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Archbishop de Paulo's Biography

His Grace, The Most Rev. Craig J. N. de Paulo, Ph.D., D.D. is Primate of the Old Catholic Confederation, Archbishop of the United States and Bishop of Pennsylvania. Elected a Bishop by the Synod of Bishops of the Old Catholic Church in the United States 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 His Grace, The Most 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 in the Greek Rite of the Roman Catholic Church on March 24, 2007; and to the sacred Priesthood, at the Vigil of the Feast of St. John the Baptist on June 23, 2007 at the Cathedral of St. Josaphat in Parma, Ohio, by His Excellency, The Most Rev. Robert M. Moskal, then Bishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Diocese of St. Josaphat in Parma. During his priesthood, he served as Vicar for Italo-Greek Catholics in the United States. The Archbishop is Titular Canon of the Holy Sepulchre and Episcopal Canon of the Cathedral of St. Bartholomew in Wusasa, Nigeria. He is also Master General of the Order of St. Willibrord, a teaching order of priests. 


Archbishop de Paulo also holds a Diplomatic appointment in the worldwide Anglican Communion as Episcopal Commissary of the Church of the Province of West Africa for North America, representing over one million Christians to the Episcopal Church in the United States and to the Anglican Church of Canada. Serving in this diplomatic post since the late Archbishop S. Tilewa Johnson, former Primate and Archbishop of West Africa, appointed him on December 25, 2013, Archbishop de Paulo has worked on many important projects that have resulted in humanitarian aid to West Africa in response to the Ebola crisis and advanced dialogue between the Church of West Africa and the Episcopal Church in the United States on various topics of mutual concern and interest.

As Ecclesiastical Endorser for Old-Catholic priests serving as Chaplains and Commissioned Officers in the U.S. Armed Forces, Archbishop de Paulo is Head of all Old-Catholic Chaplains serving in the military and the Veteran's Administration. 


A philosopher, theologian and respected scholar, Archbishop 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. The renowned Anglican theologian, John Macquarrie, former Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity at Magdalen College at the University of Oxford, took an interest in de Paulo’s research while he was a young graduate student, and Professor Macquarrie was a Reader of the Archbishop’s doctoral dissertation that demonstrated for the first time the “constitutional” philosophical influence of Augustine on Martin Heidegger’s Sein und Zeit. While a doctoral student, he also conducted studies and research at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in Belgium, working under the mentorship of Rev. Professor Tarsicius van Bavel, O.S.A. As an undergraduate, he also completed studies in philosophy and literature at the Universitè de Fribourg in Switzerland. Having earned his doctorate at the age of twenty-seven, Archbishop 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 years. 


A Christian Existential phenomenologist and philosopher of ambiguity, Archbishop de Paulo refers to his scholarly work as "Augustinian phenomenology," which is founded upon existential insights from Augustine and Martin Heidegger's Sein und Zeit methodology. Professor de Paulo is also interested in hermeneutical approaches back to other ancient sources (and especially Christian patristic writers.) with a philosophical focus on ambiguity, confusion, paradox, anxiety, struggle, conversion and restlessness.  


Having studied and worked with some of the luminaries of philosophy, theology, patrology and hermeneutics, including John D. Caputo (his former mentor at Villanova), Cardinal Georges Cottier, O.P., Robert Dodaro, O.S.A., Cardinal Avery Dulles, S.J., John Macquarrie, Camille Paglia, Jaroslav Pelikan, Roland J. Teske, S.J. and Tarcisius van Bavel, O.S.A., Archbishop de Paulo is associated with the current "theological turn in phenomenology" movement, and he is a recognized scholar of Augustine of Hippo and his influence on Western thought and especially on existentialism and phenomenology.


Professor de Paulo has published several scholarly articles and books including, Being and ConversionAmbiguity in the Western MindThe Influence of Augustine on Heidegger: The Emergence of an Augustinian PhenomenologyConfessions of Love: The Ambiguities of Greek Eros and Latin Caritas, Augustinian Just War Theory and the Wars in Afghanistan and Iraq: Confessions, Contentions and the Lust for Power. Most recently, Professor de Paulo published a four-volume translation of the sixth-century Byzantine writer, Ioannes Lydus, which he edited with the late eminent Greek Orthodox scholar, The Rev. Professor Anastasius C. Bandy, entitled, The Works of Ioannes Lydus.  


While Rector of the Collegium Augustinianum from 2012 to 2014, Archbishop de Paulo conferred honorary degrees upon Rev. Professor Hans Kung, the late Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, S.J. and Archbishop Rowan Williams. Archbishop de Paulo’s outstanding service while Rector of the Collegium Augustinianum was recognized by official proclamation on May 6, 2014 by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and on May 7, 2014, by the Senate of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Since June 1, 2014, the Archbishop is Chancellor and John Macquarrie Professor of Philosophy and Theology at the Collegium Augustinianum Graduate School of Philosophy and Theology. His Grace continues to Lecture widely in Europe and in the United States, and he has held various visiting and adjunct appointments.


In recognition of his scholarship and his commitment to the Church and the community, Archbishop de Paulo has received several Orders of Knighthood, including the Order of Merit of the Royal House of Savoy of Italy, Knight of Merit with Star of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George of the Royal House of Bourbon of the Two Sicilies (Kingdom of Spain) and Chevalier of the Patriarchal Order of the Holy Cross of the Greek Catholic Patriarchate of Antioch, Alexandria and Jerusalem.  In recognition of his service to the Church, then Professor de Paulo was created a Knight of Magistral Grace in the Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of St. John of Jerusalem, of Rhodes and of Malta in 2002; and in 2003, he was created a Knight Commander in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, conferred in the name of Pope John Paul II by Vatican City State. His Grace resigned from both the Order of Malta and the Order of Holy Sepulchre after over a decade of service when he was received into the Old Catholic Church of the Netherlands by Bishop Rodney R. Michel, Assisting Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania and Special Delegate of Archbishop Joris Vercammen, in 2013. In 2002, in recognition of the Archbishop’s work with the homeless in Pennsylvania and as an advocate for the homeless in the United States,  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. A vigorous social activist, Archbishop de Paulo has also been an advocate of national healthcare, public higher education, the rights of minorities and immigrants, and he strongly debated and vigorously protested against the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.


Archbishop de Paulo is married to Professor Catherine Conroy de Paulo, and they reside with their son, Christian, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.