Apostolic Succession

"Have you an Apostolic Succession?"

"Unfold the line of your Bishops"

~ Tertullian, 3rd Century

Apostolic Succession is the transmission of the spiritual gifts entrusted by Jesus the Christ to his original students ( later called Apostles) by the laying on of hands.

These spiritual gifts have since been passed on throughout history by the Act of Consecration, the direct laying-on of hands, in an unbroken line from the apostles to their successors, from bishop-to-bishop to the present day.

"If Catholic Doctrine is True, Every Priest Validly Ordained Derives His Orders In An Unbroken Line." Therefore, there exists a single Church of Christ, which subsists in the Catholic Church, governed by the Successor of Peter and by the Bishops in communion with him. The Churches while, while not existing in perfect communion with the Catholic Church, remain united to her by means of the closest bonds, that is by apostolic succession and a valid Eucharist,

are true particular Churches"

......... A statement by the Vatican regarding their relationship with Churches that have Apostolic Succession.

The Ekklesia Epignostika Bishops Lines of Apostolic Succession


The Feast of St. Andrew

November 30, 2019

The M. Rev. Linda Jarvis

The M. Rev. Erik E. Weaver

The M. Rev. Sophia Angela DeBry

Consecrator: ++ Benjamin Evans

The Old Catholic Diocese of New Jersey

Three Different Paths to One Common Goal

We Serve God Through Service to God's Creation

Bishop Linda Jarvis OSL, S.T.L.in Thomistic Studies, Ph.D.

Ecumenical Theology

Interreligious Studies

Bishop Erik E. Weaver

S.T.L., Th.D.

Esoteric Christianity

Sacramental Theology

Bishop Sophia

Angela DeBry

S.T.L., Th.M., D.D.

Esoteric Christianity

Celtic Theology and Spirituality