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New Bishop-elects for the RCC

July 2, 2008

The Most Reverend Phillip Zimmerman, ThD RSJ

The Reformed Catholic Church

Office of the Metropolitan Archbishop

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Dear Family in Christ,

It is my honor and privilege, as the Presiding Bishop of The Reformed Catholic Church, to inform this august body that on June 26, 2006 the College of Bishops convened and, after personal interviews and deliberation, elected the following RCC Clergy to the dignity of the episcopacy:



Monsignor Baremore

Bishop Auxiliary, Diocese of The Divine Mercy; Vicar of the RCC Mission Board

Monsignor Catrambone

Bishop Ordinary, Central America

Rev. Father Corrigan

Bishop Ordinary, Armed Forces and Merchant Marine Services

Monsignor Heckman

Bishop Auxiliary, Archdiocese of St. Patrick, Global Vicariate of Communications

Monsignor Tobin

Bishop Ordinary, Diocese of St. Katharine Drexel

Monsignor Young

Bishop Auxiliary, Diocese of St. Joseph the Worker

The Bishops-Elect will be consecrated in Columbus, Ohio on Friday, October 3, 20087 during the Fall Synod of the RCC.

Please join me in congratulating our brothers on this holy moment in their lives and the life of the RCC!

In Christ,

++Phillip  Zimmerman, RSJ

Presiding Bishop


The Passing of Br. Larry Brown RSJ

May 30, 2008

Dear Family in Christ,
It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of Brother Larry Brown, RSJ of St. Sebastian Reformed Catholic Church, Columbus, Ohio.  Brother Larry passed to his Eternal Reward earlier today at 12:20 pm at Ohio State University – East after a long struggle with end-stage renal disease.
Brother Larry is survived by his partner of 27 years, Michael; his mother and father; his brother Rick and sisters Patti and Sue and his daughter, Trisha.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Sebastian Cathedral on Saturday, June 7 at 11:00 am.  All RCC clergy and faithful, who are able, are encouraged and welcomed to attend this mass for our brother, Larry.  Clergy are requested to vest in White stoles and albs.
Messages of sympathy may be sent to Michael and the Brown family care of:
Pater Noster House
4313 Alkire Road
Columbus, OH  43228

Pentecost Ordinations in Ireland

May 11, 2008

European Countries

Today on the Feast of Pentecost, The Most Rev. Archbishop William Quinlan DD RCF will Consecrate to the Episcopate Monsignor Niall Sheridan RSJ in Ireland, who in turn will Ordain Tomaz Pulchalski, of Poland to the Priesthood.

A Prayer for Bishop Niall Sheridan RSJ:

Eternal God, shepherd and guide, in your mercy give your Church in Europe, through Bishop Protector +Niall, a shepherd after your own heart who will walk in your ways, and with loving care watch over your people. Give us a leader of vision and a teacher of your truth. So may your Church be built up and your Name glorified; through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

A Prayer for Father Tomaz Pulchalski:

Great Shepherd of your people, bless those called to Priesthood in your Church. Fire their hearts with passion for your word and care for your people, that they may joyfully proclaim your Gospel, and faithfully minister your Sacraments. Guide them in their prayer and study, that they may be discerning and loving pastors, enabling all to minister to the glory of your Name and the benefit of your people and world. We ask this through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.


May 1, 2008


With great humility and joy, we are pleased to announce that His Grace, Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, Bishop of The Roman Catholic Church, founder of Married Priests Now! Prelature and friend of The Reformed Catholic Church, has personally invited Archbishop Phillip Zimmerman, Presiding Bishop of The Reformed Catholic Church, to visit him in June, 2008 to discuss the development and activities of the Married Priest Now! movement and to reconsecrate him as bishop, thereby bringing The Reformed Catholic Church into a closer relationship with the Church of St. Peter.

We express our gratitude to His Grace Archbishop Milingo and offer our prayers and support to him.

Columbus, OH: Recognizing that The Reformed Catholic Church is committed to ecumenical relationships and has a rapidly growing number of missions, ministries and parish communities in many countries around the globe, Archbishop Phillip Zimmerman contacted the World Council of Churches in Geneva, Switzerland to discuss the possibility of The Reformed Catholic Church being granted membership. On April 29, 2008 Archbishop Zimmerman telephoned the World Council of Churches Headquarters and was warmly received by Douglas Chail, of the Church and Ecumenical Relations Department, who cheerfully offered much insight, prayerful thought and support.

Mr. Chail informed Archbishop Zimmerman that membership in the World Council of Churches can take up to ten years. This length of time is necessary for the World Council of Churches and the Reformed Catholic Church to engage in relationships, discussions and projects that will provide dialog, cooperative efforts and understanding between the two bodies.

As the result of a very favorable discussion, Archbishop Zimmerman shall submit a letter to the Secretary General of the World Council of Churches to begin the process of membership. We ask your prayers and support for this historic moment in the life of The Reformed Catholic Church and her people.

Spring Synod

April 23, 2008

Today marks the start of the Spring Synod for the Reformed Catholic Church, in Atlanta Georgia. Please keep the Archbishops, Bishops, Priests, Deacons, Religious, Laity and Ordinands of the RCC in your prayers at this time.

A Prayer for Synod:

Almighty and everliving God, give wisdom and understanding, to the members of the Spring Synod of the Reformed Catholic Church. Teach them in all things to seek first your honour and glory. May they perceive what is right have courage to pursue it and grace to accomplish it.

We make our prayer through Jesus Christ your Son Our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, ever One God world without end. Amen.

Msgr. Ian+