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2013 Convocation in Togo

Her Excellency, Dr (Mrs) Abiodun Isa Yuguda, former Bauchi State (Nigeria) First Lady with Dr Luke Okojie, who earned his doctorate from the University

Photographs from the 2016 Convocation in Togo

The African Convocation of the University for 2016 was held in Togo. As well as our graduates who were presented with their degrees, a number of honorands received honorary degrees from the University.

The J.S.M. Ward Society is featured in The Square magazine

The J.S.M. Ward Society, a constituent society of the Apostolic Episcopal Church and a research centre of the University, has provided the cover feature of the June edition of The Square, the independent quarterly magazine for Freemasons. In his article, Warren D. Pilkington gives an introduction to the nature and aims of the Society and discusses both Ward’s life and his considerable involvement in Freemasonry.

The editor of The Square is Dr Mike Kearsley, who is a Professorial Fellow of the University.

Call for Papers: Journal “Socrates”

Journal “Socrates” is an international multi-lingual multi-disciplinary refereed and indexed scholarly journal produced as part of the Harvard Dataverse Network.

Inspired by Unesco`s proclamation of last year as a year of Aristotle we provide an opportunity for scholars around the world to write about the hottest topics in the area of ancient Greek philosophy. This call is open to all those engaged in social sciences and humanities or are active in various scientific organizations.

All terms and conditions you can find on our official site, as well as the Research Paper Format/template acceptable for our Journal.

Deadline for submissions of papers is June 23.

The language is English.

The papers you can submit online or after downalding the Research Paper Format/template on email address:

Topics must include the most important aspects of ancient Greek philosophy, but a specific area that will process by the author is miscellaneous.

After peer review of our Editorial Team the best papers will be included in the upcoming Issue. 

Editor of the Issue “Ancient Greek Philosophy” is Olivera Z. Mijuskovic.

Sincerely yours,

Editorial Team of the Journal “Socrates”

Western Orthodox University graduates have the opportunity to join the Institute of Management Specialists

Join the Institute of Management Specialists

The Institute of Management Specialists – – is a 47 year old professional (UK) body, which recognises the education and knowledge skills of managers in their various specialised fields.

It has four grades of membership – Associate, Full, Fellow and Companion and recognises member specialisations in over 20 fields.

The Institute invites graduates of Western Orthodox University (and its merged institution European-American University) with a generic or specialised Bachelor degree in the area of Management to apply for Full membership grade of the Institute of Management Specialists and those with a MBA or Master in a Specialised Management area to apply for Fellow Membership.

For further information email:

The Orthodox Catholic Review

Originally published as the organ of the Catholicate of the West from 1945-53, the Orthodox Catholic Review has recently been revived as an occasional internet journal of opinion on subjects of interest to the University. The editor and principal author is the University’s Dean of International Development, Professor Luca Scotto di Tella de’ Douglas.

Partnership between the Western Orthodox University and Kingson Institute, Ghana

The Western Orthodox University has appointed Kingson Management and Health Institute in Accra, Ghana, as an International Partner of the University. This status allows the Institute to prepare its students for validated programmes at their campus leading to degrees awarded by the University under its incorporation in the Commonwealth of Dominica.

The Kingson Institute is led by Professor Aina Joseph Olusola, who received his Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees from European-American University (which merged into the Western Orthodox University at the end of 2016).

Further information about the Institute is provided here.

All Saints College merges with the Western Orthodox University

The merger of All Saints College, Dublin, with the Western Orthodox University has been announced. All Saints College was established by the Apostolic Episcopal Church and offered higher education programs in theology and other areas. As a consequence of the merger, the University will take on all responsibilities for students and alumni of the College, including alumni of the former European-American University. The merger has been approved by the Anglican Association of Colleges and Schools, which accredited both institutions.

Organisational summary of groups descending from Arnold Harris Mathew

abp-mathewAmong the churches and related groups that trace their origins to historic roots in Old (Roman) Catholicism, the majority assert descent through either Arnold Harris Mathew (1852-1919) (pictured left), who was in 1908 consecrated as Old Catholic Regionary Bishop of Great Britain and Ireland by bishops of the Union of Utrecht of the Old Catholic Churches, or through Joseph René Vilatte (1854-1929), who was in 1892 consecrated as Archbishop Metropolitan of the Old Catholic Church of America by bishops of the Syrian Orthodox Patriarchate. The latter have already been dealt with by way of an organisational summary in the work “Joseph René Vilatte (1854-1929): Some Aspects of his Life, Work and Succession“.

The role of an organisational summary is important in tracing the jurisdictional authority of given churches. Both Archbishops Mathew and Vilatte believed in the regional or specialized church as an organized and hierarchical unit within the wider context of the undivided One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. They were not ecclesiastical anarchists, who believed in or condoned bishops embracing independence for its own sake. In the case of Vilatte, whose work was that of church planting on several continents, and the giving of Apostolic commission to missions that had been without a bishop of their own, it is clear that his intention was to establish structured and duly constituted communions of an Orthodox and Catholic character. Mathew’s intention was less widespread and more locally centred, and of necessity involved a much smaller group of adherents, but was nonetheless concerned with establishing a church that would offer an alternative home for those drawn to Western Orthodoxy and a Catholic viewpoint within the Anglican Communion.

Previous attempts to trace the jurisdictional ramifications of the missions established by these two forefathers have included Karl Pruter’s “Old Catholic Sourcebook” (Garland, 1983) and the various directories of American religious groups compiled by J. Gordon Melton which have included brief narrative histories. These publications have concentrated on the United States, and the present offering is the first to include a number of the British and Continental groups in question. Such a task is made complex by the repeated division of the communions in question through schism, and yet it is an important way to understand these groups. It has become modish to disregard the importance of jurisdiction and point only to Apostolic Succession, claiming either along the lines of the Society of Pius X that in the absence of explicit jurisdiction ecclesia supplet, or indeed that jurisdiction is an outdated concept altogether. These arguments would have been rejected outright not only by Mathew and Vilatte but also by several generations of bishops who succeeded them, who would have pointed out that to abandon jurisdiction is to abandon any claim to be Orthodox or Catholic. The erroneous assumption that the original missions established by these prelates are long since extinct has also been encountered. In fact, jurisdictional succession is one of the few aspects that provides a reliable basis for the study of the movement as a distinct response to the First Vatican Council and thereby part of Old Catholicism as a distinct phenomenon, rather than as part of the “new religious movements” categorisation, which is an unhappy fit with the predominantly conservative majority of Old Catholic churches outside the Utrecht Union.

None of this is to deny that individuals, whether or not they hold Holy Orders that can be traced back to any specific prelate, might not found new communions and declare them to be Old Catholic in practice. Indeed, such new churches may, in substance and mission, not only be the equal but the superior of those with valid jurisdictional claims to Old Catholicism. It does not appear that the Union of Utrecht requires as a condition of churches that enter discussion seeking affiliation that they should be able to prove jurisdictional continuity from a given Catholic or any other parent body. And of course it is possible for new groups to be validated jurisdictionally by established jurisdictions, which may extend them a charter or otherwise incorporate them. Where these matters are treated with indifference, however, it is clear that the mark of the authentic church is absent. And where proven jurisdictional descent is present, it not only indicates a valid claim to ecclesiastical authority but merits a greater degree of serious attention by the scholar since it will generally indicate the repository of both oral history and archival materials.

This work is not the last in this series, and it is hoped that others will follow at a later stage that will deal with the remaining groups of jurisdictions that trace their origins to a single bishop.

>>Organisational summary of groups descending from Arnold Harris Mathew, by John Kersey (pdf file)

Further accreditation for the Western Orthodox University


Following the recent decision of the Commission on Accreditation of the Anglican Association of Colleges and Schools, the Western Orthodox University has been awarded the status of Accredited Member of the Association. The following is the agreed form of wording used to describe the University’s status:

The Western Orthodox University is an accredited member of the Anglican Association of Colleges and Schools. Accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of the Anglican Association of Colleges and Schools serves as a means of peer recognition among institutions providing Christian education within the United States and abroad, and confirms that an institution has met the Commission’s standards for effective operation.

Established in 2016, the Anglican Association of Colleges and Schools is the umbrella body for the educational institutions of the Apostolic Episcopal Church, the parent church of the University. The Apostolic Episcopal Church was founded in 1925 and has been recognized by the Statutes of the State of New York, USA, since 1932.