Revd. Eric Michel 

Third Order Franciscans

Catholic Minister

The Most Reverend Eric Gagnon, Phyl.D., D.Div., Th.D., Archbishop Primus of the Eric Michel Ministries International, which includes the Interdenominational Assembly of Churches Ministry, an international association of churches and para-churches; Director of Footsteps of Jesus Seminary and Bible Academy, Commander of EMMI Chaplaincy; Co-Founder of New Hope Ministry & Missions, founder of Canadian Harverstime  Bible Academy and the FAICL.

Most Rev. Eric Michel, Master Chaplain.

French-born in Gatineau (Hull), Quebec in 1951, He is a father and grandfather, a Bivocational Pastor and Founder and Commander of the Eric Michel Ministries International -1987, and the Chaplaincy founded in 2010.

Since 1966, Rev Eric Michel is on a quest for knowledge in a variety of subjects: new discoveries, science, astronomy, medicine, geology etc. But his main passion is history, religions and spirituality with a search for the truth in paranormal, holly scriptures and in historical and scientific facts

Ordained in 1988,  working in the community, devoting himself helping people since an oath as a wolf cub pack member (Boy Scout) in 1960 and has never stopped since. A large part of his life was giving his spare time to the community as a volunteer and member of many non-profit organizations (more than 20), in which he got involved as a member of boards with titles of director, Vice-President and President. Also sitting at round tables of social comity for the well-being of the community in different aspects regarding health, socially and most important their primary necessity.


He was appointed chaplain on July 30th, 2011, because he has credentials in a spiritual way, adding to his life experiences and studies. He is a professional outreach worker in which he work for 7 years as a Travailleur de Rue  (Street Outeach Worker) at the Centre d'Intervention et Prevention en Toxicomanie de l”Outaouais.

Academic Background:


Training Computer Related

Social Intervention

Good Samaritan and St John Ambulance

EMMI-FAICL Road Warriors Chaplaincy Samaritan

First Aids Training

 By the Red Cross, St John Ambulance, Le Régiment de Hull (RCAC), the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires

Qualifications Saint John Ambulance

Clergy Member 1978 to 2022 


Author: Dennis Giguere 

1970 - 1973

Le Régiment de Hull (RCAC) is a Primary Reserve armoured reconnaissance regiment of the Canadian Army. The regiment is based in the Hull sector of Gatineau, Quebec, near Ottawa, Ontario. Active in all aspects of the day-to-day life of Outaouais residents, the unit is the only francophone military presence in the area.

Currently, it is organized into two distinct squadrons: C/S Squadron (Commandement et Services) is made up of the logistical and administrative support staff as well as a holding platoon for new recruits and, D Squadron is the reconnaissance squadron, to which most of the members of the unit belong.

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Reconnaissance Troop, Régiment de Hull, Camp Valcartier, 1976. The Regiment in its new role as a reconnaissance unit, on the Lynx.

Author: Dennis Giguere 

Franciscan at Heart

Franciscan Abbey of the Immanuel Communion of Love (FAICL) a part of the Third Order of Saint Francis Ministry (OFE)

We are a body of Christians who are followers of Christ in the footsteps of Francis, Anthony and Clare of the Franciscan Order.


Our Order is a group of men and women of Christian Catholic Independent under a Chart of the Order of Franciscans Ecumenical. We are an order of men and women who have dedicated themselves to following the footsteps of Saint Francis. Our members serve as Chaplain Ministers in the community and work in capacities in helping the needy.

We are a loving order that does not discriminate based on age, race, physical capabilities, marital status, employment or social status. 

We do not live in a monastery, friary or convent, and we do not require our members to give up their jobs or move away from their homes, friends, and families. We will not ask you to make a life-changing sacrifice to belong to our Order.

Our way of conduct is in our Rule of Life, based on the Original Rule, established in 1221, for the First Order of Franciscans. 

We strive to lead our lives according to the words and work of Christ, following the example and spirituality of our fraternal father, Saint Francis of Assisi.

Our traditional Vows are the following:

We are a Christian Catholic Chaplaincy located on the north shore of Montreal, Quebec. We are in the Association within the District 01 Canada in the Interdenominational Assembly of Churches Ministry affiliated in Africa, America and Asia.

Those who have an open mind and an honest heart are welcome. We don't discriminate based on race, gender, nationality, sexual orientation or identification, ethnicity, or disability. Our sacraments, including the fullness of Holy Orders, are available to all baptized.

The FAICL carries on the mission of Christ by expressing our faith publicly. In communion with other Christian denominations proclaiming the Good News. God's help and the blessing of our Archbishop, we like to spread joy and happiness among our brothers and sisters.

Love and Peace.

Saint Anthony's Quote: "Actions speak louder than words; let your words teach, and your actions speak."

The IAoC Association Membership:

The "Interdenominational Assembly of Churches" is an association of churches, para-churches and missionaries operated under the Eric Michel Ministries International composed of Baptist,  FAICL Catholic, Christian Evangelism, Methodist Episcopal Noncorforming, Pentecostal, Presbyterian and  Christian Unitarian Universalist. We aim to put faith into action by leaders who move their congregation and communities to help each other for the common good and spread the Gospel of Christ. With more than 85 church partners come alongside Eric Michel Ministries International. The Association is staffed with Directors, Clergy and supporting members, mobilizing all the services. We provide in Christ at our International Districts and bring them out into the communities that need them the most. 

From an union of these denominations:

The IAoC operates under Eric Michel Ministries International, the headquarters in Brunsburg-Chatam Province of Quebec, Canada, and its counterpart  EMMI African Churches Association Ministry.

Terms of Abbot from  

Abbot is an ecclesiastical title given to the male head of a monastery in various Western religious traditions, including Christianity. The office may also be given as an honorary title to a clergyman who is not the head of a monastery. The female equivalent is abbess.


A bishop an English derivation from the New Testament Greek ἐπίσκοπος, epískopos, "overseer", "guardian" is an ordained or consecrated member of the Christian clergy who is generally entrusted with a position of authority and oversight.  Within the church, bishops are seen as those who possess the full priesthood and can ordain clergy – including other bishops. 

The term epískopos meaning bishop in Greek, the early language of the Christian Church, was not from the earliest times clearly distinguished from the term presbýteros (literally: "elder" or "senior", origin of the modern English word priest), but the term was already clearly used in the sense of the order or office of bishop, distinct from that of presbyter in the writings of Ignatius of Antioch (died 108 CE), and sources from the middle of the 2nd century undoubtedly set forth that all the chief centres of Christianity recognized and had the office of bishop, using a form of organization that remained universal until the Protestant Reformation.

The earliest organization of the Church in Jerusalem was, according to most scholars, similar to that of Jewish synagogues, but it had a council or college of ordained presbyters (Greek: πρεσβύτεροι elders, priests). In Acts 11:30 and Acts 15:22, we see a collegiate system of government in Jerusalem chaired by James the Just, according to tradition the first bishop of the city. In Acts 14:23, the Apostle Paul ordains presbyters in churches in Anatolia.

Often, the word presbyter was not yet distinguished from overseer (ἐπίσκοπος episkopos, later used exclusively to mean bishop), as in Acts 20:17, Titus 1:5,7 and 1 Peter 5:1. The earliest writings of the Apostolic Fathers, the Didache and the First Epistle of Clement, for example, show the church used two terms for local church offices—presbyters (seen by many as an interchangeable term with episcopos or overseer) and deacon.

A 6th-century image of Saint Augustine, bishop of Hippo Regius.

This does not mean that the episcopate, in the sense of the holder of the order or office of bishop, must have developed only later, or have been plural, because in each church the college or presbyter-overseers (also called "presbyter-bishops") did not exercise an independent supreme power; it was subject to the Apostles or to their delegates. An explanation suggests that the delegates were bishops in the actual sense of the term, but that they did not possess fixed sees nor had they a special title. Since they were essentially itinerant, they confided to the care of some of the better educated and highly respected converts the fixed necessary functions relating to the daily life of the community.

In Timothy and Titus in the New Testament a more clearly defined episcopate can be seen. We are told that Paul had left Timothy in Ephesus and Titus in Crete to oversee the local church (1Tim 1:3 and Titus 1:5). Paul commands them to ordain presbyters/bishops and to exercise general oversight, telling Titus to "rebuke with all authority" (Titus 2:15).

Early sources are not clear but various groups of Christian communities may have had the bishop surrounded by a group or college functioning as leaders of the local churches. Eventually the head or "monarchic" bishop came to rule more clearly, and all local churches would eventually follow the example of the other churches and structure themselves after the model of the others with the one bishop in clearer charge, though the role of the body of priests remained important.

Eventually, as Christendom grew, bishops no longer directly served individual congregations. Instead, the bishop appointed priests to minister to each congregation, acting as the bishop's delegates.


An archbishop is the  Supreme Bishop of the Eric Michel Ministries Int'l and is elected by the General Assembly of the Church. He is the Chief Executive Officer of the Church. He also holds an important pastoral role being the Spiritual Head and Chief Pastor of the Church. He has precedence of honour and prominence of position among and is recognized to have primacy, over other bishops.


EMMI polity is a hierarchical form of church governance ("ecclesiastical polity") in which the chief local authorities are bishops. (The word "bishop" derives, via the Vulgar Latin ebiscopus, from the Ancient Greek επίσκοπος epískopos meaning "overseer".) It is the structure used by many of the major Christian churches and denominations, such as Catholic, Eastern, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican and Lutheran churches or denominations, as well as other churches founded independently from these lineages.

Chaplaincy are governed by bishops with authority over the judicatory (dioceses and conferences or synods). Their presidency is both spiritual and political; as well as performing ordinations, the bishop supervises the clergy within the judicatory and is the representative to both secular structures and in the hierarchy of the church. Bishops with such authority are known as the historical episcopate. Churches with this type of government usually believe that the Church requires episcopal government as described in the New Testament. In some systems, bishops may be subject to higher-ranking bishops (variously called archbishops, metropolitans, and/or patriarchs, depending upon the tradition). They also meet in councils or synods. These gatherings, subject to presidency by higher ranking bishops, may govern the judicatory which are represented in the council, though the synod or council may also be purely advisory.

For much of the written history of Christianity, the episcopal government was the only known form of church organization. This changed at 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 Roman Catholic Church precipitated by The Ninety-Five Theses of Martin Luther.

Firefighter         EMMI Chaplain

January 31st of 2022