Glædelig Jul og godt nytår

English:  Merry Christmas o Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year

Esperanto:  Gajan Kristnaskon & Bonan Novjaron

Estonian: Rõõmsaid Jõulupühi ja Head uut aastat

Finland:  Hauskaa Joulua

France: Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année! 

Galic: Nadolig LlawenGallego: Bon Nadal e Bo Ani Novo

Georgian: გილოცავთ შობა-ახალ წელს

Holand:  Hartelijke Kerstroeten

Hawaiian: Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou

Hebrew:  חג מולד שמח

Hungary: Kellemes karácsonyi ünnepeket és Boldog újévet!

Greek: Καλά Χριστούγεννα!

Indonesia: Selamat Hari Natal & Selamat Tahun Baru

Irland: (Gaelic)Nollaig shona duit. Bliain úr faoi shéan is faoi mhaise duit 

Italy:  Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo

Japan: メリークリスマス

Latin: Pax Hominibus bonae voluntatis

Lituania: Linksmu Kaledu ir laimingu Nauju metu

Luxemburg:  Schéi Krëschtdeeg an e Schéint Néi Joer

Malaysia:  Selamat Hari Natal dan Tahun Baru

Maori: Meri Kirihimete

Norway:  Gledelig Jul

Navajo:Ya'at'eeh Keshmish Basque- Zorionak eta Urte Berri On!

Philippines: (Tagalog): Maligayang Pasko

Poland:  Wesołych Świąt Bożego Narodzenia i szczęśliwego Nowego Roku!

Portugal: Boas Festas e um Feliz Ano Novo

Rumania:  Craciun fericit si un An Nou fericit!

Russin: Pozdravlyenie s Rozjdyestvom i s Novym Godom!

Samoan:Manuia le Kerisimasi, ma le Tausaga Fou

Serbia: Hristos se rodi

Slowenia: Vesel božič in srečno novo leto

Somalia: ciid wanaagsan iyo sanad cusub oo fiican.

Spain: Feliz Navidadl! Feliz Año Nuevo! Que Cristo La Luz del Mundo sea presente in sus corazones por siempre!

Sri Lanka: Subha Nattalak Veva 

Swahili: Krismasi Njema / Heri ya krismas. Heri ya mwaka mpya  Wapendwa, Noeli iko mlangoni! Nawatakieni wote heri sana na baraka kwa sikukuu hii ya Noeli.  Aidha nawaombeeni mwaka mpya wa furaha, na mafaniko.

Sweden: God Jul och Gott Nytt ÅrTahiti:  La ora i te Noere e ia ora na i te matahiti 'a

Tamil:Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal

Turkey:  Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun

Valencia: Bon Nadal i feliç any nou

Thai: Suk san wan-krit-maat lae sa-wat-dee bpee mai 

Turkish: Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun; Yeni Yilnizi Kutar, saadetler dilerim 

Ukrainian: Srozhdestvom Kristovym 

Vietnamese: Mung Le Giang Sinh. Cung Chuc Tan Nien Welsh - Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda


Peace and Joy to you all, beloved brothers and sisters or of our Worldwide Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ!

Wishing you all a very blessed and joyous Christmas Season, Health and Peace in A. D. 2020

Many wonder how shall we celebrate the birth of Christ this year in a world that has become very self seeking? How do we enjoy a Christmas knowing that so many children worldwide starving to death dying in wart-horne regions? How can we celebrate when we know that thousands of refugee and migrant families have been ripped apart, children and babies separated from their parents? How in a world that has become very obsessed with new forms of extremism and an obsession for nationalism creating waves of hate and xenophobia, racism and violence against minorities? Many other thoughts come through mind...

    Yet in all of this we see the light of Hope in the birth of our Savior, because he reminds us what it needs to be a child of God, poor, defenseless, having become a refugee fleeing to Egypt because of a rampant persecution of the innocent.

    Our celebration of Christ's birth, God's coming into this world, will only be a heartfelt encounter for us when we see this mystery in its totality: The joy that came to us in the divine incarnation of God in HIS beloved Son who was before all times, Emmanuel, God with us, and who is destined to sacrifice his life through divine love for all of humanity as an act of redemption and liberation is this very reality that only we can accept in a growing faith. This is what our heart seeks in prayerful and active devotion for our work of the Gospel.

    Every year we have the opportunity to grow a little bit more toward this divine Love that brings our personal suffering closer to God, wipes away our complaints and winning, and leads us to a deeper awareness of God's true presence in our lives.

It is my joy to know that we are all live and joined in this earthly pilgrimage through God's Grace bestowed on us as a people awaiting Christ's coming in Glory.    

    May we all seek with a humble heart this human and divine Love from the Child of Bethlehem that greets us with the smile of God.

May you always walk in the brotherly and sisterly love with each other so to enter one day that heavenly door to eternity. 

   

With my Prayers and benedictions,

Yours,   

 +Karl


ECCC NEWS:

Africa:

Prayers of thanksgiving to our new bishops in Africa:

Cameroon:

 Metropolitan Archbishop Jean of the Resurrection in our new Archdiocese in Yaounde.

Bishop Elect (consecration in January 2020), Msgr. Amou Didier for the 

Prelature

 of the Order of The Companions of St. Augustine. Many blessings to you all!

Nigeria, Delta Region: Congratulations to the consecration of our First Bishop in Nigeria, Bishop Celestine Ewerum Onyekach. Many blessings!

Kenya: Bishop John Karimi has been appointed through our Nuncio for Africa, H. E. Archbishop Godfrey Siundu to lead the vacant archdiocese of Nairobi, Kenya. Many Blessings!

Asia

India:

We welcome the new priest, 

Fr. Rajkumar and 

Fr. Philip Lopez into our Metropolitan Archdiocese of India.

We congratulate our Archbishop Dr. Sunny and his priests for the expansion of our Church into Mumbai.

The Philippines:

We welcome our new bishops, 

+Reynaldo Prima, 

+Juanito Tolentino, 

+Freddy C. Manucan, 

+Arthuro Banares Costilla

We thank Bishop Manuel for all his good work for our missions in the Philippines.

Europe:

Italy

We congratulate Archbishop Agostino and his clergy for expanting in to Rome, Calabria and the North.

Costa Rica

We welcome our new Brother, Fray Carlos Centeno Prendas for our Franciscan Order NOSF

USA

Michigan:

We welcome Fr. Julio at our Cathedral as Spiritual director for the Monastery and helping to reach out to the Hispanic community. We welcome our new members for the New Order of St. Francis, Br. Michael, retired clergy.

Texas:

 We welcome Fr. Marty and his missions in Texas into our Church.

Synod planning:

I am sharing an excerpt of a letter to our Nuncios in regard to reflect and accommodate Continental Synods instead of a worldwide

Synod:

I wanted to take the occasion to communicate with you about the situation of our Synod that I announced a Year ago.

As you know, we were planning a worldwide Synod for 2020.

There are a few reasons that have emerged that changes the situation and calls for a different approach. Instead of having at this time a worldwide Synod, we should plan on 

Cntinental Synods instead. With some I have already communicated via phone. 

Some of the reasons are:

Many of our bishops and clergy work in ministries with little income and have not the financial means to travel to other continents. And there are also Visa restrictions that are problems for many.

First:

The Continental Synods are for:

I. Asia, including India, The Philippines, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka
II. African Continent
III. Europe and Eastern Europe, including, Gerogia, Ukraine, and Russia
IV. Latin American 
V. North America

It is very helpful that we plan accordingly on a timeline:
I ask you to share with me and each other within the next 3 month an agreed timeline for each continental Synod.The Synods can be spread over a year, so I would be able to attend each Synod appropriately. So we would have by the Summer of 2021 the Final Document.

Second: 

The Continental Synods will:

Assess

Discuss 

And Elaborate on the local pastoral situations for each country. 

Through different workshops in prayerful and active meetings, the results will be presented to:

The Plenary Sessions of the continental Synods.

This will bring the necessary and new pastoral approaches to light in order to fulfill the Evangelization under Christ's Command for our time. 

Third:

Once all 5 Synods are completed, we can put the results together and have a final binding Document issued to share with all involved. 

This Document will be of uttermost importance as it will create a new Pastoral Plan for our ECCC. 

December 14, 2019

We had Santa at our church. Was a wonderful event for our children. The joy was great among them and their parents. Thank you to all our volunteers and thank you to all our donors! It took a lot of time to prepare everything. It is worth every minute! Some pictures below.

 December 3rd, 2019

We had one of the best meetings one can expect from advocates against capital punishment. You all remember the movie based on Sr. Helen Prejan’s book, “Dead Man walking”. Her life’s vivid encounters with death row inmates has ignited a new awakening that the government cannot take a person’s life, called capital punishment. This would be and always has been murder by the state ! Her presentation was beyond words. May God bless her efforts for many years to come!

May we see more clearly what Pope Francis wrote on August 2nd, 2018 about capital punishment: “ The death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person,” and the Church “works with determination for its abolition worldwide.” Archbishop Karl, Archbishop Kimo, and Fr. Julio attended the meeting.

Thanksgiving 2019

Our Thanksgiving dinner for the poor was very emotional as they expressed their gratitude finding love, understanding and care in our church of St. Anthony. Thank you Jesus whom I saw today in so many faces! Be all blessed! Thank you all our volunteers for being there, especially Archbishop Kimo, Janna, Fr. Julio, Br. Morgan, Shuffy, Sr. Theresa, Lisa, brothers and sisters.

October 6th, A. D. 2019

As we celebrated our Patron Saint Francis, we also remembered our oldest member, Josefa who passed away after her 102 birthday. She was a wonderful Spirit among us. Many came to pay their respect for her life. We will miss you greatly. Say Hello to Jesus for us. Safe Journey home to the Lord.

September 28th, A. D. 2019

Thank you all our volunteers, and the pharmacists from Wallgreens for offering free flu shots, for helping to make the church picnic a great day.
Special thanks to Br. Morgan and Gregory for organizing the food and outreach, Archbishop Kimo and his wife Janna, and Mark for the BBQ, Martha and Dr. Barbara, Sisters and Aaron for serving.
Feeding 150 people, many got their flu shots, the clothes and food pantry was providing as always free clothes, food packages, hygiene packages for all!
A wonderful day of community!

September 7, 2019

Annual Volunteer Trip on the Detroit River

We wanted to thank our volunteers for serving with all their hearts our community! 

Thank you all for your love for St. Anthony!

August 1st, 2019

Thank you all from SUMMER IN THE CITY and KEEP Growing Detroit for helping St. Anthony’s Garden and grounds clean up and restoring! Great job! Special thanks to Br. David, Aaron, Dr. Bárbara, Robyn Ussery and T !

July 9th 2019

Community meeting for our Neighborhood. We shall get 625 new jobs by a plant that is planed near our church. That is indeed good news, especially for our younger neighbors who need jobs!

Blessed Feast of St. Anthony to all!

Come and join us this coming Sunday, June 16th, 2019

 to a solemn mass 

For our Patron Saint 

At 11:00 AM.

5247 Sheridan Street, Detroit, MI 48213


June 1st, A. D. 2019

Congratulations to our Br. Morgan for his graduation at the Ecumenical Seminary in Detroit!  Many blessings!

Peace be with you, Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ! 

    On this Solemnity of Pentecost let us to reflect a little bit on the Holy Spirit 2019

     As we know, The Holy Spirit is impossible to visualize, because the Spirit cannot be seen as such. Yet the Holy Spirit is profoundly real. Holy Spirit is impossible to visualize, be

      Many things in our universe are real even though invisible to the naked eye. What we see with our eyes is only a fraction of our physical world. The Holy Spirit belongs to the spiritual world, and it naturally cannot see the Spirit with our eyes. Yet, there are helpful ways of imagining the Holy Spirit. St Paul uses an image drawn from nature when he says that the Spirit bears fruit. He means the visible effect of the Spirit on one’s life. We may not be able to see the Holy Spirit, but we can see the effect of the Spirit in our life, just as we cannot see the wind but can see the effect of the wind on people and objects of various kinds. Paul is saying that wherever we find love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control, the Spirit is there at work. The Spirit becomes visible in and through these qualities and virtues. 

    The person who most of all had those qualities was Jesus because he was full of the Holy Spirit, full of the life of God. The Holy Spirit is essentially the very life of God, and that life is a life of love. It is that divine life, that divine love, which was poured out at Pentecost, initially on the first women and men with Mary in their midst, but through them on all who were open to receive this powerful and wonderful gift. Paul expresses it simply in his letter to the Romans, ‘God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us’. It is that Spirit of God’s love we have received who bears the rich fruit in our lives that Paul speaks about in today’s 2nd Reading. The Spirit is constantly at work in our lives, making us more like Jesus. Again, the ordinary, day to day expressions of goodness and kindness, of faithfulness and self-control, of patience and gentleness, are all manifestations of the Spirit that has been given to us by God. We can recognize the Spirit’s presence in the common happenings of everyday life. The spiritual is not something other-worldly; it is humanity at its best.

    Humanity is at its best in today’s first reading (Acts of the Apostles). Pentecost brought about a wonderful bonding of people from all over the Roman Empire. They were united in admiring and praising the marvels of God. In spite of differences of language and culture there was a real communion among them. Wherever communion of heart and mind exist among people of different backgrounds, the Holy Spirit is at work. Unity in diversity is the mark of the Spirit!

     Jesus points out another manifestation of the Spirit: the pursuit of truth. Only the Spirit can lead us to the complete truth. If someone is genuinely seeking for truth, and willing to engage in good works with others, there the Spirit is at work. Fullness of truth and love is always beyond us; but the Spirit is given to lead us towards the complete truth and love, in all its height and depth.

    All our communities around the world live with the Holy Spirit in our midst. When I visited our Church community in Licata, Italy this past May, I saw the Spirit of love and care, I saw the wonderful leadership of our Metropolitan Archbishop for Italy, H. E.++Agostino, the commitment of his clergy and the faithful to our cause of being an ecumenical catholic church that is here for all who seek a new dawn in the Church, an awakening through the Holy Spirit. (Some of the pictures I posted on Facebook: Karl Rodig, and our websites). It is especially a sign of the Holy Spirit to see our first Women Priest, Rev. Mother Raffaela in our Church. I asked myself often, why has the church ignored for so long the gifts of the Holy Spirit in the ministry of women in the Church. 

Thank you all for being loving and caring church communities where all are welcome finding a spiritual home of Love and acceptance, where diversity is a gift.

Let us all pray that the God send us the the gifts of the Holy Spirit that will lead us to a renewed and transformation in the Church for the salvation of all of God's beloved people. 

May we all seek this truth that the Holy Spirit shows us in order to come closer to God.

With my deep appreciation for all your service.

Remaining faithful yours,

+Karl

Church News:

USA: 

It is with great joy to announce the Intercommunion between the Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ and the Catholic Apostolic Church of Antioch under the leadership of Presiding Bishop Mark Elliot Newman.

Italy:

We welcome our newly ordained priests in Italy, Fr. Fortunato (Calabria) and Fr. Francesco (Turin) to the Metropolitan Archdiocese of Italy. Congratulations and blessings for your new ministry. We also congratulate, Rev. Gaetano on June 23rd, 2019 in Licata, Italy.

To all in our worldwide church:

Please work all on the ideas expressed in my apostolic Letter I sent you for Christmas for our Worldwide Synod. Location and Time are not set yet. Thank yo

¡La paz esté con ustedes, queridas hermanas y hermanos en Cristo!

    En esta solemnidad de Pentecostés, reflexionemos un poco sobre el Espíritu Santo. Como sabemos, el Espíritu Santo es imposible de visualizar, porque el Espíritu no puede ser visto como tal. Sin embargo, el Espíritu Santo es profundamente real.

    Muchas cosas en nuestro universo son reales aunque sean invisibles a simple vista. Lo que vemos con nuestros ojos es solo una fracción de nuestro mundo físico. El Espíritu Santo pertenece al mundo espiritual, y naturalmente no puede ver el Espíritu con nuestros ojos. Sin embargo, hay maneras útiles de imaginar al Espíritu Santo. San Pablo usa una imagen extraída de la naturaleza cuando dice que el Espíritu fructifica. Se refiere al efecto visible del Espíritu en la vida de uno. Es posible que no podamos ver el Espíritu Santo, pero podemos ver el efecto del Espíritu en nuestra vida, al igual que no podemos ver el viento, pero podemos ver el efecto del viento en personas y objetos de diversos tipos. Pablo está diciendo que dondequiera que encontremos amor, alegría, paz, paciencia, amabilidad, bondad, confianza, amabilidad y dominio propio, el Espíritu está allí trabajando. El Espíritu se hace visible en ya través de estas cualidades y virtudes.

    La persona que más que todo tenía esas cualidades era Jesús porque estaba lleno del Espíritu Santo, lleno de la vida de Dios. El Espíritu Santo es esencialmente la vida misma de Dios, y esa vida es una vida de amor. Es esa vida divina, ese amor divino, que se derramó en Pentecostés, inicialmente en las primeras mujeres y hombres con María en medio de ellos, pero a través de ellos en todos los que estaban abiertos para recibir este regalo poderoso y maravilloso. Pablo lo expresa simplemente en su carta a los romanos: "El amor de Dios se ha derramado en nuestros corazones a través del Espíritu Santo que se nos ha dado". Es el amor del Espíritu de Dios que hemos recibido quien da el rico fruto en nuestras vidas de lo que Pablo habla en la segunda lectura de hoy. El Espíritu está constantemente trabajando en nuestras vidas, haciéndonos más como Jesús. Nuevamente, las expresiones cotidianas de bondad y bondad, de fidelidad y autocontrol, de paciencia y gentileza, son todas manifestaciones del Espíritu que Dios nos ha dado. Podemos reconocer la presencia del Espíritu en los acontecimientos comunes de la vida cotidiana. Lo espiritual no es algo de otro mundo; Es la humanidad en su mejor momento.

    La humanidad está en su mejor momento en la primera lectura de hoy (Hechos de los Apóstoles). Pentecostés produjo una maravillosa unión de personas de todo el Imperio Romano. Se unieron admirando y alabando las maravillas de Dios. A pesar de las diferencias de idioma y cultura, hubo una verdadera comunión entre ellos. Dondequiera que exista comunión de corazón y mente entre personas de diferentes orígenes, el Espíritu Santo está obrando. ¡La unidad en la diversidad es la marca del Espíritu!

     Jesús señala otra manifestación del Espíritu: la búsqueda de la verdad. Solo el Espíritu puede llevarnos a la verdad completa. Si alguien está buscando genuinamente la verdad, y está dispuesto a participar en buenas obras con otros, allí el Espíritu está obrando. La plenitud de la verdad y el amor siempre está más allá de nosotros; pero el Espíritu es dado para guiarnos hacia la completa verdad y el amor, en toda su altura y profundidad.

    Todas nuestras comunidades alrededor del mundo viven con el Espíritu Santo entre nosotros. Cuando visité nuestra comunidad de la Iglesia en Licata, Italia, en mayo pasado, vi el Espíritu de amor y cuidado, vi el maravilloso liderazgo de nuestro Nuncio y Arzobispo Metropolitano para Italia, ++ Agostino, el compromiso de su clero y los fieles a nuestra causa de ser una iglesia católica ecuménica que está aquí para todos los que buscan un nuevo amanecer en la Iglesia, un despertar a través del Espíritu Santo. (Algunas de las fotos que publiqué en Facebook: Karl Rodig y nuestros sitios web). Es especialmente una señal del Espíritu Santo ver a nuestra primera mujer sacerdote, la Reverenda Madre Raffaela en nuestra Iglesia. Me preguntaba a menudo, ¿por qué la iglesia ha ignorado durante tanto tiempo los dones del Espíritu Santo en el ministerio de las mujeres en la Iglesia?

Gracias a todos por amar y cuidar las comunidades de la iglesia donde todos son bienvenidos a encontrar un hogar espiritual de Amor y aceptación, donde la diversidad es un regalo.

Oremos todos para que Dios nos envíe los dones del Espíritu Santo que nos conducirán a una renovación y transformación en la Iglesia para la salvación de todos los seres queridos de Dios.

Que todos podamos buscar esta verdad que el Espíritu Santo nos muestra para acercarnos más a Dios.

Con mi profundo agradecimiento por todos sus servicios.

Permaneciendo fiel tuyo,

+ Karl

Noticias de la Iglesia:

ESTADOS UNIDOS:

Es con gran alegría anunciar la Intercomunión entre la Iglesia de Cristo Ecuménica Católica y la Iglesia Católica Apostólica de Antioquía bajo el liderazgo de Obispo Presidente Mark Elliot Newman.

Italia:

Damos la bienvenida a nuestros sacerdotes recién ordenados en Italia, el Padre. Fortunato (Calabria) y el P. Francisco (Turín) a la archidiócesis metropolitana de Italia. Felicitaciones y bendiciones por tu nuevo ministerio. También felicitamos al Rev. Gaetano el 23 de junio de 2019 en Licata, Italia

A Todos en nuestra Iglesia mundial:

Por favor, trabaje en las ideas expresadas en mi Carta apostólica que le envié para Navidad para nuestro Sínodo Mundial. La ubicación y el tiempo aún no están establecidos. Gracias.

La pace sia con voi, care sorelle e fratelli in Cristo!

       In questa solennità di Pentecoste lasciateci riflettere un po 'sullo Spirito Santo. Come sappiamo, lo Spirito Santo è impossibile da visualizzare, perché lo Spirito non può essere visto come tale. Eppure lo Spirito Santo è profondamente reale.

      Molte cose nel nostro universo sono reali anche se invisibili ad occhio nudo. Ciò che vediamo con i nostri occhi è solo una frazione del nostro mondo fisico. Lo Spirito Santo appartiene al mondo spirituale e naturalmente non può vedere lo Spirito con i nostri occhi. Tuttavia, ci sono modi utili per immaginare lo Spirito Santo. San Paolo usa un'immagine tratta dalla natura quando dice che lo Spirito porta frutto. Intende l'effetto visibile dello Spirito sulla propria vita. Potremmo non essere in grado di vedere lo Spirito Santo, ma possiamo vedere l'effetto dello Spirito nella nostra vita, così come non possiamo vedere il vento ma possiamo vedere l'effetto del vento su persone e oggetti di vario genere. Paolo sta dicendo che ovunque troviamo amore, gioia, pace, pazienza, gentilezza, bontà, fiducia, gentilezza e autocontrollo, lo Spirito è lì all'opera. Lo Spirito diventa visibile in e attraverso queste qualità e virtù.

      La persona che più di tutte aveva queste qualità era Gesù perché era pieno dello Spirito Santo, pieno della vita di Dio. Lo Spirito Santo è essenzialmente la vita stessa di Dio, e quella vita è una vita d'amore. È quella vita divina, quell'amore divino, che fu riversato a Pentecoste, inizialmente sulle prime donne e uomini con Maria in mezzo a loro, ma attraverso loro su tutti coloro che erano aperti a ricevere questo dono potente e meraviglioso. Paolo lo esprime semplicemente nella sua lettera ai Romani: "L'amore di Dio è stato versato nei nostri cuori per mezzo dello Spirito Santo che ci è stato dato". È questo lo Spirito di amore di Dio che abbiamo ricevuto e che porta il ricco frutto nella nostra vita di cui parla Paolo nella II lettura di oggi. Lo Spirito è costantemente all'opera nelle nostre vite, rendendoci più simili a Gesù. Di nuovo, le comuni espressioni quotidiane di bontà e gentilezza, di fedeltà e autocontrollo, di pazienza e dolcezza, sono tutte manifestazioni dello Spirito che ci è stato dato da Dio. Possiamo riconoscere la presenza dello Spirito negli avvenimenti comuni della vita quotidiana. Lo spirituale non è qualcosa di diverso dal mondo; è l'umanità al suo meglio.

       L'umanità è al suo meglio nella prima lettura di oggi (Atti degli Apostoli). La Pentecoste ha prodotto un meraviglioso legame di persone provenienti da tutto l'Impero Romano. Erano uniti nell'ammirare e nel lodare le meraviglie di Dio. Nonostante le differenze di lingua e cultura, c'era una vera comunione tra loro. Ovunque vi sia comunione di cuore e mente tra persone di diversa estrazione, lo Spirito Santo è all'opera. L'unità nella diversità è il marchio dello Spirito!

        Gesù indica un'altra manifestazione dello Spirito: la ricerca della verità. Solo lo Spirito può condurci alla verità completa. Se qualcuno cerca sinceramente la verità e è disposto a impegnarsi in buone opere con gli altri, lì lo Spirito è all'opera. Pienezza di verità e amore è sempre al di là di noi; ma lo Spirito è dato per condurci verso la completa verità e amore, in tutta la sua altezza e profondità.

        Tutte le nostre comunità in tutto il mondo vivono con lo Spirito Santo in mezzo a noi. Quando ho visitato la nostra comunità di Chiesa a Licata, lo scorso maggio, ho visto lo Spirito di amore e cura, ho visto la meravigliosa guida del nostro Nunzio e Arcivescovo Metropolitano per l'Italia, Agostino, l'impegno del suo clero e dei fedeli per la nostra causa di essere una chiesa cattolica ecumenica che è qui per tutti coloro che cercano una nuova alba nella Chiesa, un risveglio attraverso lo Spirito Santo. (Alcune delle foto che ho postato su Facebook: Karl Rodig e i nostri siti Web). È soprattutto un segno dello Spirito Santo vedere la nostra prima donna sacerdote, Rev. Madre Raffaela nella nostra Chiesa. Mi sono chiesto spesso, perché la chiesa ha ignorato per così tanto tempo i doni dello Spirito Santo nel ministero delle donne nella Chiesa.

         Grazie a tutti per essere state amorevoli e premurose comunità di chiese in cui tutti sono benvenuti a trovare una casa spirituale di Amore e accettazione, dove la diversità è un dono.

         Preghiamo tutti che il Dio ci mandi i doni dello Spirito Santo che ci condurranno a una rinnovata e trasformazione nella Chiesa per la salvezza di tutto l'amato popolo di Dio.  Possiamo tutti noi cercare questa verità che lo Spirito Santo ci mostra per avvicinarci a Dio.

          Con il mio profondo apprezzamento per tutto il tuo servizio.

Rimanendo fedele tuo,

 +Karl

Notizie della Chiesa:

STATI UNITI D'AMERICA:

È con grande gioia annunciare l'Intercomunione tra la Chiesa ecumenica cattolica di Cristo e la Chiesa cattolica apostolica di Antiochia sotto la guida di Presiedere il vescovo Mark Elliot Newman.

Italia:

Accogliamo i nostri sacerdoti neo-ordinati in Italia, il Padre. Fortunato (Calabria) e P. Francisco (Torino) all'arcidiocesi metropolitana d'Italia. Congratulazioni e benedizioni per il tuo nuovo ministero. Ci congratuliamo anche con il Rev. Gaetano il 23 giugno 2019 a Licata, in Italia.

A tutti nella nostra Chiesa Mundiale

Per favore, lavora sulle idee espresse nella mia Lettera Apostolica che ti ho inviato a Natale per il nostro Sinodo Mondiale. La posizione e l'ora non sono ancora state stabilite. Grazie


May 2019

Apostolic Pastoral Visit to Licata, Sicily, Italy 

Wanted to thank our beloved Metropolitan Archbishop of Italy for his spiritual leadership, and thank you to all the wonderful women and men who helped to make  this a special community event.

Congratulations to the newly ordained priests, Fr. Fortunato from Calabria and Fr. Francesco from Bergamo!

Thank you all for being a vibrant Church!    

Prayers and Blessings to you all. 

Come Join us for


Holy Week:

Palm Sunday: 11:00 AM

Last Supper: Thursday 7:00 PM


Good Friday: 

Stations of the Cross 2:00 PM 

Liturgy: Passion of Christ 3:00 PM


Easter Sunday Celebration and First Communion: 11:00 AM

EASTER 2019

FIRST COMMUNION OF AIDEN, EMILY AND FILOMENA. 

WELCOME TO THE TABLE OF THE LORD!

Here are some music videos from Holy Week 2019

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March 24th, 2019

God bless our new altar servers!


February 24th, A. D. 2019

Welcome Ntina and Sterling to our church family ! With your baptism you are on your pilgrimage toward God’s Kingdom. Congratulations and many blessings!

March 16th, 2019

Today is your wedding day Paige and Tommy! 
Wishing you a long and blessed marriage, always love, health, peace, and the gift of children!

March 10, 2019

Celebrating the life at the memorial service for Eric, George's Son.
May he rest in peace, and may the Angels of the Lord guide him to the heavenly home!

Baptism of our new Church members

Hodie, Christus Natus est, Hallelujah, Hallelujah.

Pax Hominibus bonae voluntatis.

Gloria in Exelsis Deo! 

Merry Christmas! 

Peace and Joy to you beloved brothers and sisters or of our Worldwide ECCC!

Wishing you all a very blessed and joyous Christmas Season, Health and Peace in A. D. 2019

    As we celebrate this Holy Days of Christmas, we are reminded what His birth means to us and the whole world. We not only celebrate His Birth over 2 thousand years ago, we also being reminded of Christ living among us, and that He will come again in Glory to take us all home. 

    As Christians we are aware that our spiritual journey on this earth is dependent on our relationship with Christ. As we walk with Christ in our midst, we need to keep focused on Him and realize more and more why it makes a difference to follow His commandment of Loving God and our Neighbor. The world with all its glamour is trying to convince us otherwise, i.e., making us believe that there is no God. Yes, for many it has become the answer in modern times: to live only the way one wants, and see all the bad things of today's world be part of a lesser necessity, because it seems to be so much easier. Wars, scandals, natural disasters, famines, or a family tragedy, etc. becomes the new justification for ones own way of a life without God. 

    But what really will come out of such a lifestyle?

    We see it everywhere, a world of bulling, a world of more greed and the devastating consequences it entails, carelessness in all its evil forms, including the pollution of the worlds oceans, the denial of Global warming, the deforestations of the world's vital rain forests, the drug epidemics and all kinds of addictions, robberies, murders, and the list goes on...

    Yet, all of this cries out for wanting us to live in a better world that has Love as the moral foundation, and to see families and communities who show more care and respect for each other, yes for all of God's people. We experiencing almost daily how much societies have been divided and how many people are being treated with hate and disrespect. Immigrants are being treated as enemies, living in abhorrent conditions, children separated from their parents. We forget that Jesus and his family were refugees fleeing the brutal hands of the Ruler Herod...

    Christmas is a stark reminder to see the world through the eyes of Jesus: in his innocence of a baby -his entire life a peacemaker -welcoming all who seek Wholeness again -finding healing in life's afflictions -restoring God's will among us.  We need again this awareness that we are only one human race, and that we are only guests on this earth, and knowing that we are only stewards of God's creation. We need each other. Only God's Word of Life and Grace can bring healing restoring our lives and communities.

    Let us be such a renewed people that live this message of Joy to the world and Peace to all people of good will. Let us give testimony for HIS Good NEWS. We are able to do it, because Jesus went before us and showed us the need for change in our life. 

    May we all find a new way to the Heart of God that, our Father and Mother that is pouring out so much love that we are just taken by it.

    Thank you all for your love for Jesus and the good work of our worldwide Church! 

Wishing you, your families and all in your care: this kind and pure Love that comes out of the manger in Bethlehem, that innocent life that came in our midst so we can live With Him and Through Him and in Him.

With my Prayers and benedictions,

Yours,

   +Karl

ECCC Announcement:

We announcing for 2020: Our Ecumenical Catholic Church of Christ World Synod.

An Apostolic Letter will be sent out to our Archbishops, Bishops, Priests, Deacons and Laity that will plan the Details for this historic event.  We asking you all for your prayers for this celebration of our faith!  We welcome also our new priests in our worldwide missions, the ECCC is growing through the Grace of God!

¡Paz, hermanos y hermanas en Cristo!

Les deseamos a todos una muy feliz 

y feliz temporada navideña,

Salud y paz en A. D. 2019

   Mientras celebramos estos Días Santos de Navidad, se nos recuerda lo que significa su nacimiento para nosotros y para el mundo entero. No solo celebramos Su nacimiento hace más de 2 mil años, también se nos recuerda que Cristo vive entre nosotros y que Él vendrá nuevamente en Gloria para llevarnos a todos a casa.

    Como cristianos somos conscientes de que nuestro viaje espiritual en esta tierra depende de nuestra relación con Cristo. Mientras caminamos con Cristo en medio de nosotros, debemos mantenernos enfocados en Él y darnos cuenta cada vez más de por qué es importante seguir Su mandamiento de amar a Dios y a nuestro prójimo. El mundo con todo su glamour está tratando de convencernos de lo contrario, es decir, haciéndonos creer que no hay Dios. Sí, para muchos se ha convertido en la respuesta en los tiempos modernos: vivir solo de la manera que uno quiere y ver todas las cosas malas del mundo de hoy como parte de una necesidad menor, porque parece ser mucho más fácil. Las guerras, los escándalos, los desastres naturales, las hambrunas, una tragedia familiar, etc., se convierten en la nueva justificación de nuestra propia vida sin Dios.

    ¿Pero qué realmente saldrá de tal estilo de vida?

    Lo vemos en todas partes, un mundo de bulling, un mundo de más codicia y las consecuencias devastadoras que conlleva, el descuido en todas sus formas malignas, incluida la contaminación de los océanos del mundo, la negación del calentamiento global, las deforestaciones de la lluvia vital del mundo. Los bosques, las epidemias de drogas y todo tipo de adicciones, robos, asesinatos, y la lista continúa ...

    Sin embargo, todo esto clama por querer que vivamos en un mundo mejor que tenga el Amor como la base moral, y que veamos a las familias y comunidades que muestran más cuidado y respeto por los demás, sí para todo el pueblo de Dios. Experimentamos casi a diario la cantidad de sociedades que se han dividido y la cantidad de personas que son tratadas con odio y falta de respeto. Los inmigrantes son tratados como enemigos, viven en condiciones abominables, los niños separados de sus padres. Olvidamos que Jesús y su familia eran refugiados que huían de las manos brutales del gobernante Herodes ...

    La Navidad es un claro recordatorio para ver el mundo a través de los ojos de Jesús: en su inocencia de un bebé, toda su vida, un pacificador, que acogerá a todos los que buscan nuevamente la totalidad, encontrar curación en las aflicciones de la vida, restablecer la voluntad de Dios entre nosotros. Necesitamos nuevamente esta conciencia de que somos solo una raza humana, y que solo somos invitados en esta tierra, y sabiendo que solo somos administradores de la creación de Dios. Nos necesitamos el uno al otro. Solo la Palabra de Dios de Vida y Gracia puede traer sanidad restaurando nuestras vidas y comunidades.

    Seamos un pueblo tan renovado que viva este mensaje de Alegría para el mundo y Paz para todas las personas de buena voluntad. Demos testimonio de sus buenas noticias. Podemos hacerlo, porque Jesús fue antes que nosotros y nos mostró la necesidad de un cambio en nuestra vida.

    Que todos podamos encontrar un nuevo camino hacia el Corazón de Dios que, nuestro Padre y nuestra Madre, está derramando tanto amor que simplemente nos dejamos llevar por él.

    ¡Gracias a todos por su amor a Jesús y al buen trabajo de nuestra Iglesia mundial!

Les deseamos a ustedes, a sus familias y a todos a su cuidado: este amor amable y puro que sale del pesebre en Belén, esa vida inocente que vino en medio de nosotros para que podamos vivir con Él y por medio de Él y en Él.

Con mis oraciones y bendiciones,

Suyo,

   +Karl

Anuncio de la ECCC:

Es con gran alegría anunciar para 2020:

Nuestra Iglesia Ecuménica Católica de Cristo Sínodo Mundial.

Se enviará una carta apostólica a nuestros arzobispos, obispos, sacerdotes, diáconos y laicos que planearán los detalles para este evento histórico.

¡Les pedimos a todos por sus oraciones por esta celebración de nuestra fe!

También damos la bienvenida a nuestros nuevos sacerdotes en nuestras misiones mundiales, ¡El ECCC está creciendo a través de la Gracia de Dios!


Pace, fratelli e sorelle in Cristo!

Augurandovi tutti Bon Natale

molto Benedetta e Gioiosa,

Salute e Pace in A. D. 2019

    Mentre celebriamo questo santo giorno di Natale, ci viene ricordato ciò che la sua nascita significa per noi e per il mondo intero. Non celebriamo solo la sua nascita oltre 2 mila anni fa, ci viene anche ricordato che Cristo vive in mezzo a noi e che ritornerà in gloria per portarci tutti a casa.

    Come cristiani siamo consapevoli che il nostro cammino spirituale su questa terra dipende dalla nostra relazione con Cristo. Mentre camminiamo con Cristo in mezzo a noi, dobbiamo concentrarci su di Lui e realizzare sempre di più perché fa la differenza seguire il Suo comandamento di Dio amorevole e il nostro prossimo. Il mondo con tutto il suo fascino sta cercando di convincerci del contrario, cioè, facendoci credere che non c'è Dio. Sì, per molti è diventata la risposta nei tempi moderni: vivere solo come si vuole e vedere tutte le cose cattive del mondo di oggi essere parte di una necessità minore, perché sembra essere molto più facile. Guerre, scandali, disastri naturali, carestie o tragedia familiare, ecc. Diventano la nuova giustificazione per il proprio modo di vivere senza Dio.

    Ma cosa uscirà davvero da un simile stile di vita?

    Lo vediamo dappertutto, un mondo di bulling, un mondo di più avidità e le conseguenze devastanti che comporta, l'incuria in tutte le sue forme malvagie, compreso l'inquinamento degli oceani del mondo, la negazione del riscaldamento globale, la deforestazione della pioggia vitale mondiale le foreste, le epidemie di droga e tutti i tipi di dipendenze, rapine, omicidi e la lista continua ...

    Eppure, tutto questo grida per volere che noi viviamo in un mondo migliore che ha l'Amore come fondamento morale e per vedere famiglie e comunità che mostrano più cura e rispetto l'uno per l'altro, sì per tutto il popolo di Dio. Sperimentiamo quasi ogni giorno quante società sono state divise e quante persone vengono trattate con odio e mancanza di rispetto. Gli immigrati vengono trattati come nemici, vivono in condizioni aberrate, bambini separati dai loro genitori. Dimentichiamo che Gesù e la sua famiglia erano profughi in fuga dalle mani brutali del Sovrano Erode ...

    Il Natale è un forte promemoria per vedere il mondo attraverso gli occhi di Gesù: nella sua innocenza di un bambino - tutta la sua vita un pacificatore - accogliere tutti coloro che cercano di nuovo l'integrità - che guarisce nelle afflizioni della vita - ristabilendo la volontà di Dio tra noi. Abbiamo bisogno ancora una volta di questa consapevolezza che siamo solo una razza umana, e che siamo solo ospiti su questa terra, e sapendo che siamo solo amministratori della creazione di Dio. Noi abbiamo bisogno l'uno dell'altro. Solo la Parola di Vita e di Grazia di Dio può portare guarigione che ripristina le nostre vite e comunità.

    Diventiamo un popolo così rinnovato che viva questo messaggio di Gioia al mondo e pace a tutti gli uomini di buona volontà. Diamo testimonianza per le Sue buone NOTIZIE. Siamo in grado di farlo, perché Gesù ci ha preceduto e ci ha mostrato la necessità di un cambiamento nella nostra vita.

    Possano tutti noi trovare una nuova via per il Cuore di Dio che, nostro Padre e nostra Madre, riversa così tanto amore che siamo semplicemente presi da esso.

    Grazie a tutti per il vostro amore per Gesù e per il buon lavoro della nostra Chiesa mondiale!

    Augurando Voi, le tue famiglie e tutto ciò che ti sta a cuore: questo amore gentile e puro che esce dalla mangiatoia di Betlemme, quella vita innocente che è venuta in mezzo a noi per vivere con Lui, per Lui e in Lui.

Con le mie preghiere e le mie benedizioni,

Il Suo,

   +Karl

Annuncio ECCC:

È con Great Joy annunciare per il 2020:

La nostra Chiesa Ecumenica Cattolica di Cristo Sinodo Mondiale.

Una Lettera Apostolica sarà inviata ai nostri Arcivescovi, Vescovi, Sacerdoti, Diaconi e Laici che pianificheranno i Dettagli per questo evento storico.

Chiediamo a tutti voi le vostre preghiere per questa celebrazione della nostra fede!

Diamo il benvenuto anche ai nostri nuovi sacerdoti nelle nostre missioni in tutto il mondo, La Chiesa Ecumenica Cattolica de Cristo sta crescendo attraverso la Grazia di Dio!

Santa Clause for the Children December 15, A. D. 2018

Annual Santa Clause for the children. Thank you to all our volunteers who worked tirelessly to make this day happen. Thank you to the students from Henry Ford Arts College who made the workshop for the children a very happy event! Thank you to all our donors who gave the toys and blankets for our children, especially Margaret from our Chapel at St. Francis and St. Clare, and the Students of Clawson High School! Be all blessed, and a very blessed Christmas Season to you all!

October 13th, 2018


St. Anthony Church Family and Clothes and Food Pantry Barbecue 

 Free Flu shots, Reading Glasses, Healthcare advice and updates, Assistance for Foreclosure Homes.

It was a big success!! 

Thanks to Charlene, and to Walgreens! and all our wonderful volunteers!!

October 2018


Thank you so much volunteers for your good hearts helping so many neighbors to avoid property for closures for over a year now!

Special thanks to Gregory and Br. Morgan from our Church for your energy in all of these headaches! Prayers and blessings!

September 2018

Archbishop Dr. Karl Rodig celebrating Mass and receiving the eternal vows from Brother Thomas, OFM in the Roman Catholic Church in Detroit In the Spirit of Ecumenism and Christian Charity!

August A. D. 2018

Our Church roof is deteriorating, and the water intrusion is a major problem!  We pray and hope we find donors to help us to replace major parts of the roof to preserve our historic church, and to be able to continue our work for the poor. Please help our precious cause!

Thank you!


Please Make donations out to: "St. Anthony"

St. Anthony

5247 Sheridan Street

Detroit, MI 48226

June 2018

Episcopal Conference of the ECCC Western Region at our Cathedral

God bless our brother bishops and all whom they serve!

April 26th, 2018

Finally we can go back to gardening after a long winter.

 Lord bless this year with a good harvest.

Easter 2018
Christus resurrexit vere! Alleluja!

(Please share with all, Thank you! Compartir con todos, Gracias!)

The Peace of the Risen Christ be with you all, dear brothers and sisters of our worldwide church communion!

‘We are an Easter people and alleluia is our song.’ (St Augustine)


    I would like to share with you three Ways we can walk in our lives with Jesus:

First: Towards The New Jerusalem: Discover who we are, and whom to follow. 

    As we walked through this year's Lenten Season, we searched for our commitment with Christ, our personal life history, seeing our weaknesses that we needed to correct, but moreover we have discovered our strength in faith. We have might come to a new understanding how we see Christ in our life, in our church family, He, our Savior and Guiding Light.     

We find ourselves on a journey toward the New Jerusalem, our destiny. Along the way, we need to find the answer: how can we better declare our love for Jesus through word and deed? What is therefore the real meaning and purpose for us Christians in this world?

    One situation we face every day is that we are drawn between the world immanent matters and a real spiritual awareness/awakening. We often exchange these two to reward ourselves as it is only up to us, and not to God who is above everything...    

How can we reconcile the world in which we live with the demands of our faith in God? It feels to us that there is a struggle going on within us: I cannot leave my lifestyle that I am so used to, yet I do want to be closer to God with all my 

existence...The early church fathers wrote quite a bit of this struggle and they knew that the answer is Christ who is all in all for us.

    For us as Christians, it is the focus on the Life, and the mysteries of Christ Jesus, His Suffering and Resurrection that will help us to conquer our disbelieves, our status quo, our self inflicted wounds, our own misery that cries out to God. If we only seek the answer through our own making, we will end up nowhere...If we start believing and understanding more deeper Christ in our life, he will provide for us, and we join the millions and millions of Christians who found and experienced throughout history a joy that is beyond all this world can offer! 

We have to realize that Christ Jesus is not against this world, "He came into his own..." This world is God's creation. Christ, the Son of God, "took on human flesh" in order to be one of us and he lived among us, human and divine. Jesus's words, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life" is the ultimate answer how to live in HIS creation. We realize that Christ in his earthly life walked toward Jerusalem, the Temple, the Holiest place in Judaism. There he 

declared that HE is the New Temple...As he entered Jerusalem, he knew the crowds  would shout the "Hosanna" to the King of Kings, but he knew this will end in human catastrophe because they were not seeking the heavenly kingdom, but to foster the earthly kingdom of Israel. So, it was for the majority not about the Messiah, the spiritual and Divine Grace that was present in Jesus, it was their self-seeking way. 

And here we find ourselves, we love to walk toward the heavenly Jerusalem to meet Christ, the eternal King, yet we are easy to fall into the trap of self-deceiving ways, thinking we are on the right way, but missing out when it comes to change that a few saw necessary, like Mary the mother of Jesus, John the beloved, and Mary Magdalene who stood with him till the dying on the cross...This image has to enter our heart and mind in order to find HIM...

Second: Leave the old Jerusalem and walking toward Golgotha.   

Where do we stand right now in our lives? Are we still walking toward the old Jerusalem, shouting "Hosanna", and not knowing we need to leave the old Temple, finding Jesus who is the New Temple, and made us all a holy temple through the Holy Spirit?

It is the uncomfortable, the miserable No we still carry in our hearts, not wanting to face the cross, not feeling right to carry it, because it is a burden, because  the world again tells us otherwise, like you don't have to do this, leave it alone, live the high life that makes you happy, and do not care about the poor, do not feel for the suffering, and curse God when illness befalls you, or one in your family...and on and on...So we keep walking toward the earthly Jerusalem, and not toward the heavenly Jerusalem, we keep looking for other spiritual means of superstition, astrology, and so on, indulging ourselves with material means...

It is only when we say yes to the Cross that Jesus carried, and died on it, that we can say yes to our own cross and walk with Him toward Easter! Again, only this Yes to Jesus, His life, suffering, and resurrection is the most precious word we can utter within our hearts, because it is God's Grace that will help us to live it! 

What else is there to look forward in this short earthly life as to find this deep inner fulfillment in the Life of Jesus that lasts for eternity!    

"No one can come to the Father except through me", Jesus says this with the same breath to the sentence earlier, "I am the way, the truth and the life"...And Paul confirms it,"

I have been crucified with Christ; yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me". Through this awareness, we are leaving the old Jerusalem toward the Crucifixion of Christ, the Son of God, and not shying away from it through intellectual arguments, through the deceit of the modern world that wants us be trapped in 

disbelief...Again, the cross is indeed the only reality of Jesus not having died in vain, but being the Son of God, brutally murdered for our salvation! This is God's ultimate declaration of Love for each one of us! It is the sign of victory over death! Facing this Cross of Jesus and caring on our own cross, will bring us closer to the light of the resurrection and Life eternal. 

Third: Walking as Easter People

    Having worked as a chaplain for 11 years in hospitals and nursing homes, I always saw people who through their faith found themselves more under the cross of Jesus, seeing beyond their own suffering, and finding inner peace that the bystanders might not easy accept, especially in the suffering of a child. I would like to mention the little story of a 7 year old girl that was dying of brain cancer, and with enormous pain, there was one day that the parents came to visit her, and the girl was so calm, saying with a smiling face, "do not worry so much I am going to God"...The parents were outraged and could not understand such uttering, and asked me if I or a doctor told the girl she was dying, which we did not. Only after a while, the parents came to see that the girl was trying to comfort them through her love, feeling that God will welcome her...

We find ourselves often as the disciples who walked to Emmaus, grieving, talking, and not understanding what happen outside the old city of Jerusalem...And there it was Jesus joined them, walking with them and open their eyes, and after the meal they realized their hearts were burning, because their love for Jesus just found the answer!  

We enter with Jesus the old Jerusalem seeing the man made world as it is, driven by greed, deceit, false promises, and mayhem..., we finally realize, we need to take on our own cross with Jesus present, leaving the old temple of Jerusalem, walking with HIM toward Golgotha, encounter his crucifixion, death, and seeing the light of His glorious resurrection!    

We are strengthen in our faith for our earthly journey toward the heavenly Kingdom, the heavenly Jerusalem, because it is Him who opens our eyes, and by grace shows us the way, and in the Holy Spirit we find this deep joy that sings the 

Easter Alleluia. 

Yes ‘We are an Easter people and alleluia is our song.’ 

(St Augustine)

Let our hearts keep burning for Christ with the fire of love, because He walks with us, and if you still looking for him, let's remind us "

But the angel said to the women, 'Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, 'He has been raised from the dead, and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee'...  

Indeed, we find Jesus within ourselves, everywhere we go, in our neighbor, in the peace we create, in the love for His creation, in the love for the poor, in working toward a just society, in our suffering, in our joys, and in our longing for seeing HIM in God's eternal Kingdom.    

Wishing you all a Blessed and Joyous Easter! May the Risen Lord shine through us, and lead us as we, the Easter People sing, 

Alleluia!

With my prayers and apostolic 

benedictions

yours in Christ

+Karl

ECCC Church World News:

Mexico:

 Bishop Rodolfo had a good meeting with the Roman Catholic Apostolic Nuncio for Mexico talking about our Church.

Asia:

India:

 Bishop Suny and his priests working hard to spread the good news of our Church with 

success !

Pakistan: our ministers working very hard for the poor!

The Philippines: 

Bishop Armando, and Bishop Manuel reaching out to more people, and the congregations are growing!

Latin America: 

Costa Rica: Peru: Colombia: Panamá

Our Archbishop and Apostolic Nuncio for Latin America is spreading the ECCC deeper into Central and South America with our Presence in Peru and Colombia expanding!  Our Archbishop in Brazil, Dom Lucas will be the Contact person for the Catholic Church Reform international meeting in Brazil this year.

Europe: 

Thanks to our Apostolic Nuncio in Europe, Archbishop Hristo, in Bulgaria for his commitment to dialog with other churches.

Our Bishop Agostino from Italy had a good meeting with the Roman Catholic Reform movement, Catholic 

Church Reform International in Rome. 

Ukraine: and Russia:

Our Orthodox Priests are spreading the good news and living a true ecumenical spirit among the Roman Catholic Church, the Lutheran Church and the major Orthodox Churches.

USA

 Thanks to our tireless members of the new Seminary online, it is also going on the airwaves with a radio show. 

Please to all of you: 

Reach out and recommend to people: seminarians, men and women, young and old, anyone who is interested for going online to study in biblical or theological matters! Thank you! 

Here is the Seminary Website again where you can see the different study programs, and needed contacts:

http://www.cathedralofstanthonydetroit.org/st-anthonys-cathedral-liturgical-house-of-studies.php

We are still working on a Spanish Language for the seminary, hopefully more languages to come.

Pascua

Christus resurrexit vere! Alleluja!


(Por favor, comparta con todos, ¡Gracias!) 

¡La Paz de Cristo resucitado sea con todos Uds., queridos hermanos y hermanas en Cristo de nuestra comunión mundial de la iglesia! 
'Somos un pueblo de Pascua y nuestra canción es el aleluya' (San Agustín) 
Me gustaría compartir con ustedes tres maneras en que podemos caminar en nuestras vidas con Jesús: 

Primero: Hacia Jerusalén: descubra quiénes somos y a quién seguir.       Mientras caminábamos a través de la Temporada de Cuaresma de este año, buscamos nuestro compromiso con Cristo, nuestra historia de vida personal, viendo nuestras debilidades que necesitábamos corregir, pero además descubrimos nuestra fortaleza en la fe. Podríamos llegar a una nueva comprensión de cómo vemos a Cristo en nuestra vida, en nuestra familia de la iglesia, Él, nuestro Salvador y Luz Guía. 
    Nos encontramos en un viaje hacia la Nueva Jerusalén, nuestro destino. En el camino, necesitamos encontrar la respuesta: ¿cómo podemos declarar mejor nuestro amor por Jesús a través de las palabras y los hechos? ¿Cuál es, por lo tanto, el verdadero significado y propósito para nosotros, los cristianos en este mundo? 
    Una situación que enfrentamos todos los días es que estamos atraídos entre los asuntos inmanentes del mundo y una conciencia / despertar espiritual real. A menudo intercambiamos estos dos para recompensarse a nosotros mismos, ya que depende solo de nosotros, y no a Dios que está por encima de todo ... 
    ¿Cómo podemos reconciliar el mundo en el que vivimos con las demandas de nuestra fe en Dios? Nos parece que hay una lucha dentro de nosotros: no puedo dejar mi estilo de vida al que estoy tan acostumbrado, sin embargo, quiero estar más cerca de Dios con toda mi existencia ... Los primeros padres de la iglesia escribieron bastante de esta lucha y sabían que la respuesta es Cristo, que es todo en todos nosotros. 
    Para nosotros como cristianos, es el enfoque en la Vida, los misterios de Cristo Jesús, Su Sufrimiento y Resurrección lo que nos ayudará a conquistar a nuestros incrédulos, nuestro status quo, nuestras heridas autoinfligidas, nuestra propia miseria que clama a Dios. Si solo buscamos la respuesta por nuestra propia cuenta, no terminaremos en nada ... Si comenzamos a creer y entender a Cristo más profundo en nuestra vida, él nos proveerá, y nos uniremos a los millones y millones de cristianos que encontraron y experimentado a través de la historia, una alegría que está más allá de todo lo que este mundo puede ofrecer! 
    Debemos darnos cuenta de que Cristo Jesús no está en contra de este mundo, "Él entró en lo suyo ..." Este mundo es creación de Dios. Cristo, el Hijo de Dios, "tomó carne humana" para ser uno de nosotros y vivió entre nosotros, humano y divino. Las palabras de Jesús, "Yo soy el Camino, la Verdad y la Vida" es la respuesta definitiva sobre cómo vivir en SU ​​creación. Nos damos cuenta de que Cristo en su vida terrenal caminó hacia Jerusalén, el Templo, el lugar más santo en el judaísmo. Allí declaró que ÉL es el Nuevo Templo ... Al entrar en Jerusalén, sabía que la multitud gritaba "Hosanna" al Rey de Reyes, pero sabía que esto terminaría en una catástrofe humana porque no buscaban el reino celestial, pero para fomentar el reino terrenal de Israel. Entonces, era para la mayoría no sobre el Mesías, la Gracia espiritual y divina que estaba presente en Jesús, pero un camino egoísta para ellos. 
    Y aquí nos encontramos, amamos caminar hacia la Jerusalén celestial para encontrarnos con Cristo, el Rey eterno, pero somos fáciles de caer en la trampa de engañarnos, pensando que estamos en el camino correcto, pero perdiéndonos cuando viene a cambiar lo que algunos vieron necesario, como María, la madre de Jesús, Juan el amado, y María Magdalena, que estuvo con él hasta la muerte en la cruz ... Esta imagen tiene que entrar en nuestro corazón y mente para poder encontrarlo a él. 

Segundo: abandonar la antigua Jerusalén y caminar hacia el Gólgota.
    ¿Dónde nos encontramos ahora en nuestras vidas? ¿Todavía estamos caminando hacia la vieja Jerusalén, gritando "Hosanna", y sin saber que tenemos que abandonar el antiguo Templo, encontrar a Jesús, que es el Nuevo Templo, y hacernos a todos un templo santo a través del Espíritu Santo?
    Es lo incómodo, lo miserable que aún cargamos en nuestros corazones, no querer enfrentar la cruz, no sentirnos bien al cargarla, porque es una carga, porque el mundo nuevamente nos dice lo contrario, como si no tuviéramos que haz esto, déjalo en paz, vive la gran vida que te hace feliz, y no te preocupes por los pobres, no sientas por el sufrimiento, y maldigas a Dios cuando te sobreviene la enfermedad, o uno en tu familia ... y sigue y en ... Así que seguimos caminando hacia la Jerusalén terrenal, y no hacia la Jerusalén celestial, seguimos buscando otros medios espirituales de superstición, astrología, etc., entregándonos con medios materiales ...
    ¡Solo cuando decimos  a la Cruz que Jesús cargó, y morimos en ella, podemos decir sí a nuestra propia cruz y caminar con Él hacia la Pascua! De nuevo, solo este  a Jesús, Su vida, Sufrimiento y Resurrección es la palabra más preciosa que podemos pronunciar en nuestros corazones, ¡porque es la gracia de Dios la que nos ayudará a vivirla!
    ¡Qué más hay que esperar en esta corta vida terrenal para encontrar esta profunda realización interna en la Vida de Jesús que dura por la eternidad!
    "Nadie puede venir al Padre sino por mí", Jesús dice con el mismo aliento a la frase anterior, "Yo soy el camino, la verdad y la vida" ... Y Pablo lo confirma, "He sido crucificado con Cristo, pero yo vivo, ya no soy yo, sino que Cristo vive en mí ".
    A través de esta toma de conciencia, estamos dejando la vieja Jerusalén hacia la Crucifixión de Cristo, el Hijo de Dios, y no nos alejamos de ella mediante argumentos intelectuales, a través del engaño del mundo moderno que quiere que quedemos atrapados en la incredulidad ... De nuevo, ¡la cruz es de hecho la única realidad de que Jesús no murió en vano, sino que es el Hijo de Dios, brutalmente asesinado por nuestra salvación! ¡Esta es la máxima declaración de amor de Dios para cada uno de nosotros! ¡Es el signo de la victoria sobre la muerte! Enfrentar esta Cruz de Jesús y cuidar nuestra propia cruz nos acercará a la luz de la resurrección y la Vida eterna.

Tercero: caminar como gente de Pascua        Después de haber trabajado como capellán durante 11 años en hospitales y hogares de ancianos, siempre vi personas que por su fe se encontraban más bajo la cruz de Jesús, viendo más allá de su propio sufrimiento y encontrando una paz interior que los espectadores no podían aceptar fácilmente, especialmente en el sufrimiento de un niño. Me gustaría mencionar la pequeña historia de una niña de 7 años que se estaba muriendo de cáncer cerebral, y con un dolor enorme, hubo un día que los padres vinieron a visitarla, y la niña estaba tan tranquila, diciendo con una cara sonriente "No te preocupes tanto, voy a ir a Dios" ... Los padres se indignaron y no podían entender tales expresiones, y me preguntaron si un médico o yo le dijimos a la niña que se estaba muriendo, cosa que no hicimos. Solo después de un tiempo, los padres llegaron a ver que la niña estaba tratando de consolarlos a través de su amor, sintiendo que Dios la recibiría ...    Nos encontramos a menudo como los discípulos que caminaron hacia Emaús, afligidos, hablando y sin entender lo que sucede fuera de la ciudad vieja de Jerusalén ... Y allí estaba Jesús, se les unió, caminando con ellos y les abrió los ojos, y después de la comida se dieron cuenta de que sus corazones ardían, ¡porque su amor por Jesús acaba de encontrar la respuesta!
    Entramos con Jesús en la vieja Jerusalén viendo el mundo hecho por el hombre tal como es, impulsado por la avaricia, el engaño, las falsas promesas y el caos ..., finalmente nos damos cuenta, tenemos que tomar nuestra propia cruz con Jesús presente, dejando el viejo ¡templo de Jerusalén, caminando con ÉL hacia el Gólgota, encuentra su crucifixión, muerte y viendo la luz de Su gloriosa resurrección!
    Estamos fortalecidos en nuestra fe para nuestro viaje terrenal hacia el Reino celestial, la Jerusalén celestial, porque es Él quien abre nuestros ojos, y por gracia nos muestra el camino, y en el Espíritu Santo encontramos esta alegría profunda que canta la Pascua Aleluya.Sí, 'Somos un pueblo de Pascua y el aleluya es nuestra canción' (San Agustín)
    Que nuestros corazones sigan ardiendo por Cristo con el fuego del amor, porque Él camina con nosotros, y si aún lo buscas, recordemos "Pero el ángel les dijo a las mujeres: 'No tengan miedo; yo sé que ustedes son buscando a Jesús que fue crucificado. Él no está aquí, porque él ha sido resucitado, como él dijo. Vengan, vean el lugar donde yació. Luego ve rápido y dile a sus discípulos: 'Él ha resucitado de los muertos, y de hecho él va delante de ti a Galilea '...
    De hecho, encontramos a Jesús dentro de nosotros mismos, dondequiera que vayamos, en nuestro prójimo, en la paz que creamos, en el amor por su creación, en el amor a los pobres, en el trabajo hacia una sociedad justa, en nuestro sufrimiento, en nuestras alegrías, y en nuestro anhelo de verlo en el Reino eterno de Dios.
    ¡Les deseo a todos una Pascua Bendita y Feliz! ¡Que el Señor Resucitado brille a través de nosotros y nos guíe mientras nosotros, la Gente de Pascua cantan, Aleluya!
Con mis oraciones y bendiciones apostólicastuyo en Cristo+ Karl

ICEC: Noticias Mundial:
Pacífico Sur: ¡A medida que nuestra Unión de la Iglesia crece, tenemos nuestro primer Seminarista de la Iglesia, Rex en la isla de Vanuatu! ¡Bienvenido!
México: el Obispo Rodolfo tuvo una buena reunión con el Nuncio Apostólico Católico Romano para México hablando sobre nuestra Iglesia.
Asia:India: ¡el Obispo Suny y sus sacerdotes están trabajando arduamente para difundir las buenas nuevas de nuestra Iglesia con éxito!

Pakistan: Nuestros ministros trabajan duro por los pobres.

Las Filipinas: Obispo Armando y obispo Manuel tienen nuevas misiones y más gente viene!
América Latina: Costa Rica: Peru: Colombia: Panama: ¡Nuestro Arzobispo y Nuncio Apostólico para América Latina está expandiendo el ICEC más profundamente hacia Centro y Sudamérica con nuestra Presencia en Perú y Colombia expandiéndose! 
Brazil: Nuestro lider para Brazil, arzobispo Dom Lucas será la persona de contacto para la reunión internacional de la Reforma de la Iglesia Católica en Brasil este año.
Europa: Bulgaria: Gracias a nuestro Nuncio Apostólico en Europa, el Arzobispo Hristo en Bulgaria por su compromiso de dialogar con otras iglesias.
Italy:Nuestro Obispo Agostino de Italia tuvo una buena reunión con el movimiento de Reforma Católica Romana, Catholic Church Reform International en Roma.
Ukaraine y Rusia: Nuestros sacerdotes ortodoxos están difundiendo las buenas nuevas y viviendo un verdadero espíritu ecuménico entre la Iglesia Católica Romana, la Iglesia Luterana y las principales Iglesias Ortodoxas.
EE.UU.: Gracias a nuestros incansables miembros del nuevo Seminario en línea, también se transmitirá por radio con un programa de radio.
Por favor a todos ustedes:Llegue y recomiende a las personas: seminaristas, hombres y mujeres, jóvenes y ancianos, y laicos que tienen interés para conectarse para estudiar asuntos bíblicos o teológicos en el sitio web! ¡Gracias!Aquí está nuevamente el sitio web del Seminario donde puede ver los diferentes programas de estudio y los contactos necesarios:
http://www.cathedralofstanthonydetroit.org/st-anthonys-cathedral-liturgical-house-of-studies.php


Todavía estamos trabajando en un idioma español para el seminario, ojalá haya más idiomas por venir.

Every year, people from everywhere come to see Historic St. Anthony listening about her history.      Come and see our beautiful Church!

Christmas 2017

Hodie, Christus Natus est, Hallelujah, Hallelujah. 

Pax Hominibus bonae voluntatis. Gloria in Exelsis Deo!

Merry Christmas and a Blessed and Peaceful New Year!

Afrikaans:Geseënde Kersfees en 'n gelukkige nuwe jaar

Albanian: Gëzuar Krishlindjet Vitin e Ri!

Arabic:  ميلاد مجيد 

Armenian:  Shenoraavor Nor Dari yev Soorp Janunt

Basque: Eguberri eta Urte Berri zoriontsua

Esturian:  Bones Navidaes & Gayoleru anu nuevu!

Belgium:  Zalige Kertfeest  

Bulgaria:  Весела Коледа и Честита и благословена Нова година

Catalán:  Bon Nadal i feliç any nou!

Chinese: 聖誕快樂,新年快樂

Croatia:  Sretan Bozic

Danmark: Glædelig Jul og godt nytår

English:  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Esperanto:  Gajan Kristnaskon & Bonan Novjaron

Estonian: Rõõmsaid Jõulupühi ja Head uut aastat

Finland:  Hauskaa Joulua

France: Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année! France: Joyeux Noël et bonne année

Galic: Nadolig Llawen

Gallego: Bon Nadal e Bo Ani Novo

Georgian: გილოცავთ შობა-ახალ წელს

Germany: Fröhliche und Gesegnete Weihnachten, ein Gesundes und Friedvolles Neues Jahr.

The Netherlands:  Hartelijke Kerstroeten

Hawaiian: Mele Kalikimaka me ka Hauʻoli Makahiki Hou

Hebrew:  חג מולד שמח

Hindi:   क्रिसमस और नया साल मुबारक हो

Hungary: Kellemes karácsonyi ünnepeket és Boldog újévet!

Greek: Καλά Χριστούγεννα!Indonesia: Selamat Hari Natal & Selamat Tahun Baru

Irland: (Gaelic)Nollaig shona duit. Bliain úr faoi shéan is faoi mhaise duit

Italy:  Buon Natale e Felice Anno Nuovo

Japan: メリークリスマス 

Latin: Pax Hominibus bonae voluntatis

 Lituania: Linksmu Kaledu ir laimingu Nauju metu

Luxemburg:  Schéi Krëschtdeeg an e Schéint Néi Joer

Malaysia:  Selamat Hari Natal dan Tahun Baru

Maori: Meri Kirihimete

Norway:  Gledelig Jul

Navajo:Yáʼátʼééh Késhmish dóó Baa Hózhǫ́ǫgo Nee Nínáadoohah

Pashto: کریسمس او نوی کال مو نیکمرغه

Philippines: (Tagalog): Maligayang Pasko

Poland:  Wesołych Świąt Bożego Narodzenia i szczęśliwego Nowego Roku!

Portugal: Boas Festas e um Feliz Ano Novo

Romania:  Craciun fericit si un An Nou fericit!

Russian: веселого Рождества и счастливого Нового года s Rozjdyestvom i s Novym Godom!

Samoan: Manuia le Kerisimasi, ma le Tausaga Fou

Serbia: Hristos se rodi Slowenia: Vesel božič in srečno novo leto

Somalia: ciid wanaagsan iyo sanad cusub oo fiican. 

Spain: Feliz Navidadl! Feliz Año Nuevo! Que Cristo La Luz del Mundo sea presente in sus corazones por siempre!

Sri Lanka: Subha Nattalak Veva

Swahili: Krismasi nzuri na Mwaka Mpya Mpya na Furaha

Sweden: God Jul och Gott Nytt ÅrTahiti:  La ora i te Noere e ia ora na i te matahiti 'a

Tamil:Nathar Puthu Varuda Valthukkal

Turkey:  Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun

Valencia: Bon Nadal i feliç any nou 

Thai - Suk san wan-krit-maat lae sa-wat-dee bpee mai 

Turkish - Noeliniz Ve Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun; Yeni Yilnizi Kutar, saadetler dilerim 

Ukrainian - Srozhdestvom Kristovym 

Vietnamese - Mung Le Giang Sinh. Cung Chuc Tan Nien 

Welsh - Nadolig Llawen a Blwyddyn Newydd Dda 


Dear brothers and sisters in Christ! 
 On this Holy Feast of the Birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, I wish you, your families, and all who are in your care, a very blessed Celebration, and our best Wishes for a Peaceful, and Healthy New Year!!
    We celebrate with deep Joy this solemn Season because we have reflected and meditated throughout Advent the meaning of Christ's entering in our World.  Every Year, we are waiting with a deep sense of longing for His coming among us. Christmas is not about having a good time and expecting our material gifts from each other  (they are rather just be a little sign of mutual appreciation for each other). Yet, a deeper happening is to celebrate: Christ is born for each one of us to save our lives and to lift up our souls to God! Christ's birth is not a far and past event we remember as we remember our own birthdays..., it is the greatest happening in our humanity, a new beginning in time, a new focus on our salvation history, heaven meets earth, the divine meets us, God declares HIS last and everlasting covenant for us!    That's why this is not just a sweet "jingle bell", but the most serious and eye-opening Gift that God ever has shown for us in History!    God's Love which we never can ever grasp in its entirety, comes to us in the Incarnation of HIS only begotten Son! What joy is this that we cannot describe, what Grace is this that our Souls encounter anew, what care does God show for us so everlasting.    Today's world is driven by greed, injustice, the rise of new dictators, the grab of power by those who want to enrich themselves, and adding more to the rich, governing by deceit -using false pretense of helping the poor; furthermore thinking that the environment -God's creation- can be exploited, adding to the global warming at the cost of the health and safety of future generations; then the abandonment of providing everyone in society access to decent health care; the new oppression of people by fanatics, including a new way of slavery as humans being sold again (like in Libya) on the markets.     The threat of war that is ever more looming through the selfish behavior of leaders who have become blind to the value of the human dignity.    Yes, in this world of ours, the Newborn King is rising above all the daily horror and madness that we facing throughout the world. It is Christ, the Savior, that also has to be born into our hearts and minds in order to live as children of God, and to give witness to the Good News of the Gospel heading His words: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,     And to those who are rich and oppress, exploit, deceit, and live by greed and selfish behavior, these words shall be said:      “But woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort. Woe to you who are well fed now,  for you will go hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep. Woe to you when everyone speaks well of you,  for that is how their ancestors treated the false prophets." Luke 6:24-26      "Your iniquities have turned these away, and your sins have kept good from you. For wicked men are found among my people; they lurk like fowlers lying in wait. They set a trap; they catch men. Like a cage full of birds, their houses are full of deceit; therefore they have become great and rich; they have grown fat and sleek. They know no bounds in deeds of evil; they judge not with justice the cause of the fatherless, to make it prosper, and they do not defend the rights of the needy. Shall I not punish them for these things? declares the Lord, and shall I not avenge myself on a nation such as this?” Jeremiah 5:25-29      "May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the children of the needy, and crush the oppressor!" PS 72:4
  Christmas is about true Love, and the encouraging Hope for Justice that God cares here and now for His people. Christmas is about Course correction of our Lives, turning our hearts back to God, "For God so loved the World that HE gave the only begotten Son, so that everyone believing in Him should not perish, but should have eternal life."  John 3:16
    May this, our true King, Christ Jesus, born in Bethlehem in a cold and poor stable, and who died as our Savior on the Cross, -condemned by a greedy and power hungry world, be your Lord for ever and ever! Hallelujah!                                                   

Thank you all for your service in Christ!With my Prayers and Apostolic Benedictions,+Karl
ECCC Church News:
-St. Anthony's Cathedral House of Liturgical Studies.We welcome the Faculty members of our New Online Seminary, "St. Anthony's Cathedral House of Liturgical Studies"! We thank their tireless leaders, Fr. Tom Roberts, Ph.D., and Director, Sr. Gary A. Staszak, M.A., C.A.S., including all the Faculty members. The Website will be up and running soon.We also have an advisory board who will be consulters to the House of Studies: so far we have Archbishop Godfrey, Kenya; Vicar General, Fr. Nicholas, Sri Lanka. I hope we can add a few more consulters to advise the Faculty.The "St Anthony's Cathedral House of Liturgical Studies" is designed to help those who prepare themselves for the ministry around the world in the ECCC, and also from other church denominations. It also gives courses for people from the Laity who would like to advance in their biblical and theological education as teachers, and for private enrichment. We encourage you all to help those who are interested to be able to enroll in the student programs. At this moment we have the Seminary on line in English, but we hop that we will have it also in Spanish in the near future!
-Recent Consecration, Ordinations and Incardinations:-Incardination: Archbishop Tony Scuderi, Ph. D., Fr. Tom Roberts, Ph. D. USA
-The Ordinations of our new Priests of the Archdiocese in Costa Rica, and our diocese in Colombia. =
-India: Expansion of pastoral programs in India under the Leadership of Bishop Sunny and his priests! -Kenya: Expansion of the orphanage and schools in Kenya!

-Pakistan: increase work for the poor.
-The Philippines: Expansion of pastoral services, prayer groups, and construction of a local seminary of formation 
-Ukraine: Active Ecumenical dialogue and relations with the Lutheran Church and other denominations.
-Russia: Active Ecumenical relations with other Orthodox Churches.
-Brazil: Completion of the construction of the Cathedral of Dom Lucas, congratulations!

Mis queridos hermanos y hermanas en Cristo:  En esta santa fiesta del nacimiento de Jesucristo, nuestro Salvador, quiero desearles a ustedes, a sus familiares y a todos aquellos bajo su protección y cuidado, una celebración rica en bendiciones.  ¡Les deseo lo mejor, paz y salud, en este Año Nuevo!
   Después de haber meditado y reflexionado sobre el significado de la entrada de Cristo al mundo, durante el adviento, celebramos con gran alegría esta solemnidad. Todos los años esperamos con grandes ansias su venida gloriosa entre nosotros. La navidad no esperar regalos y pasarla bien (aunque los regalos son signos de nuestro amor fraterno); sino que es celebrar su verdadero sentido: Cristo nace por ti y por mí, para salvar nuestras vidas y elevarnos a Dios.  El nacimiento de Cristo no es un evento distante en el pasado, como lo es celebrar nuestros cumpleaños, sino que su nacimiento es el mayor evento que acontece en nuestra humanidad; es un nuevo comienzo en nuestro tiempo; un nuevo enfoque en la historia de la salvación: el cielo y la tierra se encuentran, lo divino se hace uno con nosotros; Dios declara para siempre su último convenio. Es por eso que no se trata de un lindo “cascabel, cascabel, suena el cascabel”, sino del regalo más sagrado que Dios nos haya mostrado en nuestra historia, que nos abre los ojos a su realidad.      El amor de Dios, que no se puede entender en su totalidad, viene a nosotros en la encarnación de su hijo unigénito.  ¡Qué júbilo inefable! ¡Qué gracia tan virgen que nos toca el alma!  ¡Qué eterno y tierno cuidado el que nos da Dios!      El mundo de hoy es dominado por la codicia, la injusticia, el avenimiento de nuevos dictadores y el deseo de poder de aquellos que buscan enriquecerse y enriquecer a los ricos. Gobiernan con la mentira y se esconden bajo el pretexto de ayudar a los pobres; en realidad solo saben explotar el medio ambiente, la creación de Dios, y acelerar el calentamiento global; sin importarles la salud y la seguridad de las generaciones futuras.  Han abandonado la misión para el cuidado de la salud en nuestra sociedad.  Son fanáticos y buscan oprimir al pueblo. Han creado una nueva esclavitud en el mundo: la del ser humano que se vende en el mercado para ganancia de los ricos, como en Libia.  La amenaza de la guerra, que se escucha cada día más, es alimentada por el comportamiento de esos líderes egoístas y ciegos que ignoran el valor de la dignidad humana. 
    Así es este mundo nuestro, donde nace Cristo.  El Rey, recién nacido, se eleva por encima de todas esas locuras y circunstancias horribles en las que vivimos. Es Cristo, el salvador, quien tiene que nacer en nuestros corazones y en nuestras mentes, para así convertirnos en hijos de Dios y dar testimonio del anuncio de la buena noticia en la que el evangelio nos dice: “El Espíritu de Dios está sobre mí, porque me ha ungido para proclamar su palabra a los pobres.  Él me ha enviado a proclamar libertad a los cautivos, y dar la luz a los ciegos, y dejar libre a los que son oprimidos, y pregonar el año del favor del Señor” (Lucas 4:18-19). 
    Para aquellos que son ricos y oprimen, explotan, engañan y viven bajo la codicia y el egoísmo, el Señor les dice: “Pero ¡ay de ustedes los ricos, porque ya han recibido su consuelo! ¡Ay de ustedes los que ahora están saciados, porque sabrán lo que es pasar hambre! ¡Ay de ustedes los que ahora ríen, porque sabrán lo que es derramar lágrimas! ¡Ay de ustedes cuando todos los elogien! Dense cuenta de que los antepasados de esta gente trataron así a los falsos profetas" (Lucas 6:24-26). 
   “Las iniquidades de ustedes les han quitado estos beneficios; sus pecados los han privado de estas bendiciones. Sin duda en mi pueblo hay malvados, que están al acecho como cazadores de aves, que ponen trampas para atrapar a la gente. Como jaulas llenas de pájaros, llenas de engaño están sus casas; por eso se han vuelto poderosos y ricos, gordos y pedantes. Sus obras de maldad no tienen límite: no le hacen justicia al huérfano, para que su causa prospere; ni defienden tampoco el derecho de los menesterosos. ¿Y no los he de castigar por esto? ¿No he de vengarme de semejante nación?-afirma el Señor” (Jeremías 5:25-29). 
    "El rey hará justicia a los pobres del pueblo y salvará a los necesitados;¡él aplastará a los opresores! (PS 72:4). 
    La navidad es el amor verdadero que nos anima a esperar en la justicia de Dios quien cuida hoy y siempre de su pueblo. La navidad es también el corregir nuestro rumbo y regresar en nuestros corazones a Dios. "Porque Dios amó tanto al mundo que dio a su hijo unigénito para que todo el que crea en él no se pierda y tenga vida eterna” (Juan 3:16).  
    ¡Qué el verdadero Rey, nuestro señor Jesucristo, nacido en Belén en un establo frío y pobre, y quien murió como nuestro Salvador en la cruz, -condenado por un mundo hambriento de poder y codicia- sea vuestro Señor siempre por toda la eternidad! ¡Aleluya!
Gracias a todos por su Servicio en Cristo!
Con mis oraciones y bendición apostólica, +Karl
Noticias ICEC 
- La Casa de los Estudios Litúrgicos de la Catedral de San Antonio:Damos la bienvenida a los miembros de la Facultad de nuestro nuevo seminario en línea, "La Casa de los Estudios Litúrgicos de la Catedral de San Antonio! Agradecemos a sus líderes incansables, Padre Tom Roberts, PH. D., el Director, Sr. Gary A. Staszak, M.A., C.A.S.
Director  y todos los miembros de la Facultad. El sitio web estará en marcha pronto.También contamos con una Junta Consultiva que será consultante de la casa de los estudios: hasta ahora tenemos: al Arzobispo Godfrey, Kenia; Vicario General, Padre Nicholás, Sri Lanka. Espero que podamos añadir algunos consultantes más para asesorar a la Facultad.La "Casa de la Catedral de San Antonio de los Estudios Litúrgicos" está diseñada para ayudar a los que se preparan para el Ministerio alrededor del mundo en la ICEC, y también de otras  Iglesias. También da cursos para personas de los laicos que desean avanzar en su educación bíblica y teológica como maestros, y para enriquecimiento privado.Los animamos a todos a ayudar a aquellos que están interesados en poder inscribirse en los programas estudiantiles.A esto momento es un Seminario enn Ingles. Esperamos que en el futuro tenemos también este Seminario para la idioma en Español! 
-Consagración reciente, ordenaciones e incardinaciones:
-Incardinación: Arzobispo Tony Scuderi, Ph. D., Padre Tom Roberts, PH. D. EE.UU.
-Las ordenaciones de nuestros nuevos diáconos y sacerdotes de la Arquidiócesis en Costa Rica.

-La India: la expansión de los programas pastorales, bajo el liderazgo del obispo y a sus sacerdotes, soleado!
-Kenia: la expansión del orfanato y las escuelas de Kenya!
-Pakistan: la expansión de los programas pastorales.
-Filipinas: la expansión de los programas pastorales en varias areas, y nuevo construcción de un seminario de la formación.
-Ucrania: activa el diálogo ecuménico y en las relaciones con la Iglesia luterana y otras denominaciones.
-Rusia: activo en las relaciones ecuménicas con otras iglesias ortodoxas.
-Brazil: Compleción de la Catedral del Arzobispo Dom Lucas, felicidades! 

December 17th, A. D. 2017

Thank you all who came today to the Christmas Concert! Thank you to the beautiful voices of "Singout Detroit"!    

It was a beautiful and uplifting concert to praise God for the coming of His beloved Son.

December 9th, A. D. 2017

Today we had Santa Clause for our Neighborhood Children. About a 100 children, age 1-12, received gifts. Everyone had fun. Special thanks to all our volunteers for their wonderful work!

December 7th, A. D. 2017

Mr. Mitch Albom did the best fundraiser Radiothon ever to raise money to help Detroit in many ways, like children's organizations, the veterans, including churches. We were invited to give testimony for their help! 

  Thank you Mitch and all the volunteers!

Prayers for our Church Synod in Latin America, held in Costa Rica, starting November 17, A. D. 2017.

Thank you all for coming to celebrate the 160 Anniversary of our beloved St.Anthony Parish!

The weather was perfect. Everybody had a good time! Long live our historic St. Anthony Cathedral!

We thank God for the gift of Sr. Maria Fabiola who took her Franciscan Vows.

Welcome Sister M. Fabiola to our Order! Blessings!

Many blessings to our newlyweds, John and Kimberly, on this special July 7th, 2017, indeed a special day!

June 13th

Saint Anthony. Patron of the Cathedral Abbey of St. AnthonyBeloved Saint Anthony! Thank you for your love for Jesus! Thank you for helping so many people in need. May we follow Jesus more closely so to see God in the Glory of Heaven. AmenBelow St. Anthony's statue in the Sunday Morning Sun

Intercede for us, Saint Anthony, our beloved Patron Saint!

Today we were celebrating his day as on Tuesday it is hard for people to come to church.

Summer 2017

The Detroit Muscle Crew II from Mitch Albom's "Hole in the Roof Foundation" which granted us $5K to replace 18 windows that were over a hundred years old, and repairs on several doors.
We are so blessed and forever grateful!!
Thank you guys for your hard work!!
Thank you Mitch and Jo'Ann, many blessings to you all!!