The Sovereign Pontiff of the Apostolic Johannite Church
The Most Reverend
Shaun McCann, STL, OTSJ
in ecclesia IOHANNES IV
Sovereign Pontiff and Patriarch of the Apostolic Johannite Church,
Abbot, The Order of the Temple and Saint John
Primate, Ecclesia Gnostica Joanita of North America,
Titular Bishop of Ephesus
Originally consecrated on December 22nd, 2002 as Bishop of Alberta, Iohannes IV was shortly thereafter elevated to Patriarch and Primate of the Apostolic Johannite Church and has served faithfully in that role since July 23rd, 2003.
Since that time, Iohannes IV has led the Church through almost two decades of growth and development including expanding the Johannite Church to numerous centres across several countries, writing the All Saints Accord, establishing St. Raphael the Archangel Theological Seminary, redesigning the Priesthood Formation Program, producing a new edition of the Sacramentary, overseeing the translation and publication of the Levitikon: The Gospels according to the Primitive Church, as well as initiating and establishing the Church’s online educational media. He has also directed the formation of numerous clerics and lay leaders, and presided over almost two decades of Conclaves, the annual gathering of Johannites from around the world.
He is a dedicated student of the Western Mystery Tradition, having been recognized as a Master of the Temple in the Ordo Sacrae Flammae and served previously as Grand Master of the Friary. He is also an Initiate and Chevalier in several Knights Templar and other Chivalric lineages, as well as a Martinist Free Initiator, Chevalier Bienfaisant de la Cité Sainte, Elus Coen, Master Mason, and a member of the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids in the Druid Grade, among others.
In addition to formation and esoteric study, he has also done secular training in Mental Health and Trauma Counselling, Sophrology and Mindfulness as well as in Non-Profit and Board Governance and is an avid reader of history, and enjoys writing and playing music when time allows, which is pretty much never.
Interviews and Panels
Interview with ABC Radio Australia (2012)
The Good Life and Gnosticism (ABC, 2012)
Panel on the Communion of Saints (2016)
Q and A on Gnosis with the Bishops (2019)
Talk Gnosis: Fabre-Palaprat and the Johannite Church Pt 1 (2022)
Talk Gnosis: Fabre-Palaprat and the Johannite Church Pt 2 (2022)
Sacramental Whine Podcast Episode 111 (2022)
Fireside Chat with Eimear Burke, OBOD (2022)