Apostolic Succession

Table of Apostolic Succession by Principal Consecrator: It may be well to state here so that no misunderstanding may arise about ecclesiastical law. The question: “What effect is produced in the ‘Status quo’ of a Bishop when suspended?” The answer: “When a Bishop, or other ranking prelate of the church has been suspended, the validity of his consecration is in no way affected. Once a Bishop, no power on earth can invalidate that act. Furthermore, any consecrations which that Bishop may perform in the future, as long as such consecrations are performed with Matter, Intent, and Form (Ritual) of the Church, they are valid and binding.” The Roman Catholic Church calls such consecrations, ordinations and confirmations, which the suspended Bishop may perform, “illicit”, but the Roman Catholic Church has never denied their validity. Many times, however, she has authoritively admitted that the Bishops of the “Old (Roman) Catholic Church of America”are validly consecrated Bishops, with all the power and authority which such validity invests in them. Since the history of the “Old (Roman) Catholic Church of America” and the “Roman Catholic Church” are identical up to the year 1702, it is unnecessary to give the Apostolic Succession before that date. Therefore, it is only necessary to give the Apostolic Succession from that year.

In 1669, Peter Codde was consecrated Vicar General with the title of Bishop of Sebaste in Partibus. In 1710, Bishop Peter Codde died. In 1702, Theodore Kock was appointed to replace Bishop Peter Codde. In 1723, the Chapter of Utrecht, in order to preserve the canonical succession of the Dutch clergy, elected Cornelius Stunoven as Archbishop. Dominique Varlet, Bishop of Bablyon in Partibus, consecrated him October 15, 1723. Upon the death of Bishop Stunoven, no successor having been named, the Chapter of Utrecht elected Cornelius Jan Burchman as its primate. Bishop Dominique Varlet consecrated Jan Burchman on September 30th, 1725. From the year 1725 to year 1892, the names and dates on record in the Vatican are as follows: Peter Jan Meindaerts A.D.1739; Jan van Stipout, A.D. 1745; Walter Michael van Nieuwenhuizen, A.D.1768; Adrian Brockman, A.D. 1778; Jan James van Rhizn, A.D. 1797; Gilbert de Jong, A.D. 1805; Willibrord van Oss, A.D. 1814; John Bon, A.D. 1819; John van Santen, A.D. 1825; Herman Heykamp, A.D. 1854; Gaspard John Rinkel, A.D. 1873; Gerald Gull, A.D.1892. On May 11th 1892 Gerald Gull (or Gul) was consecrated Archbishop of Utrecht, Holland May 11th 1892. On April 28 1908 Archbishop Gull consecrated Arnold Harris Mathew as Regionary Bishop of Great Britain and Ireland. In 1908 the origins of the “Old Roman Catholic Church of America” were established in Great Britain. In 1911, Bishop Mathew was elected Archbishop. On June 29th, 1912, Archbishop Mathew consecrated Prince de Landas Berghes et de Rache as Regionary Bishop of Scotland, due to the outbreak of World War I, the Prince moves to America. In 1911, Bishop Mathew was elected Archbishop. On June 29th, 1912, Archbishop Mathew consecrated Prince de Landas Berghes et de Rache. In 1916 Bishop Prince de Landas Berghes et de Rache was elected Archbishop of North America. Archbishop Mathew also consecrated Bernard Mary Williams on April 14, 1914, who in November 4, 1920, was elected Archbishop of England, and James MacFall, consecrated July 21st 1916 as Bishop of Ireland. On October 4th, 1916, Archbishop Prince de Landas-Berghes et de Rache consecrated Carmel Henry Carfora as his Perpetual Co-adjutor and Regionary Bishop. On October 12, 1919, Bishop Carfora was elected Archbishop of United States and Canada. On March 19, 1923 Archbishop Carfora was made Primate of the “Old (Roman) Catholic Church of America.” Archbishop Carfora on 30 July 1942 consecrated Hubert Augustus Rogers (1887 to 1976) who served from 1946 to 1972 as the Old Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York. Archbishop Rogers on 21 September 1969 consecrated Edward Carlton Payne (born 1928) who in 1970 became Old Roman Catholic Archbishop of New England. On 20 July 1974 Archbishop Payne consecrated Boniface Grosvold, assisted by Archbishop William Mark Plested of the Old Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ontario and Bishop Ernest Jackson. On 30 November 1974 Bishop Grosvold was enthroned as the third Bishop of the combined Diocese of Niagara Falls, New York, Erie, Pennsylvania, and the Province of Ontario, and as the second Archbishop of the Old Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ontario in succession to Archbishop Plested, with seat in the city of Hamilton, Ontario.

On January 1st 2012 Archbishop Boniface Grosvold of the Old Roman Catholic Church announced the election by the Episcopal College of Metropolitan Jerome as Apostolic Vicar for Europe and Metropolitan Bishop-Elect of the ORCC in Europe. Monsignor Lloyd was consecrated Titular Archbishop of Selsey, Metropolitan Archbishop of Europe and Diocesan Ordinary of Great Britain on Saturday, May 5th 2012 feast of St Pius V in the Collegiate Chapel of St John the Evangelist, Huron University College, London, Ontario, Canada by Archbishop Grosvold and Archbishop Jean-Marie Denis Ngodobo of Cameroon by kind permission of the Anglican Bishop of Huron represented as witness to the Consecrations by the diocesan Precentor, Canon William Cliff (now the Anglican Bishop of Brandon, Canada), as recorded in the Register of Services. On Saturday 26th May 2012, Metropolitan Jerome was formally installed as Metropolitan Archbishop of Europe during a service of Inauguration which took place before ecumenical witnesses and a large congregation in the Brighton Congress Hall, Brighton UK.