Notice: Fraudulent imposture and corporate registrations concerning the Apostolic Episcopal Church and Order of Corporate Reunion by Michael Kline and others

The Apostolic Episcopal Church and the Order of Corporate Reunion have become aware of various statements and allegations made by Michael Kline of Sugar Creek, Missouri, on the internet. These statements are presumably a response to our previously stated position on the Order of Corporate Reunion which may be read on the website of the AEC, and also recall similar libellous comments made in recent years by Bertil Persson of Solna, Sweden, an excommunicate who was formerly a senior member of clergy of our Church and Order.

Michael Kline has never been a member of the Apostolic Episcopal Church, and he ceased to be in a relationship of intercommunion with our church in 2018. He has no authority whatsoever in or over the Apostolic Episcopal Church. Bertil Persson ceased to be a member of the Apostolic Episcopal Church in 2015 and remains excommunicated for cause.

We believe that churches and their clergy are to be judged by their actions. For our part, we are always careful to separate actions, of which we may be rightly and even strongly critical, from the persons responsible for those actions. It would be a profanation of our duty to our Church and to Christ as its Head to sink to the level of personal attacks and character assassination. For us, the decision not to engage in this mode of discourse is the direct outcome of our understanding of Christian conduct and the dignity that should attend relations between our Church and those who are not members of it. Even when others seek to drag us down to the level of the gutter, we are not minded to respond in kind or to do other than to remind them that as Christians there are standards governing our interpersonal and interdenominational conduct that are quite different from those commonly seen on the internet today.

Yet, to echo one of the past bishops of the AEC, “Satan is ever active in the midst of us and ready to seduce the hearts and minds of those whose love of self and contempt for honesty and truth has already sealed them as his servants.” The standards of conduct that have been exhibited by Michael Kline and Bertil Persson speak all too loudly for themselves. They suggest considerable mental instability and in Kline’s case, amount to an Internet vendetta pursued not only against members of the clergy but their families and children.

In his latest incoherent diatribe on Facebook, Kline asserts that he has registered in the State of Missouri, something which he describes as “the reclaimed AEC-OCR Apostolic Episcopal Church – Order of Corporate Reunion”. This is a wholly fraudulent act since Kline has never been a member of the Apostolic Episcopal Church and has no right whatsoever to represent it or to form any corporation on its behalf. Any such act is void ab initio.

Kline claims as justification that Archbishop Kersey “abandoned the AEC about 2018”. This is a barefaced lie. Archbishop Kersey has continually served the AEC since his ordination without interruption. He was ordained deacon and priest, and consecrated bishop, by the British communion of the AEC in 2006. He was installed as Archbishop of Great Britain of the AEC and further as Bishop and Rector Pro-Provincial of Canterbury in the Order of Corporate Reunion in 2008. He was appointed Co-Adjutor with right of succession to the Primacy of the AEC in 2014 by the then-Primate, Archbishop Francis C. Spataro, and succeeded him as Primate and Presiding Bishop of the AEC when Archbishop Spataro retired from office on 5 February 2015.

“July 29 2014. To all concerned: By these presents I appoint Archbishop John Kersey to be my coadjutor and upon my death Primate of the AEC. Archbishop Kersey is directed to make this known and public. Given this day at World Mission Headquarters, +Francis Cajetan Spataro Primate, AEC.”

On 24 August 2014, Archbishop Spataro circulated a Newsletter to members of the AEC in which he wrote, “Dear brothers, This mail is to be certain that we are all on the same  page as to our AEC. To repeat what  we all should know.  Dr. Kersey has been appointed My Coadjutor with rights of succession in the event of my death or retirement.”

On 26 January 2015, Archbishop Spataro circulated a further email to clergy of the AEC, “Dear Brothers: Recently the retired former Primate has issued a statement calling for the 2015 AEC Roster to not accept Archbishop John Kersey as my Successor, even though as my CoAdjutor he succeeds me upon my Retirement on Feb. 5, 2015. I am deeply hurt that the Rev. Dr. Bertil Persson has not respected my choice of successor. After all, he appointed John Kersey the successor of the late Dr. Boyer! How can he now attack and reject his own appointment? Archbishop Persson has defamed and calumniated John Kersey. As your duly respected Primate these 17 odd years I ask you all to disregard this call to schism.” The response of Bertil Persson was to resign from his offices the AEC, at which point he ceased to be a member of the AEC or to exercise any authority on its behalf.

At his retirement on 5 February 2015, Archbishop Spataro wrote in email to Archbishop Kersey, “I wish you the best as our New Primate. God’s blessings upon you and yours.” On 5 March 2015, following his retirement, Archbishop Spataro wrote in email to Archbishop Kersey, “I now realize why Bertil became so disrespectful when you Succeeded to the AEC Primacy.  Pure jealousy! What a catch for the AEC to have you as it’s Primate.” There are many more emails in similar vein, sufficient to prove amply the facts at hand.

Since his succession as AEC Primate Archbishop Kersey has served in that office continuously, and he continues to serve as such today. The official website of the AEC continues to be maintained at www.apostolicepiscopalchurch.org

In the United States of America, the AEC is represented by The Primate and Presiding Bishop of the Apostolic Episcopal Church, A Corporation Sole, a religious corporation sole with perpetual succession under the laws of the State of Hawaii with file number 314114 D9. In the United Kingdom, The Primate and Presiding Bishop of the Apostolic Episcopal Church, Ltd., is the nonprofit (limited by guarantee) company that represents the AEC and that functions similarly to the Corporation Sole in the USA. It is incorporated in England and Wales with number 13130888. Moreover, The Catholic Apostolic Church (Catholicate of the West), the parent body of the AEC, is also incorporated in England and Wales as a nonprofit company limited by guarantee with number 12692691 and with exemption from using the “Limited” suffix. No other corporation is authorized to represent the Apostolic Episcopal Church.

The Order of Corporate Reunion is incorporated in England and Wales as a nonprofit company limited by guarantee with number 12692440 and with exemption from using the “Limited” suffix. The articles of association state that this is the sole legitimate representative of the 1874 foundation of the Order. It is both the only body today that carries out the Order’s original mission, and the body with the oldest provable jurisdictional succession from its foundation. All current members and officers of the Order hold their authority under this corporation.

Kline claims that others are involved in his fraudulent imposture. He names Samuel Guido, who was formerly in intercommunion with the AEC until his retirement from the Lutheran Orthodox Church. Guido has never been a member of clergy of the AEC, and his involvement in this fraud can only be seen to discredit his former ministry and his reputation as a Christian minister.

On 22 November 2018, Guido circulated an email to Archbishop Kersey and others in which he questioned Kline’s interference in the jurisdiction of the African Orthodox Church. He wrote, “My first question based on my understanding of your letter is this: What do we have to do with another jurisdiction such as our African orthodox brothers? What I mean is this: My episcopal jurisdiction is within the [Lutheran Orthodox Church], and that is as far as it extends with regard to what other ecclesiastical bodies do or how they worship. In other words, I have no say in matters of faith and practice in other church bodies. I may be wrong here, and perhaps misunderstanding the matter. But what do any of us have to do with other church bodies?”

How, then, does Guido now justify not merely his interference, but his blatant usurpation and imposture with regard to the Apostolic Episcopal Church?

Guido is said by Kline to have installed one Andrew Knight of Cockeysville, Maryland, as “Prime Bishop of the AEC”. Guido has no right to do anything of the kind, and his actions are merely nonsensical pretence designed to spread confusion and further Kline’s agenda of malice. Knight, likewise, has never been a member of the AEC.

Another accomplice of Kline is Victor-John Payne of St Mellons, Cardiff, Wales, a former Anglican clergyman who was briefly a bishop of the OCR under Archbishop Kersey and is now described modestly as “Archbishop of Wales and Canterbury” in Kline’s fantasy organization. The Apostolic Episcopal Church has always been studious in avoiding for its Sees those which would cause any confusion with bishops of the Anglican Communion. We shall see whether the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of Wales are well-disposed towards those who usurp their titles. Payne has also fraudulently registered a company in England and Wales using the names of the Apostolic Episcopal Church and the Order of Corporate Reunion. This company has no authority or right whatsoever to represent the Apostolic Episcopal Church or the Order of Corporate Reunion.

An email from Payne to Archbishop Kersey of 6 February 2015, the date of the latter’s succession as AEC Primate, reads,

“Dear Archbishop Congratulations on becoming Primate. May The Most High God richly bless your ministry and your Church. Blessings +John”

On what basis then does Payne now claim to usurp Archbishop Kersey’s position and church?

Kline’s purported “registration” of the AEC in Missouri amounts to the adoption of a fictitious name by his existing corporation there. This, again, is a fraudulent act. The AEC has no current presence in Missouri. Between July 2018 and November 2019, the AEC was represented in Missouri under the Concordat then in force between the AEC and Archbishop Josephus Johannes Palumbo of the Order of Christ the King. Although the Concordat was withdrawn in November 2019, the AEC will continue informally to commend any enquirers in Missouri to the ministry of the Order of Christ the King at the Manse and Chapel of St Mary Magdalene in Exeter. It is not the intention of the AEC to set up any form of competing ministry in Missouri, which shows Kline’s actions to be all the more crass and insensitive.

In this behaviour, Kline proves himself a profligate usurper. Not content with his usurpation of the Order of Corporate Reunion, he has now proved himself a thief twice over in respect of his false claims to the Apostolic Episcopal Church. Clearly other clergy who have devoted their energies and service to building up their churches should beware lest Kline casts his avaricious eye upon their property next, and decides to invent further lies as a basis to steal it for his own. Again, we ask, what basis has such a man to describe himself as a Christian, let alone a bishop?

At the end of his notice, Kline reveals his base motivations openly. Clergy, he says, are welcome to be in communion with his “AEC-OCR” provided they pay a “tithe” of $50 for the privilege. The Apostolic Episcopal Church has never asked its clergy or laity to pay or tithe anything to belong to the church, nor do its clergy receive any form of stipend. Doubtless Kline sees his imposture as a way to persuade the gullible to put money into his pocket. We trust that having read this notice, and having verified the facts we have set out for themselves, the public will not be deceived by him and his accomplices. They may indeed choose to bring these activities to the attention of the proper authorities, for the soliciting of money under false pretences generally constitutes a criminal offence.

Notice of the Order of Corporate Reunion

This Notice has been issued to clarify several matters with respect to succession and rights within the Order of Corporate Reunion.

  1. When Archbishop +Peter Paul Brennan passed into eternal glory on 2 August 2016, he did not name a successor. On 28 July 2016, Michael Kline circulated an email to senior OCR clergy in which he stated the facts clearly,

    “I had requested on 2-3 occasions that +Brennan appoint me as a co-adjutor or successor for the OCR, but he was silent on this matter.”

  2. We are of the position that since Archbishop Brennan did not name a successor, upon his passing, the primacy of the Order returns to the historical seat of primacy and its occupant. When the OCR was founded in 1874, the head of the Order was not referred to as “Universal Primate”, as certain persons are currently claiming. Instead, the head of the OCR was referred to as the “Prelate” and “Rector Pro-Provincial of Canterbury.” The founder of the OCR, Dr Frederick George Lee served as the Order’s first Prelate and Rector Pro-Provincial of Canterbury. Furthermore, historically since 1946 (a date that predates Archbishops +Brennan, +Spataro, and +Persson) that position has been occupied by the presiding bishops of the Apostolic Episcopal Church.
  3. Currently, the Presiding Bishop of the Apostolic Episcopal Church, and hence the rightful Prelate and Rector Pro-Provincial of Canterbury of the OCR is The Most Reverend Archbishop +John Kersey, OCR, DD. This position and office was confirmed by Archbishop Brennan and Archbishop Nils Bertil Persson (who installed him in office) on November 23, 2008 (refer to the document below).
  4. As such, whereas there can be other legal entities formed to represent the OCR in various local jurisdictions, those local organizations of the OCR do not represent the entire OCR. Therefore, the Missouri corporation established by Michael Kline does not represent the entire OCR. Moreover, being the legal owner of said corporation does not in any way, shape, or form lend him to be the head of the worldwide OCR.
  5. History speaks for itself: Since Archbishop +Brennan did not appoint a successor to his position as Universal Primate (a title that should have never been used to begin with), logically, precedence should be upheld. Since the prelature of the Order had always been with the Rector Pro-Provincial of Canterbury and the Primate of the Apostolic Episcopal Church (at least since 1946), then in the absence of an appointed successor, the prelature should naturally revert to the former practice.
If members and those interested have any questions, please contact us at info@ocr1874.org for a detailed position paper on this matter.
In Christ,
The Most Reverend +John Kersey OCR, DD,
Prelate, Bishop and Rector Pro-Provincial of Canterbury
The Most Reverend +Robert Chung, OCR, SCR
Superior General, Bishop of Selby and Provincial of York

Apostolic Episcopal Church: On the use of aborted foetuses in Covid-19 vaccines

The new scandal, the new nightmare, the tomb of the Pope’s Roman Catholic Moral Theology: aborted babies used for making COVID-19 Vaccines.

by Canon Professor Luca Scotto di Tella de’ Douglas, Chancellor of the Apostolic Episcopal Church

Bioethics was born after the most terrible experiments made on prisoners during the Second World War II by the Nazis and the Japanese allied to the Nazis. Dr. Mengele and Dr. Ishii without any ethics, pity, mercy, or compassion tortured and killed a huge quantity of human beings who were used like guinea pigs. Now after some decades in the name of profit and for a few months of supposed protection –  a shield from Covid 19 – we discovered the skeleton in the closet, the vaccines proposed as a great solution are based on the torture and death of innocent babies, aborted. Several vaccines are made in cells from foetuses aborted for example, decades ago. They include vaccines against rubella, hepatitis A, and chicken pox/shingles.

We don’t need to be saints in order to raise a firm ethical objection to this cruel and merciless, barbaric and inhuman trivialization and banalization of Human Life that, for profit and career is not any more considered as sacred but a mere tool for making money. The manufacture of this group of unethical vaccines using such ethically-tainted human cell lines demonstrates profound disrespect for the dignity of Human Life which for us comes from God and which deserves to be respected in depth. A true “hara kiri”, a suicide, was made by the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Life (that should after this be renamed FALLING) when it declared in 2005 and reaffirmed in 2017 that in the absence of alternatives, Catholics could, in “good conscience”, receive vaccines made using historical human fetal cell lines. This means that if there is a risk for health, a Roman Catholic can ask legally and with a pure conscience, to the scientist, to have a medicine (a vaccine is a medicine) without even asking how it was produced. If in that production they were partners in crime, accomplices in horrible acts such as abortions, who cares. This is something profound, serious and shameful that has nothing of Christianity about it; it is simply abominable even for a non-Christian and for an Atheist Man of Good Will.

The current Pope and the  Vatican approve of Catholics receiving vaccines manufactured using human fetal cells by abortion “only” in the absence of alternatives but this is also equivalent to justifying the dirty trafficking of organs sold, for example by countries where the death penalty is in force and the organs of executed criminals are sold. The important thing is to get what you need, ethics are of no use, obviously, morality is something heavy and impractical, better to be cynical, selfish and not ask too many questions.

Let us ask ourselves this, would Jesus, the Christ, ever approve, in order to create a medicine, to have innocent babies killed in small pieces in the womb of Mothers? To order this butchery of fetuses and consciences?

The Apostolic Episcopal Church strongly condemns the purchase and use of aborted human foetal corpses for so-called “scientific” uses. The AEC firmly calls on drug companies to work to create ethical medicines and vaccines that reject certain shameful uses of Human Life.

New YouTube channel for the Apostolic Episcopal Church

The Apostolic Episcopal Church has launched a YouTube channel which can be reached by clicking here. The channel includes the presentation of prayers, audio descriptions and studies in philosophy, religion and spirituality including the traditions of the East. The primary language of the channel is Italian. More materials will be added to the channel in the coming months.

Notice: Fraudulent use of the name of the Apostolic Episcopal Church by “The Apostolic Episcopal Church in India”

The Apostolic Episcopal Church, founded in 1925 in New York, USA, is a worldwide communion with unbroken succession from its foundation. Its name is particular, not generic, and while there are many churches that have similar names, it is not conceivable to us that any reasonable enquirer could fail to be aware of our web presence and our distinctive history and mission. The official website of the Apostolic Episcopal Church is at www.apostolicepiscopalchurch.org

The only past mission that the AEC has been associated with in India was when the Catholicate of the West, with which the AEC was and is united, was incorporated in India under the Societies Act of 1860 during 1950. This period came to an end when Mar Petros, who was responsible for the Catholicate in India, died in 1954. No church activity in India has been authorized since that time, although there was briefly a mission in Pakistan during the 1990s. By contrast, today there are good relations between our communion and the Malankara Syrian Orthodox Church in India, and it would be the wish of the Apostolic Episcopal Church to support the important work of our Malankaran brethren there rather than set up any form of competition.

An entity has recently appeared on Facebook calling itself “The Apostolic Episcopal Church in India”, apparently based in Secunderabad and claiming links with “Dayspring Christian University” This, according to information received, is a continuation of the imposture of Gary Barkman. The Apostolic Episcopal Church issued an Ad Clerum concerning Gary Barkman and his associates on 23 February 2013 and the salient points of this document are repeated below,

The Metropolitan Synod of the Apostolic Episcopal Church (AEC), has recently expressed its concern at the actions of one Dr Gary Barkman and those clergy associated with him. Dr Barkman has established a website at http://drgbarkman.tripod.com on which he holds himself out to be “Patriarch” of the Apostolic Episcopal Church and other clergy of his body to be likewise clergy of the Apostolic Episcopal Church. This is a baseless, fraudulent and impertinent imposture. For some time, text and images belonging to an official AEC website were reproduced on Dr Barkman’s website verbatim and without acknowledgement. After receiving representations from Metropolitan Synod to cease and desist from these actions, these materials have now been removed. However, there continue to be unauthorized references to the AEC on the website and the revised name of Dr Barkman’s group, viz. “Episcopal Apostolic Church” is close enough to that of the AEC to cause needless confusion.

For the purposes of clarity, it is therefore made explicit that:

  • Dr Gary Barkman, Dr Titus MacMillan and other clergy associated with them are not, and never have been, members of clergy of the Apostolic Episcopal Church.
  • The Apostolic Episcopal Church has had no office of “Patriarch” since the 1990s.
  • Any claim by these men to represent the Apostolic Episcopal Church is unauthorized and without warrant of Metropolitan Synod of the AEC.
  • Any assertion by these men that the AEC is or has become a Pentecostal body is false and baseless. The AEC continues to abide by its Statement of Faith as recorded inter alia on p 561 of “Religious Bodies, 1936: pt. 1. Denominations, A to J : statistics, history” by Timothy Francis Murphy, United States Bureau of the Census, 1936.

A list of the members of Metropolitan Synod of the Apostolic Episcopal Church is provided here. No other bishop, whether their church is in intercommunion with the Apostolic Episcopal Church or not, is recognized as a member of Metropolitan Synod. No person who derives their authority from Gary Barkman is recognized as a member, let alone as clergy, of the Apostolic Episcopal Church. Lastly, the Apostolic Episcopal Church has no clergy and no missions in India at present.

This notice may also be read in the Italian language by clicking here.

Notice: Fraudulent misrepresentation of the Apostolic Episcopal Church

The Apostolic Episcopal Church wishes to advise the public that the website at https://aecorcny2.weebly.com (and previously at https://apostolicepiscopalchurchocr.weebly.com which is defunct at the time of writing) is fraudulent and has not been authorized by the Apostolic Episcopal Church. In addition, Rodney Rickard, who is responsible for this imposture, is not and never has been a member of the Apostolic Episcopal Church.

The website makes a number of wholly inaccurate statements concerning the faith and position of the Apostolic Episcopal Church and the AEC wishes to formally dissociate itself from these. All relevant information about the faith and nature of the AEC is provided on its official website at www.apostolicepiscopalchurch.org Furthermore, Rickard’s website copies sections of this official website verbatim and without acknowledgement, violating our copyright and demonstrating a high degree of intellectual dishonesty.

This statement has been issued only after the failure of discussions with Rickard, who has been contacted privately by senior clergy both of the Apostolic Episcopal Church and of other churches in attempts to make him desist from this course of action. It has been made clear to him that there will inevitably be legal consequences from his imposture and in addition he is likely to do considerable damage to his own reputation.

On 15 December 1995, the AEC and the Order of Corporate Reunion in New York, which were at that time united under a single administration, authorized the formation of a corporation in the State of New York called The Apostolic Episcopal Church – Order of Corporate Reunion, Inc. The incorporators were the Most Revd. Donald Hugh, then Archbishop of the Province of the West in the Apostolic Episcopal Church, and the Most Revd. Francis C. Spataro, then Archbishop of the Province of the East in the Apostolic Episcopal Church. In 1998, Archbishop Hugh was suspended a divinis from membership of the Apostolic Episcopal Church by then-Primate Archbishop Bertil Persson, and Archbishop Spataro resigned from membership of the corporation. At this point, authority was withdrawn from the corporation by the Apostolic Episcopal Church.

Dr Hugh continued to maintain this corporation and a schismatic representation of the Apostolic Episcopal Church and the Order of Corporate Reunion for some years afterwards. As AEC Primate from 1998-2015, Dr Spataro decided not to act on the matter and this was also the policy that Dr Kersey pursued after succeeding as AEC Primate in 2015. The view that was taken was that there was some sympathy for Dr Hugh’s past differences with Dr Persson, that his schism was small and had attracted few if any followers, and that Dr Hugh was advanced in years and his false representation of our church would likely die with him. In the past decade there was some contact between Dr Hugh and Archbishop Brennan of the OCR and this contributed towards a thawing of relations, even if reunion was not to be achieved.

It was therefore with dismay that the Apostolic Episcopal Church learned earlier this year that Dr Hugh’s New York corporation had recently been purchased by Rodney Rickard, who has never been a member of the Apostolic Episcopal Church. Rickard represented to us that he was interested in working with us to re-establish the Order of Corporate Reunion, of which he had previously been a member, on a sounder footing in the USA. These efforts were supported by us, but it was never discussed or made clear to us by Rickard that he would also be making false claims regarding the Apostolic Episcopal Church. Indeed, when the implications of his actions were made clear to him initially, he gave an undertaking “We are NOT AND WILL NOT be using AEC-OCR as an acronym for these two ecclesial entities.” This was a lie, as is proven by Rickard’s current website.

There are loosely-constituted church movements such as Pentecostalism and some schools of the Baptist Church in which any person may claim the authority to lead and teach. The Apostolic Episcopal Church is definitively not of this classification. Since its inception, it has been a canonical and hierarchically-organized church, and during its earlier years had provision for synodical governance. It has never been a free-for-all or a body in which mere ownership of a corporation would give an individual any rights within it. The present constitution of the AEC is dependent upon the Primate and Presiding Bishop as a church nonprofit Corporation Sole in the State of Hawaii and upon the canons of the church which are the bylaws of that corporation. Canon IV:12 states

No person may incorporate any corporation, or establish any non-profit or other entity using the name “Apostolic Episcopal Church” without first having received the consent of Metropolitan Synod, nor may any website be maintained that uses the name and distinctive emblems of the Apostolic Episcopal Church without receiving the consent of the Primate.

The Apostolic Episcopal Church has today initiated primary legal action against Rickard with the aim of ending his fraudulent misrepresentation of our church. It has also taken the step of declaring that he and any persons who may join his schism are to be regarded as vitandus by this Church. We pray that they may yet repent of their actions and cease their wrongdoing.

Death of Archbishop Paul Lorentzen

Archbishop Lorentzen (left) with Archbishop Paget Mack of the AEC at his consecration at St Lucy’s Cathedral in New York in 2014

The Apostolic Episcopal Church has been informed of the death of the Most Revd. Paul Lorentzen, who served as Archbishop of the Province of the East in the Apostolic Episcopal Church between 2015 and 2019. He died of cancer on 5 July at the age of 71.

Paul Lorentzen was a graduate of McKee High School and following his Associate of Science degree earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in religion and a Master of Divinity degree from Faith Evangelical College and Seminary, Tacoma, Washington. He followed this with a PhD in Christian Counseling for substance abuse.

His secular career ended with the position of plant superintendent of The South Beach Psychiatric Center, from which he retired in 2001. Thereafter he pursued his religious vocation and was ordained priest in the North American Lutheran Church. He pastored various Lutheran churches in New York, including St Paul’s Lutheran, Brooklyn, Immanuel Lutheran, and Eltingville Lutheran Church, Staten Island.

He came to know the late Archbishop Peter Paul Brennan of the Order of Corporate Reunion, who was in communion with the Apostolic Episcopal Church. Archbishop Brennan duly ordained him deacon and priest and he joined the OCR. In addition to his other ministerial responsibilities he served as a deacon in the Association of Independent Evangelical Lutheran Churches (which was also in communion with the AEC) at St George’s Astoria. During this period he was also supply clergy for the Episcopal Church on Staten Island. On June 20, 2014, he was consecrated bishop by bishop Alan Stanford, assisted by bishops Gregory Raeppel and George Jachimczyk. Bishop Stanford was consecrated by Archbishop Maxey, formerly Primate of the AEC.

In 2014, Archbishop Francis Spataro announced his retirement as Primate of the Apostolic Episcopal Church. Paul Lorentzen was admitted to the Apostolic Episcopal Church and conditionally consecrated bishop by Archbishop Spataro assisted by Archbishop Brennan and Archbishop Paget Mack of the AEC at St Lucy’s Old Roman Catholic Cathedral on 30 December 2014. He was appointed Provincial of the East when Archbishop Spataro retired on 5 February 2015, served as a Deputy to the Primate, and received the honorary degree of Doctor of Sacred Theology from the AEC. As a result of Archbishop Brennan’s efforts, he was also appointed a Delegate at the United Nations to represent the Syrian Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II.

During 2015, Archbishop Lorentzen accepted the Lutheran pastorate of Transfiguration Church on Staten Island, New York, where he also ran a men’s ministry called Transfiguration Life Together. It was further intended that an Evangelical Catholic mission for the AEC should develop there, but this unfortunately did not happen. Archbishop Lorentzen also wished to extend his existing work in the Episcopal Church by becoming certified with them so that he could go on their regular call roster for Staten Island, but again this came to nothing.

The death of Archbishop Brennan in 2016 seems to have marked a turning-point in Archbishop Lorentzen’s ministry. Archbishop Lorentzen was in attendance upon him during his last days and gave him Holy Communion on his deathbed, Most of the former ecumenical activity that had been associated with the OCR, and with which the AEC had also been closely involved, came to an end. When the AEC reasserted its own representation of the Order of Corporate Reunion in 2017, Archbishop Lorentzen was supportive of this action, but it was difficult to escape the impression that his priorities were now elsewhere.

By February 2019, Archbishop Lorentzen’s ministry had developed to the extent that it was now wholly centred upon the Lutheran Church, giving rise to concerns that while he continued to hold senior office in the AEC, this had now become purely a nominal appointment. It was clearly not in the best interests of anyone that this situation should continue, and accordingly he resigned from the AEC and the OCR and thereafter devoted himself to the Lutheran ministry.

He was past master of Tompkins Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons No. 471, and Lodge No. 66, and a member of Nansen Lodge Sons of Norway on Staten Island.

He was passionate about rescued Pit Bull dogs, and they were his constant companions.

Memory Eternal!

Death of Bishop Pedro Bravo-Guzman

The Apostolic Episcopal Church has been informed of the death of Bishop Pedro Bravo Guzman following a long illness. He was seventy years old.

Bishop Pedro was Presiding Bishop of the Association of Independent Evangelical Lutheran Churches (AIELC) which was in communion with the AEC, and pastored St Peter and St Paul Independent Lutheran Church in Astoria, New York. His associate clergy were Archbishop Spataro of the AEC and Archbishop Peter Paul Brennan of the Order of Corporate Reunion. Services were conducted in Spanish and membership was reported as 55 persons. Bishop Bravo together with Archbishop Spataro was a member of the Queens Federation of Churches, NY. Bishop Bravo served additionally as a Provost of the Order of Corporate Reunion during Archbishop Brennan’s primacy.

He suffered a stroke in 2016 and subsequently stepped down from his position in the AIELC in favour of Bishop Manuel A. Acuna of Argentina.

Memory Eternal!