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magda (talk) 10:34, December 2, 2005 (CST)

Propheta consecration

This is a response to your question posted at the Reference desk. Especially relevant material from internet sources has been underlined. This information has also been sent to your email address.

According to several pages on the internet, it appears that Walter Myron Propheta was not consecrated as a hierarch by Bohdan Shpylka. There are pages which say that Propheta was ordained to the priesthood by Shpylka. "In 1936 the Ecumenical Patriarch accepted the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in America under his omophorion and in 1937 Bishop Bohdan (Spylka) was consecrated as bishop of the diocese." —[1] Alternate spellings of Bohdan Shpylka include Spylka and Shpilka. It appears that he was born in the Ukraine on February 12, 1892, and died in Ottawa, Canada, on November 1, 1965 [2].

Archbishop Joachim Souris, with the assistance of Archbishop Stanislaus DeWitow of the Holy Orthodox Church in America, on October 3, 1964 at the Cathedral Church of the Holy Resurrection in the Bronx, New York, consecrated Archbishop Metropolitan Walter Propheta for the American Orthodox Catholic Church. Archbishop Propheta had been ordained to the holy Priesthood by Bishop Bohdan T. Shpilka of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church on May 15,1933.[3] "(The information contained in this section is taken from the book Christ Unto Byzantium by Archbishop Mark Karras. The only portions used are those which pertain directly to Archbishop Curreri’s Consecration.)" - This source says that it is related to the "Tridentine Catholic Church."
Bp. Joseph [A. Zuk] was succeeded as primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of America by Metropolitan-Primate Bohdan T. Shpilka (consecrated in New York in 1937 by order of the Ecumenical Patriarch; Archpriest Walter Myron Propheta [AOC Primate V] was Metr. Bohdan's Chancellor), who was succeeded in December 1966 by Metropolitan-Primate Andrei Kuschak (consecrated by order of the Ecumenical Patriarch).[4] "The Apostolic Succession of Bishop Louis N. Bernhardt, O.S.A. of Houston, Texas USA." This source says that it is related to the "Diocese of Houston - Anglican Rite."
Archbishop Joachim Souris with Bishop Stanislaus De Witow consecrated Archbishop Walter Propheta for the American Orthodox Church as all participants held the Aftimios lines of succession holding to and maintaining, according to their nature and degree of ability, Orthodox spirituality.[5] - This source says that it is related to the "American Orthodox Church."
Archbishop JOACHIM (Souris) with Bishop STANISLAUS (De Witow) consecrated Archbishop WALTER (Propheta) for the American Orthodox Catholic Church who conscrated Bishop DAVID (Baxter) on October 12, 1969 for the Orthodox Church of America.[6] - This source says that it is related to the "Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church: Standing Episcopal Conference" and the "Autonomous Ukrainian Orthodox Church in America." ENDS

Below is a further response (January 2014) to the question about Archbishop Propheta. In his directory "BISHOPS IRREGULAR - an international directory of Independent Bishops" (1985), ISBN 0 9510298 0 0, Bishop Alan Maxwell Bain wrote of WALTER MYRON PROPHETA (1912 - 8 Oct 1972). Bishop Bain is no longer with us on this earth so I can't ask him for consent to quote verbatim. So, I'll paraphrase, and hope this is okay and that it meets the rules. My apologies to Bishop Bain's executors if it doesen't !!! I do feel sure Bishop Bain would be only too happy to see his work being quoted almost 20 years on.

Bishop Bain writes that Propheta was consecrated October 3, 1964 for the Orthodox Catholic Church by De Witow, assisted by Theoklitus Kantarius. Bishop Bain also cites a report indicating consecration by Jaochim Souris assisted by De Witow. It was on May 15, 1933 that Propheta was ordained priest, this being by B Shpilka. Shpilka raised Propheta to the status of mitred archpriest on April 8, 1959. On March 30, 1965, Propheta was elevated to archbishop by Kantaris and De Witow. Propheta was consecrator of the following bishops: JC Adam; Basilo; DM Baxter, JE Burns; JA Christian; Cregg; Gaines; Henley; Pierre; Pritts; F Ryan; and Ryzi-Ryski.

This is posted by me Diakonias 12:29, January 29, 2014 (PST) on January 29, 2014.

History of the Cathedral Church of the Holy Resurrection (Bronx, New York)

I have been unable to find any useful information on the internet. My only advice would be to check with local public recordkeepers, such as the library.

magda (talk) 08:41, December 28, 2005 (CST)