OLD CATHOLIC CONFEDERATION
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Craig J. N. de Paulo is Prelate of the Old Catholic Confederation.
An Honorary Bishop and Canon of St. Bartholomew Cathedral of Wusasa, Kaduna Province of the Church of Nigeria of the Anglican Communion, he is also Prior of St. Willibrord Priory.
Elected a Bishop on July 14, 2013, he was consecrated to the Holy Episcopate by His Grace, The Most Rev. Peter Paul Brennan, assisted by The Rt. Rev. Rodney R. Michel (Assisting Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania) and The Rt. Rev. Dr. William J. Manseau, on September 14, 2013, the Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross, at the Episcopal Church of St. John in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. He was ordained to the Diaconate on March 24, 2007; and to the sacred Priesthood, at the Vigil of the Feast of St. John the Baptist on June 23, 2007.
As Prelate, he has promoted the cause of unity among American Old-Catholics and brought theological clarity to the religious identity of American Old-Catholics. He has defended the rights of Old-Catholics as a religious minority in the United States; and most especially, against the discrimination of American Old-Catholics by the Union of Utrecht. During his tenure, he also developed strong ecclesial relationships between American Old-Catholics and Anglicans around the world, and especially in Africa. He further advanced ecumenical relations between U.S. Old-Catholics and other Christian churches, having served on the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Council of Churches from 2015 to 2020. During this time, he also served as Ecclesiastical Endorser for Old-Catholic clergy serving as Chaplains and Commissioned Officers in the U.S. Armed Forces.
From December 2013 to 2018, Bishop de Paulo also served in a Diplomatic appointment by the Church of the Province of West Africa of the Anglican Communion as Episcopal Commissary in North America. He was first appointed in 2013 by the late Archbishop S. Tilewa Johnson, then Primate and Archbishop of West Africa, and reappointed by His Grace, Archbishop Daniel Sarfo, former Primate and Archbishop of the West Africa. His work resulted in humanitarian aid to West Africa during the Ebola crisis and the advancement of dialogue between the Church of the Province of West Africa and the Episcopal Church in the United States concerning areas of controversy and dissent.
A philosopher, theologian and scholar, Professor de Paulo holds the Ph.D. and Ph.L. degrees from the Pontificia Università Gregoriana in Rome, a M.A. degree in philosophy and theology from Villanova University and a B.A. degree in philosophy from La Salle University. He wrote his doctoral dissertation on the historical and philosophical influence of St. Augustine on Martin Heidegger’s Sein und Zeit, having the renowned Anglican theologian John Macquarrie as a guest reader. He also conducted doctoral research at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, working under the mentorship of the Rev. Professor Tarsicius van Bavel, O.S.A. While an undergraduate, he completed studies in philosophy and literature at the Universitè de Fribourg in Switzerland. Having earned his doctorate at the age of twenty-seven, Professor de Paulo has held several professorial appointments, having lectured at the Gregorian University in Rome, Fordham University, Boston College and Temple University over the last twenty-six years. He has also published many scholarly articles and books, and he continues to lecture widely in Europe and in the United States in various visiting and adjunct appointments.
In recognition of his scholarship and dedication to the Church and the community, Dr. de Paulo has received many honors and awards, including several Decorations and Orders of Knighthood. In recognition of his many years working as an advocate for the homeless, then Governor Paul E. Patton of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, conferred upon him an honorary Commission as Colonel in the Kentucky State Guard and appointed him to the Governor’s Staff in 2002.
Married for twenty-three years, Dr. and Mrs. de Paulo have one son, and they reside together with their cat.