The Most Reverend Dermot Rodgers, Presiding Bishop
Dermot Rodgers was born in Belfast, Ireland on June 25 1962, the eleventh of fourteen children born to Sarah McLernon and Thomas Rodgers. Having grown up during ‘The Troubles,’ Dermot left his native country and came to Cleveland, OH on May 15, 1980 to begin a new life in the New World.
After earning a BA in Social and Behavioral Studies at Borromeo College of Ohio, Dermot joined the Capuchin Franciscan Order (OFM Cap) and began studies for the priesthood at Oblate College in Washington, DC. Brother Dermot earned an MA in Theology and a M. Div from Oblate College and was ordained a Roman Catholic priest on June 1, 1991 at Saint Augustine Church in Pittsburgh, PA by the Ordinary of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Bishop Donald Wuerl. Father Dermot served in several parishes of the Capuchin Province of St. Augustine and overseas in Puerto Rico and Honduras.
On May 19, 2012, Father Dermot Rodgers was consecrated a bishop by Thomas E. Abel and became Presiding Bishop of the Communion of Independent Catholic Churches. Besides serving the Church as Ordinary for the Diocese of San Diego, Bishop Dermot ministers as chaplain to the Front Porch Communities of Fredericka Manor in Chula Vista, CA and Wesley Palms, San Diego, CA.
Bishop Dermot ordained Father Don Greene to the priesthood on July 22 2012, assigning him as Pastor to the Parish Mision Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles in Escondido, CA and appointed him as Vicar General of the Diocese of San Diego.
Currently, Bishop Dermot, Father Don and a group of lay faithful are working diligently to articulate and establish the Communion of Independent Catholic Churches as a sacramentally open an inclusive expression of the Catholic faith, reaching out and ministering to those Catholics who for a variety of reasons no longer practice their faith yet long for the rich spiritual heritage of liturgy, spirituality and community that are integral to nurturing their spiritual lives.