At the recent Synod of the Society, with prayerful consideration, the Missionary Society of St. John the Evangelist (MSJ) joyfully affirmed and requested the Rt. Rev. Juan Alberto Morales, OSB to become the MSJ Bishop Protector. Bishop Morales has accepted.
Bishop Morales is Bishop of the Diocese of Quincy in the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). In 1985 he founded St. Benedict's Abbey in Puerto Rico and was its first Abbot. In 1996 St. Benedict's Abbey moved to Bartonville, IL.
We are all missionaries, and Bp. Morales is constantly reminding laity and clergy alike of that shared role. For Bp. Morales, making disciples is an imperative, not just a nice statement. Bishop Morales’ missioner attitude is the ideal fit for the work being done within the MSJ. We are blessed that Bishop Morales has agreed to serve in this capacity.
The MSJ is awaiting approval of Bishop Morales by Bishop Ilgenfritz (Diocesan of the Missionary Diocese of All Saints).