Ordination to the Subdiaconate: Karen Weaver

The Apostolic Johannite Church is pleased to announce the upcoming Ordination of the Rev. Chev. Karen Weaver, KTSJ to the Order of the Subdiaconate.

Sister Karen has served for a decade with the Parish of St. Mary Magdalene in Denver, CO,  both at the altar as an Acolyte, assisting at liturgy and leading contemplative practice, and in the pews, as a pillar of the community, supporting and assisting members in their spiritual journey and is a familiar face in the community and the wider AJC.

In addition to her service in the Denver parish, Karen is also a vowed Chevalier of the Order of the Temple and Saint John and is a seminarian with the AJC’s St. Raphael the Archangel Theological Seminary, in which she is now studying towards the Permanent Diaconate.

The Ordination will take place during a celebration of the Johannite Gnostic Mass by the Primate of the United States, on June 6th, 2021.

Canonization of St. Marguerite Porete

In the name of the Essential, All-Powerful God, existing by Himself, bound in heart and spirit with all the intelligences that inhabit the Holy Eons, who pray with us and assist us. Amen.

Be it known by our own signature that We, Shaun Patrick Michael McCann, in ecclesia IOHANNES IV, Sovereign Pontiff and Patriarch of the Apostolic Johannite Church, Primate of North America, Archbishop of Alberta, Titular Bishop of Ephesus, Primate of the Ecclesia Gnostica Joanita of North America, and holder of the Apostolic filiation according to the Apostle JOHN, in the due exercise of Our Sacred Office, and pursuant to the powers vested in us by the Apostolic Succession, and by virtue of the legal powers and prerogatives conferred upon us and all other pertinent instruments hereunto enabling us, on this First day of June, in the Two-Thousand and Twenty-First year of our Most Holy Lord, the One Hundred and Thirty-First Year of the Era of the Gnosis Restored, the Nine Hundred and Third Year from the transmission of the Johannite Lineage to the Order of the Temple of Jerusalem:

In recognition of her worthiness as an exemplar and advocate of the path of absolute Union with God through her devotion in life, and martyrdom in death, we rightly, duly and canonically declare Marguerite Porete raised to the altars of the Apostolic Johannite Church on the seven hundred and eleventh anniversary of her martyrdom.

We call upon the Apostolic Johannite Church to honour her memory, recalling her virtue and the teaching given by both her words and her example. For this purpose, we set aside the first day of June, for the celebration of liturgy in her honour, that her name may be invoked in the public prayers of the Apostolic Johannite Church.

Given from the Oratory of St. John the Beloved, at Calgary, Alberta, in the eighteenth year of our Patriarchate.

+ IOHANNES IV
Sovereign Pontiff and Patriarch
The Apostolic Johannite Church

Ordination to the Diaconate: Joseph Revels and Pending Consecrations

The Apostolic Johannite Church is pleased to announce the upcoming ordination of the Rev. Mr. Joseph Revels to the Sacred Order of the Diaconate for service with St. John the Baptist Parish in Calhoun, GA during an official visit of the Primate of the United States to the Parish of St. Mary Magdalene in Denver, CO.

Rev. Mr. Joe Revels, a North Georgia native, was raised in the Evangelical Movement as a Southern Baptist. He felt a call to ministry early in life and dedicated himself to the service of God while still a teenager. However, his curiosity in outside streams of thought and this own values conflicted with those of his own tradition and he began seeking a spirituality that better fit his nature. He found such a tradition in the Apostolic Johannite Church and is happy to be able to bring its distinct style of sacramental worship to the Deep South. 

 

Rev. Mr. Revels has a Bachelor’s degree in Religion and Philosophy from Berry College and is a member of St. Raphael’s Theological Seminary. He currently holds Minor Orders within the church and is undergoing review for Consecration to Major Orders. He is happily married with one daughter, a kitty, and a hamster.

Rev. Mr. Revels will be ordained to the Diaconate during a celebration of the Johannite Gnostic Mass by His Grace the Primate of the United States at the Parish of St. Mary Magdalene in Denver, Colorado, on June 5th, 2021.

As a part of the official visit, the Primate of the United States will also be completing the consecration of two auxiliary Bishops for the Archdiocese of Wisconsin and the United States, announced for Conclave 2020, which had to be placed on hold due to the global COVID-19 Pandemic. These are:

Msgr.
Scott Rassbach as Mar Iacomus, Auxilliary Bishop of the United States

Msgr. Jeremiah Weaver as Mar Symeon, Auxilliary Bishop of the United States

These will take place during a celebration of the Johannite Gnostic Mass by His Grace the Primate of the United States at the Parish of St. Mary Magdalene in Denver, Colorado, on June 6th, 2021.

Requiescat in pace: The Rev. Ms. Constance Crain

Sisters and Brothers,

On behalf of the clergy, seminarians and members of the Apostolic Johannite Church and the Johannite Community in Oregon, I am saddened to report the passing of the Rev. Ms. Constance Crain, well loved Seminarian in the Apostolic Johannite Church.

A keen student of the spiritual path and and a compassionate servant of the Sacred Flame in both her community and the wider Johannite Church – she was a model Johannite and seminarian, and her loss will reverberate for some time to come in the sanctuaries of our community.

Born in Spokane, and residing in Portland, Rev. Ms Constance was active both locally and across the Church during her time with our community, assisting with Our Lady of the Woods Parish in McMinnville, OR and Rose Cross Parish, OR and helping organize a successful Conclave 2018 in Portland, Oregon. Complimenting her spiritual path were her esoteric interests and she was also a member of the Hermetic Society.

In the opening paragraph of one of the essays required for the Formation Program of St. Raphael the Archangel Seminary, Rev. Ms Constance quoted the hymn ‘Have thine own way, Lord” which itself references scripture – “Thou art the potter I am the clay, Mold me and make me after Thy will”.

Gnosis is more than just information, but a relational process of spiritual acquaintanceship with the Divine – this process is mirrored and reflected in the relationship of one human being to another, and in seekers in community.

Constance had a remarkable ability to connect and minister to people, giving them an ear to tell their stories, a joke to lift their spirits, and a cheer for their accomplishments. Her ability to build relationships extended to people from all walks of life, and even in the midst of her own troubles, she would draw out the stories of those around her, and spread the balm of friendship on wounded and lonely souls.

In seeking to be formed and shaped for the work of service, a path for which she was a loving and a gifted exemplar, there was an acquaintanceship that she gifted to the communities and clergy that participated in her formation and journey – that through her own process and journey, we were able to see ourselves clearer, to make our purpose more sure, our work more sincere, and our hearts more full.

The potter is also shaped by the clay, and Constance was a spiritual artisan in her own right, making the Church as a whole, and many people in it, myself especially, better vessels for the Divine.

May the Divine Beloved complete in Eternity, the journey that she began here, in her life of seeking, sincerity and service to the Sacred Flame.

+ IOHANNES IV
Sovereign Pontiff and Patriarch
The Apostolic Johannite Church