The Ecumenical Gnostic College of Métropolitains
The College of Metropolitans is the electoral college of the Gnostic Church, responsible for elevations and bestowal of Major Orders in the Church. It is also the body which can make decisions concerning recognition and Concordat with other Churches. Ecumenical relations and assistance are also important aspects of activities of the College.
The College of Metropolitans in North America was instituted in 1991 by The Most Rev. +Robert M. Cokinis (Tau Charles Harmonius II) on the advice of Rene Chambellant (Tau Renatus). The original concordats included in the College were with Ecclesia Gnostica (via The Most Rev. +Stephan A. Hoeller, Regionary Bishop), the Old Templar Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church (via The Late Most Rev. +Ronald V. Cappello, Archbishop Primat), the Gnostic Church of the Glorious Christ (via The Late Most Rev. +Carl Emmanuel in Toronto, Canada), the Catholic Church of The Antiochian Rite – Gnostic (via the Most Rev. Archbishop +Robert C. Toca), and Église Gnostique (Catholique) Apostolique in Indiana (via the Late Most Rev. +John Cole).
The Ecumenical Gnostic College of Metropolitains Convened In Chicago IL USA 2006
Centrenaire of the Synod Upon the Seine River, PARIS FRANCE 1906
This milestone conference was held to reaffirm the intentions of Four prominent and Historical Gnostic Bodies for the purpose recognition, mutual assistance and advancement of the standards of western Gnostic Tradition and praxis. This original Conference (1906) Four prominent French esoteric and sacramental Christian Bodies, 1st l’Église Gnostique de France Néo-Albigeois (Now l’Église Gnostique Catholique Apostolique also designated ‘Catholique’), 2nd l’Église Johannite des Chrétiens Primitifs, 3rd l’Œuvre de la Miséricorde l’Église du Saint Carmel, and the 4th l’Église Nouvelle Valentine, all with Holy See’s in FRANCE and organized to form the Holy Synod of todays Gnostic Church. Almost any traditional Gnostic Church extant in the world today owes either direct succession, expressed sacramental – liturgical tradition or founding philosophy upon one of or all their core branches of this Tree of Gnosis.* Therefore for the good of the Gnosis (in the West) and assurance of some semblance of orderely succession and continuity in the so-named New Millenium, in The Church of the America’s, The Present College was convoked and conclaved. The participants in this Holy Synod include The Four Presiding Bishops of Concordat Churches which agree on the following principles as asserted:
† The Acknowledgement of a solemn mandate for the Gnostic Churches and their common redemptive world view, authority of The Gnostic Apostolate vis a vis Sacrement, Restored Canon Gnostic Scripture and the Hierophantic Authority Of The Epicopal Order.
† The continuos authority of their mutual Council in matters of interpretation of general laws and statutes as well as guidance in the Formulas and Formalities of Gnostic Religious Instruction, Ethicism and Preservation of Essential Principles.
† To if and when called upon assist one another of these bodies to restore any voids of authority as are appropriate to remedy the integrity and in the extreme the existance of their institution and tradition.
This College has the powers that it’s Concordat bodies give to it and does not in any way interfere or obstruct the autonomy of the others, but on the contrary is prepared as needed, to defend their common and joint respected interests and governances.
Furthermore the College functions as does any other High Eccesiastical Council having Officers and presents a uniate body of specific Gnostic Heritage while it’s Concordats continue to enjoy full autonomy. These Concordats always reserve the option to elect one of their number as a ‘Rector General’ that is to say An Ecumenical Patriarche at any future time as restorative of the Holy Gnostic Apostolic and Catholic Church of Our predecessors. New Concordats who desire to apply for full membership and recognition may do so by contacting the Church.
The Most Rev. Tau Apollonius, Ep. Gn. Primat Évêque Église Gnostique (Catholique) Apostolique
The Right Rev. +Danny L. Garvin, Ep. Gn. Church of the Gnosis Kardias
The Most Reverend +Charles Nurse, Ep.Gn. Church of the Glorious Christ - Barbados
The Most Rev. Archbishop +Robert C. Toca, D.D., Ph.D. Archbishop of Florida & Exarch for Latin America Catholic Church of The Antiochian Rite (Gnostic)