Meet our Patriarch...
"By faithfulness we are collected and wound up into unity
within ourselves, whereas we had been scattered
abroad in multiplicity."
The Most Rev. John P. Walzer, D.D. (Patriarch Augustine I) is the spiritual head of the Catholic Charismatic Church (Old Catholic Succession).
The succession of the Patriarch of the Catholic Charismatic Church began with Patriarch Andre Barbeau. Barbeau was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest on November 21, 1940 and served in that capacity for 28 years in the Archdiocese of Montreal Quebec. In 1968, Barbeau left the Roman Catholic Church and was consecrated a Bishop by pro-uniate Old Catholic Bishops in Europe.
On April 21, 1990 in Boston Massachusetts, John Peter Walzer was consecrated a Bishop for the Diocese of Connecticut, The Feast of St. Anselm, at the First Lutheran Church of Boston. At that time, the head of The CCC was Patriarch André I. Bishop Walzer was consecrated by The Patriarch, assisted by Archbishops Michael Boucher and André LeTellier in accordance with the Old Roman pontifical rite. Bishop Walzer's mother, Mrs. Mabel T. Walzer was in attendance. This wonderful ceremony was followed by a Eucharist and then a reception at the Old Parker House Hotel.
On May 1, A.D. 1991, Bishop Walzer was elevated to the dignity of Archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Mary and installed in ceremonies in the historic St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church in Hartford, CT. This, too, was presided over by Patriarch André I with the assistance of Archbishop LeTellier.
Patriarch Andre I continued to serve as patriarch until his death on February 14, 1994. Following Andre I's passing, Archbishop Michael Boucher succeeded as Patriarch. After serving his flock as Patriarch for over 15 years, Patriarch Michael was called to be with our Lord. His successor was Archbishop Robert E. Jones. Shortly after his succession, Patriarch Jones was taken ill. Realizing his health would not return, Patriarch Jones appointed Archbishop John
P. Walzer, to succeed him on June 30, A.D. 2010, in accordance with the Constitution of The CCC.
Archbishop Walzer succeeded Patriarch Robert to become IV Patriarch of The CCC with the style of Augustine I in ceremonies at St. Andrew's CCC in New Haven, Connecticut.
Consecration of The Most Reverend John Peter Walzer, Bishop on April 21, 1990. The co-consecrators are, left to right, Archbishop Michael Boucher, Bishop John Peter Walzer, Patriarch André I (Barbeau), Archbishop André LeTellier.
André I (Barbeau), I Patriarch of The Catholic Charismatic Church
Bishop Walzer with his mother Mrs. Mabel T. Walzer following his consecration.