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 of the 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 a decade and a half of growth and development, expanding the Johannite Church to numerous centres in five countries, writing the All Saints Accord, overseeing the translation and publication of the Levitikon: The Gospels according to the Primitive Church, and sending representation to the Parliament of the World’s Religions, as well as directing the formation of numerous clerics and lay leaders, and presiding over a decade of Conclaves, the annual gathering of Johannites from around the world.
He is an accomplished student of esotericism and ritual, having attained 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 lineages, as well as a Martinist Free Initiator, Chevalier Bienfaisant de la Cité Sainte, Master Mason, and a member or initiate of a number of other initiatory orders
In addition to these undertakings, Iohannes IV is also an avid reader of history, and enjoys writing and playing music on several instruments when time allows.