Friends,

If you’ve been following the news to any degree over the last few weeks, this decision probably feels inevitable. It didn’t feel that way for us or rather, we did our best to make sure that it wasn’t – for as long as we were able

Conclave 2020 has been cancelled.

I chose to cancel rather than postpone because of the timeline for planning. With COVID-19 and the situation of the world changing fast in response with no anticipated end-date- there is a risk that we will end up planning two Conclaves at the same time, before we know for sure that the dust has settled from the situation we face today and in the foreseeable future.

The well-being of our friends, families, members and clergy is our first priority, and why the Apostolic Johannite Church undertakes the work it does- and why we’ve made the decision we’ve made, in the way that we have made it.

The ordinations and consecrations that were planned for Conclave 2020 will go forward individually where possible- saving where health, safety and government restriction take priority- and failing that- at the soonest opportunity when both health and peace prevail.

For the Sacred Flame,
+ IOHANNES IV

Sovereign Pontiff and Patriarch,
The Apostolic Johannite Church