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From the Rector

Dear Friends,

The Apostolic Johannite Church is proud to present the nineteenth annual AJC Conclave – May 17-22 in Portland, Oregon

Each year the people of the AJC, friends and family gather together to socialize, learn, build our skills and deepen our community. It is an amazing opportunity for spiritual growth and insight to modern Gnostic practice.

Conclave offers lectures, workshops and panel discussions selected to develop ministry skills, support the work of church leaders both lay and ordained and deepen and enrich the spiritual lives of attendees. Conclave is also rich in social time, time to eat, talk, pray and practice together. It’s like a retreat and a conference all rolled into one.

As always, we welcome you, no matter who you are or what your spiritual path, to join us for this unique week. You can come for all or part and participate as much or as little as you’d like. However you choose, we welcome you into our household.

Keynote Speaker

The Apostolic Johannite Church is excited to welcome and present Stephen O’Shea, author of the Perfect Heresy and the Friar of Carcassonne, to Conclave 2018. He will be speaking on the Cathars and the movements they inspired in the 19th and 20th Centuries. 

Toronto-born author and journalist Stephen O’Shea moved to France in the early 1980s. There, he took up journalism, shortly after completing postgraduate degrees in politics at the Université de Paris 1 (Pantheon-Sorbonne) and the prestigious Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. In 1989, Elle magazine relocated O’Shea to New York to be a senior features editor of their American edition.

In 1993, he returned to Paris, where he worked as Variety’s film critic, and published articles on French culture and politics for American, British, French, and Canadian magazines, including The Observer, The Times of London, Harper’s Bazaar, Interview, Allure, and Mother Jones.

To research The Perfect Heresy, O’Shea moved to Perpignan in southern France in 1997, where he spent two years immersing himself in Cathar lore. In 2011, he continued his exploration on the Cathars and the Inquisition in France with the Friar of Carcassonne. In addition to The Perfect Heresy, O’Shea is also the author of the widely acclaimed Back to the Front (Walker & Company, 1997), a hiker’s meditation on the trenches of World War I and most recently, The Alps: A Human History from Hannibal to Heidi and Beyond. (via Bloomsbury Publishing)

The Dr. Juliana Eimer Memorial Lecture

Continuing the tradition begun at Conclave 2017, we are also proud to present to you this year’s Dr. Juliana Eimer Memorial Lecture- M. Isidora Forrest on The Divine Feminine. 

For several years, the Rev. Subdeacon Juliana Eimer, Ph.D was an active presenter and participant at our Conclaves- speaking on a variety of topics, from female Saints to the nature of Divinity. Her passing a mere months after Conclave 2016 was difficult for our community, and the Apostolic Johannite Church has chosen to remember her work here with us through an annual lecture in her name.

M. Isidora Forrest has been devoted to Isis ever since the Goddess told her, in no uncertain terms, that she was not yet ready to be Her priestess. (Isidora respects a Goddess Who doesn’t coddle.) More than twenty years—and a lot of research, ritual, agony and ecstasy—later, Isidora has earned the title of Prophetess in the House of Isis. She is also a priestess of the international Fellowship of Isis, a Hermetic adept, a maenad for Dionysos, and a founder of the Hermetic Fellowship, a non-profit religious organization devoted to spiritual development through ritual and education in the Western Esoteric Tradition (via goodreads).


Program of Conclave Lectures and Workshops

In addition to our Keynote and the Dr. Juliana Eimer Memorial Lecture, we are also excited to bring you an engaging list of speakers and activities throughout the Conclave program. Without further preamble- here are some of the talks and workshops we have at the time of this announcement:

  • The Shem ha-Mephorasch with Fr. Joseph Wolf
  • Music and Magic with Tasha Danner
  • The Order of the Temple and Saint John II: Templarism in the AJC with the Sovereign Pontiff and Patriarch
  • The Sacrament of Confirmation with the Primate of the United States, HG Mar Thomas
  • Magic and the Liturgy with the Primate of the United States
  • St. Cyprian the Mage with Monsignor Jordan Stratford, OSE
  • Divine Guidance: The Practice of Divination with Monsignor Scott Rassbach, AC
  • The Friary and the AJC with Monsignor Scott Rassbach, AC
  • Marian Gnosticism with the Rev. Father Joseph McCauslin
  • The Congregant in the AJC with the Rev. Father Joseph McCauslin
  • Gnosticism in the Far East with Rev. Deacon Jason Campbell
  • Contemplative Practice and the Oblates of St. John with Prior Mark Donato, OTSJ
  • The Demiurge in the Gospel of John with the Rev. Mr. Jonathan Stewart

Costs and Registration
Lodging is not included and is the responsibility of the attendee.

Full Registration

Individual- January 1st to April 1st: Early Bird: $450
After April 1st: $500

Couple- January 1st to April 1st: Early Bird: $750
After April 1st: $800
Full Registration includes All Activities and Eight Meals:

Thursday: Dinner
Friday: All Activities, Lunch and Dinner
Saturday: All Activities and Lunch.  Dinner excursion at own cost
Sunday: All Lectures, Workshops, and Dinner
Monday: All Activities, Lunch and Dinner
Tuesday: All Activities, Lunch

Weekend Package  includes All Activities and Four Meals
Individual- January 1st to April 1st: Early Bird:$200
After April 1st: $250

Couple- January 1st to April 1st: Early Bird: $350
After April 1st: $375

Friday: All Activities, Lunch and Dinner
Saturday: All Activities and Lunch.  Dinner excursion at own cost
Sunday: All Lectures, Workshops, and Dinner
Saturday: All Activities and Lunch.  Dinner excursion at own cost
Sunday: All Lectures, Workshops, and Dinner
Monday: All Activities, Lunch and Supper

$100 Individual Per Day Registration (Includes activities and scheduled meals excepting Saturday Dinner)

Refund Policy

From Now until April 1st- 100% Refund
April 2nd to May 1st- 50% Refund
After May 2nd- No Refund will be issued

Registration closes May 2nd

We look forward to seeing you there and sharing your journey. Registration opens soon

This Month at St. Joseph's

A new year begins and with it, we have a new list of times and activities for our local meetings here.  If you use Google Calendar and would like to easily keep up on our events, you can access or subscribe to our calendar via this link. Our calendar is linked on our Parish website.

One slight location change over the last year is that we’ll be doing our dinner nights at Ricky’s Diner at North Hill for the coming six-month period as it’s easier for those who have small children and babies to attend. 

Which brings me to a more exciting announcement than a supper change- our local Seminarian in Minor Orders, the Rev. Mrs. Angie and her husband Chris, welcomed their newborn Jacob, into this world over the Christmas holiday. Please keep them in your prayers and intentions.

Join us this month as we commemorate the Theotokos, with the Contemplative Liturgy of the Apostolic Johannite Church- Wednesday January 10th at 730pm

Later on in the month, on January 24th, we will be sitting down to break bread at Ricky's to discuss the Incarnation.

I hope to see you there.

Ad Sacram Flammam,
+ Shaun Mar Iohannes

News and Education from Around the Church
Johannite School

The Apostolic Johannite Church has recently launched 'Johannite School' - a place to learn more about the thought, practice, community, and history of the Apostolic Johannite Church. Our aim is to make it easier for new members of the church, as well as interested people who aren’t close to a local community, to find out more about the AJC.

Johannite School is free.

As the school curriculum grows, it will cover popular topics like,

  1. Introduction to Johannite Concepts and Theology
  2. What do Johannites do (practice, ritual, traditions)?
  3. What is the AJC about (structure, definitions, community)?
  4. What is Gnosticism (introduction)?
  5. History of Johannite communities (33CE to today)
  6. What is Hermeticism and why is it relevant?

The first of these courses,Introduction to Johannite Concepts and Theology” has already begun and you are welcome to join in. New units appear every week.

All courses include video lectures, written notes, extra resources and homework exercises. Each course is self-paced. The school includes a forum area where you can meet other students and ask for help.

To sign up- visit

Archetypes of the Warrior-Priest
Now available on the Lectern: Very Rev. Bray Weaver takes us through a look at Archetypes of the Warrior-Priest, related spiritual concepts and historical examples in spirituality where warrior classes and societies have transformed from warrior to priest. 

Slides are essential to following along and can be found at

Upcoming Schedule

Liturgy: 7:30pm @ The Unitarian Church of Calgary
Room 4, Side Entrance
1703 1 Street Northwest
Calgary, AB T2M 4P4

Coffee and Discussion:
7:15pm @ Ricky’s @ North Hill

1668 14 Ave NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1M7

January 10th - Liturgy - Mary, Theotokos
January 24th - Discussion - The Incarnation

February 14th - Liturgy - Valentinus, Gnostic Teacher
February 28th - Discussion - Aeons and Archons


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