Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Pontifical Georgian College enters MOU with the Real Academia e Instituto de Estudios Occitanos

BUENOS AIRES 9 July 2019 (ORCNS) - The Pontifical Georgian College of the Anglo-Italian Imperial Patriarchate and the Real Academia e Instituto de Estudios Occitanos (the Royal Academy and Institute of Occitan Studies) of the Royal Merovingian House of David Toulouse-Gèvaudan recently entered into a Memorandum of Understanding. This alliance furthers the mission of both academic institutions and also helps to strengthen the ties of the Imperial Patriarchate to its ancient heritage in the Merovingian Dynasty. 

HMERH Don Ruben, Rector of the Real Academia e Instituto de Estudios Occitanos

As part of the Memorandum of Understanding, HMERH Don Rubén, Count of Gévaudan, Prince of Septimania, Rector of the Real Academia e Instituto de Estudios Occitanos was named an Honourary Professor of History in the Pontifical Georgian College. Additionally, HIRH Don Rutherford Cardinal Johnson, Archprince-Bishop of Saint Stephen and Anglo-Italian Imperial Patriarch, Regent of the Pontifical Georgian College, was given the Gabalie Chair in the Real Academia e Instituto de Estudios Occitanos.

Stained glass window depicting the seal
of Pontifical Georgian College.

The Real Academia e Instituto de Estudios Occitanos was founded by the Royal Merovingian House of David Toulouse-Gèvaudan in order to preserve the culture and heritage of the ancient land of Occitania, which comprises modern-they southern France and parts of northwestern Italy and southeastern Spain.

Real Academia e Instituto de Estudios Occitanos

Pontifical Georgian College is a private theological institution that serves as the historic and principle seminary of the Anglo-Italian Imperial Patriarchate in memory of St. Stephen (Anglican Rite Roman Catholic Church). The Patriarchate of Saint Stephen descends from the ancient Roman Catholic See of Utrecht, granted autonomy by the Holy See in 1145. The Imperial Patriarchate, Anglican Rite Roman Catholic Church is in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council since 2019.

Friday, June 28, 2019

Formal Appointment Ceremony for Prefect-General and Chief of the General Staff

PATRIARCHAL SEE 28 June 2019 (ORCNS) - HMSH Count Don Daniel Coberly, Prince v. Reichenberg was formally presented the documents of appointment as Prefect-General of the Imperial Patriarchate and Chief of the General Staff of the Walsingham Guard in a small ceremony by HIRH Don Rutherford Cardinal Johnson, Archprince-Bishop of Saint Stephen, Anglo-Italian Imperial Patriarch. The appointment was made and took effect earlier this month, with a formal ceremony taking place today. 
Presentation of the appointment document.
The Prefect-General is the appointed administrative head of the Imperial Patriarchate, generally equivalent to a prime minister of a secular civil state or a corporate present. The Chief of the General Staff is the appointed head of the combined segments of the Walsingham Guard. Don Daniel has over 30 years of military experience and several decades of administrative and executive experience.
The Imperial Patriarch in a meeting with the Prefect-General
and Chief of the General Staff regarding the work of the

Imperial Patriarchate in the United Nations.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

United Nations Grants Consultative Status to Imperial Patriarchate, Anglican Rite Roman Catholic Church

NEW YORK 23 June 2019 (ORCNS) - The Anglo-Italian Imperial Patriarchate, Anglican Rite Roman Catholic Church (ARRCC) was recently granted special Consultative Status by the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC). 
Consultative status provides NGOs with access to not only ECOSOC, but also to its many subsidiary bodies, to the various human rights mechanisms of the United Nations, ad-hoc processes on small arms, as well as special events organized by the President of the General Assembly. The ARRCC joins the Holy See and certain other similar sovereign entities with a special status with the UN.  

"Our selection represents an ideal partnership with the United Nations" said Don Daniel Coberly, Prefect-General and Chief of the General Staff, "...because the mission of the Imperial Patriarchate and the ECOSOC brings people together to promote positive actions toward a more sustainable world." 

"The ECOSOC is at the center of the UN's development system, and our new role will help support the world-wide goals of the Council," Coberly said. "We will offer our expertise to support the UN's three pillars of sustainable development; economic, social, and environmental while encouraging broader awareness and actions that help humanity." 
Article 71 of the UN Charter and ECOSOC resolution 1996/31 authorizes eligibility for consultative status among international, regional, non-profit and voluntary organizations. See more here: United Nations Economic and Social Council.

For more information about the Imperial Patriarchate, Anglican Rite Roman Catholic Church, please see: www.anglicanritecatholicchurch.org

For more information about the Anglican Rite Roman Catholic Church, Inc. international non-profit charitable and humanitarian foundation, please see: www.anglicanritecatholicchurch.com

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Patriarchal Allocution on the Feast of Corpus Christi -- AD 2019

PATRIARCHAL SEE 20 June 2019 (ORCNS) -- The following is the text of the Patriarchal Allocution given by the Don Rutherford Cardinal Johnson, Anglo-Italian Imperial Patriarch on the Feast of Corpus Christi: 

From the Florentine household to the Christian faithful around the world and to the members of the Court of St. Mary of Walsingham, grace, peace, and our Apostolic Blessing on this Feast of Corpus Christi in the year of our Lord 2019. It is indeed one of the most joyous occasions in the liturgical year. It offers a chance look back and reflect on the Sacrifice of Christ on the Cross, for it is the fact that the Holy Mass is a true and living Sacrifice that we affirm, acknowledge, profess, and celebrate this day. Christ is with us always, and most of all in the Most Blessed Sacrament. Christ was incarnate, He suffered and died, rose again from the dead, and ascended into heaven. Without all of that, the faith would be meaningless, and they would be no hope in humanity. In the Sacrament we join ourselves to the Sacrifice of Christ on the cross and celebrate His glorious resurrection and ascension, that we may have the promise and hope of life everlasting. That is what is the inherent nature of the Most Blessed Sacrament. What a joyous gift it is! It is the ultimate symbol and true and living expression of love.

In the Imperial Patriarchate, we continue those traditions of the true Catholic faith that we have been entrusted to maintain. Our patrimony stretches back over 2000 years to Julius Caesar, and to Charlemagne, Bosone d’Arles, and Leo X. Our founding was made holy by Christ on the Cross, indeed by the very Body of our Lord. The brevity of human life and the vast length of the legacy of the Patriarchate is such that I can scarcely consider the Patriarchate to belong to me. Rather, I can only consider that I belong to it. I am its shepherd, nothing more.

If the patrimony of the Patriarchate has any merit in history or in the present period, then it is because of the faith and good works of its people. I am grateful to those who have continued to serve our ecclesiastical state so loyally and so long. And, I am impressed continually with the great achievements of our people.

Let us further pray for peace in the world – an elusive goal that we must nevertheless continue to make a priority, never giving up hope. To that end, let us further pray that the leaders of the temporal governments of the world may gain wisdom, acknowledging the true source of wisdom, and work together for the common good, using territorial nations as means to help people rather than mechanisms of division.

May Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, bless each of you during this celebration of Corpus Christi, which underpins all that we as Christian faithful do.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Prefect-General Appointed for the Imperial Patriarchate

PATRIARCHAL SEE 6 June 2019 (ORCNS) - HIRH the Imperial Patriarch appointed HMSH Count Don Daniel Coberly, Prince v. Reichenberg, MA, SLittD as Prefect-General of the Anglo-Italian Imperial Patriarchate. As the head of institutional government, the office of Prefect-General is analogous to a Prime Minister in a temporal government or international corporate president.

After more than twenty years of chief executive leadership and service to the Imperial Patriarchate and its subsidiaries by HIRH Don Rutherford I Cardinal Johnson, the chief administrative and operational duties were accepted by the newly appointed Prefect-General in 2019. The realignment enhances administrative efficiency and improves processes while encouraging greater focus on service to others consistent with the ancient traditions and modern mission of the Patriarchate.

HMSH Don Daniel is a member of the Patriarchal Household and is Grand Master Emeritus of the Noble Company of St. Mary of Walsingham. He is retired from the US Army and was a senior official of the US Environmental Protection Agency. A former member of the alumni advisory board of Excelsior College, he holds the degree of Doctor of Sacred Letters. Also a long-time member of international scouting, he is a Baden-Powell Fellow, presented by HM the King of Sweden, a Distinguished Eagle Scout, a recipient of the Silver Buffalo Award (the highest national award given to adult leaders by Boy Scouts of America for distinguished service to youth), and is a former Imperial Chief Scout of the Imperial Scouts of the Holy Roman Empire. His many awards and decorations include various pontifical honours from the Vatican and knighthoods from various nations, as well as distinctions of Companion of Justice of the Most Honourable Legion of the Eagle, the Order of Merit of St. Stephen and Our Lady of Walsingham, Grand Cross of the Florentine Service Order, Knight of the Crown Order of Westphalia, the US Legion of Merit, the Hornaday Gold Medal for distinguished service to conservation, the U.S. President's Lifetime Achievement Award for outstanding volunteer community service, the U.S. Army Public Affairs Hall of Fame, among many others.  

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Senior Walsingham Guard Official Awarded Order of Military Medical Merit

SAN ANTONIO 28 May 2019 (ORCNS) - Senior Walsingham Guard official HMERH Count Don Keith Steinhurst, MD, Duke of Westphalia, Governor-General of the Imperial Patriarchate was awarded the Order of Military Medical Merit for his long-time medical service through the US Army and US Department of Homeland Security. Don Keith serves also as Vice Captain-General of the Walsingham Guard and Fleet Captain of the Walsingham Naval Guard and holds the Flight Surgeon brevet. 

Don Keith, Count of Marmande
in uniform of the Walsingham Naval Guard

The Order of Military Medical Merit is a private award in the USA founded by the Commanding General of the U.S. Army Health Services Command in 1982. Its goal is recognising excellence and promoting fellowship and esprit de corps among Army Medical Department (AMEDD) personnel. Medical personnel from all branches of the United States military are eligible for the award. Recipients are recognised for their distinguished service by the senior leadership of the AMEDD. The award consists of a white brass or sterling silver medallion on a maroon ribbon. Don Keith is a chaplain, medical doctor, and Iraq War veteran. 

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Official Visit to the Church of Santa Maria Antiqua, Rome

ROME 16 May 2019 (ORCNS) - HIRH Don Rutherford Cardinal Johnson, Anglo-Italian Imperial Patriarch made his first official visit to the Church of Santa Maria Antiqua in Rome to take symbolic possession of it as Cardinal Deacon of Santa Maria Antiqua. The visit was delayed due to years of restoration work on the church. The Diaconal Church of Santa Maria Antiqua dates to the 5th century A.D. and is located in the Roman Forum at the foot of the Palatine Hill. It is the oldest Christian monument in the Forum and contains the earliest known Roman depiction of the Blessed Virgin as Queen.

In the early 8th century, it was used by Pope John VII as the seat of the Bishop of Rome. In 847, however, the church was partially destroyed by an earthquake. A new church, Santa Maria Nova, was built on part of the ruins of the temple of Venus and Roma. During the Norman Sack of Rome in 1084, Santa Maria Antiqua suffered further destruction. In 1617, the church of Santa Maria Liberatrice was built on its ruins. It was not until that church was demolished in 1900 that the ruins of Santa Maria Antiqua were again brought to light.

For more information, please visit: http://www.anglicanritecatholicchurch.org/ps/sma.html

Cardinal Count Don Rutherford in Santa Maria Antiqua
One of the walls inside Santa Maria Antiqua