The icon reminds us of the "Great Catch" as told in the Gospel of Saint Luke. Jesus called Simon and Andrew, who were brothers, to be "fishers of men." Certainly they both lived up to that call. They would both be put to death in the persecutions by crucifixion; Simon Peter upside down, and Andrew in the shape of an "X". These two great martyrs and apostles are viewed as the founding members of the two major Catholic Rites in the world; Peter for the Latin Rite, and Andrew for the Orthodox.
May we continue the work begun by our "Apostolic Grandfathers." Apostolic succession is the method by which the ministry of the Church is held to be derived from the apostles by a continuous succession. Through an unbroken line from the original twelve, the Church has “laid hands” and invoked the Holy Spirit, in order to ordain to the priesthood those who have been called by Christ. It is through the proper celebration of Holy Orders that the “validity” of orders is determined.
While our Sacraments are considered “illicit” by the Roman Church, and therefore are not recognized, it is the Apostolic Succession that demonstrates validity. Here we present the Apostolic Succession of our own Bishop Scott Kershaw.