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Bishop Fabianos Ferres

Bishop Fabiano Ferres was raised in a pious Roman Catholic family.  Growing up, he loved the beautiful liturgy and the mystery of how the Church expressed faith in Jesus Christ and stressed living a holy life.  Upon coming of age , he found that there were certain doctrines and teachings that did not quite resonate with him  so he began the search that would lead him down the path that God was calling him.
Upon finding out more about the Eastern Orthodox Church, ++Fabiano delved deeply into the wonderfully rich soil that is the history, tradition, and literature of the Orthodox.  So taken with the beautiful liturgy and teachings of the Fathers, ++Fabiano soon walked the path of preparation for Holy Orders and was ordained up through the minor and major orders.  Fairly soon, after the newness wore off, he found that there was still something missing.  While the Orthodox Christians have such a deep and glorious treasure house of literature, teachings, liturgy, and music, there is a great deficit that manifests itself in petty squabbles over who is correct, who is the most “Orthodox”, and who is canonical so as to exalt oneself over others.  Sadly, there is great discrimination between ethnic people groups and confusion over who can be a part of the Orthodox Church.
Knowing that there was still more, Bishop Fabiano continued his journey into the Church by coming into contact with the Anglican Christian path.  In this path, he found that he could worship Jesus Christ in the beauty of the liturgy, the Spirit-filled expression, and in the solid foundation of the Holy Scriptures. Seeking a spiritual family where he and his clergy and churches could work with others of like mind and heart, Bishop Fabiano joined All Nations Anglican Church. Finally, he is home and able to experience and teach the freedom of Christ and preach the Gospel to all nations starting in Brazil.  Bishop Fabiano is married to his lovely wife Rafaela Nascimento who was also raised in the Roman Catholic faith but now finds peace and healing in the Anglican Church. Glory to Christ Jesus the Holy King!

Essential principles of the Episcopal Orthodox Church:

Statement of Beliefs

We believe and confess Jesus Christ to be the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no one comes to the Father but by Him. Therefore, the Episcopal Orthodox Church identifies the following six elements as characteristic of the Anglican Way:
1. We confess the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments to be the inspired Word of God, containing all things necessary for salvation, and to be the final authority and unchangeable standard for Christian faith and life.
2. We confess Baptism and the Supper of the Lord to be Sacraments ordained by Christ Himself in the Gospel, and thus to be ministered with unfailing use of His words of institution and of the elements ordained by Him.
3. We confess the godly historic Episcopate as an inherent part of the apostolic faith and practice, and therefore as integral to the fullness and unity of the Body of Christ.
4. We confess as proved by most certain warrants of Holy Scripture the historic faith of the undivided church as declared in the three catholic Creeds: the Apostles’, the Nicene, and the Athanasian.
5. Concerning the seven Councils of the undivided Church, we affirm the teaching of the first four Councils and the Christological clarifications of the fifth, sixth and seventh Councils, in so far as they are agreeable to the Holy Scriptures.
6. We confess the 5 Solas of the Reformation - Sola Fides (Only Faith), Sola Scripture (Only Scripture), Sola Gratis (Only Grace), Sola Christus (Only Christ), Soli Deo Gloria (Only to God be the Glory) are the essence of the Episcopal Orthodox Church.
In all these things, Episcopal Orthodox Church is determined by the help of God to hold and maintain as the Anglican Way has received them the doctrine, discipline and worship of Christ.
To be an Anglican, then, is not to embrace a distinct version of Christianity, but a distinct way of being a “Mere Christian,” at the same time evangelical, apostolic, catholic, reformed, and Spirit-filled.

~Adapted from the Common Cause Partnership Theological Statement


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