The Worldwide Family of Catholic Apostolic National Churches mourns the death of the His Holiness, Patriarch, Dom. Luis Fernando Castillo-Mendez.
On the morning of October 29, 2009, at approximately 9am, His Holiness, Patriarch Dom. Luis Fernando Castillo-Mendez, the Patriarch of the Worldwide Family of Catholic Apostolic Churches passed away, at the age of 87. Patriarch Mendez was the last living bishop, of the original bishops consecrated by Roman Catholic Bishop Carlos Duarte Costa, who founded the Brazilian catholic Apostolic Church - Tridentine. Vatican I. (ICAB).
His Holiness, Patriarch Dom. Luis Fernando Castillo Mendez was personally responsible for the spread of the National Catholic Church movement around the world, and is survived by the Brazilian Catholic Church, as well as the ICAB -UK ministering to the lost sheep around the world.
Our own Archbishop James Atkinson-Wake served as Patriarch Dom. Luis Fernandez Castillo Mendez’ Secretary of Doctrine & Faith of the Brazilian Catholic Apostolic Church Patriarchate from 2005 to 2009.
The Patriarch himself consecrated our Archbishop James Atkinson-Wake and elevated him to the rank of Cardinal, to ensure a direct transmission of Roman Catholic “Duarte-Costa” Apostolic Lines of Succession. His Excellency, Archbishop James Atkinson-Wake, sent condolences on behalf of the entire Church to the Episcopal Council of the Brazilian Catholic Apostolic Church (ICAB) which can be read here.
The Catholic Church of England & Wales - Tridentine Vatican I received official notification of the Patriarch’s passing from the New Episcopal Council of ICAB by telephone after Archbishop James Atkinson-Wake left within hours with the Patriarch to be informed of the sudden death as he was with him for a week just moments before.
“The church was in mourning, beginning at 9am today with the death of the Honourable and Reverend Dom. Luis Fernando Castillo Mendez, who presided over the four seats, and Council proclaimed its patriarch and became, later, also Worldwide Patriarch serving all of the Catholic Apostolic Churches who have communion with ICAB including one Sui Iuris church directly founded by His Holiness being CCEW.
The Eminent Professor of the Diocese of Brasilia, which was the founder, died at 87 years of age, as of December 3 and leaves an example of tenacity, sacrifice, courage and determination, a deep and irrepressible yearning in all those deprived of their friendship or were directed by him and grazing. A great characteristic of Dom. Luis Castillo was undoubtedly his indomitable courage, the strength he brought to the primacy of the church and the incredible ability he displayed, to build and manage knowledge, a born leader, a man geared to high-flying and high altitude.
( Letter opposite in JPG is from the Roman Catholic Church Vatican II Apostolic Nuncio to England)
Without him, the Church where she exisits, would not possess the assets that it holds today, because it has always been possible to notice, besides being a profound idealist, he has put love in everything. He was a creator of dioceses, and in the history of ICAB, was the Bishop who developed carefully the hierarchy to ensure the continuity of certain ideals of the San Carlos of Brazil.
Detractors have always shown a taste for pomp and circumstances, but Dom. Castillo-Mendez, personally, was a man of simple life and deeds humility.
The Patriarch of the Church in Brazil was the fourth Bishop consecrated by St. Carlos of Brazil, of receiving, directly, his apostolic succession. Working much of his life with the founder of the Church and did his best at a certain point of time, in fulfilling the mission to consecrate the followers of the Apostolic College left by Jesus in different countries, taking with them the principles of the National Church.
For in recognition of this that, assembled in council, the diocesan
and primates of several countries that joined the faith nationally
elected and gave him the title of World Patriarch that he displayed
with great care and was able to honourably execute until death.
The Mass was celebrated. Burial was at 10am on Sunday at the Cathedral OF OUR LADY OF MIRACULOUS MEDAL, BRASILIA. A gathering of bishops, clerics, families and faithful from various parts of Brazil and the world attended for the last good bye to the Patriarch of the Church. .