9 January 1932 - 25 October 1998
His Grace Bishop Caudill of perpetual memory was born in South Charleston, West Virginia, United States. A Bishop and educator, his educational accomplishments included the degrees of Bachelor of Science (California College), Licentiate of Theology (University of Saskatchewan), Doctor of Philosophy (St. Andrew's College), and Doctor of Sacred Theology from St. George Theological Seminary (now Pontifical Georgian College). His honours included the distinction of Knight Commander of the Order of St. Stanislaus.
His Grace was consecrated by Macario V. Ga, Supreme Bishop of the Philippine Independent Church, and Bishops Frank Benning and John Hamers. 21 October 1993, Holy Cross Polish National Catholic Church, Brooklyn, New York. His See, the Anglican Diocese of the Southwest, was eventually succeeded by the last Bishop of the Southwest, who was subsequently succeeded by H.H. Papa Rutherford I, at which point it became a Metropolitan See. Thereafter its territorial boundaries changed as it became the Coadjutorship of Rome and Apostolic See of the Gallo-Russo-Byzantine Catholicate and Anglican Patriarchate of Rome. The coat of arms of Bishop Caudill's See, the Diocese of the Southwest, became the coat of arms of the Roman Coadjutorship and the Most Holy Patriarchal Basilica of Santa Maria Antiqua in Rome.
From the Stephenian Archives (the archives of the Apostolic See of the Imperial Roman Church) and the Pontifical Apostolic Library, several important documents pertaining to Bishop Caudill are shared below in the interest of preservation of history and legacy.
The Stephenian Archives and Pontifical Apostolic Library maintain extensive records pertaining to the history of the
former Anglican Diocese of the Southwest, the Philippine Independent
Catholic Church, and the Independent Catholic Church International and
their relationship to the modern Imperial Roman Church (Gallo-Russo-Byzantine Catholicate and Anglican
Patriarchate of Rome).
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