Luis Fernando Castillo Mendez, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Luis Fernando Castillo Mendez

Patriarch of the BRazilian Catholic Apostolic Church

Date of Birth: 04-Dec-1922

Place of Birth: Caracas, Capital District, Venezuela

Date of Death: 29-Oct-2009

Profession: Catholic priest

Nationality: Brazil

Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius

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About Luis Fernando Castillo Mendez

  • Luis Fernando Castillo Méndez (December 4, 1922 - October 29, 2009) was a Venezuelan Independent Catholic priest who rose to the leadership of the Brazilian Catholic Apostolic Church (ICAB).
  • Castillo Méndez was arguably the second or third 'Patriarch' of ICAB and its 48 dioceses, though none of his predecessors used that title.
  • He was also the nominal head of the Igrejas Catolicas Apostolicas Nacionales (ICAN) and the Worldwide Communion of Catholic Apostolic National Churches (WCCAC), which were attempts to form an international association of Independent Catholic churches. Although he had little formal education, Castillo Méndez contrived to be ordained priest on August 10, 1944, though he was immediately censured and was at no point recognized as a Roman Catholic priest.
  • On March 8, 1947, Castillo Méndez became the founder of the independent Venezuelan Catholic Apostolic Church (ICAV - Iglesia Católica Apostólica Venezolana).
  • Castillo Méndez was subsequently excommunicated by the Holy See.
  • On May 3, 1948 he was consecrated a bishop and Patriarch for the Venezuelan Catholic Apostolic Church by the bishop Carlos Duarte Costa (excommunicated former Roman Catholic bishop of Botucatu, Brazil) in the Panama Canal Zone.
  • Castillo Méndez later succeeded Duarte Costa and became the President of the Episcopal Council of ICAB in 1982.
  • He died on October 29, 2009.
  • He was the first and last Patriarch of ICAN.

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