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Rev. John A. Herzog

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Phone: (978) ***-****  HQ Phone
St Stephens Lowell
279 West 6 Th St
Lowell , Massachusetts 01850
United States


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Saint Stephen's Anglican Church, Lowell, 1 June 2013 [cached]
Rev. John Herzog who is our Bishop and our Cathedral is in Scarborough New YorkBishop
Presiding Bishop, 9 Feb 2010 [cached]
Rev. John A. Herzog, OSA
The Rt. Rev. John A. Herzog, Presiding Bishop of the American Anglican Church, was born in Broad Channel, New York to Joseph Charles and Miriam Lyder Herzog on January 19.1932.
American Anglicans see selves as 'continuing churches', 16 Nov 2003 [cached]
Bishop John Herzog insists that he doesn't take any pleasure in the widening cracks that threaten to split the Episcopal Church.But he doesn't hold out much hope for the church in which he grew up, either, and he would advise those who can't abide the recent consecration of an openly gay bishop to do what he did.
"We do not rejoice in the splitting of the Episcopal Church," Herzog said."But we do rejoice that some will follow the scripture of Christ and go elsewhere.The Episcopal Church is trying to be a political party instead of a church.Can't do it."
When Herzog left in 1983, he didn't become an evangelical Christian or join the Roman Catholic Church.He turned to a largely unknown movement of small, independent, traditionalist Anglican churches in the United States that began to take off when the Episcopal Church decided to recognize the ordination of women as priests in 1976.
Today, Herzog is presiding bishop of the American Anglican Church, which includes a dozen parishes in seven states, including the one he pastors, Holy Innocents Anglican Church in Briarcliff Manor.They are part of a movement of about 450 traditionalist Anglican parishes in the nation that not only live apart from the Episcopal Church, but do not recognize the archbishop of Canterbury, the leader of the official, worldwide Anglican Communion.
These churches worship in a kind of parallel Anglican universe.They call themselves "continuing" churches because they believe that they, not the Anglican Communion, which includes the Episcopal Church, are continuing to worship and live as early church leaders intended.
"We believe that the Episcopal Church left us by going in an ultra-liberal direction," said Herzog, 71, a retired New York Telephone Co. manager who entered the seminary at 45, just as the debate over women's ordination began to heat up."While in seminary, I could see that the church had a feminist agenda rather than a Christian agenda."
Herzog is now watching from the sideline as the Episcopal Church contends with perhaps its most controversial and divisive step, the Nov. 2 consecration of V. Gene Robinson as the first openly gay Episcopal bishop.
Not surprisingly, Herzog expects that some orthodox Episcopalians will find their way to the continuing Anglican churches.
"People come to us who are disappointed in their church," he said.
But the Rev. Eric Cosentino, rector of the Episcopal Church of the Divine Love in Montrose and a longtime friend of Herzog's, said the Episcopal Church is almost certain to lose members, some to the continuing Anglican churches.
"There is no doubt that in the short run, the continuing Anglican churches will grow," said Cosentino, who is committed to stemming the Episcopal Church's liberalism from within."In the long run, my hope is that our grappling with these issues will shake things up.I even hope that someday the continuing churches will come back to the Anglican Communion.It's a shame that we don't have someone like John Herzog."
Herzog, who is married, with three daughters and four grandchildren, offers the classic orthodox positions in an Anglican frame.He does not take a literal reading of the Bible as evangelicals might, but says that deconstructing every passage can leave the Good Book as nothing more than a fairy tale.
"The Bible has to be read in totality," he said.
Herzog leads a small congregation of 25 to 50 people that meets in a former stable purchased in 1999.It had to be rebuilt from a fire several years before.An elegant, mostly white chapel is now located where horse carriages were once stored.Upstairs, there are bedrooms for visiting seminarians who come for training as throwback Anglicans.
Herzog periodically visits the scattered parishes of the American Anglican Church.
Rev. Bishop John A. Herzog, ..., 23 Jan 2012 [cached]
Rev. Bishop John A. Herzog, who is the Primus of the American Anglican Church, the larger oversight body to which St. Stephens' Church is affiliated to.
In the brief email, which was a reply to the three pastors who had emailed the Bishop requesting permission to attend the nationalistic-cum Christian celebrations, Bishop Herzog denied the request, maintaining that the decision to expel them was made in consultation with the long serving and well known pastor of the church, Rev. Samuel Ngige Kimohu.
"In regard to your email of March 29, 2011 your request is denied," said Rev. Herzog in the email obtained by Ajabu Media.
Rt. Rev. Bishop John A. Herzog, barred 3 kenyan pastors from attending upcoming community celebrations at the Saint Stephens church.
When reached for a comment, Rev. Kimuhu was tight-lipped on the issue deferring the media to Bishop Herzog who wrote the expulsion emails and subsequent denial to attend the community celebrations.
It was Bishop Herzog who did it and he had his own reasons.
However, pressed on how Bishop Herzog did the expulsions which according to the emails were done in consultation with him, Rev. Kimohu said that his comments can only come later after the Bishop talks on the issue as protocol demands.
When contacted, Bishop Herzog took responsibility for banning the three pastors from attending the meeting on the basis of the previous decision by the House of bishops of the American Anglican church that deemed the pastors no longer part of Saint Stephens' Church.
"We expelled them because they called a Bishop from a different church who came and ordained them as priests while still members in the American Anglican church," said Bishop Herzog in a phone interview with Ajabu Africa News.
He said that regardless of the fact that the event on Sunday the 17'th of April will be a Kenyan community event, letting the pastors into saint Stephens church may pose a risk of undermining the peace at the church and will also open a door for them to come back another day and form a habit of frequenting the church because a crack was opened for them to slide through.
Rev. Kamau was ordained as a deacon under the American Anglican church by Bishop Herzog in 2008 at a ceremony that took place at the Saint Stephens' Church.
We do not operate that way and had I known about it before, I would have stopped those ordinations from taking place at the Saint Stephens's Church," said Bishop Herzog during the interview with Ajabu Africa News.
Rev. John Herzog of the ..., 17 Sept 2008 [cached]
Rev. John Herzog of the American Anglican Church conducted the ordination that was attended by close to 400 worshippers from various denominations.
Rev. John Herzog who startled Kenyans in attendance by greeting them in Kiswahili.
"That's all Kiswahili I know", Rev Herzog said in rejoinder , sending the Kenyans applauding loudly.
In his homily, Rev. Herzog recounted the days when a few Kenyans met him at a location in Acton, MA and expressed the desire to start a Church. He noted that because of their refusal to give up, the church has now grown so much and achieved so much success.
He said that it was an excellent example to all aspiring Christians and pastors. "God uses the weak in the world to change the strong, and the strong to change the weak, so never give up in the ministry, Rev. Herzog advised the soon to be Rev. Horrace Kamau.
He then proceeded to conduct the ordination ceremony assisted by over seven Anglican Church leaders from the Kenyan Community in Massachusetts.
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