About THE CHAPEL 

The Chapel of St Columba was established in 2016 to offer seasonal services in the Celtic Christian and Contemplative Traditions. In our services we attempt to attune to nature in order to celebrate the cycles of life, the seasons of the earth, and to integrate our spirituality into our lives. 

We provide a lending library for members with books from the Celtic Christian and Contemplative traditions, and in future we plan to organise an annual weekend retreat for members and associates. 

Our services are open to people of all denominations (or none) and we aim to provide a place of peace and spiritual comfort for those who attend the chapel. We aim to be welcoming and supportive so that people may experience a sense of community and support as they travel  their spiritual pilgrimage through life. 

About The Chapel Priest

Father Cian, the Guardian of the Chapel of St Columba  coordinates and leads the services and contemplative meditation sessions. He is an ordained priest in Old Catholic/Liberal Catholic tradition (through the Catholic Apostolic Church of Antioch) and has studied Psychotherapy, Psychology, Anthropology, and Religious Studies. Professionally he works as a School Counsellor, as well having a small Psychotherapy private practice.

While a Pakeha New Zealander by birth,  Fr. Cian is of English/Welsh, Irish, and Scottish ancestry and has traveled on personal pilgrimages to ancient monasteries and sacred sites in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Spain, and Germany. He  lives in Titirangi with his wife and two children, and has been involved with Celtic Spirituality and Contemplative Mysticism for over 20 years. Over the years Cian has led personal development and Christian Meditation groups, and conducted rites of passage (baby blessings, weddings/hand-fasting ceremonies, and funerals) as a celebrant.


ABOUT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH OF ANTIOCH

The Catholic Apostolic Church of Antioch was founded in 1958 by Herman Adrian Spruit, who moved from Germany to America when he was 17 years old. Spruit served as a Methodist Minister for over 20 years but longed for the traditions of the Old Catholic Church from his childhood. He resigned from the Methodist Church and began several years of study in the spiritual and mystical traditions.

Spruit was later ordained, then eventually consecrated a bishop on 22nd June 1957 by Charles Hampton, the Regionary Bishop for the Liberal Catholic Church in America. He later exchanged consecrations with other Bishops receiving other lineages. The current Presiding Bishop of the Church is Mark Elliot Newman, who resides in the USA. 

Old Catholic/Liberal Catholic Apostolic SucCesSion

(Primary Succession - Click here for full details)

The primary succession of the Church is via Herman Spruit's principal consecrating Bishop Charles Hampton who was the Regionary Bishop for the Liberal Catholic Church in the USA.  The succession of the Liberal Catholic Church is from the Roman Catholic Church via the Dutch/German Old Catholic Church:

Gerardus Gul, 17th Old Catholic Archbishop of Utrecht on 28 April 1908 consecrated: Arnold Harris Mathew, 4th Earl of Landoff, Regionary Old Catholic Bishop for Great Britain and Ireland (later Archbishop of London), who on 28 October 1914 consecrated: Frederick Samuel Willoughby, who on 23 February 1916 consecrated: James Ingall Wedgwood (1883-1951) as the Regionary Bishop for the Old Catholic Church in England (later Presiding Bishop, Liberal Catholic Church), who on 13 July 1919, assisted by Bishop Charles W. Leadbeater (1854-1934) and Jonkheer Julian Adriaan Mazel (1869-1928), Regionary Bishop for the Netherlands, LCC, on 13 July 1919 consecrated Irving Steiger Cooper (1882-1935), as First Regionary Bishop, Liberal Catholic Church, Province of the United States, who assisted by  Ray Marshall Wardell (1877-1953) and George Sydney Arundale (1878-1945) Liberal Catholic Regionary Bishop for India, on 13th of July 1931 consecrated: Charles Hampton, Second Regionary Bishop of the Liberal Catholic Church, Province of the USA.

Bishop Hampton, thereafter, on 22 June 1957 consecrated: Herman Adrian Spruit, who late became the Primate of The Catholic Apostolic Church of Antioch. The current Presiding Bishop of the Church of Antioch is Mark Elliot Newman was the person who ordained Ciaran from the Chapel of St Columba as a Priest. 

ANGLICAN/BRITISH Succession

Through Archbishop Lowell Paul Wadle Bishop Herman Spruit also received Anglican/British lines of succession. One of the primary lines was through the Episcopal Church (USA) going back to the Scottish Episcopal Church and  the Church of England. Please click link here for a detailed  ANGLICAN SUCCESSION .

SYRIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OF ANTIOCH & THE ANCIENT BRITISH CHURCH

The Catholic Apostolic Church of Antioch also holds apostolic succession through Orthodox lines of succession, most notably via Herman Spruit’s co-consecrating Bishop Lowell Paul Wadle, whose successions go back to Jules Ferrette (1828-1904). Ferrette (Mar Julius), was a French ex Roman Catholic Dominican priest who founded the Catholic Apostolic Church (later renamed the Ancient British Church and Orthodox Celtic Church) after being consecrated in 1866  in Syria by Boutros ibn Salmo Mesko (later Ignatius Peter IV, Patriarch of Antioch and head of the Syrian Orthodox Church).

The consecration was witnessed by the British Consul at Damascus. Ferrette was given the title of 'Bishop of Iona'. Returning to England he received Rev. Richard Williams Morgan, an Anglican priest and Druid, into the tradition. Fr. Morgan, a Welsh nationalist and renowned folklorist, took the name Mar Morien I (the Welsh for Pelagius) on the 22nd June 1879 and set about re-establishing an Ancient British (Celtic) Church, while also continuing his duties as an Anglican Priest. Ferrette and Williams attempted to restore a form of ‘Neo-Celtic Christianity’ in Britain, which they claimed existed in a syncretistic, Druidic form prior to Augustine of Canterbury and the Synod of Whitby. 

The consecration was witnessed by the British Consul at Damascus. Ferrette was given the title of 'Bishop of Iona'. Returning to England he received Rev. Richard Williams Morgan, an Anglican priest and Druid, into the tradition. Fr. Morgan, a Welsh nationalist and renowned folklorist, took the name Mar Morien I (the Welsh for Pelagius) on the 22nd June 1879 and set about re-establishing an Ancient British (Celtic) Church, while also continuing his duties as an Anglican Priest.

The progression of Bishops is: Ferrette - Morgan - Stevens - Chechemian - Martin - Harris - Saul -Maxey - Wadle - Spruit - Spruit/Gundrey - Newman


Previous Bishops in Our Lineage & History