+Bishop Patrick W. Gaffney, M.R.E., M.Div.
Consecration as Bishop on June 6, 2015 - Auxiliary Bishop
Vicar General - Old Catholic Apostolic Church of the Americas
Pastor, Holy Redeemer Church
2110 Christiana Meadows, Bear, DE 19701
302 324-1081 302 562-9616
Ordination: May 23, 1981 by Terrence Cardinal Cook of NY in the Roman Catholic Church.
Consecration: June 6, 2015 by Archbishop Julius L. Licata, Patriarch - OCACA
Since March of 2009; Incardinated Priest of the North American Old Catholic Church (NAOCC): http://www.naoldcatholic.com
Non paid PT positions: Dean of Academic Studies for the NAOCC internet seminary, St. Wolbodo and presently Apostolic Administrator for the Diocese of Delmarva.
Now dissociated with the NAOCC
Masters of Divinity 1982
Masters of Religious Education 1980
Westminster Village, Dove DE 2011-present
Presbyterian Senior Living (150+ Independent, 60 Assisted Living, 60 full Nursing care residents and 200 staff) Pastoral Care of residents and staff. Liturgies are Sunday at 10:30 and three others during the week.
Ministry of Caring, Inc. , Wilmington, DE 2003 -2006
Program Director, Emmanuel Dining Room
Directed large service and food program for the homeless, 1,000 volunteers, facilitated communication between clients and staff, crisis intervention on phone and in person, record keeping, oversee serving 750 meals a day.
Ursuline Academy, Wilmington, DE2001 -2003
Campus Minister, Teacher
Our Lady of Lourdes, Seaford, DE 1993 -1999
Redemptorist Fathers of NY 1982 -1993
Associate, Administrator, Retreat Director, Vocation Director
Ordained transitional deacon, Dec. 1, 2012
The Reverend Brother Gregory Desmond, AF (Anamchara Fellowship) has a degrees in Psychology and has had advanced training at the Philadelphia Center for Psychoanalyst as an analyst. Presently he has had over 38 years of experience with diverse populations. Retired May 1, 2013
Religious formation has taken place in the Education for Ministry, Seminary of the South, Community of Anamchara Fellowship and with the St. Woldobo Seminary under the guidance of Fr. Pat.
Holy Redeemer Parish
Our Church for now primarily does mission work at the Highfield Senior (Masonic Home) in Wilmington, DE. Offering a Liturgy every Sunday at 3 PM.
Plans are afoot for chaplain work, ministry for outdoor clubs and organizations and continued development of centering prayer support groups
Biography of the Rev. Gregory Desmond, Vicar for Religious
Associate Pastor of Holy Redeemer Parish
Vicar For Religious OCACA
The Reverend Fr. Gregory Desmond, AF (Anamchara Fellowship) has a degree in Psychology and has had advanced training at the Philadelphia Center for Psychoanalyst as an analyst. Presently he has had over 38 years of experience with diverse populations. Retired May 1, 2013
Religious formation has taken place in the Education for Ministry, Seminary of the South, Community of Anamchara Fellowship and with the St. Woldobo Seminary under the guidance of Msgr. Patrick Gaffney, the Vicar General of the Old Catholic Apostolic Church of the Americas. Fr. Carl (as he prefers to be known) is the Vicar for Religious of the OCACA and the Associate Pastor of Holy Redeemer Parish in DE. He was ordained a priest by the Archbishop in 2014.
Biography of The Monsignor Doctor Gerald V. Miller, M.S.W., M.Div., Ph.D., Retired
Former Director, Saint Mary’s Center for Pastoral and Psychological Care, Clergy Development, and Church Leadership.
Monsignor Miller has been in religious life for fifty seven years. In, 1959 He entered Marist Hall, the minor seminary of the Marist Teaching Brothers, Cold Springs, NY, at the age of thirteen. He graduated with honors in 1963. He attended St Joseph’s Novitiate, Tyngsboro, MA, from 1963-1965. On the Feast of the Assumption, August 15, 1965, he pronounced vows as a Marist Teaching Brother He attended West Liberty State University and was awarded a B.A. in Theology and Philosophy in May, 1970. He served the Church as a Marist Teaching Brother until 1972. In that year he received a Masters in Divinity (M.Div.) from Marian Theological Institute. Answering the call to priesthood, Monsignor Miller was ordained on the Feast of the Assumption, August 15, 1972.
Monsignor Miller continued his education and was granted a Masters in Social Work (MSW) from West Virginia University in 1974. A dual Ph.D. in clinical and organizational psychology was conferred in 1978 from Union Institute and University.
Monsignor Miller’s entire fifty seven years of religious life has been dedicated to pastoral and psychological care, clergy development, and church leadership. He is a Certified Pastoral Counselor (CPC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and a Ph.D. Psychologist.
In addition to serving as Director of St. Mary’s Center for Pastoral and Psychological Care, Clergy Development, and Church Leadership, Monsignor Miller has taught at various universities and seminaries. He taught seminaries at Washington Theological Union and was awarded the honorary title of Theologian by the seminary. In addition, he taught at Catholic University, Washington, DC. He is presently a Professor of Pastoral Care and Church Leadership at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC.
Monsignor Miller has numerous publications in the fields of pastoral and psychological care and church leadership. He is presently working on his second book, Pastoral Counseling: Where One Encounters the Enormity of God’s Love. It is scheduled for publication by Paulist Press in 2013.
Monsignor Miller was born on March 22, 1945, the third of eight children to Ethel and Robert Miller of Wheeling, WV. They were a dairy farming family that did the chores for God and knell for the rosary every Saturday and Mass every Sunday at St. Theresa of the Little Flower. The family was always religious and observant Catholics. And thus, from that background, Monsignor Miler was given and answered the call to religious life. Monsignor Miller received his call early in his life at the age of thirteen. He has often been asked, “What could you have known at such a young age?” He answer has been, “When the call comes, the call comes. I simply followed the call of God and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. I have been following this call for fifty seven years. It was right and fitting to answer the call at thirteen!” All of his brothers, sisters, in-laws, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews reside in WV.
Monsignor Miller believing that it is was wrong to exclude women from the clergy; rejecting people due to their sexual identities; and declining married priests, chose to join the Old Catholic Apostolic Church of the Americas in 2012.
Biography of The Very Rev. David Breiner
Vicar for Liturgy - Old Catholic Apostolic Church of the Americas
Associate Pastor, Cathedral Parish of St. Jude
Father David Breiner was born in Allentown, PA on November 21, 1958 to Richard and Agnes (nee Gabler) Breiner. David is the third of four children. He has an older brother Mark (married to Beth with a son, Matthew); an older sister Mary (married to Steve Tarnock with two children, Sarah Rose and Stephen) and a younger brother Lawrence aka “Ozzie” (married to Vicki with two sons, Jack and Ben).
Father David grew up in Bethlehem PA and attended Notre Dame of Bethlehem Roman Catholic Church, where he also attended elementary school. He attended Bethlehem Catholic High School and graduated in 1976.
Father David entered the seminary for the Diocese of Allentown in 1976 at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Philadelphia, PA. In 1978 David was sent to The Pontifical Roman Seminary in Rome. He returned from Italy in 1979 and left the seminary and completed his BA studies at Moravian College in Bethlehem. Father David eventually returned to the seminary, received his M.Div. from Mary Immaculate Seminary in Northampton, PA, and was ordained a priest for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Allentown on June 4, 1988.
Father David was assigned as Associate Pastor at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Bethlehem, PA. While having a very positive experience as a priest, Father David left the Roman Catholic priesthood in 1990. Following employment in retail and sales, Father David was hired by KidsPeace in 1994. KidsPeace provides mental health services to children and adolescents in need. Father David has served in many different positions at KidsPeace, including Supervisor of Family Based Services, Director of Organizational Development and Training, and now serves as Program Director for the KidsHaven Program which serves unaccompanied minors who seek a better life here in the United States. David celebrated his 20th anniversary at KidsPeace in January of 2014.
In May of 2004 Father David graduated from Marywood University with a Masters in Social Work. Father David is a licensed social worker and a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Social Workers, PA Chapter.
Because of his association with Patriarch Julius Licata as coworkers at KidsPeace, Father David became aware of the Old Catholic Apostolic Church of the Americas. Father David joined the Cathedral Parish of St. Jude in 2012. Through the encouragement of the Patriarch, and prayerful reflection, Father David petitioned for incardination into the Church and was accepted as a priest in November of 2014. Father David serves as the Associate Pastor of the Cathedral Parish of St. Jude.
The Very Rev. Msgr. John Paul Blankenship
Msgr. John Paul has been active in ministry for over 50 years. He is a dedicated and valued member of our church and has offered himself to the Lord in many ways over these many 50+ years. He was honored with the title of Msgr. some 5 years ago in recognition of all he has given.
Msgr. was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest and served as Pastor of several parishes, being charged with actually started parishes and building churches for the Diocese of Richmond. He was then sent as chaplain to a Prison where he worked with the inmates bringing them the Lord and helping them to turn their lives around by accepting the Lord.
Msgr. is now retired and travels much. He is a treasure and we are blessed to have him with us.