Like a good meal, Conclave takes some significant time and effort to prepare, and yet passes by quickly but without fail, we always leave full. Also like a good meal, it both refreshes us from the work we have done prior, and fortifies us for the work ahead.
This year’s Conclave restored many, and nourished even more and our cup has truly run over with many great moments of fellowship, education, and connection.
It also fortifies us for the work ahead with many new steps and commitments being made- a baptism, a confirmation, three minor orders, one subdiaconate and two sets of solemn vows. Solid people making solid strides in their own spiritual journeys both individually and together in the Johannite Church.
It was deeply enriching to hear and see the work being done in our Parishes, Narthexes and Missions, as well as the Order of the Temple and Saint John.
Being able to meet, discuss and share our journeys and work, reflecting and learning from each other’s difficulties and successes, is a kind of greenhouse which promotes healthy spiritual and organizational growth. Importantly, it also places our spiritual work in the context of something much greater than ourselves alone.
I want to extend my thanks to our many fine speakers and presenters- Stephen O’Shea and M Isidora Forrest, Father Joseph Wolf, Erik Arneson, His Grace Mar Thomas, Msgr. Scott Rassbach, The Rev. Deacon Jason Campbell, Brother Mark Donato, The Rev. Mr. Jonathan Stewart, and Bro. Benjamin Pierce.
Each of these teachers and seekers have given us much to explore, work on and consider in the journey ahead.
I want to extend additional thanks also to Bishop Steven Marshall of the Ecclesia Gnostica and Queen of Heaven Gnostic Church, for welcoming many of our people who were fortunate to attend service on the Friday evening of Conclave.
Lastly and most importantly, a special thanks must go out to our Conclave committee, Msgr. Scott, Sr. Constance and Rev. Jason who made things happen both in planning and in execution- but especially Sr. Constance Crain, who worked tirelessly to organize and move people. She has proved a worthy successor to the efforts and people of Conclaves past and an example for those who will step into her shoes in conclave planning to come. On behalf of the Apostolic Johannite Church, please accept my gratitude for excellent work.
Fresh from spiritual and physical nourishment, we now collectively turn our eyes towards the year to come, and with this last writing from my keyboard on Conclave 2018, I’m pleased to deliver you the first news of Conclave 2019, its location.
We return after more than a decade absence to the True North, strong and free, Canada.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada to be exact.
In the meantime, be good to one another
+ IOHANNES IV
Sovereign Pontiff and Patriarch