Archfather Papa Rutherford I

Honos Ministerium Fides
If anyone serveth me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also.
If anyone serveth me, the Father will honour him.
(John 12:26)

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His Holiness and Eminence Archfather Papa Rutherford I (Cardinal Johnson-Ivrea-Italia-Barcelona), Coadjutor of Rome, Servant of the Servants of Christ shepherds the Anglican Patriarchate. As an Imperial Old Roman Catholic Patriarchate with Anglican tradition, it descends from the See of Utrecht, which was granted autonomy by the Holy See in 1145. As Bishop of St. Stephen and Prince of Rome, he is senior ecclesial dynast of the Anglican Patriarchate and successor to Pope Leo X and heir to the Burgundian House of Arles and the Spanish Houses of Ivrea and Barcelona in Imperial Italy and head of the P.R. Florentine House of Ivrea-Italia-Barcelona, as well as temporal successor of St. Peter the Apostle in Italy and Britain. The Leonine office is an extension of the Petrine Office, the primacy of the Roman Pope, and shares in its authority within and regarding the jurisdiction of the Anglican Patriarchate and New Roman Communion. The Anglican Rite Roman Catholic Church is an organisation in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

Papa Rutherford was confirmed in the Roman Communion on the Birthday of Rome and the Feast of St. Anselmo d'Aosta, an Italian bishop born in historic family territories in Burgundy who later became Archbishop of Canterbury. His priestly formation began as a youth and continued through his formal secular education. His Holiness and Eminence was raised in Rancho la Costa, California, and the southern United States, travelling regularly to his ancestral Europe, including Italy, France, the Holy See, Germany, England, Scotland, and the Netherlands. The Archfather possesses a diverse, multi-disciplinary education and holds a Master of Liberal Arts degree in Sustainability and Graduate Certificates in Business Communications, Social Justice, and Corporate Sustainability and Innovation from Harvard University Extension School, a Bachelor's degree in Applied Physics and a Masters degree in Economic from Georgia Tech, a PhD in Agricultural Economics from the University of Kentucky, a Licentiate and Doctorate of Canon Law, and a Licentiate and Doctorate of Sacred Theology from Pontifical Georgian College, the Patriarchal See's principal seminary. In addition to being a canon attorney and jurist, he is an economics professor and former university chaplain, and now serves as Regent of Pontifical Georgian College. He was inducted into the famed Explorers Club and is a Fellow of the P.R. Society of Arts and Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.

An Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America, the Archfather remains active in service and philanthropy supporting various charitable outreach programs and apostolates. He has been honoured by the Governors of Kentucky, Alabama, and Texas for his leadership and service and is a recipient of the U.S. President's Volunteer Service Award Gold Medal and the U.S. President's Lifetime Achievement Award. The Archfather served as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. He participated in homeland defense efforts during the Global War on Terrorism and is a plankowner (charter member) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. As part of his ministry in the Anglican Patriarchate, he serves in the Walsingham Guard, the humanitarian wing of the Patriarchate with a military heritage dating back to 1190 in Acre during the Crusades. By virtue of his office, he holds the honourary rank of First Marshal of the Patriarchate and the honourary post of First Captain of the Admiralty. He hold several uniformed service qualifications, including patrol boat command, navigation, signals operations, search and rescue, and flood rescue operations. His Holiness and Eminence's own Frankish-Spanish-Italian heritage parallels the patrimony heritage of the Patriarchate he shepherds. In addition to English, the Archfather speaks his ancestral languages of Italian, French, German, and Spanish, as well as Russian and Latin.

"The ocean is a constant force. If we define ourselves by what we are against rather than what we are for, then, when what we are against disappears, we either cease to exist ourselves or must continually look for something else to oppose to remain relevant. Define yourself by what you are for, not by what you are against."
Papa Rutherford, 5th Florentine Archfather

 

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