April 5, 2018
The Emmanuel Communion, Diocese of West Africa
It is with great pleasure and thanksgiving to God that we announce the establishment of the Diocese of West Africa. Our newest member of the House of Bishops, The Rt. Reverend Ibiso Igani has joined our humble Communion and assumed the See of West Africa. Bishop Igani is joined by several clergy in Nigeria, Liberia, Ghana, Cameroon and Gabon with additional inquiries from neighboring countries. We warmly welcome our new family members and pray God's greatest and best blessings on the ministries He has established in these clergymen.
Several of our new clergy are enrolled in the Formation College, the official seminary of the Emmanuel Communion. This learning resource is available to all interested in a theological education. Details may be found on the Foundation College page under the "About Us" tab above.
January 25, 2018
Church of the Holy Spirit, EC involvement in Revival on 1/20/18
Overview: Soon after Bishop Becchio and I planted the Church of the Holy Spirit in Jensen Beach [1/8/17], using the sanctuary offered to us by Pastor Guy Calvert of Jensen Beach Christian Church [JBCC], the Holy Spirit caused us pastors to consider a partnership for the presentation of a Revival for the stirring up of the Christian faith and the leading of unbelievers to Jesus Christ. This partnership created a mutual ministry between our two congregations. With a leadership formed from these two churches all necessary elements were put in place for the Revival to be shaped by the Spirit.
It was determined that we would begin at 1:00 pm and, if not otherwise extended by the Spirit, end by 8:00 pm on January 20, 2018. During this time six different preachers would offer God’s Word and, between sermons, Christian music would be offered. There would also be food and drink available at modest prices with no charge for those unable to pay. The preaching rota would consist of the following in the order they would preach: Pastor Guy Calvert of Jensen Beach Christian Church [who would also emcee the event]; Bishop Barry Becchio, Co-Pastor of Church of the Holy Spirit [EC]; Deacon Michael Monteiro, Church of the Holy Spirit as well as leader of a congregation at Jensen Dunes Assisted Living Facility; Archbishop Ed Skiba [who needs no introduction]; Bishop David Francoeur, Co-Pastor of Church of the Holy Spirit [EC]; and Bishop Kenny Berry, founder and evangelist of Grace Fellowship Worship Center in Belle Glade, FL.
On the day . . . There was much excitement as we prepared to begin the Revival and a palpable peace as well. Prior to this day we had all dealt with oppression from the enemy and the Lord delivered us through it so that we could minister in His strength! Every sermon tied together as the Spirit touched hearts and minds. An early signal that God had called this Revival into being was during Pastor Calvert’s sermon when he went to a couple in the front row and asked them their names. The man said in a gravely voice, “Satan” and we all knew that something was afoot. Pastor Calvert was undaunted by this and called all of the preachers up to pray for this man. As we all laid our hands on him Archbishop Skiba anointed him with holy oil and led the prayer for deliverance, healing, and salvation. Although quite vocal before the prayer, the man remained quiet for the rest of Pastor Calvert’s sermon and stayed for a time afterwards. [Pastor Calvert told us the next day that this man approached him at the close of the Revival and the pastor ministered to him into the early morning on Sunday; leading him to the Lord and salvation!] This set the pace for the Revival and there were many who received Jesus as Lord and Savior and Christians who experienced a renewal and enlivening of their relationship with the Lord!
With anointed preaching and blessed music the day became what the Lord promised us it would be: a new beginning to set the pace for ministry, not just for these two congregations, but for the work of the Church in this area! On Sunday morning, as Bishop Becchio and I were coming into the church to set up after JBCC’s worship, Pastor Calvert invited us to join them for their closing prayer. I was led to share something the Lord had given me about this Revival, a word of knowledge where He said: “Through this Revival I have sunk a deep well into the Living Waters and They will continue to flow unimpeded to bless, not just those who came, but, as the waters rise, all who are covered by them!” By this we understand that God is empowering our ministries - and we must see this broadly as including the EAC and beyond - so that we are participating in a worldwide revival of Godly proportions! We are humbled to be a part of this.
The Rt. Rev. David R. Francoeur, M.Div., O.S.B Vicar General of the Denomination
New Year update 2018
With the New Year come new aspirations, new goals, new directions, new perspectives and new challenges. Thank God He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He never changes, nor does His Word.
Our Emmanuel Communion has had a few changes in the previous year. We have welcomed Father Emmanuel T.K. Doe of Liberia, West Africa and his congregation, the Charismatic Empowerment Church, into our fold. We have engaged in a concordat with the Anglican Church of India, CIPBC and have welcomed them and their Metropolitan, The Most Reverend Samuel T. Ponniah, into partnership with us. Father Bernard Lim was ordained to the sacred order of priests in Kuala Lampur, Malaysia and our own Bishop Barry Becchio was named Abbot General of the Emmanuel Communion Order of St. Benedict.
Our growth is slow but steady as we try very hard not to get out ahead of the Holy Spirit. There are other new developments and inquiries that will be announced at a later date. Please continue to pray for God's guidance as we seek His will and follow His lead. Our next House of Bishops meeting is scheduled for January 26, 2018 in Palm City, Florida.
House of Bishops meeting August 25, 2017
NOTICE and INVITATION
As we search for the ideal path and the correct model to follow, many diversions and distractions are met along the way. Our House of Bishops has recently met and has voted concerning our identity and the way we would present ourselves to God’s people. The name Emmanuel Anglican Communion was given to us in prayerful consensus to signify our mission… to assure people of the truth of the name “Emmanuel”… God is truly with us.
As our ethos is primarily liturgical it seemed appropriate to maintain the name Anglican which would signify our worship style. As we have progressed in establishing the foundation of our Communion we have discovered more who we are, but more importantly, who we are not. There are situations and practices within mainstream Anglicanism that do not resonate with who we believe God has called us to be. Consequently, the House of Bishops has voted to simplify our name to the “Emmanuel Communion.”
The Emmanuel Communion will maintain our liturgical form of worship and tradition, follow the Prayer Book, celebrate the Eucharist at every service and continue to preach God’s uncompromised Word. Nothing will change from who we are now except the name. For further clarification as to our beliefs and identity we invite an examination of our Constitution and Canons which will be posted on our website … eacommunion.org.
To the INVITATION. As we grow in the Lord’s work there is a need for church planters. The EC is presently in the Southeastern US, Texas, Malaysia, Australia and Africa. We also have a Bishop in the process of relocating to France and have an affiliation in India. Having been incorporated in May of 2016 we are a relatively new family of churches but feel we have a purpose in our little corner of God’s Kingdom.
Our invitation focus is on Seminary students and disassociated clergy who may be interested in coming under Apostolic covering as they minister in the vineyard. Our Bishops are in full Apostolic Succession in a line back to St. Peter and we have a Benedictine Rule that we follow. We would encourage any interested persons to visit the website and get a better feel for who we are. Contact information is available there or you may email the Office of the Presiding Bishop directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
God bless you greatly as we toil together in The Kingdom.
First EAC Convocation, February 25th, 2017
The first Convocation of the Emmanuel Anglican Communion will be held February 24-25 in Ft Pierce, Florida at St. Peter's Church on Jenkins Rd. just off Hwy 70. The House of Bishops will meet Friday evening from 6-10 PM for their business meeting and the Open Convocation will begin at 9:30 AM Saturday morning with various ministry reports and opportunities, input from the Laity as well as a visionary message from the Presiding Bishop. We will conclude with a Celebration of the Holy Eucharist. All are welcome to attend.
As our Communion is young (less than one year) we are still in a formation process. Scritpture tells us to "...despise not small beginnings." As we are widely disbursed throughout the world and, as with many ministries, we are of limited financial resource, our physical numbers at the Saturday gathering may be less than we'd like. We gather nonetheless and celebrate the vision God has given the EAC to show the world the reality of "God With Us." In a time of questionable physical security and moral decline, we have been given the mission to stand on God's Word as the only certainty in an uncertain society.
We look forward to greeting any persons interested in becoming a part of this Family of Christ. For those that can not be there but may be interested you are encouraged to contact us via email or snail mail. If you can not be present we covet your prayers for God's guidance and direction as we strive to do His will. We pray... Come Holy Spirit and speak to our hearts... in Jesus Name. Amen.
Archbishop Edward J. Skiba, OSB
The Emmanuel Communion
New Deacons Ordained for the EAC
On October 23rd, 2016 Brother Michael Monteiro, OSB (top left) was ordained to the Holy Order of Deacons by Bishop -Abbot Barry Becchio at The Gathering, EAC Church in Ft Pierce, Florida.
On October 28th,2016 Brother Thomas Theobald, OSB (lower left) was also ordained to the Holy Order of Deacons at Solaris Nursing and Restorative in Stuart, Florida by Bishop -Abbot Barry Becchio.
Both ordinations were assisted by Bishop David Francoeur, Bishop of the Province of the Eastern US and Diocesan of the Southeast.
Bishop-Abbot Becchio has mentored these two men during their formation as Tonsured Brothers in the Order of St. Alcuin/Benedictine and continues as their Bishop-Abbot in their religious life.
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