Bishop LeBlanc's Pastoral Statement and Autobiography
Pastorally I focus on the individual, within an existentialist philosophical and theological perspective. Each individual takes a unique walk in faith. As a Bishop I must respect that walk and will work with individuals within their understanding of faith and their concerns about religion and spirituality.
I have been influenced by the writings of The Rt. Rev. John Shelby Spong, Father Joseph Girzone, and the Jesus Seminar. As a result I am theologically very liberal. My life and spirituality was impacted, significantly, through my five years as a monastic with the Order of the Most Holy Trinity. The charism of that religious order, "redemptive charity" is the charism I enact in my ministry. I am very grateful to the OSST family for the strong spiritual foundation that they provided, which now enhances my ministry.
A soul must not be lost because of the organized structural construct of religion. Therefore my ministry as a Bishop is to work with you so that your spiritual needs are met. I may not grow a large following, but the souls I touch will be carefully ministered to out of respect and God's Love!
Consecrated January 18, 2003 by The Most Rev. Dr. Mark Shirilau at Davenport, Iowa at the MCCQC for The Ecumenical Catholic Church. Bishop Shirilau traces his consecrations to Bishop Duarte Costa, a former Roman Catholic Bishop.
-Ed.D. University of Sarasota (Education)
-M.A. Idaho State University (Sociology)
-M.P.A. Consortium of The California State University (Public Administration)
-M.A. Atlantic University [Transprersonal Studies (Transpersonal/Spiritual Psychology)
-B.S. Towson State University (Psychology)
-M.S. California Coast University (Psychology)
-M.A. Aspen University (Psychology - Addictions and Counseling)
-Monastic ---Order of the Most Holy Trinity [Theological, Scriptural, Religious Studies]
-Clinical Training in a Pastoral Setting -- Eastern Idaho Pastoral Care Center
I enjoy providing the sacraments to those denied by other denominations. The sacraments belong to the people of God and should not be denied to those who genuinely request them. I hope to open a pastoral care center in the future. If you would like to assist with this goal, please contact me. Eventually, financial assistance will be needed. I also hope to lead private or small group retreats. I will combine this with spiritual counseling and direction. I have presented workshops on "finding one's spiritual path" and will continue this in the future. Finally, I will always celebrate the Mass in a small faith community. Providing a respite for wondering soul seems to be part of my vocation.