Our Archbishop, Josephus Johannes Palumbo, OCR, D.Min, D.Rel serves as the Resident Domestic Missionary in Charge of all Spiritual Matters of Liturgy, Preaching and Parochial Visitations. He was Educated at Stratford Military Academy, St. Augustine Minor Seminary, La Salette Seminary and Savonarola Theological Seminary and upon Graduation was Ordained to the Holy Priesthood. Dr Henry George of the Order of Antioch was his Mentor and Proctor as he went on to earn his Advanced Degrees. He was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on March 24, 1976 in St. Stanislaus Cathedral by the Prime Bishop Thaddeus F. Zielinski, D.D. of the Polish National Catholic Church. The first man to be Ordained of Italian descent in the PNCC and since. He was also Licensed by three PECUSA Bishops between 1977 and 1980 and Celebrated all of the Sacraments in Diocese’s in New Jersey and California.
His abilities were recognized at a young age and he was later Consecrated to the Historic Episcopate by Bishops of Traditional Old Catholic and Anglican Jurisdictions. He has been in Public Ministry since 1976 and served the Church in various Parochial and Administrative Positions in 18 United States and 3 Foreign Countries. He has offered a variety of Ministry centered around Parishes and Missions in the Heart of the Missouri Ozarks since February 2004. Since December 2008 his Headquarters have been at the Manse and Chapel in Exeter, MO.
Further recognition was granted to the Archbishop when it was decided by a Fellowship of Traditional Bishops from the most Historic and well known Apostolic Orthodox Old Catholic and Anglican Jurisdictions in the USA to designate him as Custodian of a huge Archive. The contents consist of and are not limited to 2 Huge Commercial Filing Cabinets of Church Paper Ephemera, Altar Service Books, Theology Books from every Discipline, Episcopal Regalia, Vestments, Church Furniture and all manner of Altar Appointments. The Archive dates back well over two centuries. It was stored for decades in Southern California until released from two sources several years ago.
Having fast forwarded to maintain our continuity of thought here, we now digress back to September 2006. The Archbishop and his Wife, Mother Maria Graciela were received into the Order of Christ Our Most Holy Redeemer and Heavenly King by then Master General ++John Charles Maier, OCR at the Historic OCR Chancery in Laguna Beach, California. Upon the untimely demise of ++Maier in December of 2013 as his designated Successor ++Josephus Johannes took his place as the Fifth OCR Master General.
2006 was a busy year for the Archbishop as he took on the responsibility of establishing Mission Communities in Ghana and Brazil. They have been under his Jurisdiction and Patronage ever since and have been led by their original Cleric’s in Charge. These Missions are near and dear to his heart. The details concerning these Missions are to be found on the Missions Page.
The Archbishop can almost always be found on the grounds of St. Mary Magdalene on the Hill in either the the Theological Library, the Oratory, the main room of the Manse or in the Chapel next to it.
Mother Maria Graciela, OCR or Sister Marie as she is affectionately called by those who know her best is usually not far in proximity from the Archbishop.