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Reverend Tony Biship GreenPortraitGreen was consecrated as a bishop of the Catholic Apostolic Church in North America (CACINA) on September 21, 2019 in Albany, New York by Francisco Betancourt, Diocesan Bishop, Diocese of the Little Portion. Assisted by Ronald Wilbert Stephens, Presiding Bishop of the Catholic Apostolic Church in North America, Diocesan Bishop, Diocese of the Holy Trinity and Michael Thoegene, Diocesan Bishop, Diocese of the Little Portion.

Bishop Green came to CACINA in 2016 because he felt God calling him to a church that placed a high value on sacramental life. He founded the St. John of God Parish where he co-pastors with Fr. Victor Desantis.  You find more information about Bishop Tony's background here.   See video below of his concentration.

CACINA is fortunate that God has brought Bishop Tony to us.  He continues to serve the Church tirelessly, writing the CACINA News and Notes, and using his unique background to serve the people of his parish and of our national church.

 

 

Mass Shooting Letter

The College of Bishops of the Catholic Apostolic Church in North America is united in desperate prayer for God’s loving comfort to be with the people of El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, as they, and our entire nation, grieve the horrible murder and wounding of God’s precious people in the El Paso and Dayton Communities by mass shooters.

Click here to read the College of Bishops full letter on these mass shootings:

ProtectionOfChildrenNews

The General Assembly of the Catholic Apostolic Church in North America has consented to the adoption of the Protection of Children, Youth, and Vulnerable Adults Policy.  The policy was developed through the dedication and hard work of the Standing Commission for Protection of Vulnerable Persons.  

The commission was established at the 2018 General Assembly and was charged with the important task of developing policy and protocols for the protection of children and vulnerable adults, including sexual abuse. This commission was approved by College of Bishops and House of Delegates. It received approval of the Executive Committee to allow the commission to explore arrangements for implementation and training. The development of the policy was first steps.

The Executive Committee approved the policy in April 2019 and the General Assembly consented to the approval, as required by the Canons, at the May 2019 meeting.  The policy in its entirety can be found here:  Protection of Children, Youth, and Vulnerable Adults Policy

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The People of God of the Diocese of the Little Port have consented to the election of Father Tony Green as auxiliary bishop.   He will be concentrated bishop on September 21, 2019.   

Bishop-Elect Tony felt God calling him to a church that placed a higher value on sacramental life and moved to the Catholic Apostolic Church in North America three years ago. He founded the St. John of God Parish where he co-pastors with Fr. Victor Desantis.  Mass is offered every Sunday for the residents of the Ellis Nursing home and people from the surrounding community.

Bishop-Elect Tony background and experience prior to joining CACINA is extensive and diverse.  He was a member of the United Church of Christ (UCC), where he was ordained a Minister in 2000, following completion of the UCC seminary.  Bishop-Elect Tony was pastor of several churches with the UCC over his 15 years of service with them.  During his time with the UCC, he travelled to South Africa for to serve with a hospice in Tapalogo run by a Roman Catholic bishop.  Bishop-Elect Tony also traveled to the Holy Land twice.  The second trip was a mission trip to work for justice on behalf of the Palestinian people.

He began working as a chaplain with hospice in 2002 and continues this mission after he was ordained a priest with CACINA.   He is currently the Director of Pastoral Care and Volunteers at a major health system in Schenectady, New York, where he oversees a department with 15 staff members and 220 volunteers.

Bishop-Elect Tony grew up at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains in the small town of Guntersville, Alabama.  He served in the U.S. Army for six years after graduating from high school and was stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado, being deployed for a Return of Forces to Germany (REFORGER) assignment.  He was recognized as an Honor Soldier, Expert Rifleman, and earned two Army Achievement Medals. Following his military service, Bishop-Elect Tony worked for the State of Colorado as a Child Support Enforcement Officer for several years.

He has been a foster parent for children living with or at risk of HIV/AIDS.  He fostered five children and adopted a child who came into his home when he was 6 weeks old;  His son, Michael, is now 31 years old and has 4 children of his own.

CACINA is fortunate that God has brought Bishop-elect Tony to us.  Before his election to bishop, he has served the Church tirelessly, writing the CACINA News and Notes, and using his unique background to serve the people of his parish and of the national church.

2019 GA Group PhotoThe House of Delegates, representing the lay people and clergy of the Catholic Apostolic Church in North America, in collaboration with the College of Bishops met from May 14 to May 17, 2019 for the annual General Assembly.  Each year the representatives of the church meet to conduct business for the national church and to network with others from parishes around the United States.  

This year we had another successful assembly.  Each day began with morning prayers and ended after dinner with evening prayer, and then attendees met for a daily social fellowship time. 

The first day was devoted to a Retreat Day with a special presentation on Liberation Theology.  The second day focused on the business of the church (accepting various reports, electing officers, approving actions by the Executive Committee, and so on). The third day centered on Spiritual Education. 

Representatives commented on how this year's assembly was dynamic and created so many great memories for the participants.   See a video presentation of photos from the General Assembly below.