The Four Marks of the Church, also known as the Attributes of the Church, describes four distinctive adjectives of traditional Christian ecclesiology as expressed in the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed completed at the First Council of Constantinople in AD 381:
" We believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church".
"I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on Earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on Earth shall be loosed in heaven." Jesus to Peter in the Gospel of Matthew, 16:19 The crossed gold and silver keys of the Holy See symbolize the keys of Simon Peter, representing the power of the papal office to lose and bind. The triple crown papal tiara symbolizes the triple power of the pope as "father of kings", "governor of the world" and "Vicar of Christ". The gold cross on a monde (globe) surmounting the tiara symbolizes the sovereignty of Jesus.
The Catholic Church, sometimes called the Roman Catholic Church, is the largest Christian church body.
Catholic Church may also refer to One of the 24 particular churches sui iuris that form the Catholic Church.
Please note that Eric Michel is not an ordained priest, he is an ordained Christian Minister (Pastor). Catholicism is the faith. He is referred to the senior bishop as the Presiding Bishop, but within the denomination, he is informally referred to as the Archbishop
The Title Archbishop is the chief pastor and primate, ecumenical officer of the church and the leader and caretaker for the bishops of the synods. The chairs of the Church Assembly and provides for the preparation of agendas for the assembly, the Church Council and its executive committee permanent synod, the House of Bishops, and the Cabinet of Executives directors.
The Archbishop of the EMMI is elected for life, he is charged with initiating policy, developing strategy and overseeing the administration of the entire church. The Archbishop also serves as a figurehead and speaks on behalf of the entire church.
Ecclesiastical polity is the operational and governance structure of EMMI a Christian denomination. It also denotes the ministerial structure of a church and the authority relationships between churches. Polity relates closely to ecclesiology, the study of doctrine and theology relating to church organization.
Episcopal polity is a hierarchical form of church governance ("ecclesiastical polity") in which the chief local authorities are called bishops. (The word "bishop" derives, via the British Latin and Vulgar Latin term *ebiscopus/*biscopus, from the Ancient Greek ἐπίσκοπος epískopos meaning "overseer".) It is the structure used by many of the major Christian Churches and denominations, such as the Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Church of the East, Anglican, Lutheran and Methodist churches or denominations, and other churches founded independently from these lineages.
Churches with an episcopal polity are governed by bishops, practising their authorities in the dioceses and conferences or synods. Their leadership is both sacramental and constitutional; as well as performing ordinations, confirmations, and consecrations, the bishop supervises the clergy within a local jurisdiction and is the representative both to secular structures and within the hierarchy of the church. Bishops are considered to derive their authority from an unbroken, personal apostolic succession from the Twelve Apostles of Jesus. Bishops with such authority are said to represent the historical episcopate or historic episcopate. Churches with this type of government usually believe that the Church requires episcopal government as described in the New Testament (see 1 Timothy 3 and 2 Timothy 1). In some systems, bishops may be subject in limited ways to bishops holding a higher office (variously called archbishops, metropolitans, or patriarchs, depending upon the tradition). They also meet in councils or synods. These gatherings, subject to presidency by higher ranking bishops, usually make important decisions, though the synod or council may also be purely advisory.
For much of the written history of institutional Christianity, episcopal government was the only known form of church organization. This changed during the Reformation. Many Protestant churches are now organized by either congregational or presbyterian church polities, both descended from the writings of John Calvin, a Protestant reformer working and writing independently following the break with the Catholic Church precipitated by The Ninety-Five Theses of Martin Luther. However. some people have disputed the episcopal polity before the reformation, such as Aerius of Sebaste in the 4th century.
Chaplain Eric Michel is known by different titles or ranks: Chief of Department, Director or Commander
We at EMMI-FAICL use Commander
A chaplain is a cleric attached to a secular institution such as a hospital, prison, military unit, intelligence agency, embassy, school, labour union, business, police department, fire department, university, sports club, or private chapel.
Area of the EMMI-FAICL Chaplaincy
Fire departments: Chaplains working with fire departments provide the same kind of support as chaplains working with law enforcement agencies, and sometimes face even greater danger working with the wounded in often very dangerous surroundings.
Prison chaplains can be a "safety valve, through listening and pro-social intervention" in potentially explosive situations. They also reduce recidivism by linking offenders to positive community resources, and in the work they do to help offenders change their hearts, minds and directions. The chaplaincy services to the offenders, staff and their respective families, both in penitentiaries and in the community, We are a community Chaplaincy that consists of supporting offenders and their families as they re-enter society. We serve out of a deep sense of vocation and conviction and offer a wide variety of assistance. respects the dignity of individuals, and the rights of all members of society, and believes in the potential for human growth and development. respects the social, cultural and religious differences of individual offenders. recognizes that offenders have the potential to live as law-abiding citizens. The chaplaincy services to offenders, staff and their respective families, both in penitentiaries and in the community. We serve out of a deep sense of vocation and conviction and offer a wide variety of assistance.
Veterinary chaplains serve people and their animals, ministering with regard to the spirituality associated with animals and their connections with humans. A major function is grief support and prayer. Other services include hospice support while animals are cared for near the end of their lives; support in animal health crises, including at the veterinary hospital; conducting services for animal blessings, naming/adopting ceremonies, and end-of-life celebration ceremonies. Veterinary chaplains may also offer sermons and spiritual guidance on the human/animal bond and our responsibilities toward animals, and some may visit nursing homes and hospitals with therapeutic animal assistants. Other veterinary chaplains may provide blessings for animal care workers; assist with human/animal communication; and offer alternative healing for animals such as animal Reiki or acupuncture.
Environmental chaplaincy is an emerging field within chaplaincy. Environmental chaplains (also known as eco-chaplains, Earth chaplains, and nature chaplains) provide spiritual care in a way that honours humanity's deep connection to the earth. Environmental chaplains hold many roles. They may support people working on the frontlines of issues like climate change or other environmental issues or they may support people impacted by industrial or other disasters by providing pastoral care, presence, and rituals. Environmental chaplains may also bear witness to the Earth itself and represent the merging of science and spirituality. Their role can be to "usher in a new conscience and consciousness to find contentment, the appreciation of inner riches over outer wealth, quality over quantity" using universally appreciated values, such as honesty and vision.
Hospitals, nursing homes and hospices chaplains assist with the spiritual, religious, and emotional needs of patients, families and staff. Chaplains are often employed at residential care facilities for the elderly (RCFE) and skilled nursing facilities (SNF) as well. Chaplains care for people of all faiths and no faith. In mental health work, chaplains are highly skilled, working with other therapists as part of a multi-disciplinary team, especially where the patient's mental health is associated with their religiosity, or where their mental well-being can be aided by spiritual care. In Canada, healthcare chaplains may be certified by the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care.
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Mychal Fallon Judge (born Robert Emmett Judge; May 11, 1933 – September 11, 2001), was an American Franciscan friar and Catholic priest who served as a chaplain to the New York City Fire Department. While serving in that capacity he was killed, becoming the first certified fatality of the September 11 attacks
EMAILS FROM OR TO : Application for The Emergency Medical Chaplain Association
On Mon, Oct 29, 2012, at 4:55 PM,
Sorry for the delay and in correspondence with Anna Angel we are excited to welcome you as the latest member into the ministry. I am working on your certificate and letter of acceptance other information and will get them mailed to you later this week.
Sent: Monday, September 17, 2012 7:57 PM
Subject: Re: Application for The Emergency Medical Chaplain Association
I have recieved your background information and will process the application and I dont see any problems, I found very interesting that we have very similar backgrounds. Give me a little time and I will get with the Angels as well, Mr. Angel is still hospitalized but doing some better. Please keep in contact with me.
From: Rev Eric Michel
Sent: Monday, April 23, 2012 11:43 AM
To: Rev. William Garrison
Subject: Application for The Emergency Medical Chaplain Association
Rev. William Garrison
Founder and CEO
The Emergency Medical Chaplain Association
39471 Schuler Mountain Road
Chilhowie, Virginia 24319
Good day Rev. Garrison,
This is my official application and also by the same email my certificates.
Ordained on Dec 7, 1987 I’m a Bivocational Pastor, my main vocation is to help people in phase they are living and started in that field in 1993 as a Street Outreach Worker
All my certificates are in French and I wrote in English under each the translation....
From: Rev Eric Michel
Sent: Saturday, April 21, 2012 10:50 PM
Subject: The Emergency Medical Chaplains Assoc.
Good day, Rev. Garrison,
I am interested in your association, I’m ordained since 1988 and chaplain since 2010, I'm a non-denomination Catholic and I’m looking to be a member of a Chaplain Association, I can’t get into any because I’m Canadian and I need to be able to work in the United States or resident in Canada in need a letter of my superior but I work alone as a self worker. As a Veteran, I do have a secret security clearance so I can walk into any military base if someone needs me, as a community chaplain I go where my people are prison, hospital, their home etc. on your web page it doesn’t have any information for membership excepted emailing you...
Looking forward to a favourable answer,
Rev Eric M. Gagnon Pasteur Célébrant
Aumônier Communautaire / Community Chaplain
Box 25006 PO: des Forges Trois-Rivieres, QC. G8Y 1V7
Mariage, renouvèlements de vœux, anniversaires de mariage, baptêmes et funérailles
Wedding,vow renewal, wedding anniversary, baptisms and funerals