THE APOSTOLIC SUCCESSION of the OLD CATHOLIC EPISCOPAL CHURCH (Anglo-Catholic)
The Apostolic Succession of any Catholic Church is of utmost importance. The lineage of the Church, through its Bishops extends in a unbroken line, back through the centuries to the Apostles, thence to our Lord Jesus Christ Himself thus: bestowing the authority and power of the Church.
The following tables traces the lineage of the Old Catholic Communion, of which the Old Catholic Episcopal Church is a part, to its: inception.
It is not usual to trace back through the lineage of the Papacy or the Patriarchy, however, in this case it is thought wise to go the extra step and show the connections with both the Eastern and Western Churches, and to demonstrate both lines back to Jesus Christ our Lord.
The Old Catholic Succession from the western (Roman) Church begins with Antonio Cardinal Barberini (238) in 1655, and from the Eastern Church from Mar Ignatius Julius I (127) in 1888. This is the valid Apostolic Succession of the Regionary Bishop of the Old Catholic Episcopal Church, and of the Episcopacy of the Federation of Independent Catholic and Orthodox Bishop.
The documentation of this Table is in the Archives of the Old Catholic Order of Christ the King, at Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, and U.S.A.
Published by The Old Catholic Order of Christ the King Glendale California U.S.A.
ImprimaturMichael Joseph, O.C.R..
The Apostolic Succession of the Old Catholic Episcopal Church and the Church of Antioch.
Compiled from the research of the late Archbishop Metropolitan of the American Catholic (Apostolic Episcopal) Church in the United States of America, The Most Reverend Lowell Paul Wadle, D.D. Edited and completed by The Most Reverend Herman Adrian Spruit, 0. C. R., D.D.The Very Reverend Monsignor Lawrence Carter,O.C.R.Published by The Old Catholic Order of Christ The King Imprimatur: Michael Joseph, lll, Superior General of the Order.
A full list right from the Apostles is available by writing or emailing The Presiding Archbishop for the Roman Lines and the Syrian Antiochene lines.
On the thirteenth of December 1987, Archbishop Spruit along with Archbishop Meri Louise visited Australia for the express reason to consecrate Frank Bugge to Bishop.
While here they decided that Chearle Bugge who was ever supportive to Frank Bugge was herself a worthy candidate for the episcopate.
At the insistence of Archbishop Spruit and Archbishop Meri Louise, Frank Bugge and Chearle Bugge were consecrated together at Melbourne Australia, on December 1987.
The Australian Church of Antioch was started by Frank Bugge with the able assistance of Chearle Bugge.
An Abreviated list of succession is given below.
1. Roman Catholic - Old Catholic: - St. Peter - Gul - Mattew- Wedgewood - Hamppton - Spruit C.J and F.R Bugge
2. Syrian -Antiochene. St. Peter - Alvares - Vilatte - Lloyd - Wadle - Spruit-Bugge F.R. and C.J. Bugge
18. Druidic Christian (Kabasi line): Joseph of Arimithea- Cranog - Gilda - Tellison - Llewellyn -Lane- Ryan - Bugge.
19. Culdee: Joseph of Arimithea - Moore - White - Hopkins - Chechemian - Crow - Newman - Maxey - Wadle -Spruit - Bugge.
No.15, 17, 18 and 19 have genuine female lines of succession.
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