Presiding Bishop Francis C. Spataro (1998-2015)

+FCSArchbishop Francis Cajetan Spataro (Mar Timotheos III) (1936-) was educated at Long Island University (BA, 1959), New York University (MA, 1971), The People’s University of the Americas (Licentiate in Religion, 1976), St Ephrem’s Institute of Eastern Church Studies, Solna, Sweden (Doctor of Divinity, 1982), St John’s University, New York (MS in Counseling, 1984) and European-American University, Dominica (Doctor of Divinity, 2008). He pursued additional seminary studies at St Joseph’s Seminary and College (1955-56) and did advanced graduate work at The American College and Seminary (1975-76), Auburn Theological Seminary (1991-93), St Athanasius Academy of Orthodox Theology (1993-94), and the Blanton-Peale Institute of Pastoral Studies (1994).

He was ordained deacon and priest on 26 December 1976 by Patriarch Uladyslaw I (Ryzy-Ryski) of the American World Patriarchates, and consecrated bishop on 31 October 1992, by Archbishop Bertil Persson, Primate and Presiding Bishop of the Apostolic Episcopal Church, assisted by Archbishop George Boyer (AEC) and Bishop Eric F. Eades (Holy Celtic Church). He received additional commissioning through subconditional consecration on 4 January 1994 by Bishop Joseph Langdon, acting solus.

Archbishop Spataro has served the Western Rite Vicariate (American World Patriarchates), New York, since 1976, and the Apostolic Episcopal Church, Province of the East, USA, since 1978, becoming Archbishop of that Province in 1992 and then Presiding Bishop, Primate and Ecclesiastical Administrator of Metropolitan Synod, Apostolic Episcopal Church between 1998 and 2015. Since 1998 he has been Archbishop of the USA in the Uniate Western Catholic Church, Universal Christian Communion and Universal Episcopal Communion (all church divisions of the Order of Corporate Reunion), and has served as North American Provincial of the Order of Corporate Reunion between 1995 and 2014. In 1996 he was founder of the Association of Independent Evangelical Lutheran Churches, and from 2000-02, Bishop Visitor of St Peter & St Paul Independent Evangelical Lutheran Church, New York. Archbishop Spataro was co-founder of the Vilatte Guild in 1976 and of the Society of St John Cassian in 1990 and continues to lead both societies today.

Archbishop Spataro served as principal consecrator for Aldo Paul Masciana (Bishop Cassianos) for the Holy Orthodox Church of America/Societas Rosicruciana in America, on 12 December 1993. Bishop Cassianos died in 2006. He was also principal consecrator for Louis Marcel Pierre as Bishop of Haiti for the Association of Independent Evangelical Lutheran Churches, on 26 August 2001. In addition, Archbishop Spataro has assisted as a co-consecrator and given additional commissioning sub conditione to several bishops.

His publications include Charles Mason Remey and the Baha’i Faith (1987), The Rascal Sage, A Brief Glimpse of Gurdjieff for Understanding Cults and Spiritual Movements (1988), With God in Spirit and Truth (1992), Images of Godly Living (1994), and The Divine Liturgy of Marqos (1999). He has been editor of The Tover of St Cassian, The Remey Letter, The Independent Catholic and other journals. His poetry has been widely published.

Among the honours he has received are that of Honorary Doctor of Divinity from the Wittenberg Lutheran Seminary of Missouri in 2004, Honorary Doctor of Sacred Theology from Holy Apostles Glastonbury Biblical Seminary of the Apostolic Episcopal Church in 2015, Knight Grand Cross of the Military Order of the Knights of the Temple of Solomon, Knight Grand Cross and Doctor Christianissimus in the Order of the Crown of Thorns, and Knight Majus of the Byzantine Order of Leo the Armenian.

He is married to Bokeeta and has two children, of whom his son, Peter, passed to eternal rest in 2009.