Our Clergy Members
Archbishop William J. Manseau, D.Min, Tewksbury, Massachusetts
Bishop Ordinary, Ecumenical Catholic Diocese of America
President, St. Barnabas Mission
Rev. Dr. William J. Manseau is among the over 100,000 Roman Catholic priests who have married since the Second Vatican Council’s call for renewal and reform of the Church. Ordained a priest by Richard Cardinal Cushing in 1961 in Boston he married in 1969 and obtained subsequently two doctorates in ministry in social transformation and psychology and clinical studies to equip him to work on behalf of the Church’s reform and renewal. He and his wife, Mary Doherty, in 1969 joined in the leadership of the pioneering Society of Priests for a Free Ministry and its successors including the Federation of Christian Ministries, of which he is a past President and Director at Large, and CORPUS, a National Association for an Inclusive Priesthood while raising a family of two sons and a daughter and serving the wider community in a variety of roles.
He has served as Board Member, Treasurer and President of CORPUS and Director of its Resigned Priests Pensions Advocacy Program which enabled many resigned priests to obtain their earned retirement benefits. From 2007 until 2013 he developed a partnership between the St. Barnabas Mission and the Federation of Christian Ministries which has enabled over 40 members of FCM to receive religious body endorsement for their specialized ministries employment. FCM now continues this program as a Convention of Churches, of which St. Barnabas Mission is a member. Dr. Manseau is a licensed pastoral psychotherapist and founder and director of the Emmaus Institute, Inc. based in Nashua, NH a position he has held for 30 years.
In 2011, the year of his 50th anniversary of ordination as a priest, he accepted ordination as a community based Catholic bishop in the international Roman Catholic reform movement at the hands of principal consecrator Peter Paul Brennan and three other Catholic bishops two of whom were Catholic women bishops, members of Roman Catholic Women Priests, on the eve of Pentecost and the Feast of St. Barnabas in the city of Detroit.
Archbishop Brennan was consecrated by Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, the retired Roman Catholic Archbishop of Lusaka, Zambia and famous charismatic healer and exorcist in Africa and Italy, who had been ordained a bishop by Pope Paul VI. Archbishop Milingo, who married in 2001, is the founder of the Married Priests Now Catholic Prelature of Sts. Peter and Paul in which William Manseau serves as a trustee and which Archbishop Peter Paul Brennan now serves as International President. The Prelature authorized his episcopal ordination. Dr. Manseau serves on the executive committee of the International Federation for a Renewed Catholic Ministry (www.renewedcatholicministry.org) which represents ministry reform associations in 7 countries and is based in London, England.
On January 1, 2013 he was appointed President of the St. Barnabas Mission, an ecumenical Catholic community inspired initiative to implement the vision and goals of Vatican Council II by building bridges of faith, hope and love. The St. Barnabas Mission is active in the United States, Latin America, Austria and India. He also became the Bishop Ordinary of the Ecumenical Catholic Diocese of America which is affiliated with the St. Barnabas Mission. He also serves as Vicar Apostolic for the International Catholic Apostolic Vicariate of the Good Shepherd which seeks to serve the reunion of the Eastern and Western Churches through the collaboration of their presbyteral ministries. The Vicariate was founded by the International Society of the Apostles Sts. Peter, Thomas and Mary Magdalene which seeks to support married priests.
The year 2013 saw the consolidation of many of these ministries with the St. Barnabas Mission serving as their hub and these other initiatives as spokes to form a wheel which can be added as the St. Barnabas Mission grows. In 2013 four more bishops were ordained to develop a path making team model of a renewed Catholic ministry. Trusting in God’s Spirit to bring God’s healing and loving work to fulfillment, the St. Barnabas Mission invites and encourages all the baptized and especially those in ordained ministries to join their energies together as partnerships in their community to bring the Gospel’s transforming “light and salt” for our world in the vision of Vatican II.
Dr. Manseau also currently serves as Secretary for the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and is a past President of the Massachusetts Association of Pastoral Counselors, the New Hampshire Pastoral Psychotherapists Association and the Greater Nashua, NH Interfaith Council.
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Archbishop Peter Paul Brennan, DD, West Hemstead, New York
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 Bishop Emeritus of the Ecumenical roman 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.
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Bishop Christine Mayr Lumetzberger, Dipl. Paed., Pettenbach Austria
Bishop Christine Mayr-Lumetzberger, a native of Linz and a resident of Pettenbach, Austria, is a cofounder of the Roman Catholic Womenpriests movement and a retired special needs teacher. She is a former member of the Benedictines of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, the wife of Dr. Michael Mayr, a retired physicist, and the step mother of four. After a number of years doing volunteer pastoral work in her parish and in a hospital setting following her service as a Benedictine sister and marrying a man who had been divorced, she became involved with the movement for the ordination of women as Roman Catholic priests in Europe. This led to her authoring and implementing an original program of study entitled, “Sacramental Orders for Women in the Roman-Catholic Church”. This is an on the job training program requiring prior theological training. It consists of ten program units conducted over three semesters. On June 29, 2002 along with six other women Christine was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest on the Danube River on the border between Germany and Austria by a married Catholic bishop. In 2003 she was ordained as a Roman Catholic bishop in a secret liturgy documented in a locked safety deposit box to protect the identity of the ordaining bishop and has maintained a priestly and episcopal ministry since then in Europe, Canada and the United States and beyond. Bishop Christine is the Vice President of the International Federation for a Renewed Catholic Ministry and a member the Federation of Christian Ministries. She is a member of the Synod of Bishops in ECDA, St. Barnabas Mission and the International Society of the Apostles, Sts. Peter, Thomas and Mary Magdalene.
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Rev. Dagmar Braun-Celeste, Kelley's Island, Ohio
Rev. Dagmar Braun-Celeste, one of the original women ordained on the Danube River in 2002, has been active in social justice issues for most of her adult life. Dagmar served the state of OHIO as First Lady, and is now Executive Director of Tyrian Network, 501C3, an organization dedicated to empowering creativity, healing and peace. Dagmar has master degrees in Theology and Addictive Counseling.
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Bishop Joseph Catrambone, Central America
Bishop Joseph Catrambone was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Helen Maxwell (nee Pinciotti) and Joseph Francis Catrambone Sr. As the first of six children; he grew up with his grandparents, eight uncles and five aunts. He received his early education at the parochial school of St. Francis, and began to serve as an altar boy at age 11. He always loved to cook and always considered either being a professional chef or a priest, and so he became both. At age 17 he enlisted in the navy during the Vietnam War in San Diego working on the USS Samuel Gompers AD 37 in the kitchen until he was honorably discharged. A few years later he entered St Francis College. There he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Food and Beverage Management. After graduating he went to Italy and lived and worked there as a lay missionary. It was in Italy working in a small village, where he began to consider more prayerfully a call to be a priest. Since then he has spent time visiting and working in Guatemala, El Salvador, Mexico, Italy and in January of 2014 Africa. Fr. Joe began considering an option he had not yet considered prior: Independent Catholic. After much prayerful discernment, Fr. Joe finally entered the seminary and was ordained a priest in August of 1997. Bishop Catrambone serves in the Ecumenical Catholic Diocese of America establishing parishes and growing the Church in Central America.
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Rev. Gail M. Weisman, M.Div, M.A.,
Rev. Gail M. Weisman is a native of Cleveland, OH and the first woman to earn a Master of Divinity degree from St. Mary Seminary, Wickliffe, OH in 2005. She also holds a Masters of Art degree in Art Therapy. She earned a Certificate as a Pastoral Minister from the Diocese of Cleveland while working in the M.Div. Program. She served as Director of Faith Formation for a rural parish in the Diocese of Cleveland following the completion of her M.Div. degree. She is a Registered Art Therapist and a Licensed Social Worker. Gail is employed in the Department of Children & Family Services’s Multi-Systemic Therapy Unit meeting therapy needs for high-risk families in Cleveland, OH. For the past 20 years, Gail has served families in the inner-city providing therapeutic services with a focus on healing and resolving trauma experiences.
Gail is the mother of three daughters and grandmother of seven. She became a member of the St. Barnabas Mission in 2012 and was ordained as a Roman Catholic Deacon on February 10, 2013 and a priest on May 18, 2013 for service in the St. Barnabas Mission and the ECDA. Rev. Weisman is a member of the St. Barnabas Mission, Cleveland, OH, serves on the SBM Leadership Council, the ECDA Board of Consultors and has a pastoral charge under the title of the Regina Coeli mission parish, Cleveland. She is a member of the Federation of Christian Ministries.
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Bishop Bernard Callahan, Landsdown, Pennsylvania
Bishop Bernard Callahan had a successful engineering career before his call to ministry. His service in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia inspired him to begin lay ministry in underserved urban areas which led him eventually seek ministry and eventual ordination into independent Catholicism. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2003, and ordained a bishop in 2013. He is an executive board member of the National Council of Churches in Christ and has been deeply involved in ecumenism for many years. He has a parish in Trainer and is looking to expand Catholic ministry into Philadelphia. He works for a non-profit as an addictions counselor.
Rev. Bandi Shoury, Kerala, India
Rev. Bandi Shoury and his wife provide a non-residential orphanage service in India. .. The children are from two places/villages near Eluru. They stay with their parents and go to different schools around Eluru. We regularly supervise about them and their families wellbeing and their studies. Sometimes if they or their family members are sick we get them treated and after their high schooling if they want to go to colleges we help them get admissions in our R.C.M institutes. Boys, we encourage them to go to seminary also. Three of them I sent but one became a priest last April for our neighbor Guntur diocese. Sometimes in case of natural calamities we help the families by distributing food stuffs (like rice) etc. We get them together twice in a year, at Christmas time to give to them new Christmas clothes and gifts and before the schools reopen around 13th June to celebrate St. Anthony feast and distribute Uniform clothes, school bags, lunch boxes, books and stationary. We have done this since April 1999 and have helped more than 100 children (from LKG to Xth class) My daughters are interested to continue this good work of helping the poor kids later on also once they get some good jobs.
Rev. Michael Aparo, Wethersfield, Connecticut
Rev. Michael Aparo was ordained Roman Catholic Deacon for the Archdiocese of Hartford,1974 and served as Deacon at St. Peter's Church, Hartford, CT 1974-1984. He was ordained a priest by Bishop Paul Diederich of the Western Orthodox Church, Sept. 15, 1991 at South Church, Hartford, and incardinated as a priest in the Ecumenical Catholic Diocese of America, December, 2013. He holds a B.A. Magna Cum Laude: Don Bosco College, Newton New Jersey, 1960; He taught high school Latin, English, Italian, Religion and Geometry 1960-1963 in Rosemead, CA and 1964-65 at the former St. Anthony High School, Bristol, CT. He did graduate Philosophy studies at Salesian Pontifical University, Rome, Italy, 1964; earned a MSW: UConn School of Social Work, West Hartford, CT,1970; He did theology studies at St. Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield, CT, 1971-73 and Holy Apostles Seminary, Cromwell, CT, 1980-84.
He married Antoinette [“Ann”] Perry in 1984, and they have two grown daughters. He was a Social Worker for Catholic Charities, and the State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. He has served as a Volunteer Chaplain at Cedarcrest Hospital in Newington, CT, and a Volunteer at Connecticut Valley Hospital and at the Village at South Farms [assisted living facility], in Middletown, CT. He has served as President of the Interfaith Clergy Association, Newington CT.
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Rev. Thomas E. Cusack, M.A., Monmouth Junction, New Jersey
Fr. Thomas E. Cusack was ordained as a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Davenport, Iowa. He married following three years of presbyteral ministry at St. Patrick’s parish in Ottumwa, Iowa to pursue a secular ministry, as a priest in a necktie. He and his wife Ginny have two children, both married, and five grandchildren. Tom has spent most of his post ecclesiastical work within the insurance industry in various positions first in sales and then training, writing and management training. In 1991 he entered sales full time and continues that in semi-retirement since 2007. He holds the equivalent of a graduate degree in theology and a master’s degree in American History. Tom has a particular interest in the practice of meditation disciplines. A longtime member of the Federation of Christian Ministries, in 2006 he accepted the position of FCM Treasurer which he held for six years. He currently serves as Chair of the FCM Committee for Denominational Concerns and as Co-Chair of the FCM Roman Catholic Faith Community Council. He has a strong interest in the development of small faith communities and their implementation of Vatican II principles. He was the driving force behind FCM’s redetermination by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a Convention of Churches. This determination supports FCM’s providing support for such small faith communities. Tom serves on the ECDA Board of Consultors.
Rev. Raymond Grosswirth, M.A., Rochester, NY
Ray Grosswirth was ordained to the priesthood in December of 2006, in West New York, New Jersey. He was ordained by Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, and was ordained beforehand to the transitional diaconate by Archbishop Peter Paul Brennan. Ray holds two degrees from St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry (formerly St. Bernard's Seminary): an M.A. in Theology in 1998, and a Master of Divinity in 2001. Ray frequently officiates at weddings via his commissioning from the Federation of Christian Ministries. From 2002-2005, he was national secretary of CORPUS, and was their media liaison from 2005-2008. Having recently retired from his long-time secular position in Rochester's City Hall, he is presently serving as president of the Rochester Chamber Orchestra, which is an extension of his former role as a musician.
Bishops Virginia and Robert Graf (both D.Min), Charles Town, West Virginia
Bishop Virginia Lynch Graf tells her story: “When Pope John XXIII opened the doors and windows of the Catholic Church to let in God's refreshing breath, many people across the world got caught up in its spirit. At the time, I was a young religious sister filled with enthusiasm for teaching. I was teaching Black Children in a segregated school and worked for a new integrated school. I was convinced that education would be the great equalizer. I was next assigned an inner city school for lower economic white children. As principal I worked hard to improve the quality of the school and to introduce the neighborhood Lumbee Indians to Catholic education. Eventually, I felt God's call encourage me to be good woman without the support of a religious community and so I left my congregation. My new path gave me opportunity to support family members in their times of need, to continue my education, to marry, to parent, to broaden my life's experiences, and to continue growing in faith. From early adult life I was told I should be a priest. My reply was consistent, but naive. "Catholics don't ordain woman as priests." Visiting the catacombs in Rome, demonstrated the invalidity of that statement. Now I realize those early efforts to empower students were stepping stones. My life's work is to empower all people to see the divine presence acting within them. It's a call to serve as many people as I can in all the ways that I can.” Bishop Virginia earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore MD in 1984.
Bishop Robert Graf was ordained to the Redemptorist priesthood in 1974 by Terence Cardinal Cooke. He served as an assistant pastor in Lancaster PA, Odenton MD, and Brooklyn NY until his marriage December 26, 1983 to Virginia Lynch, now Bishop Virginia Lynch Graf. They have 2 adult children, adopted from Central America as infants. With his wife and others he founded a Couples ministry in St. Vincent’s Parish Baltimore MD. He currently teaches Latin and Spanish at Blue Ridge Middle School in Purcellville VA. He initiated the Spanish music ministry in his Catholic parish in Charles Town WV from 2005-2007. He is education chairperson of the Jefferson County WV NAACP. With his wife he is Co-Vice President of the Federation of Christian Ministries Southern Region. They began a St. Barnabas Mission House church in their home in 2012 that includes people from various denominations looking for more than the institutional churches provide. .” Bishop Robert earned a Doctor of Ministry degree from St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore MD in 1984, and a Masters in Business Administration from Loyola University Maryland in 1988. He says “I hope the Holy Spirit can use me to help married couples grow in their love and to help bring love as a unifying force among Christian churches and with other world religions.”
Rev. Frederick Wale Abe, High Point, North Carolina
Bishop Dr Christian Blankenstein Vienna, Austria
Rev. Philip Belzunce, Ph.D., Rocky River, Ohio