His Holy Eminence Archfather don
Rutherford Cardinal Johnson-Ivrea-Italia-Barcelona, Coadjutor of Rome, Servant of the Servants of Christ shepherds
the Anglican Patriarchate. As an Imperial Old Roman Catholic Patriarchate with
Anglican tradition, it descends from the See of Utrecht, which was
granted autonomy by the Holy See in 1145. As Bishop of St. Stephen and Prince of Rome, he is senior ecclesial dynast of the Anglican Patriarchate and successor to
Pope Leo X and heir to the Burgundian House of Arles and the Spanish
Houses of Ivrea and Barcelona in Imperial Italy and head of the P.R. Florentine House of Ivrea-Italia-Barcelona, as well as temporal successor of St. Peter the Apostle in Italy and Britain.
The Leonine office is an extension of
the Petrine Office, the primacy of the Roman Pope, and shares in its authority within and regarding the jurisdiction of the Anglican Patriarchate and New Roman Communion.
The Anglican Rite Roman Catholic
Church is an organisation in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
Don Rutherford was confirmed
in the Roman Communion on the Birthday of Rome and the Feast of St. Anselmo d'Aosta, an Italian bishop born in historic family territories in Burgundy who later became
Archbishop of Canterbury. His priestly formation began
as a youth and continued through his formal secular education. His Holy Eminence was raised in Rancho la Costa, California,
and the southern United States, travelling regularly to his ancestral Europe, including Italy, France, the Holy See, Germany,
England, Scotland, and the Netherlands. The Archfather possesses a diverse, multi-disciplinary education and holds
a Master of Liberal Arts degree in Sustainability and Graduate Certificates in Business Communications, Social Justice, and Corporate Sustainability and Innovation
from Harvard University Extension School, a Bachelor's degree in Applied Physics and a Masters degree in Economic from Georgia Tech, a PhD in Agricultural Economics
from the University of Kentucky, a Licentiate and Doctorate of Canon Law, and a Licentiate and Doctorate of Sacred Theology from Pontifical
Georgian College, the Patriarchal See's principal seminary. In addition to being a canon attorney and jurist, he
is an economics professor and former university chaplain, and now
serves as Regent of Pontifical Georgian College. He was inducted into the famed Explorers Club and
is a Fellow of the P.R. Society of Arts and Sciences and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America, the Archfather remains
active in service and philanthropy supporting various charitable
outreach programs and apostolates. He has been honoured by the
Governors of Kentucky, Alabama, and Texas for his leadership and
service and is a recipient of the U.S. President's Volunteer Service
Award Gold Medal and the U.S. President's Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Archfather served as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. He participated in homeland defense efforts
during the Global War on Terrorism and is a plankowner (charter member) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
As part of his ministry in the Anglican Patriarchate, he serves in the Walsingham Guard, the humanitarian wing of
the Patriarchate with a military heritage dating back to 1190 in Acre during the Crusades. By virtue of his office,
he holds the honourary rank of First Marshal of the Patriarchate and the honourary post of First Captain of the Admiralty. He hold several uniformed service qualifications,
including patrol boat command, navigation, signals operations, search and rescue, and flood rescue operations.
His Holy Eminence's own
Frankish-Spanish-Italian heritage parallels the patrimony heritage of
the Patriarchate he shepherds. In addition to English, the Archfather speaks
his ancestral languages of Italian, French, German, and Spanish, as well as Russian and Latin.
"The ocean is a constant force. If we define ourselves by what we are against rather than what we are for, then,
when what we are against disappears, we either cease to exist ourselves or must continually look for something else to oppose to remain relevant.
Define yourself by what you are for, not by what you are against."
Don Rutherford, 5th Florentine Archfather