San Luigi Gazette Notice 2012/01




The Supreme Council of the Abbey-Principality of San Luigi makes it known that it has endorsed the succession to the office of Prince-Abbot of San Luigi of The Most Reverend John Kersey, O.C.R., Archbishop of Great Britain in the Apostolic Episcopal Church, following the constitutional provisions established in the Declaration of Prince-Abbot Edmond I of 22 June 1954 as notarized in the City of San Francisco, California, United States of America.

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OCT UK GPThe symbolic date of accession of the Prince-Abbot has been chosen as 25 August 2011, that date being the 128th anniversary of the foundation of the Abbey-Principality in 1883 and the feast-day of our Patron, St Louis.

By Letters Patent of 25 January 2012, the Prince-Abbot has been confirmed additionally as 6th Mukungu of San Luigi in the Kingdom of Bunyoro-Kitara by H.M. the Omukama of Bunyoro-Kitara.

HIS SERENE HIGHNESS THE MOST REVEREND EDMOND III, 8th PRINCE-ABBOT OF SAN LUIGI  (founded 1883, additionally confirmed by H.M. King Peter II of Yugoslavia, 1962); 6th Mukungu of the Chieftainship of the Ancient Abbey-Principality of San Luigi (Fizzan) in the Kingdom of Bunyoro-Kitara, 1st Duke of Feuat (San Luigi, 2011); 1st Duke of Samos (Byzantium (Polanie-Patrikios), 2013); 2nd Marquis of Valjevo (Yugoslavia, 1962; confirmed San Luigi 2011); 3rd Count of Berville (San Luigi, 1929); 8th Count Palatine (San Luigi, 1883); 3rd Archbishop of San Luigi; Archbishop of Great Britain of the Apostolic Episcopal Church (The Holy Eastern Catholic and Apostolic Orthodox Church); Bishop and Rector Pro-Provincial of Canterbury of the Order of Corporate Reunion; Metropolitan Primate (Presiding Bishop) of the Ecclesia Apostolica Divinorum Mysteriorum (Church of the Divine Mysteries); Prince Grand Master of the San Luigi Orders (The Sovereign, Knightly and Noble Order of the Lion and the Black Cross (L’Ordre Souverain, Chevaleresque et Noble du Lion et de la Croix Noire), The Sovereign, Chivalrous, Noble and Religious Order of the Crown of Thorns (L’Ordre Souverain, Chevaleresque, Nobilaire et Religieux de la Couronne d’Epines)), and Superior-General of The Order of Antioch; President of Le Grand Prix Humanitaire de France et des Colonies; Archbishop-Abbot of the Valiant Order of St John the Baptist; Grand President of the Order of Ave Maria; Prelate-Superior of the Order of S. Teresa – The Little Flower; Protector of the Protectorate of San Luigi and Prelate – Knight Grand Cross of Justice, Orthodox Order of St John Knights Hospitaller; Protector of the Protectorate of San Luigi and Grand Cross Chaplain, Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem; Knight Commander, International Knightly Order of St George; Knight of the Holy and Blessed Order of the Sacred Cup; Honorary Colonel, Grand Star, Medal of the Anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, Hungarian National Guard (1956 foundation); Freeman of the City of London and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians; Doctor Christianissimus; b. London, 10 Dec. 1972; suc. (as Prince-Abbot) by determination of the succession in his favour by Supreme Council, 25 August 2011; (as Mukungu) by determination of the succession in his favour by H.M. the Omukama of Bunyoro-Kitara, 25 Jan. 2012; deac. 10 Jun. 2006 pr. 8 July 2006 bp. 29 July 2006 (s.c.) 11 Nov 2006; 23 Nov. 2008.

+Edmond III armsArms: Party per pale. 1st: party per fess 1: azure, the device of the Abbey-Principality of San Luigi from its foundation in 1883 2: gules, a double-headed eagle sable. 2nd: A pelican in her piety or upon a nest azure containing three young or, chaussé reversed vert charged dexter with the arms of the Apostolic Episcopal Church and sinister with the arms of the Order of Corporate Reunion.

The arms are completed with the customary external ornaments of rank: a gold primatial cross placed in back of and extending above and below the shield; the mitre and crozier; the shield is surmounted by a princely crown. Behind the shield is the cross of the Order of St John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller. Pendant from the shield is the insignia of the Order of the Crown of Thorns, the Order of the Lion and the Black Cross, and the Order of St Lazarus of Jerusalem. Also displayed are the insignia of the Confraternitas Oecumenica Sancti Sepulcri Hierosolymitani and the Grand Prix Humanitaire de France et des Colonies.

The red galero proper to a Metropolitan of de jure Cardinal rank, surmounts the arms, bearing fifteen tassels in five rows on either side of the shield. The arms are displayed on a mantle surmounted with a coronet. The motto is “Amor omnia vincit” – Love conquers all.



The concession of the title of Duke of Feuat has been announced in favour of the present Prince-Abbot, who will hold this dignity as a subsidiary title during his tenure of the position of Prince-Abbot. The title is hereditary and is granted with remainder to the heirs male of his body.


The Marquisate of Valjevo was conceded in favour of Prince-Abbot Edmond II by King Peter II of Yugoslavia in 1962 in Letters Patent of 22 March 1962. The remainder of Royal Yugoslav titles is to heirs male of the body of the grantee or by adoption. The recognition of the title of Prince de San Luigi in the same Letters Patent suggests that the two titles were intended to be conjoined, and that descent by adoption in this case would thus include the normal process of the descent of the Princely title by nomination or election. In the event that this were to be found not to be the case, the concession of the Marquisate of Valjevo has additionally been announced within the Abbey-Principality of San Luigi itself, to be held by the Prince-Abbot and his successors as a subsidiary title, and with the precedence of the Royal Yugoslav title.


The Supreme Council by this Notice declares that all bodies corporate, whether in the United States of America or elsewhere, that have been previously formed with the intention of holding funds or property on behalf of the Abbey-Principality are hereby voided and that no such body corporate may be held to represent the Abbey-Principality in any manner whatsoever.