Bishop Lumanog renews his ordination vows

I renewed my ordination vows on this Maundy Thursday with brothers and sisters of The Anglican Union for the Propagation of the Gospel.

Not quite the same doing this solemn service by conference call, but it will do!

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog
Bishop of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog is an Anglican Bishop in good standing with the Apostolic Communion of Anglican Churches and the leader of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola. A pastor and evangelist at heart, Dr. Jack Lumanog has planted, revitalized and pastored churches, traveled internationally to teach pastors and church planters and was a denominational leader for 7 years with executive level oversight for over 1,000 congregations in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

20th anniversary of the consecrations of Bishop Chuck Murphy and Bishop John Rodgers

Bishop Jack Lumanog with Bishop John Rodgers

I am so very grateful for the witness of Bishop Chuck Murphy and Bishop John Rodgers. 20 years ago today, they were consecrated as Bishops in Singapore. They have had an enormous impact on my life and ministry.

As I have been blessed to be part of leading and shaping Anglicanism in North America for a season that has now passed, it is still a great sadness to me today that Bishop Chuck Murphy was not acknowledged more for his significant role as a pioneer in the movement. Not while he lived in 2014 when other notable leaders were rightly honored for their service and certainly not acknowledged by the larger movements that grew out of the Anglican Mission in America once he went on to be with the Lord in 2018.

For those who consider themselves to be orthodox Anglicans in North America, we stand on the shoulders of Bishops Murphy and Rodgers and those archbishops and bishops who risked so much in consecrating them to the episcopate – especially Archbishop Moses Tay of Southeast Asia and Archbishop Emmanuel Kolini of Rwanda.

“AMiA [Anglican Mission in America] not only epitomized the network approach to global accountability, it pushed the wider transnational orthodox movement in the same direction.” – Dr. Miranda Hassett, Anglican Communion in Crisis, writing about the Singapore consecrations in 2000.

Even though Dr. Hassett was not a fan of our work in the Anglican Mission in America, she still had to acknowledge the enormous impact of Bishop Chuck Murphy and Bishop John Rodgers.

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog
Bishop of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog is an Anglican Bishop in good standing with the Apostolic Communion of Anglican Churches and the leader of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola. A pastor and evangelist at heart, Dr. Jack Lumanog has planted, revitalized and pastored churches, traveled internationally to teach pastors and church planters and was a denominational leader for 7 years with executive level oversight for over 1,000 congregations in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Bishop Jack Lumanog – “it’s not *always* the most wonderful time of the year”

The Blue Mass at The Cathedral of St. Philip’s in Atlanta. Photo: Bishop Jack Lumanog

Can I be honest? Christmas is not the most wonderful time of the year for me. No matter what the song says.

Am I denying the gift of the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ? Absolutely not.

But, the stress and pressure of the time of the year. The shopping. The lists. The expectations. And on top of all of that, for me, it’s the grief.

“Grief that is not transformed is transmitted.” – Father Bill Harkins at the Blue Mass.

I’m so glad I went to the Blue Mass. The contemplative liturgy and carols in St. Mary Chapel was just what I needed to get some perspective about my pain and grief in this holy season.

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog
Bishop of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog is an Anglican Bishop in good standing with the Apostolic Communion of Anglican Churches and the leader of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola. A pastor and evangelist at heart, Dr. Jack Lumanog has planted, revitalized and pastored churches, traveled internationally to teach pastors and church planters and was a denominational leader for 7 years with executive level oversight for over 1,000 congregations in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Anglican Cycle of Prayer: Church of South India


‪Today in the Anglican Communion’s cycle of prayer, we pray for the Church of South India.

This was from being welcomed on my visit to Hyderabad, India a few years ago.

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog
Bishop of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog is an Anglican Bishop in good standing with the Apostolic Communion of Anglican Churches and the leader of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola. A pastor and evangelist at heart, Dr. Jack Lumanog has planted, revitalized and pastored churches, traveled internationally to teach pastors and church planters and was a denominational leader for 7 years with executive level oversight for over 1,000 congregations in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Bishop-elect Jack Lumanog on Archbishop Thomas Cranmer

Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop and Martyr

Thomas Cranmer was one of the leaders of the English Reformation and was primarily responsible for the first Book of Common Prayers, 1549 and 1552.

During the reign of Edward VI, Cranmer was able to make great progress in reforming the doctrine, and practice of the Church. When Edward died he subscribed to the dying King’s will that succession should go to Lady Jane Grey. For this action and for his many reforms, he was arrested and imprisoned.

Cranmer wrote two recantations but in the end he denied his recantations, and died a hero of the reformation, saying, “Forasmuch as my hand offended in writing contrary to my heart, there my hand shall first be punished; for if I may come to the fire, it shall first be burned.” He was burned at the stake on 21 March 1556.

Merciful God, who through the work of Thomas Cranmer didst renew the worship of thy Church by restoring the language of the people, and through whose death didst reveal thy power in human weakness: Grant that by thy grace we may always worship thee in spirit and in truth; through Jesus Christ, our only Mediator and Advocate, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog
Bishop of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog is an Anglican Bishop in good standing with the Apostolic Communion of Anglican Churches and the leader of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola. A pastor and evangelist at heart, Dr. Jack Lumanog has planted, revitalized and pastored churches, traveled internationally to teach pastors and church planters and was a denominational leader for 7 years with executive level oversight for over 1,000 congregations in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Bishop-elect Jack Lumanog reflects on 10 years ago today

Bishop-elect Jack Lumanog with Bishop Fred Fick, Missionaries of St. John in Wheaton, Illinois at the signing of the Constitution and Canons of the ACNA in December 2008.

10 years ago today, I was planting a church and serving as a regional leader in The Anglican Mission in America. I drove from Lansing, Michigan to Wheaton, Illinois to sign the Constitution and Canons of what would become the Anglican Church in North America.

Bishop-elect Jack Lumanog was at the signing of the Constitution and Canons in Wheaton, Illinois for what would become the ACNA – December 2008.

Eventually, I would have the opportunity to serve the ACNA faithfully in two full time roles simultaneously as both Canon to the Archbishop as well as the Chief Operating Officer. For 7 years, I traveled on average of 200,000 miles per year in the air on behalf of the ACNA to develop domestic and global partnerships and strengthen the 1,050 congregations within the movement.

I have been involved in Anglican realignment for many years — starting with the days of the Anglican Awakenings in the late 90s and early 2000s — and the cost for my involvement has been extraordinarily high.

I have been part of all the significant Anglican leadership gatherings all over the world starting in 2008 until 2018. London many times (including the 2012 GAFCON Leadership Meeting), Canterbury in 2016 to represent the ACNA at The Anglican Communion Primates Meeting, Africa (including the 2013 GAFCON in Nairobi, Kenya), Asia (many times for the Global South Anglicans), South America and Australia – ending with leading the ACNA delegation from North America to GAFCON Jerusalem in 2018 as well as coordinating the annual Provincial Council Meeting held in a foreign country.

In 7 years, there were plenty of times where I feared for my own personal safety or found myself rushing home to be with my children in Pittsburgh (and then Atlanta after moving with the transition in Archbishop from Pittsburgh to Loganville) after spending days in meetings or on airplanes.

Bishop Jack Lumanog in his previous roles as Chief Operating Officer and Canon to the Archbishop in the Anglican Church in North America (2011-2018) honoring volunteers stepping down from task force leadership with Foley Beach

Thanks to Facebook, I’m reminded constantly of such memories like 10 years ago today. Having put in the blood, sweat and tears into building the ACNA, I’ve got mixed feelings looking back on this 10th anniversary of being in Wheaton, Illinois to sign the Constitution and Canons. And I’m certainly entitled to my opinions since I’ve put in the time and been at all the meetings and done all the work. But, hindsight has turned into regret at times and I find myself working against the bitter root from setting in.

Bishop Jack Lumanog in his previous roles as Chief Operating Officer and Canon to the Archbishop in the Anglican Church in North America (2011-2018) presiding over a meeting as Chairman of the ACNA Retirement Plan overseeing $35 million in assets at the time.

Besides learning invaluable lessons on leadership, I believe I have an understanding of what Anglicanism is and is not – and what I believe Anglicanism can still be.

Bishop Jack Lumanog in his previous roles as Chief Operating Officer and Canon to the Archbishop in the Anglican Church in North America (2011-2018) at the historic vote in 2017 of the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina to affiliate with the ACNA after 6 years of work on bridging the gap between the two groups.

To quote Mark Twain: “reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” And, I’m still standing, by the grace of God.

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog
Bishop of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog is an Anglican Bishop in good standing with the Apostolic Communion of Anglican Churches and the leader of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola. A pastor and evangelist at heart, Dr. Jack Lumanog has planted, revitalized and pastored churches, traveled internationally to teach pastors and church planters and was a denominational leader for 7 years with executive level oversight for over 1,000 congregations in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

* Bishop Jack Lumanog and The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola are not affiliated in any way with the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) and/or the Global Anglican Fellowship Conference (GAFCON).

Rest in peace: Bishop Chuck Murphy

Bishop Chuck Murphy

I am saddened to hear of the death of The Rt. Rev. Charles Hurt Murphy, III. (Obituary from Christianity Today)

Bishop Chuck entered into his eternal reward this morning. I was blessed to be under his leadership in The Anglican Mission for a time before going on to Pittsburgh with his blessing to serve the Anglican Church in North America in my current role as Canon to the Archbishop and Chief Operating Officer.

Bishop Murphy spoke clearly and often about the importance of the leader’s vision, taking risks for the Gospel and having a bias toward action in an Anglican apostolic movement.

I have fond memories of many a Winter Conference in a hotel ballroom in Birmingham, Jacksonville or Greensboro (a bunch of times!) where he would either say “money is muscle” in his Chairman’s Address or remind the clergy of following the Lord’s leading like “the pillar of smoke by day and the pillar of fire by night” as Moses did.

Bishop Murphy spoke powerfully into my life over many annual presbyters retreats at All Saints Church in Pawleys Island, SC or praying over me at the Power Ministry Service at the annual Winter Conference.

Along with another significant ministry mentor in my life, Archbishop Randy Adler, Bishop Murphy gave me a renewed vision for the three streams of historic Christianity: sacramental, evangelical and charismatic. Three streams flowing into one mighty river.

+Chuck taught powerfully on leadership, stewardship, church planting and worship – “worship is God’s presence, God’s purposes, God’s pardon and God’s power.”

Bishop Chuck, rest in peace and rise in glory.

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog
Bishop of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola

The Right Rev. Dr. Jon I “Jack” Lumanog is an Anglican Bishop in good standing with the Apostolic Communion of Anglican Churches and the leader of The Anglican Diocese of St. Ignatius Loyola. A pastor and evangelist at heart, Dr. Jack Lumanog has planted, revitalized and pastored churches, traveled internationally to teach pastors and church planters and was a denominational leader for 7 years with executive level oversight for over 1,000 congregations in the United States, Canada and Mexico.