Clergy

mass2The Apostolic Episcopal Church is governed by Metropolitan Synod under the Primate (Presiding Bishop). Metropolitan Synod is recognized by the Statutes of the State of New York, Chapter 597 Laws of 1932, Article 3A, sections 50 to 59c. Membership of Metropolitan Synod is indicated thus * in the clergy list below. Bishops in the Apostolic Episcopal Church may, according to the ancient Eastern practice of our origins, use the Orthodox designation of Mar.

The length of service of each bishop in our communion is indicated by their year of consecration as given below. Clergy who are retired are listed only where they have chosen to continue to offer active ministry within the Church.

No member of clergy receives a stipend from the Apostolic Episcopal Church. Each meets not only his own expenses but also those of the central church, so far as he may be able. However, there is no obligatory financial contribution whatsoever. It follows that our clergy are not only to be found in a conventional parish setting, but may also express their religious vocations through following a suitable profession, as has always been acceptable to Anglicans in the past; included in this number are several teachers (including four of our Primates) and professional counselors.

>>Information about ordination and incardination in the Apostolic Episcopal Church

Succession of the Primates in the Apostolic Episcopal Church:

I. Mar John Emmanuel (The Most Revd. Arthur Wolfort Brooks)
19 November 1930 – 7 July 1948

II. Mar David I (The Most Revd. Wallace David de Ortega Maxey)
7 July 1948 – 7 November 1986*

III. Mar Alexander (The Most Revd. Nils Bertil Persson)
7 November 1986 – 28 February 1998

IV. Mar Timotheos III (The Most Revd. Francis Cajetan Spataro)
28 February 1998 – 5 February 2015

V. Mar Joannes Edmundus (The Most Revd. Edmond John Kersey de Polanie-Patrikios)
5 February 2015 –

*From 8 August 1976 until 7 November 1986 Mar David II (The Most Revd. Robert R. Ramm) served as Primate of the Apostolic Episcopal Catholic Church in collaboration with Mar David I.

Current clergy list:

In the list below, membership of Metropolitan Synod is indicated thus: *, and membership of the Order of Corporate Reunion thus: .

Primate (Presiding Bishop) and Ecclesiastical Administrator of Metropolitan Synod
The Most Revd. John Kersey (Mar Joannes Edmundus) OCR, OA, STD, DD, DChr, ℜ*
consecrated bishop in 2006; Primate 2015-
Titular Archbishop of Sardis; Catholicos of the West and British Patriarch; Provincial for Europe of the Order of Christ Our Most Holy Redeemer and Heavenly King
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Co-Adjutor Archbishop with Right of Succession
The Most Revd. Josephus Johannes Palumbo OCR, OA, DMin, DRel*
Master-General of the Order of Christ Our Most Holy Redeemer and Heavenly King
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Emeritus Primate
The Most Revd. Francis C. Spataro (Mar Timotheos III), OA, STD, DD, ℜ*
consecrated bishop in 1992; Primate 1998-2015
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The United States of America:
The Province of the East
Archbishop
The Most Revd. Paul Lorentzen, STD, ℜ*
consecrated bishop in 2014
Deputy to the Primate
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The Provinces of the South and West and the Central Province
Archbishop
The Most Revd. Josephus Johannes Palumbo OCR, OA, DMin, DRel*
Co-Adjutor with right of Succession to the Primate

Latin America:
St Alban’s Church, Buenos Aires, Argentina
The Revd. Deacon M.R. Salguero, MSacTh

Representative in Brazil
The Most Revd. David Caparelli, HonDA
Primate of the Igreja Templaria Antiga

The Antilles
Missionary Archbishop (with seat at Barbados)
The Most Revd. Paget E.J. Mack, DD, OSBM, ℜ
consecrated bishop in 1997
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Memory Eternal!
Please see this page devoted to our deceased clergy.

Lay Officers

Great Britain:
(Under the Primate)
Secretary of Metropolitan Synod
Dr Kathleen Kersey, HonLLD, PhD, LLB*
Honorary Canon
Canon Dom A. Michael D.G. Walsh, OSB(SL), DLitt, ThD*

Continental Europe:
(Under the Primate)
Chancellor
Canon Professor Luca Scotto di Tella de’ Douglas di Castel di Ripa, DLitt, PhD
Honorary Canon
Canon Carlo Liviero Morini dei Morin

Latin America:
St Alban’s Church, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Lay Reader
Mr Edward Alexander Kesting

A note about the postnominal OCR
The abbreviation OCR has been used in two historical contexts. It has been used by the Order of Christ Our Most Heavenly Redeemer and King since its foundation in 1900, and by the Order of Corporate Reunion (founded 1874) since its revival under Bertil Persson and the late Archbishop Paul G.W. Schultz in the 1970s. Both of these bodies are today in union with our jurisdiction. We can find no record of the postnominal OCR being used by the Order of Corporate Reunion during its period under the Founders or during its revival under Archbishop Arnold Harris Mathew, and conclude that this was most likely because of the intention that that Order should be a clandestine body and not one whose membership was to be advertised publicly. By contrast, the Order of Christ Our Most Holy Redeemer and Heavenly King is a publicly-active religious order whose members undertake Christian ministry in the community. Since we agree with and wish to preserve the original conception of the Order of Corporate Reunion, we have adopted as a policy that in official documents and lists of clergy, our church will record the postnominal OCR for those members of the Order of Christ Our Most Holy Redeemer and Heavenly King solely and will record membership of the Order of Corporate Reunion with the symbol ℜ. This does not prevent members of the Order of Corporate Reunion from referring to their membership by use of the postnominals OCR should they deem this appropriate in a ministerial context, but such use has, with effect from July 2018, ceased to carry official sanction.