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GOVERNANCE

The Archbishop

Elected by the Synod from the number of its members by secret ballot to a term of office of nine years, the Archbishop is the executive head of, and presides over the meetings of the Synod. The Archbishop oversees the liturgical and ecclesiastical affairs of the Church as its chief governing Primate.

Episcopal Synod

The Church is governed by an Episcopal Synod consisting of all active bishops of the Church in good standing. This Synod is charged with and shall control the general government and administration of the affairs of the Church

Provinces/Regions

Each Country wherein a body of the Church is found is termed a “Province” or Region of the Church, and the ranking Bishop within that Province serves as its “Regionary” Bishop, or Primate. The Archbishop serves as Regionary Bishop for those Provinces with no current resident Bishop.

Diocese

Administratively, dioceses usually follow local boundaries such as states, and they generally center on a prominent city within that territory. A diocese also is sometimes called a See, a term linked with the official seat of the bishop (referred to as the Diocesan Bishop or “Ordinary”) and referring to their territory or charge. Within the Church, dioceses are autonomous churches limited only to the authority of the Archbishop, and cooperating through the General Episcopal Synod.

Parish Priest

The Parish Priest, ordained by and representing the Bishop Ordinary and serving at the ratification of the local body, runs the local parish and meets its members sacramental needs.

Coven/Cenacle/Study Group Leader

Organizer of a local Luxumbrian body that has not yet reached Parish status. Organizes gatherings, and serves as liaison between the group and the local Ordinary.