Prince-Abbot succeeds as Primate of the Apostolic Episcopal Church

AEC vesica sealOn 5 February 2015, Archbishop Francis C. Spataro, OCR, OA, GCCT, will retire as Primate of the Apostolic Episcopal Church following sixteen years of distinguished service. Archbishop Spataro on 29 July 2014 appointed the Prince-Abbot his co-adjutor with right of succession, and accordingly the Prince-Abbot will become the fifth Primate of the Apostolic Episcopal Church with the Eastern designation Mar Joannes Edmundus.

The Prince-Abbot has served as Archbishop of Great Britain within the Apostolic Episcopal Church since 2008. During this time he has greatly appreciated the advice and support of Archbishop Spataro, who has become both a friend and a valuable mentor, and who, of course, is also a member of the Order of Antioch and the Order of the Crown of Thorns.

There will be some changes to the ecclesiastical pages of the Abbey-Principality’s website over the coming days. The external missions that have at present functioned under the Order of Antioch will be transferring to the Apostolic Episcopal Church, and some of the Order’s clergy will be serving bivocationally in the AEC. This will enable a clearer focus on mission and outreach, and a greater differentiation between our chivalric and ecclesiastical work. A number of pages dealing with church history and mission will be transferred to the new official AEC website, which will be at This website will launch on 5 February.

A new Facebook page for the Apostolic Episcopal Church has also launched and this can be found at

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