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July, 2015

Bishop Kenneth Bakken has retired and is now emeritus status in the ACC. The Synod of Bishops is seeking someone to manage the Office of Global Ministries.

April 23-27, 2015

Bishop Kenneth Bakken, Vicar General, ACC Office of Global Ministries traveled to Haiti to ordain two new priests, Emmanuel Julien and Zacharie Paul in a moving ordination Mass. Congregants reported angels descending and ascending around the altar during the laying-on-of-hands. The church is growing in great numbers in Haiti and the Dominican Republic with 5 new parishes.

December 22, 2014

His Holiness Pope Francis excoriates the Vatican bureaucracy and begins the journey to true reform of the Curia.

October 31, 2014

The Most Rev. Robert Edmondson, Metropolitan Archbishop

of the Augustana Catholic Church (ACC) sent a letter to His Holiness Pope Francis requesting the formation of a Lutheran Ordinariate, including a brief review of correspondence with the Vatican, specifically the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Copies of the papal letter were sent to Gerhard Cardinal Mueller and Kurt Cardinal Koch, as well as Cardinal Kaspar. We are prayerfully anticipating a positive reply because Rome has publically asked for a formal request by a Lutheran ecclesial body.

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June 8, 2014

The Most Rev. Monsignor Kenneth L. Bakken was ordained Bishop at Holy Family Catholic Church in the ACC in Davidsonville (Annapolis), Maryland, and named Vicar General and Director of Global Ministries. The Roman Rite of Ordination was performed in the valid succession of Bishops in the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. The primary ordaining bishop was ACC Metropolitan Archbishop Robert W.M. Edmondson, together with The Most Rev. Irl Gladfelter, Emeritus, and The Most Rev. Thomas Stover, Bishop of the West. The Celebrant was The Rev. Jens Bargmann.

Bishop Bakken was also named Titular Bishop, Trondheim, Norway, a Catholic See that has been vacant since the Lutheran Reformation 1534.



ACC Archbishop Lubega of Uganda has dedicated several new parishes. The phenomenal growth of the Church by our African sisters and brothers is exciting.

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