Our Clergy Members
Bishop William Manseau, SBM, MA, D.Min., D.Min
Prime Bishop, Ecumenical Catholic Diocese of America
President, St. Barnabas Mission
William Joseph Manseau was ordained as a Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Prelature bishop in the Roman Catholic Church on June 11, 2011 in the St. Barnabas Chapel at the Cathedral of St. Anthony in Detroit, MI for service in the International Society of the Apostles, Sts. Peter, Thomas and Mary Magdalene and its Vicariate of the Good Shepherd, the St. Barnabas Mission and the Ecumenical Catholic Diocese of America. He was named Prime Bishop of the Ecumenical Catholic Diocese on January 1, 2013. On that same date he became the President of St. Barnabas Mission.
He is a married Priest of the Archdiocese of Boston, ordained in 1961 by Richard Cardinal Cushing and married in 1969, who has served as President and New England Regional Vice President for the Society of Priests for a Free Ministry; and as President, Chairperson and Representative/Director at Large for the Federation of Christian Ministries, a position he holds currently. He has served as Chair of the FCM Committee on Specialized Ministries and its Religious Endorsing Body agent. He is Co-Chair of the FCM Roman Catholic Faith Community Council. He is Chair of the FCM Committee for Commissioning. He represents the FCM/RCFCC in the National Catholic Ministries Alliance. He serves on the Executive Board of the International Federation for a Renewed Catholic Ministry. He is Dean of the Global Ministries University M. Div. Program. He also has served as CORPUS Treasurer and President and is Chair of CORPUS New England.
A State of New Hampshire Licensed Pastoral Psychotherapist, he founded in 1981 and directs the Emmaus Institute, Inc. and Emmaus Institute Counseling Services which is currently based in Nashua, NH. He directs the Emmaus Institute’s National Resigned Priests’ Pensions Advocacy Program on behalf of CORPUS. He is a past President of the Nashua Area Interfaith Council and the N.H. Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants. He has served on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance on Mental Illness for NH.
He is a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and has served as Northeast Region Chair of Legal and Legislative Concerns and currently chairs its Institutional Accreditation Committee. He served as the President of the Massachusetts Association of Pastoral Counselors and led that association’s unsuccessful efforts to obtain state licensure for pastoral counselors. He is the President of the New Hampshire Pastoral Psychotherapists Association and has served as its Treasurer.
William Manseau is the President of the International Society of the Apostles, Sts. Peter, Thomas and Mary Magdalene and Vicar Apostolic of the International Catholic Apostolic Vicariate of the Good Shepherd. He is Vicar Apostolic and Secretary for the St. Barnabas Mission of the Ecumenical Catholic Diocese of America and is the author of the proposal for an Emmaus Catholic Covenanting Communities network. As a worker priest from 1969 to 1984 he worked with local, regional and national community based substance abuse, mental health and comprehensive primary care related organizations in mid-size and major urban settings. He holds an MA and an M.Div. equivalent from St. John Seminary, Brighton, MA (1961) and doctorates in social and personal transformational ministry from Chicago Theological Seminary (1974) and Andover Newton Theological School (1989). He and his wife, Mary, reside in Tewksbury, MA and are the parents of three adult children and two granddaughters. Their son, Peter, is the author of Vows, the Story of a Priest, a Nun and Their Son
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Archbishop Peter Paul Brennan, DD
Bishop Emeritus, Ecumenical Catholic Diocese of America
Peter Brennan is a father and a grandfather. He married Marie Kirby, his late wife of forty years, in 1968. He has three adult children and five grandchildren. Peter was ordained a priest in 1972 and a bishop in 1978, and is a long time leader in the married priest movement. He is the Prime-Bishop of the Ecumenical Catholic Diocese of America, and the titular Archbishop of Jerpoint-Cashel, the President of the Married Priests Now! Catholic Prelature, and Primate of the Order of Corporate Reunion. Peter was consecrated sub conditine as a Roman Catholic bishop by Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo in 2006. Peter is also a member of FCM and CORPUS. He was a charter member of FCM and was one of the committee that established the commissioning (certification) process for FCM and was in its first certification class with Bill Manseau and Gerry Grudzen. He retired after 35 years of service in the NYC High Schools as a teacher, Chairman of the English Department and administrator and is now in full time ministry. He attended seminary at St. John's Atonement Seminary, St. Pius X Seminary, St. Bernard's Seminary, and Immaculate Conception Seminary. He also studied at New York University, Hofstra University, Brooklyn College, New York Theological Seminary and George Mercer School of Theology. His degrees are from St. Pius X Seminary, Manhattan College and St. John's University. He holds an DHL honoris causa from the European-American University for his work in Church Unity and Ecumenism.