We are pleased to announce the incardination, as an Intern Oblate, of the Revd Fr Maxim Bratuhin who is an orthodox priest of Russian tradition with a radically inclusive ecumenical ministry in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Welcome Fr Maxim!
We are also pleased to welcome backs into full membership Bishop Isaac Pellizari.
Consecration of Monseigneur Simeon, Bishop of Rennes & Armorica, 2nd February 2013 in Brittany
Our brother, the Rt Revd Dom Francois OSBA was invited to co-consecrate Bishop Simeon along with Patriarch Nicolas and Metropolite Israel.
We are pleased to announce the incardination of well-loved brother Fr Sandor Szekely as an Intern Oblate of the Order.
The Abbot ordained Fr Sandor to the diaconate in 2011 and he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Tamas Szeles of the Hungarian Old Catholic Mission in 2012. We welcome him back to our jurisdiction and are glad that the Eglise Orthodoxe d'Europe now has a priest in Budapest!
With the blessing of our Patriarch, we have pleasure in announcing the incardination of Revd Fr Glenn Gleurinck, who will be known in our community as Fr Brendan of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Fr Brendan has had an attraction to monastic life - both Benedictine and Carmelite spirituality - since his youth and was ordained priest nearly ten years ago in the Celtic Christian Church (USA). He was born and raised in Belgium and presently lives in his hometown of Aalst.We are so pleased to have another brother in the Low Countries. Welcome Fr Brendan. We are glad to have you join us!
Members of the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of Europe. Patriarch Nicolas (centre), Dom Francois OSBA (far right)
On the 13th October 2012 at the Couvente Sainte Marie in the Dordogne the Rt Revd Dom Francois Poublan OSBA presented our petition to Patriarch Nicolas I and all the Holy Synod of the Eglise Orthodoxe d'Europe (EOE) asking that we be incardinated as an order. We are thankful to God, the Patriarch and the Holy Synod for accepting and welcoming us and creating for us an Exarchate with special permission to continue and develop our Benedictine tradition as a "bi-ritual" community. Liturgical prayer is of course central to our lives, particularly as Benedictines, and it is good to know that our missions and hermitages will have special encouragement to fully explore the contemplative traditions of East and West and to celebrate many of the historic rites of Christendom. We are also delighted to have meet many new brethren in our fellow EOE clergy and we look forward to working closely with them for the greater glory of God.
We are very pleased to announce the incardination of the Rt Revd Dom Charles Reynolds of Fort Worth, Texas. He has been a friend to our community for several years and we are delighted now to welcome him into full membership. Abbot Emeritus Charles serves a thriving mission parish in Fort Worth, Texas and his expertise with the Eastern Rite liturgies is a particular blessing to us as we prepare to become a dual Western/Eastern Rite order.
Ordination of three new Deacons, Deo Gratias!
Br Patrick, Dom Bram, Br Paul (excardinated) and Bishop Bruno, outside St Gall's Retreat
On Saturday 8th September 2012, the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady, at the Oratory of the Holy Cross, St Gall's Retreat, Switzerland, Abbot-Bishop Alistair and Bishop Bruno ordained to the diaconate, Revd Dom Bram Heidendal OSBA, Revd Paul Burton and Revd Br Patrick Scheiner OSBA. Congratulations to the new deacons. We wish you much joy and fulfillment in this important ministry.
Saturday 14th July 2012, ordination of Associate Priest, Revd Ivan Presho
Fr Ivan resides in Newcastle, England where he has a healing and pastoral ministry. He was ordained to the diaconate by Dom Alistair in 2010 in Edinburgh and on the 14th July 2012 was ordained to the priesthood at Holy Cross Oratory, St Gall's Retreat in Switzerland. Dom Bruno also assisted at the ordination. Congratulations Fr Ivan!
Dom Bruno laying on hands
Ordination of Fr James of the Sacred Heart to the Priesthood, Saturday before Pentecost 2012
Congratulations to Fr James of the Sacred Heart OSBA (James Claude Yelington III) who was ordained to the priesthood on Saturday 28th May at St George's Church, Austin, Texas, by our friend Bishop Jack Isbell of the Catholic Apostolic Church of Antioch. Our Oblate, Bishop Mel Borham and several other bishops and clergy were in attendance. Among the large congregation present were eighteen of Fr James' family and friends. We wish Fr James every blessing in his priestly ministry.
Welcome to new postulants!
Br Patrick of the Glorious Ascension, admitted to the Postulancy and ordained Cleric on the 13th May 2012 at St Gall's Retreat.
We are delighted to announce that St Gall's Seminarian Paul Burton has transferred from Oblature to the Postulancy of the Holy Cross Benedictines of Adoration. After a distinguised career with the Manchester Police Paul is now a Shakespearean actor and brings many gifts to our order. He will be known as Br Paul of the Good Shepherd. Similarly, our new brother Patrick Scheiner, who will be known as Br Patrick of the Glorious Ascension, also brings many gifts. He is a teacher, holds a degree in theology from the University of Fribourg and has done further training for ministry in the seminary at Chur, Switzerland, and St Stephen's House, Oxford. We wish both of these brethren every blessing in their Benedictine life!
Change of direction for our Church and Order
St Benedict pray for us!
After five years of living according to our interpretation of the Passionist charism the members of the Companions of the Cross and Passion (founded 2007) has been dissolved. This follows the registration of the "PASSIONIST" name and distinctive Sign as trademarks of the Roman Catholic Passionist Congregation.
The brethren are of one heart and mind in adopting a new Benedictine framework and tradition for our order which from henceforth shall be known as the Holy Cross Benedictines of Adoration. As there are Anglican and Lutheran Benedictines as well as several Benedictine Congregations within the Independent Movement we hope that we shall be safe in adopting this tradition, which as it happens was the starting point for many of us on our individual spiritual journeys. We therefore feel that recent events may well have been a blessing in disguise! Pax!
Easter Sunday 2012 - in Neuss
Fr Thomas and volunteer about to serve some lunch! ... Congratulations to Fr Thomas for another ecumenical Eucahrist and meal at the Diakonie in Neuss. It is good to see our community in Germany doing so well!
Ordinations in Switzerland, Easter Triduum 2012
Ordination of Paul Burton as Exorcist
On Holy Saturday Paul Burton, Oblate, was ordained to the Order of Exorcist and on Easter Sunday Br Bram Heidendal was ordained to the sub-diaconate. We wish these brethren every blessing on their journey towards the priesthood. Onwards and upwards!
Br Bram Heidendal, Sub-deacon
We are delighted to announce that today, in Paris, the 15th January 2012 the Presiding Bishop of the Catholic Apostolic Church of the Holy Cross, the Most Revd Fr Francois Poublan CCP, and His Holiness, Patriarch Nicolas of the Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Europe signed an Intercommunion Agreement between our two jurisidctions. We look forward to many opportunities for fellowship and mutual cooperation in the years ahead!
New Associate Priest
The Mission Episcopate of St Gall are pleased to announce the incardination of Revd Fr Maxim Bratuhin, of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Fr Maxim was ordained by an Independent Orthodox Bishop (now retired) and is our first Eastern rite priest. He is a civil rights activist with a thriving ecumenical ministry. We wish him many happy years of fellowship with us. http://pathfinder.kloop.kg/
Ordinations, October 2011
In October 2011, Bishops Alistair and Bruno had the great pleasure and honour of ordaining Fr Thomas Crofts and Fr Scott Blunt to the priesthood in Neuss, Germany, and London, England, respectively. Both occasions were well supported by family and friends and enjoyed by all!
Ordination of Fr Thomas Crofts in Neuss, Germany, October 2011
Congregation in Neuss for the ordination of Fr Thomas Crofts, October 2011
Félicitations to Virginie Simon and Kent Brazeau whose marriage was blessed on the 13th August at the Musée des Vampires in Paris by Bishop Francois!
Revd Scott Blunt
We are pleased to announce the incardination of our oblate, the Revd Scott Blunt as Associated Clergy. Scott is a deacon, formerly with the Church of the Divine Mysteries, who will be ordained priest in October for a ministry in Blackheath, London. He joins Revd Fr Baruch Rabinowitz and the Revd Ivan Presho who already serve with us as Associated Clergy. Welcome Scott!
Revd Ivan Presho
The Revd Ivan Presho who was ordained deacon in December 2010 by the Prior General has been incardinated as a Deacon of the Mission Episcopate of St Gall and is thereby Associate Clergy of the Catholic Apostolic Church of the Holy Cross. Ivan completed two years of seminary training at Ushaw College several years ago and now works with teenagers with autism and Asperger's syndrom. We welcome him and pray that he will have a pleasant sojourn among us.
Following a very successful and enjoyable day together celebrating the Feast of the Assumption the Edinburgh Parish of Our Lady and St Tugdual is now closed. The Prior General wishes to thank the Edinburgh Theosophical Society who have generously hosted our services for several years. Bishop Alistair will be moving to our Retreat in Switzerland in October. Ongoing pastoral support is available from the Revd Jim Pym (Apostolic Church of the Risen Christ) and Revd Marie Louise Jones (Interfaith Minister). Please send an email for their contact details (Contact Form on Vocations page).
The ordination to the diaconate of Revd Br James of the Sacred Heart CCP (Revd James Yelvington) took place on the 13th August at the Oratory of Our Lady Seat of Wisdom, Huntsville, Texas. We congratulate Br James and wish to thank our dear friends Br +Thomas OEF and Sr +Magdalena OEF of the Mission Episcopate of Ss Francis and Clare who received Br James into the noviciate of CCP and ordained him on our behalf.
A well and truly ordained deacon!
Br James with friends who attended the ceremonies
Assumptiontide in Hungary - happily our work in Hungary goes forward from strength to strength, A.M.D.G.
Three of our Hungarian brethren after their celebration of the Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady, 2011: Attila, Fr Paulus of St Francis CCP and Br Hubertus of St John the Baptist CCP
Admission of a Postulant and a Solemn Profession
We are delighted to announce that on Friday 24th June - Feast of the Nativity of St John the Baptist - Bishop Marcus Berezowski was admitted as a Postulant of our Order, in Brazil, by Bishop Isaac of St Joseph CCP. Bishop Marcus takes the name "Marcus of Our Lady of the Angels". With a background in esotericism, theosophy and Martinism Bishop Marcus rediscovered the rich tradition of orthodox Christian devotion and was prepared, ordained and consecrated by Bishop Isaac over a period of many years. He is a lawyer by profession and is married with one child. We welcome him to our church and community!
On Saturday 25th June in Philadelphia, PA, The Most Revd Timothy Cravens of the Independent Catholic Christian Church officiated at the solemn profession of our well beloved brother, Revd Fr Salvatore Scuderi CCP. Fr Sal is a well known character around Camden, NJ, where he is often seen on the streets in his habit ministering to the people. He also celebrates the sacraments at home for a small but growing congregation. We pray that God will continue to bless him and that all his efforts may manifest in beauty!
Sunday Services and Workshops in Summer 2011, at the Theosophical Society, 28 Great King Street Edinburgh
(unless stated otherwise)
St Anthony's Chapel, Edinburgh
Sunday 26th June – 3pm at St Anthony’s Chapel, Holyrood Park - A Celtic Celebration of Midsummer
Sunday 10th July – Holy Grail Mass – 3 pm
Sunday 14th August – Mass of the Mother - 11am and afternoon workshop on “Healing with Mary”, Solemn Benediction 4pm
Foundation of the Catholic Apostolic Church of the Holy Cross - 4th June 2011, Feast of St Petroc
After a difficult transition our Church and Order looks to a bright future! Ad Majoram Dei Gloriam!
Letter to Archbishop John Kersey and Bishop Andrew Linley
Church of the Divine Mysteries (EADM) – 1st June 2011
We the undersigned brethren of the Companions of the Cross and Passion, having confidence in the leadership of our Prior General utterly reject and repudiate any suggestion in the Ad Clerum published by EADM on the 31st May 2011 that our Prior General, Bishop Alistair Bate, has acted improperly in any way whatsoever.
(1) Bishop Alistair has at no time taken an oath of canonical obedience to Bishop Kersey or any other bishop or signed any document suggesting the same.
(2) Bishop Alistair and the undersigned members of this order have never acknowledged Bishop Kersey as having the authority of an Archbishop over CCP which was founded as an autocephalous order in 2007 and has remained so since then under the leadership of Bishop Alistair.
(3) Those members of CCP who were also members of EADM (+ Alistair, +Francois, +Robert, +Isaac and Paulus+) acknowledged Bishop Kersey as Presiding Bishop of that communion and as having authority over them in matters pertaining solely to EADM and never those pertaining to CCP.
(4) Bishop Alistair and the members of this order resent the unsolicited interference of Bishop Kersey into our internal affairs, where he held no position of authority except “Episcopal Visitor”, whose function it was to make a “visitation” if and when invited by the Prior and Companions. We believe that it was totally beyond his remit to engage in an investigation and suggest a “disciplinary process” to the Provincial Priors in order to depose the Prior General.
(5) We are outraged by the un-Christian tone of Bishop Kersey’s “Pastoral Letter” and “Ad Clerum” and even more so by his appropriation of portions of our website with the name of our Prior General deleted. We utterly repudiate any claim of Bishop Kersey to leadership of this order and place our confidence in God and in the legitimate authority of our Priors; +Alistair, +Robert and +Francois.
(6) Despite all of the above, if Archbishop Kersey were to apologize for the distress he has caused and promise not to interfere in the internal business of CCP in the future we would be happy to re-establish cordial relations and possibly a formal affiliation with EADM.
Bishop Francois of Our Lady and St Michael CCP, Bishop Robert of the Divine Mercy CCP, Bishop Isaac of St Joseph CCP, Fr Salvatore of the Holy Cross CCP, Revd Br Thomas of the English Martyrs CCP, Fr Paulus of St Francis CCP, Br James of the Sacred Heart, Revd. Br Mariano of the Presentation of Our Lady, Br Jason of St Matthew, Br Hubertus of St John the Baptist, Bishop Bruno of the Beloved Disciple Bishop Alistair of the Blessed Sacrament CCP
31st May 2011 - NEWS - Feast of the Visitation of Our Lady
CCP is no longer affiliated to the Church of the Divine Mysteries (EADM) and the position of Episcopal Visitor is presently vacant. CCP was founded by 2007 by (the then) Fr Alistair Bate and Bishop Michael Skelly, well before any association with +John Kersey or +Andrew Linley. CCP has always been an autocephalous and fully autonomous community, though in the past we have had affiliations with the Liberal Catholic Apostolic Church and its successor body, the Church of the Divine Mysteries (EADM). We have never acknowledged any Archbishop or Church as having any ultimate authority over our order and utterly reject the claims of certain prelates to the contrary. The Ad Clerum issued today by Bishops Kersey and Linley does not in any way effect our legitimacy as an order or our Prior General's ability to function episcopally. In God we Trust.
Donation of Relic of St Jean-Baptiste de La Salle
A generous benefactor, who wishes to remain anonymous, has donated a fine relic of St Jean Baptiste de La Salle to the Oratory of St Paul of the Cross. Already venerated at the Oratory are several first class relics including relics of Ss Bruno, Teresa Margaret, Philip Howard, Lawrence O'Toole, Paul of the Cross and several other Passionist saints and early martyrs.
Saint Jean-Baptiste de La Salle or John Baptist de La Salle (30 April 1651 – 7 April 1719) was a priest, educational reformer, and founder of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. Beatified in 1888 and canonised in 1900 he is the patron saint of teachers and is considered to be the founder of the first Catholic schools.
He dedicated much of his life for the education of poor children in France and in doing so, he started many lasting educational practices.
St Jean Baptiste de La Salle 1651 - 1719
Most Revd Bruno Pedrini admitted to the Postulancy of CCP
On Thursday 19th May The Prior welcomed the M. Revd Fr Bruno of the Beloved Disciple to the postulancy of CCP. Don Bruno has a good deal of experience of the Independent movement in Germany and Italy and plans to continue to minister in his native Switzerland. We wish him a long, happy and truly fraternal spiritual sojourn in our company.
Consecration of Bishop Francois of Our Lady and St Michael
On Sunday 8th May 2011 the Prior General consecrated Bishop Francois to the sacred episcopate according to the Liberal Catholic Rite at the Chapel ad tempus of Our Lady and St Tugdual, Edinburgh. He was assisted by the Revd Marie Louise Jones (Interfaith Minister) and Mdm Isabelle Piau, the companion of Bishop Francois, read the protocol of election. Also attending were Christine Toms, Ann Roodt and Alan Sutherland. Bishop Francois will develop his ministry under the Mission Episcopate of St Genevieve in the city of Paris, in communion with the Apostolic Church of the Divine Mysteries.
Solemn Profession of Fr Francois of Our Lady and St Michael
The Litany of the Saints
On the 6th May at the Oratory of St Paul of the Cross in Edinburgh the Prior presided at the Solemn Profession of Vows of Fr Francois of Our Lady and St Michael. Fr Francois is the third CCP Father to make his Solemn Profession and will be the fourth bishop in the Fraternity following his Consecration to the Sacred Episcopate on Sunday 8th May at the Theosophical Society in Edinburgh.
Consecration in Tempe, Arizona
On Sunday 10th April, Passion Sunday, the Prior had the honour of consecrating Bishops Robert Pieper CCP and Anthony Scuderi OEF at the Shrine of Holy Wisdom in Tempe, by kind invitation of Bishop Jorge (Seraphim) Eager OSB, who also kindly co-consecrated. A most enjoyable occasion. May the new bishops be richly blessed in their new ministries.
Revd Fr Paulus of St Francis CCP, ordained to the priesthood
Fr Paulus' newly anointed hands are consecrated
The unusually swift progression of Fr Paulus to the priesthood is mainly due to the fact that a congregation has been gathered and worshipping together in Budapest for some time and it was felt that regular sacraments would be essential for the spiritual health of the young community, the "Magyar Ókatolikus Misszió", or Hungarian Old Catholic Mission. Twenty one people, including Fr Paulus' parents were present for the Ordination to the Priesthood on Sunday 5th December.
More information about the Mission can be read at: www.okatolikus.hu Each Sunday there is a celebration of the Hungarian Old Catholic Liturgy according to the form compiled by Bishop Viktor Kubinyi.
Fr Paulus administers the sacred host
The new priest celebrates his first Mass, a ferial Mass of Advent according to the Hungarian Old Catholic Liturgy
Revd Br Paulus of St Francis
On Saturday 4th December, the Revd Br Paulus of St Francis (Revd Tamás Széles) was admitted to the noviciate of CCP and ordained deacon by the +Father Prior, at the Chapel of the Holy Trinity in Budapest. Br Paulus' friend Albert assisted at the ceremonies.
Ordination to Deacon
Br Thomas of the English Martyrs CCP
On Thursday 7th October 2010, the Feast of the Holy Rosary of the BVM, Br Thomas (The Revd James Crofts) was received as a novice of CCP and ordained deacon at the home of Fr Francois of Our Lady and St Michael in Paris. We thank Fr Francois for his hospitality and Isabelle and Francois for the delicious celebration lunch. The Prior also invested Francois+ Isabelle, Thomas and Jonny with the Red Scapular of the Passion. Congratulations Br Thomas! We wish you much joy and fulfilment in your religious life!
The Veni Creator
Br Thomas receives the Bible
CCP welcomes Rev Tamás Széles (Br Paul of St Francis) to the Postulancy
Br Paul lives in Budapest where he is an actor and teacher of rhetoric by profession. He founded the Hungarian Old Catholic Mission and has a small congregation which meets in their own chapel, Holy Trinity, in Budapest. Br Paul has received various theological qualifications from a number of institutions including Sanctus Theological Institute in the USA (Old Catholic). He has also received a form ordination as a non-denominational Pastor but will be ordained as a deacon and priest in the near future.
Through Mar Georgius, Patriarch of Glastonbury, Bishop Alistair can trace a line of succession back to +Viktor de Kubinyi (Mar Paul), who was a bishop of the Apostolic Episcopal Church and a Hungarian Old Catholic. No doubt this connection will be useful to our new brother and his congregation in Hungary in due course!
Rev Tamas with some of his congregation
Holy Trinity Chapel, Budapest
Holy Cross Day Chapter
It was decided that the title of "Father Superior" be changed to "Father Prior", as more in keeping with the semi-monastic orientation of our Fraternity. Bishop Alistair of the Blessed Sacrament to continue in this service and leadership role and to be assisted by Fr Robert of the Divine Mercy as Sub-Prior.
photo below: 8/10/10. Fr Francois at prayer in the Monastery of Aghia Chozoviotissa in Greece where he is "en vacance"!
The Companions of the Cross and Passion have announced their resignation from both individual and joint affiliations with the Liberal Catholic Apostolic Church effective from 7 September 2010. The C.C.P. holds a charter from E.A.D.M. http://innerchurch.wordpress.com/ dated 19 June 2010 which continues to provide it with ongoing autonomous jurisdictional authority.
Welcome Br Thomas of the English Martyrs
On Monday 16th of August the Fr Superior had the joy of receiving James David Crofts into the Postulancy of CCP, as "Br Thomas of the English Martyrs". Br Thomas is originally from York and was educated by the Bendictines at Ampleforth. He later spent several years as a Cistercian monk in Austria and now lives and works in Neuss, Germany. Br Thomas has always had a great devotion to St Thomas More, hence his choice of name, and hopes to progress through the minor orders to the priesthood in due course. He has already completed several years of theological and monastic studies as well as having considerable monastic experience . We very much hope and expect our new brother to be an asset to CCP and wish him every joy and blessing in his religious life!
Br James of the Sacred Heart
On the 15th June Fr Superior also had the pleasure of admitting Br James Yelvington to the postulancy of CCP. Br James is a student for ministry within the Catholic Apostolic Church of Antioch and lives and works in Austin, Texas. We wish him every blessing in his religious life!
Revd Fr Salvatore of the Holy Cross
On Tuesday 15th June 2010 Fr Superior had the pleasure of admitting Fr Salvatore Scuderi to the postulancy of CCP. Fr Sal was born in 1954 and ordained priest in 1984 in the Roman Catholic Church. He was for many years a member of the Missionaries of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary and until a few years ago pastored a Roman Catholic parish in Camden, New Jersey. He is now in a position to resume active ministry, this time with CCP! He enters our community "in a spirit of joyful abandon", "greets all with love and is open to the full comunion of all Christians who wish to participate in this new ministry; and to all God's children in a spirit of inclusivity and multicultural sensitivity". Welcome Fr Salvatore of the Holy Cross!
Jacob's Christening - 24th April 2010
It was a joy for Bishop Alistair to be called upon to baptise Jacob Fraser Cowin on Saturday 24th April. The ceremony took place at St Mark's Unitarian Church in Edinburgh, by kind permission of the Minister, however the baptism was trinitarian and orthodox. Happily Jacob's family and friends were well represented coming from as far away as Glasgow. Jacob is the much loved son of Alanna Fraser and Chris Cowin.
CCP welcomes Bishop Isaac Pellizari as a postulant
Bishop Issac of St Joseph live in Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil where he has a thriving ecumenical ministry in the Saint Sergius Brotherhood, a small community dedicated to biblical studies and Christian meditation, based on Russian spirituality. First consecrated in 1996, in a German Old Catholic jurisdiction, he is also an associate minister in his local Anglican community and teaches theology to various institutes and Christian groups. He has a bachelor's degree in Divinity and has also completed Biblical Studies at postgraduate level. Received as a postulant on Friday 16th April, +Isaac hopes to travel to Scotland later in the year to be received as a novice of the fraternity. We wish him much joy and fulfilment on his spiritual journey!
Lenten Retreat Day, 14th March 2010
On the 14th March 2010, eleven people gathered at the Oratory of Our Lady and St Tugdual (ad tempus) situated at the Theosophical Society in Edinburgh for a day of talks, services and fellowship. We began with a participative meditation on the Stations of the Cross, moved on to Mass for the Day. Then after lunch we all enjoyed a talk from the Revd Brian Cooper on "Praying with Icons" after which Bishop Alistair gave a short talk on the Five Scapulars. The day finished with Solemn Bendiction and of course tea!