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Apostolic Succession in the Abbey-Principality

I. SUCCESSION OF THE PRINCE-ABBOTS TO +JOSEPH-RENE VILATTE

(1) HENRICE (Dom Henrice Pacomez)
(25 August 1883-10 February 1884)
He appointed as his successor:

(2) JOSEPH I (Dom José Piantini)
(10 February 1884-2 August 1884)
He appointed as his successor:

(3) JOSEPH II (Dom José Mendoza)
(2 August 1884-5 May 1897)
He appointed as his successor:

(4) LOUIS-FRANCOIS (Baron Louis François de Girardot)
(5 May 1897-7 May 1899)
He appointed as his successor:

(5) JOSEPH III (Archbishop Joseph-René Vilatte)
of whom more presently.

II. APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION OF THE PRINCE-ABBOTS FROM ARCHBISHOP VILATTE AND THE SYRIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH

Boutros ibn Salmo Mesko (Mar Julius/Moran Mor Ignatius XXXIV Peter [Boutros] III/IV, 1799-1894)
Consecrated 1846 as Mar Julius by Moran Mor Ignatius XXXII Elias II, Patriarch of The Syrian Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East 1838-1847
Patriarch of The Syrian Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East (1872)
Assisted by Mar Gregorios Abd Allah of The Syrian Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East and Joseph Mar Dionysios V (Joseph Pulikottil) of The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, Moran Mor Ignatius XXXIV Peter IV consecrated on, 4 December1876:

Paulose Kadavil Kooran (Paulose Mar Athanasius, 1833-1907)
Metropolitan of Kottayam of The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church (1876)
Assisted by Paulose Mar Ivanios (Paulose Murimattom) and Geevarghese Mar Gregorios (Geevarghese Chathurutil), Metropolitans of The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, Paulose Mar Athanasius consecrated on 29 July 1889:

Antonio Francisco Xavier Alvarez (Mar Julius I, 1837-1923)
Metropolitan of Ceylon, Goa and India, Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church (1889)
Assisted by Paulose Mar Athanasius and Geevarghese Mar Gregorios, both of The Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, Mar Julius I consecrated on 29 May 1892:

Joseph René Vilatte (Mar Timotheus I, 1854-1929)
Archbishop-Metropolitan of The Old Catholic Church of America (1892)
5th Prince-Abbot and Mukungu of San Luigi (as Joseph III) (7 May 1899)
Prince-Abbot Joseph III consecrated on 1 June 1923:

Francis John Edmond Barwell-Walker (1881-1963)
6th Prince-Abbot and Mukungu of San Luigi (as Edmond I) (8 July 1929)
Assisted by Emile Federico Rodriguez y Fairfield[1], Prince-Abbot Edmond I consecrated on 29 December 1961:

George Arvid Edmond Lyman (1939-98)
7th Prince-Abbot and Mukungu of San Luigi (as Edmond II) (16 February 1962)
Titular Archbishop, American Orthodox Catholic Church (1963)
Bishop, Apostolic Episcopal Church, Province of the West (1978)
Assisting Frederick C. King, Prince-Abbot Edmond II consecrated on 18 May 1975:

Paul Christian Gerald William Schultz (1931-95)
Archbishop, Apostolic Episcopal Church, Province of the West (1986)
Assisting Wallace David de Ortega Maxey[2] with others, Archbishop Schultz consecrated on 7 November 1986:

Nils Bertil Alexander Persson (1941-)[3]
Primate, Apostolic Episcopal Church (1986)
Universal Primate, Order of Corporate Reunion (1998)
Assisted by others, Archbishop Persson consecrated on 23 November 2008:

John Kersey (1972-)
Primate, Apostolic Episcopal Church (2015)
Bishop and Rector Pro-Provincial of Canterbury in the Order of Corporate Reunion (2008)
Metropolitan, Ecclesia Apostolica Divinorum Mysteriorum (2010)
8th Prince-Abbot and Mukungu of San Luigi (as Edmond III) (25 August 2011)

[1] Archbishop Rodriguez y Fairfield was consecrated by Prince-Abbot Edmond I on 24 August 1961. He consecrated Archbishop Schultz on 20 March 1977 and Archbishop Persson on 7 November 1986, assisting Primate Maxey.

[2] He was also consecrated by Prince-Abbot Edmond I on 24 March 1929. He had been ordained priest by Prince-Abbot Joseph III on 1 June 1923.

[3] Archbishop Persson has been retired from his ecclesiastical offices on medical grounds since 28 February 1998, and ceased to be a member of the Apostolic Episcopal Church on 6 February 2015.

For the line of succession of the Prince-Abbots from Archbishop Vilatte to Archbishop Persson, refer to Ward, Persson and Bain: Independent Bishops: An International Directory, Detroit, Apogee Books, 1990. For a copy of the certificate of consecration of Prince-Abbot Edmond I by Prince-Abbot Vilatte, click here.

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