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Our Bishop

The Right Rev. Raphael Adams - Diocesan Ordinary

Bishop Raphael (Rafe) Adams was elected in September of 2016 and installed as the Bishop Ordinary on March 7, 2017.  Bishop Raphael also serves as the Bishop Protector for the Franciscans of Reconciliation (ofr).  

Bishop Rafe served in the Roman Catholic Church as a Franciscan Brother of the Order of Friars Minor (OFM).  Before joining the Ecumenical Catholic Communion (ECC), Bishop Rafe was ordained in 1975 for the Central Regionary Diocese of the Old Roman Catholic Church in North America.

In 2016, Bishop Raphael began serving as the Bishop Forane for parishes of the Midwest region of the ECC and was instrumental in the region's formation into what is now the Ecumenical Catholic Diocese of Mid-America (ECDMA).

In the course of his forty-seven years of ministry, Bishop Rafe has served as a pastor, institutional chaplain, mental health recovery program consultant to Lutheran social Services of Illinois, and Assistant Professor in the College of Allied Health Professions of Rush University.

Bishop Rafe Adams

Bishop Rafe's Apostolic Lines:

1. James H. Rogers, Hubert Agustus Rogers, Carmel Henry Carfora.

2. John Joseph Humphries, Gerard George Shelley, Richard Aurthur Marchenna, Carmel Henry Carfora.

3. Francis Peter Facione, Andrew Johnson-Cantrell, Robert Alfred Burns, Richard Athur Marchenna, Carmel Henry Carfora.

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