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From the Rector

Dear Friends,

As you’ve probably noticed, our newsletter is going out less frequently than in years past. This is owing to our ongoing situation with COVID-19, as well as the availability of our church space for in person meetings.

Less in-person activity means a little less news and if I had to wager- most of you probably have your focus on a host of concerns arising from our continuing common situation and not so much on “Where’s the email from that bald priest guy?’  

As I don’t believe in updates for updates sake, my preference here is to bundle them for occasional updates as the situation progresses, or for noteworthy updates here at home or abroad in the Apostolic Johannite Church. 

Before we get to those - a quick note for the home front: 

Based on our communication with the church where we meet, all involved had hoped for both a safe and available use of space at this point in the year but as COVID continues - the space has not opened to the public. Even if it had- our continued core group consensus is that it is best to continue to meet online for time being in terms of safety and comfort level. 

In the meantime, we continue to meet online on our formerly in-person schedule- being that of 2nd and 4th Wednesdays. If you want to see our schedule at a glance- it is available in a little google calendar section on our website at 

We don’t offer virtual ritual as such but we continue to discuss spiritual practices and strategies to meet the stresses and uncertainties of our common situation, interspersed with some humour and discussion on day to day life and these are open to the public with a measure of notice. 

Also important to note- while physical meetings as a community are not an option currently, we do continue to offer the sacraments on an individual basis to those who are in need of them. These are done as schedules, safety and regulation allow. 

Lastly, another update will be provided once we arrive at Winter or when in-person meetings resume- which ever comes first. 

In the meantime- please take my blessing for a peaceful and renewing Fall season and stay both safe and sane until we meet again. 

Ad Sacram Flammam,
+ Shaun Mar Iohannes
News and Education from around the Church

Ordination to the Sacred Diaconate

The Apostolic Johannite Church is pleased to announce the ordination of the Rev. Mrs. Angie Wisk-Nowell to the Sacred Diaconate.

Angie was raised in a non-religious family but has been captivated by spirituality for as long as she can remember. She has practiced in a variety of forms of Christianity ranging from Evangelical, Mysticism, and Gnosticism.  When she discovered the concept of the feminine divine in Christianity she was hooked and has been exploring this deeply since 2006.  Angie has been a member of the Parish of St. Joseph of Arimathea since 2017. She holds a B.A. in History and an MBA. She lives with her husband and two small children in, Calgary, Alberta.

The Rev. Angie Wisk-Nowell was ordained to the Sacred Order of the Diaconate during a socially distanced celebration of the Liturgy of the Apostolic Johannite Church with additional precautions, by the Patriarch of the Apostolic Johannite Church on Sunday, Sept 20th, 2020 for service with the Parish of St. Joseph of Arimathea in Calgary, Alberta. 

The Patriarch of the Apostolic Johannite Church takes you through a survey of the background, structure, beliefs and ritual of Bernard-Raymond Fabre-Palaprat's Johannite Church of Primitive Christians, more properly known as the Primitive Church, and its partner organization- l'Ordre du Temple.

Slides available at
The Hierarchy of the Apostolic Johannite Church answers questions on Gnosis and Theosis in between sessions at Conclave 2019 in Montreal, Quebec.
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