As of 11 March 2015, Abbot Tom Bodkin OSB(csr) and Fr. James Phillips sc have been granted a Canonical Release from membership of the First Class in the Order of Antioch. The Release has been granted unconditionally and without canonical penalty and is intended to allow them to develop their mission and vocations in directions which are independent from those of the Order. Fr. James has also resigned from membership of the other San Luigi Orders.
We thank Fr. James for his past contribution as our Vice-Chancellor and a Trustee of the Charitable Trust. His duties will now be absorbed by the Grand Chancellor for the time being.
Effective from the same date, the Benedictine Community of St Romuald has ceased to be in communion with the Order of Antioch and the Old Catholic Church of Great Britain which was initially responsible for its foundation.
In the light of these changes, the Prince-Abbot has also dissolved the Protectorate of San Luigi of the Order of the Holy Cross of Jerusalem.