Messages from our Bishops

The Most Rev. William S.H. Downey, Presiding Archbishop of The Liberal Catholic Church, and Regionary Archbiship of the Province of the United States, shares messages with us from time to time. Those are archived here, as well as other writings and sermons from our Bishops and priests.

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The Most Rev. William S.H. Downey
Presiding Archbishop

Lent 2022

A Message from the Most Rev. William S.H. Downey
Presiding Bishop of The Liberal Catholic Church

The season of Lent was adopted by the Church as a time of preparation for the celebration of the greatest of our festivals, Easter, the commemoration of the Resurrection of our Lord and Master Jesus Christ.

In one sense we commemorate His resurrection every week on Sunday and on any day in which we celebrate the Most Holy Eucharist.  However in the writings of the early church Fathers we find it was the practice of the Church from earliest times to set aside time for fasting, prayer and abstinence in anticipation of the annual celebration of this Feast.

Part of the discipline during this season is self-examination.

Self-examination is enjoined by most Religions and Philosophical Systems:

  • Judaism has Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.
  • Islam observes Ramadan, a month of fasting.
  • Hinduism observes various days of fasting and self-examination.
  • Christianity has Lent.


Self examination is designed to, in the words of our Collect, help to discern our faults so that we may truly amend them.

Hidden in what seems to be a fairly obvious statement is the real gift produced by this discipline: Discernment.

By a repeated concerted effort to look objectively at ourselves there comes a natural development of this spiritual capacity of Discernment, which as we all know is one of the prerequisites to Spiritual Development.

According to ancient Greek philosophy, Man occupies a middle position in the sphere of consciousness, suspended as it were between the extremes of Perfect Wisdom, Truth or Realization—Above; and ignorance, darkness or error—Below.

The Chinese said that the Universe consists of Heaven, Earth and Man. Heaven above, Earth below, and Man partakes in certain measure of both, Superior and Inferior.  Plato and Confucius agree perfectly that Man possesses within himself a moving power, the active capacity to verge at will toward either of the extremes by which he is bounded.  Evolution is Man unfolding toward the superior.  In the ancient wisdom teaching the positive instruments of this unfoldment are the laws of Rebirth and Cause and Effect.

Through the process of spiritual evolution an individual Soul reaches the point, moved by inner conviction, and chooses to elevate himself, or as Plotinus says, to “verge toward the Good.” 

Speaking of Plotinus, it is said that upon his death bed, he stated of his life’s work,  “I am trying to unite what is Divine in us to that which is Divine in the universe.”

In the Christian terminology we refer to this process as the second Birth.  In the Ash Wednesday Gospel we read the words of Our Lord to Nicodemus, “Ye must be born again, born of the Spirit.”  Turn toward the Good and that turning is the beginning of discrimination between the Real and the Unreal, betwixt Darkness and Light. 

When the fifth chapter of the Second Epistle to the Corinthians speaks of all standing before the Judgment Seat of Christ, it alludes to the Christ Principle within each one. People who have had what some refer to as “near death experiences” report of witnessing a review and panorama of their life until that point. Perhaps this is the Soul’s way of assessing and evaluating the past incarnation.

But we can, on a daily basis stand before that judgment seat in a positive effort to participate in correction of shortcomings and the decision to consciously move toward positive change.

In the Tarot deck there is a card called Judgment and in some renditions of this card there is depicted people rising from the Grave.  The idea comes that with Judgement, which is Right Discrimination, comes the ability to Rise up to a new and better state of consciousness.

Colossians in the third chapter says, “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.”

The Gospel of John emphasizes the Love of God: “God so loved the World that he gave...”  It goes on to say: “For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world by him might be saved.”  But the Amplified version says it a little better: “For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him.”

Somewhere along the way religion has gone wrong in teaching that we are punished for our sins when in fact if there is any punishment it is by our sins.  We suffer as the result of our failure to adhere to divine Law. We are our own judge and executioner! 

The discipline of self-examination is certainly to become aware of our faults and correct them, but it goes beyond that concept.  In its practice during this season it leads us to a deeper understanding of our selves, our motives and desires.

As we are willing to look honestly at ourselves, we will more likely develop a capacity for empathy and understanding for our fellows.  We see that in one sense we are all “cut from the same cloth.”  My faults are no greater or worse than yours. Your shortcomings are no different than mine. 

This consideration brings us to the spiritual maxim: “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.”

The purpose of this season of Lent is not to emphasize our sinfulness and shortcomings, our unworthiness, but on the contrary to lift us beyond that limited concept of self so that we will ultimately be brought to a more complete awareness of our true nature as the Sons and Daughters of the Most High.

Candlemas: The Presentation of our Lord in the Temple

A Sermon from Rev. Steven Arndt
St. Gabriel & All Angels LCC, Fairfield, Iowa
6 February 2022

Today we are celebrating the recognition of the great light of Christ, recognized in the presentation of Jesus in the temple.  

In the Epistle from the Old Testament from the Prophet Ezekiel, we hear the prophet speaking about the great sight and sound coming from the East into the temple, when he says, “and his voice was like the voice of many waters and the earth shown with his glory.”  After which, Ezekiel reveals his own inner experience saying, “so the Spirit took me up and brought me into the inner court; and behold the glory of the Lord filled the whole house.”  

We hear another revelation in the Gospel of Luke, about Simeon who sounds to be elderly, an aged man from Jerusalem; from the Gospel of Luke we heard, “and it was said that the Holy Ghost was upon him. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. And he came by the Spirit into the temple ...”  

Simeon, then after Mary and Joseph had observed the custom of the Jewish law, allowed Simeon to take Jesus in his arms and blessed God and said, “Lord now lettest though thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word; for mine eyes have seen thy salvation.”   

These two simple and profound stories illustrate the power of the divine light, that fulfills the greatness of the Father's gifts to the entire creation. It reminds us that this light is ever present, and the love that it contains frees us from all worldly challenges.  

This light is a simple thing, and we may, if we are observant, find many things that trigger an experience of that warm glowing beam, even a little, in our own hearts.  

Segway! Melinda and I found this light manifesting in a unique experience, during  the darkness of this winter, when we were coming in from the cold, or perhaps going out in the evening to bring firewood in, to be able to keep the wood stove burning. The turning on of the outside light in the darkness of the winter, reached out across the street and some of God’s creatures began the ritual of running towards it.  

One of our neighbors, about 6 months ago, had two outdoor cats that had kittens. These two cats both had a litter of 4 and shortly after the births, one of the mother cats came up missing. The other mother took on the task of nursing all of them, and surprisingly, all these little ones survived. Half of them now have new homes and the others will probably be moved to a farm in the spring if other homes are not found. 

Yes, the neighbor puts food out for them, and they snuggle together at night under their porch, safe and warm. But, turning on the outside light at night, during the below freezing weather, has become a signal to assist them, as they crave more water in the cold, difficult to find when everything is frozen. So, when they come running over in the evening and in the morning, we put water out which they gratefully lap up before it can freeze.  

I must tell you that it makes us smile, and gives a warm fuzzy feeling to participate, so simply, in God’s creation, sharing the light of Christ for these little ones. This metaphor of turning on a light for someone or something is so powerful, and it was certainly the mission that Jesus surrendered to. 

Today’s readings reminded me that the light from Baby Jesus, that Simeon saw and experienced, and that the Prophet Ezekiel described are all revelations, that change our ability to see the goodness of life. We all have this light, and the control of the switch, and the freedom to use it whenever we would like. I am reminded of a prayer that our Presiding Archbishop William Downey loves to use, and I will share it in closing.


Unto thee, O Perfect One, the Lord and Lover of Men, do we commend our life and hope. For Thou art the heavenly Bread, the Life of the whole world; Thou art in all places and endures all things, the Treasury of endless good, and the Well of infinite compassion. Amen.



Transfiguration 2021

A Message from the Most Rev. William S.H. Downey
Presiding Bishop of The Liberal Catholic Church

According to the Catholic Encyclopedia :

The Armenian bishop Gregory Arsharuni (about 690) ascribes the origin of this feast to St. Gregory the Illuminator (d. 337?), who, he says, substituted it for a pagan feast of Aphrodite called Vartavarh (roseflame), retaining the old appellation of the feast, because Christ opened His glory like a rose on Mount Thabor. It is not found however in the two ancient Armenian calendars printed by Conybeare (Armenian Ritual, 527 sq.). It probably originated, in the fourth or fifth century, in place of some pagan nature-feast, somewhere in the highlands of Asia.

The Feast of the Transfiguration is celebrated by various Christian denominations. The origins of the feast are less than certain and may have derived from the dedication of three basilicas on Mount Tabor.[24] The feast was present in various forms by the 9th century, and in the Western Church was made a universal feast on August 6 by Pope Callixtus III to commemorate the lifting of the Siege of Belgrade (1456).[46]

In the Syriac Orthodox, Indian Orthodox, Revised Julian Calendars within Eastern Orthodoxy, Roman Catholic, and Anglican churches, the Feast of the Transfiguration is observed on 6 August. In those Orthodox churches which continue to follow the Julian Calendar, August 6 in the church calendar falls on August 19 in the civil (Gregorian) calendar. Transfiguration is considered a major feast, numbered among the twelve Great Feasts in the Byzantine rite. In all these churches, if the feast falls on a Sunday, its liturgy is not combined with the Sunday liturgy, but completely replaces it.

In some liturgical calendars (e.g. the Lutheran and United Methodist) the last Sunday in the Epiphany season is also devoted to this event. In the Church of Sweden and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, however, the Feast is celebrated on the seventh Sunday after Trinity, the eighth Sunday after Pentecost.

In the Liberal Catholic Church we have placed the Festival in our Liturgical Calendar on January 25th so that the Major Events in the Life of Christ are commemorated in a more or less sequential manner.

We have been discussing the Church Festivals which occur in the first half of the Liturgical year and how these festival reveal to us the story of the Life of Our Lord Jesus Christ and at the same time reveal to us the great stages along the Path of Spiritual Unfoldment which are open to all Christians.

Have you ever been homesick?  I mean really homesick.  Maybe when you were a child and the first time you were separated from your parent.  Or maybe it was when you came to this country for the first time with all of its strangeness and fear.  Or maybe you have experienced the loss of a loved one through death and you have missed that one with the same feeling of emptiness. It is a horrible feeling you can almost feel it physically.  Well, that is the same hunger and emptiness the Soul feels separated from God.

This hunger exists in every human heart which nothing can satisfy or appease.  Many who do not know its source try to satisfy it with money or success or fame or relationships or alcohol or drugs or prestige or power.

Perhaps they try to satisfy it by trying to live their lives through others a spouse or their children.  Whatever the substitutes are in the end, that is all they are …substitutes.  Substitutes for the real, the lasting, or perhaps I should say the everlasting, the eternal, the sublime. The Source of this longing, though most do not know it, is a homesickness brought about by the Soul-memory of our spiritual abode, whence we came and towards which we are now on our return journey. Your True Self came forth from the Throne of Bliss, the eternal abode of Peace, but it comes forth unconscious of its true nature; and your journey and task in this Life is to discover who you truly are and where you are going.

In this Journey, if we consciously turn toward the Eternal as St Paul has encouraged us to do in his epistles, there are steps—or we could call them mile stones. In some books they are called Initiations. 

The word initiate comes from a Latin word initium: "a beginning; an entrance." And there are many kinds of initiations, but most if not all provide a portal or entrance into another state of awareness.  Sometimes they are moments of elation, inspiration and transcendence.  Sometimes they are frightening, challenging or painful.    

We have talked about the Birth of Christ as the 1st Initiation or step where the physical body is brought under control. We discussed the Baptism of our Lord as the control of the emotional nature and of the mental body of the Christian in the 2nd Initiation or step.

Now we come to the 3rd Initiation on the Path to Self-discovery. Here we find the Initiate reaches a stage of progress where his Higher Self is able to manifest in a degree of fullness down here on  a lower level of existence. Now—because the Spiritual Pilgrim has brought his physical body under submission and his emotional nature in control and his mental body is aligned with the Will of the Most High—now it is at this stage that the Spiritual Self, the True Self Shines through.

Here on the Mount called Tabor, and in another place in the Gospels it is called Mt Hermon.  Both Tabor and Hermon in the Hebrew language mean “High Place.”  So if we look at it from a symbolical viewpoint we realize that this experience of Spiritual unity with the True Self must occur in a High Place of Consciousness.  We are called to come apart from the vast multitude, to go up higher in thought and aspiration, higher than the masses of people. Our thought life must be on a higher plane. Remember the words of the Sursum Corda in the Mass: “Lift up your hearts”...”We lift them up unto the Lord.”  We can no longer be given to the small petty selfish thoughts and desires, we must strive for the Majestic Mountain Consciousness which looks beyond the limitations of time and circumstance.

We must take with us Peter, whose name means rock and therefore represents the Will within, or we can say it represents the firm rock-like Faith.  We must take John, whose name in Hebrew means “Jehovah bestows mercy.” You will remember John was the beloved disciple, who therefore represents Love. And finally we must take with us James, whose name in Hebrew means supplanter. He represents Activity.  So we see for one to ascend in to the Holy Mountain we take with us our complete triple nature, completely harmonized and under the authority of the Christ-self.  Matter, Soul, Spirit… Mind, Emotions, and Body…Will, Love, Activity.

And when this complete synthesis and union of our whole nature happens, what then do we encounter?  A whole new vision of Life appears.  This integration of the person becomes a reflection of the work of the Alchemist, turning base metal into gold. I am reminded of the story of Job in the Old Testament. He went through some difficult times and one might call them initiations of sorts. He said in the midst of despair, “If only I knew where to find him; if only I could go to his dwelling! I would state my case before him and fill my mouth with arguments. I would find out what he would answer me, and consider what he would say to me…But if I go to the east, he is not there; if I go to the west, I do not find him. When he is at work in the north, I do not see him;  when he turns to the south, I catch no glimpse of him. But he knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.” [Job 23]  Job felt alone in his trials, he experienced what St John of the Cross referred to as the dark night of the Soul, yet at the end he did indeed come out as pure gold.

In the Life of the Christian Initiate as in the Gospel story, all is transformed and as a result of this transformation all becomes transfigured. Let us look at some of what will appear.

Moses Represents the LAW and the OLD Testament. He is the embodiment of all that has gone before, all that we have been, the good and the bad; he is the PAST.  Elias is the greatest of the Prophets. He represents all that we shall become, all that is to come; the Prophet points to the FUTURE. Christ stands between the PAST and the FUTURE; He is the ETERNAL NOW.  In the Book of Revelation Christ says, “I am the Apha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. The one who was, who is, and who is to come.”

At this point of Oneness and Unity with the Christ nature we have the opportunity to bring the Spirit to bear upon the soul and body and the whole personality becomes enlightened.  We bring a little bit of the heaven life into this life and here to share it with those around us.  Through this process the Life of the Spirit becomes dominant in our lives.  Look at the lives of persons of great spiritual accomplishment like Mother Teresa—What light she brought into our dark world!!  Jesus said Ye are the Light of the World. What is the light supposed to do?    Shine. . . 

In the Holy Eucharist after the second censing and following the Orate Fratres,  the Priest will pray, “for here we offer and present unto thee and here we offer unto thee ourselves, our souls and bodies, to be holy and continual sacrifice unto thee. May our strength be spent in thy service and our love poured forth upon thy people.”  This is our calling as Christians: to provide a doorway, to be that doorway through which Heaven may find entrance to Earth.

This glorious event has been related in detail by St. Matthew, St. Mark, and St. Luke, while St. Peter and St. John, two of the privileged witnesses, make allusion to it. On the Mount the disciples were for the first time confronted with the Real Christ. Up until this point they had seen only the man Jesus, impressive though he may have been; but on this occasion, in the High Place, they saw him in His Divine Personage, in His full Glory!

Christ the Son of the Living God was and is the same yesterday, today and forever!  Jesus lived a life completely and absolutely transparent of the God within. I believe the transfiguration of Christ was not so much a change in the Person of Jesus as it was and is within the consciousness and perception of the disciple! When the disciple ascends to a High Place in consciousness and awakens from his sleep, he or she sees with eyes of clarity. Transparency, clarity, lucidity, Light! 

Each of us is called to see with clear vision and contemplate the Divine in all things, in all people and in all circumstances. If we recognize that Reality and Oneness in All, we will effect a living Transfiguration and transformation within ourselves. 

The Scripture in Matthew 17:8 says that though this experience was new and frightening to the disciples, “when they looked up they saw no one except Jesus.”  If we allow ourselves to be so transformed we will go forward and in all things see only Jesus! 

Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.~ Rumi

Message in This Challenging Time

Dear Sisters and Brothers:

As people of Faith we are living at a most challenging time.  It is easy to become overwhelmed with the daily onslaught of negative thought forms that seemingly assail from every side, be it via the mass media or simply by living in the psychic atmosphere of race consciousness.  But because we are people of Faith it is obligatory upon us to respond from that position of higher awareness.

I think it is particularly apposite that this monumental challenge comes to us at this time when we as Christians are about to celebrate the most important symbol of our faith, the Feast of the Resurrection. In the Collect for Easter we give thanks and worship for the “glorious Victory which in it is commemorated and symbolized, thou hast given us the sure and certain witness that good shall finally triumph over ill and that death is but a gateway to the ineffable splendor of eternal life in Thee.”

As Light Bearers we are given the responsibility and privilege of illuminating this World at a most needful time.  “In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”  John 1:4-5 (NIV)

With every blessing and expectation that In Christ shall all be made alive.

The Most Rev. William Downey
Presiding Archbishop of The Liberal Catholic Church


In Memoriam Mrs. Laura McGinnis

Dear Friends:

When Bishop Robert McGinnis  passed to a Higher life of service on June 12, 2017, it was my privilege to travel to New Orleans with our Presiding Archbishop Graham Wale in order to officiate at Bishop McGinnis’ funeral.  At that time we were able to spend some quality time with his widow Laura.

It had been said by many people through the years, within our Province and Internationally, that +Robert was a perfect example of a true “Southern Gentleman.”  He was indeed gracious, kind, cultured and refined. He was to me a dear and trusted friend. 

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Laura McGinnis

If Bishop McGinnis was a living example of a Southern Gentleman, then Laura his spouse was the epitome of the “grand Southern Lady.”  Laura was not only a wonderful help-mate for +Robert, as the wife of a Bishop, she was indeed truly his Soul-Mate.  Theirs was a real Love Story.  It has been my pleasure and honor to be their friend for more than forty five years.

Any of our LCC family who may have had opportunity to meet or get to know Laura and Robert will know what wonderfully splendid people they were.

After +Robert’s passing I tried to keep in contact with Laura from time to time. About two months ago I tried to call and email her with no response. This week I went online to search for her and discovered her Obituary. Laura passed over in December. I am confident that Laura and Robert will continue to labor for our Blessed Lord and Master from higher realms.

May the souls of the faithful rest in Peace and may Light Perpetual shine upon them. Amen

The Most Reverend William S. H. Downey
Presiding Archbishop
The Liberal Catholic Church

A Prayer in time of General Sickness

From Presiding Archbishop William:

Almighty God, who art the strength of all them that put their trust in Thee, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy, we commend to thy fatherly goodness all those who have been impacted by the present health challenge, all the sick and oppressed, all in fear and worry, all those who are suffering. Give us the due sense of your Will and abiding presence that we may know the truth of the words of sacred scripture, ”All things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose.” Keep ever before us the words of St Paul who said “nothing can ever separate us from the Love of Christ.” We invoke thy Healing Power upon our World and we trust in the Law of Good that rules all of Creation, in Christ’s most holy name we pray. Amen.

In Memoriam The Rt. Rev. Hein Van Beusekom

Dear Friends: 

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Bp. Hein, 1996

It is my duty to report to you news of the passing to Higher Life of our dear brother and fellow laborer for Christ, Hein Van Beusekom. Bishop Hein was born August 31, 1925. He joined the Liberal Catholic Church through baptism on October 22, 1950. He was baptized by Bishop Adriaan Vredde  who was at the time Regionary Bishop of the Netherlands. +Hein was ordained to the sacred order of the priesthood June 9, 1957 by Bishop August Goetmakers. +Hein immigrated to the USA and served as a priest of this Province for many years until he was elected to the Episcopacy and was consecrated February 7, 1987 as Auxiliary Bishop by Bishop Gerrit Munnik. He was appointed Regionary Bishop of the USA May of 1999 to August 2000.

In his secular life +Hein was a Medical Physician and practiced traditional medicine. Later +Hein studied the Ancient Chinese methods. Bishop Hein was a lifelong member of the Theosophical Society and served the Society in a number of positions of responsibility a long time resident of Krotona Theosophical Community. He was also a member of Co-Masonry.

It was my privilege to have worked with Bishop Van Beusekom for many years here in Ojai and to have had benefit of his wise counsel. He was a very spiritual person and a great student of the esoteric side of life.

Bishop Hein is survived by his loving wife Pauline and three adult children and their families.

 +Hein had been on the inactive status of the church for a number of years due to the advance of age related problems. But he remained a regular attendee until recently. He will be greatly missed on the physical plane but ever in our hearts and our thoughts.

I can imagine the voice of the Master welcoming our brother with the beautiful words of the Gospel of Matthew, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” 

The Most Reverend William S. H. Downey
Presiding Archbishop
The Liberal Catholic Church


In Memoriam The Rt. Rev. Ruben Cabigting

It is my solemn duty to report to you that the Right Reverend Ruben Cabigting passed peacefully in his sleep to the Higher Life on Sunday, 22 December at 1:25 pm. Chicago time zone. 

Bishop Ruben was born 27th August 1926 in the Philippines. He served with distinction in the US Navy. Ruben joined the church in the Philippines in 1976 and was ordained to the sacred order of the priesthood in 1977 by +Sten VonKrusenstierna.  +Ruben was consecrated to the Episcopacy November 14, 1993, by +Lawrence Smith assisted by Bishops Maurice Warnon and Robert McGinnis. 

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Bp. Ruben at his consecration, 1993

Bishop Cabigting served as Auxiliary Bishop in the USA nobly and faithfully and supported the work of the Church around the World.  He was always ready to serve and most generous with his time and resources. 

Bishop Ruben was a lifelong member of the Theosophical Society and lived and worked at Olcott in Chicago. He was also a 33 degree Co-Mason. He shall be greatly missed. We ask of your charity to add his name to your suffrages. 

With Kindest regards,

The Most Reverend William S. H. Downey
Presiding Archbishop
The Liberal Catholic Church

In Memoriam The Most Rev. Graham Sidney Wale

Dear friends:

Our dear Father in God, Graham Sidney Wale, has graduated to Higher Life. I was honored to be at his side when he made his ascension. A unique era in our church history comes to a close. I’m sure the Halls of Heaven resound with the words “Well done thou good and faithful servant.”

+William


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The Most Rev. Graham Sidney Wale

“Rest in the eternal grant unto him, O Lord,
and let light perpetual shine upon him.”

Graham Sidney Wale was born on the 4th December 1945, in Hammersmith, London, UK.

He trained as a draftsman and worked in the UK and in South Africa, where he took the position of engineer.

In 1993, on Easter Sunday, feeling at a loose end, he attended the Eucharist at the Liberal Catholic Church in Pretoria. The Service was celebrated by Bishop Johannes Van Alphen. Graham left the Church that day, feeling that he had, at last, found a Church that he could accept and believe in. Before then, he had consistently been searching for a “spiritual home”, one where he did not have to give something up or compromise.

He continued to attend Church Services each Sunday and a few months later, he asked Bp Johannes to become a server.  Bp Johannes made Graham wait a whole year before he was admitted as a server. A few months later he received the Minor Orders.

Graham and Kylann Descy were married in the Liberal Catholic Church in Pretoria on 22nd October 1994.  Graham continued to attend the Eucharist every Sunday and also became Bp Johannes’ Church Secretary and assisted the Bishop in all matters clerical.

On 23rd June 1996, Graham was ordained to the priesthood by Bp Johannes.

In February 1997, believing that it was his duty to look after his elderly parents, he and his wife left South Africa to live in the UK. 

On 15th April 2000, Graham was consecrated as an Auxiliary Bishop in the Liberal Catholic Church at the Church of St Francis at Tekels Park, Camberley, UK, and adopted the Christian name of “James” to his name. Two years later, he was appointed Regionary Bishop for the Province of Great Britain and Ireland.

On 29th January 2005, Bp Graham was elected Presiding Bishop (now known as Archbishop Primate) for seven years and enthroned at the Chapel of St Michel, at Paris, by Bp Christian Schoch, Regionary Bishop for France, Switzerland and Francophone Africa. Bp Graham served the International Church faithfully and in 2012 was elected for another seven years, which, sadly, he did not complete by the end of his life on 8th October 2018.

Archbishop Graham will be remembered and cherished for his warmth, his compassion, his wit, and his great and unending dedication to Christ’s work.

(a fuller biography will appear in the Christmas edition of Ubique)


Experiencing Holy Unction

The Rt. Rev. Thomas Miller & Donna Miller interviewed artist Richard Trice after a service of Healing at St. Gabriel & All Angels LCC, Fairfield, Iowa. 


“A testimony of the experience of Divinity. Filling all places of my individual emotional and physical body with the tangible space of that eternal personality. Revealing the immensity of my soul’s relationship with that personality out of which I have been created. Healing my deepest wounds. Wrapped in the ancient, elegant structure of Holy Unction at The Liberal Catholic Church in Fairfield, Iowa.”
Richard Trice

“A truly delightful experience. Thank you for sharing this with me and please convey my thanks to Richard. I always have felt a heart connection with Richard, he has the true artist’s soul. Thanks for sharing this, I hope it develops into a valuable process for parish growth and health.”
Rt. Rev. William S. H. Downey, Archbishop of the Province of the U.S.A.

“Richard’s heartfelt personal experience beautifully highlights the wonderful work the angelic kingdom so generously provides to those who approach the work of the church with reverence and devotion. The liturgy of the Liberal Catholic Church is the gateway through which we are able to regularly and reliably obtain their divine help. The Service of Healing (Holy Unction) at St. Gabriel and All Angels has been over the years a source of upliftment to those who regularly partake, and a way to gently clear away mental and emotional entanglements and straighten out distortions in the spiritual body.”
Rev. James Palmer, Rector, St. Gabriel and All Angels Church

We thank Bishop & Mrs. Miller and the parish of St. Gabriel and All Angels Church for sharing this video with us.


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