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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


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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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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 LoveYours,

+Karl


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            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


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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

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Asia:

Philippines

-Bishop Manuel in Bataan opened his new Church which has successfully drawn new people to God. Congratulations! 

-We welcome our new bishop in the Philippines, +Arthuro B. Costillas who works in close consultation with bishop Manuel.

-Bishop Aramando and his Church in the Manila area is extending their work with the faithful.

-We have nominated Fr. Ted Asis to be the First Provincial of our Franciscan Order, NOSF for the Philippines. He has many activities for the poor, and the members of the Order are increasing. 

Blessings to you all! 


India:

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


1. We have established our First Cathedral House (5,000 Sq. Ft Building) at Pullurampara, Calicut - Kerala

(Still the registration is not yet completed, the balance payment has to be paid approx.. 80K USD)

Upon completion of registration 

2. We are approved by Section 80 G Tax exemption to those who donate the fund to the Church.

3. Presently 17 priests are incardinated. 4 Brothers are studying Theology and 1 Sister joined in our Sisters Community.

4. We could open a church for our communities in Mumbai - Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Church, Vassai, Mumbai. Fr. Donald is appointed as Parish Priest & Vicar General of Mumbai.

5. New Religious house is opened for NOSF Friars (One Brother- Bro. Paul is joined. Vestation Ceremony is over) at Calicut , Kerala

6. We are provided with a small piece of land in the hill area of Calicut. Registration process is going on. Once registration is completed we may build a small alter to pray / celebrate holy mass .

7. We are praying / discussing with the benefactors to begin a project for the church  (Residential School / Retirement Home / Retreat Centre / Farming) . All Facilities are in the single plot. Land cost is estimated by Approx. 100,000/- USD for 5 Acre size.  We request your prayer support always.

We thank and praise our Lord Jesus Christ. And We thank and appreciate your leadership support and work for the growth of ECCC.

Many blessings to you all for the good work in the Lord!


Pakistan:

 we receiving new members for our Church in Pakistan, including seminarians for the priesthood study.

-Rev. Fernandus D. Gill has attended interfaith conferences in an ecumenical spirit. Despite the hard work for his faithful and the poor, he is marching on with deep faith!

 

Sri Lanka:

Fr. Michael has done Church roof repairs as they were taken off by a storm. He has 17 missionaries in outstations for evangelization. Despite the hardship they are all in they work with Christian courage for the Kingdom of God.


Vanuatu, Pacific Islands

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


Europe:

Our both Nuncios for Eastern and Western Europe, H. E. Archbishop Hristo and H. E. Archbishop Agostino de Caro are expanding the ECCC in Europe and Ukraine and Russia. 

-Archbishop ++Hristo is connecting the Slavic Seminary Schools with our St. Anthony Liturgical House of Studies in the USA in order to reach more seminarians and lay people who would like to study.


-Archbishop ++Agostino de Caro has expanded the ECCC in Italy and has received also new members of the NOSF. 

-We have nominated archbishop Agostino to be the First Provincial for the NOSF in Europe.


Paris - Catania

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


Germany: 

We have elevated H. E. Archbishop ++Winkler Thomas A. Sebastian to a Prelature whit her Episcopal Seat in Germany which includes provinces in other countries. 

His Prelature is expanding as we speak. Congratulations and may God always guide you in your precious ministries.


Africa:

Cameroon: 

-Bishop Amou Didier with his missions in Yaoundé will be elevated to a Diocese in the summer of 2022.

Bishop Amou attends also interfaith meetings with other Catholic denominations, like the Anglican Church, etc. Keep the good Work!

-We thank him and his clergy and good people for taking care of the new Orphanage and School of Saint Koorilose.


Democratic Republic of Congo:

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


Kenya:

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


Latin America:

Costa Rica:

-Our Nuncio, H. E. Archbishop ++Sebastian Pla has recommended Fr. Laiber Ismael R. Rojas in Colombia to be our bishop for the ECCC in 

Colombia

. We have accepted. Congratulations bishop elect Laiber!


Colombia: 

-Bogota: 

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


Peru:

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


Cuba:

 Archbishop Sebastian Pla has recommended our Orthodox priest in Cuba, Fr. Vladimir J. Lorenzo to be the first bishop for the ECCC in Cuba. We congratulate bishop elect +Vladimir! He, and his clergy are very active in their ministry on the Island. 


Havanna - Moscow

: bishop elect, +Fr. Vladimir has visited our orthodox Church in Russia, he received a very warm welcome and shared his ministry with our Russian orhtodox bretheren in Moscow, a good ecumenical progress.


Brazil:

 

Mina Gerais:

 Our Nuncio for Brazil, H. E. Archbishop Dom Lucas of the Anglican Church has received a new bishop! Congratulations. The ministry of the Metropolitan Archdiocese is growing. 


Ceara

: Bishop Dom Antonio has had major repairs on his Cathedral and hasalso created a Radio Station in the North East of Brazil to spread the Good News! congratulations!


USA:

-California: 

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

-Archbishop Tony has been appointed Provincial of the ECCC in the USA. Congratulations.

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


Idaho:

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

-We have received in the NOSF in the USA:

Brother Abel A. Soto, NOSF 


Texas

Brother Stephen Forry, NOSF 


Pennsylvania 

Congratulations and God's blessings on your way with Saint Francis!


Ohio: 

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


Michigan: 

-Detroit Holy See Cathedral of St. Anthony:

After many months with: repairs on the bell towers, the tall chimneys, and the monastery roof, plumbing, and electrical work, we can finally breath again.

-Since the pandemic has brought for many churches a decrease in congregants, we are with the help of God rebuilding our church community/ies.

-We have started earlier this year a Sunday live streaming of our cathedral mass that you can follow on our Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/St.AnthonyECCC


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

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
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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

Come celebrate with us 

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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كنيسة المسيح الكاثوليكية المسكونية 

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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


ECCC Wold NEWS


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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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:

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