The Society of Pius IX
Father Richard P. Cumming, OCR
Rector of the Society of Pius IX
Father Richard Cumming comes from Glasgow, Scotland. He graduated from the University of Glasgow with a First Class Honors degree in Theology and from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York with a Master of Sacred Theology (with Distinction). Father Cumming has over a dozen academic awards in the field of Christian Theology. Father also has various academic publications in the fields of Theological Anthropology, Apologetics, and Philosophy of Religion.
Father Cumming was ordained to the diaconate and sacred priesthood in 2015. At the request of the bishops of the Order of Corporate Reunion, Father Cumming accepted consecration to the episcopate on November 14th, 2020, on the 236th anniversary of the Bestowal of the American Episcopate upon Samuel Seabury in 1784.
His principal consecrator was The Rt. Rev'd. Michael J. Kline, Universal Primate of the Order of Corporate Reunion and Auxiliary Bishop of the Society of Pius IX.
Father Michael J. Kline, OCR
Auxiliary Bishop of the Society of Pius IX
Father Michael Kline comes from Pennsylvania. He holds a B.Sc. from Regents College, University of the State of New York, a Doctor of Chiropractic from Cleveland Chiropractic College, in Kansas City, Missouri, and a D.D. (hc.) from Raphael University, also in Kansas City, Missouri. He was ordained to the diaconate in 1998 and to the sacred priesthood in 2004. He was consecrated to the episcopate in 2006.
His principal consecrator was Patriarch Yuri I of the Belarusian Slavic Orthodox Church Abroad, who was consecrated by Patriarch Peter Zhurawetsky, a Member of the Orthodox Standing Episcopal Conference recognized by the Patriarch of Constantinople.
His first co-consecrator was Peter Paul Brennan who was consecrated by Emmanuel Milingo, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Lusaka.
His second co-consecrator was Francis Spataro, who was consecrated by Bertil Persson. Bertil Persson was consecrated to the episcopate by Francisco Pagtakhan in 1988 to minister to Filipino congregations in northern Europe. Along with Albert Chambers, Francisco Pagtakhan consecrated the four founding bishops of the churches founded pursuant to the Affirmation of St. Louis in 1978.
Along with the other senior bishops of the Order of Corporate Reunion, Father Kline took initiative for the incorporation of the Order of Corporate Reunion in the State of Missouri in 2010.
The Order of Corporate Reunion is an Anglo-Papalist society founded in 1874 and approved in 1877 by His Holiness Pope Pius IX to promote the reconciliation of the Anglican and Roman Catholic Churches. In 2016, Father Kline succeeded Peter Paul Brennan as Universal Primate of the Order of Corporate Reunion. In 2021, Father Kline appointed Father Cumming as Coadjutor Universal Primate of the Order of Corporate Reunion.
See www.orderofcorporatereunion.com for further details.
The consecration of Father Michael J. Kline, St. Lucy's Old Roman Catholic Cathedral, New York City, 2006