Most Rev. Theodore Feldmann, was raised in the Presbyterian tradition in Pennsylvania. His paternal grandfather was a Lutheran pastor. Displaying an early interest in music, he began piano study at the age of 7 and study of the organ at age 15. He entered the renowned Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ, and earned a Bachelor of Music degree with a concentration in sacred music and organ and a minor in voice. He served as an organist and choirmaster in Episcopal parishes from 1969 through 1983, and in Roman Catholic parishes thereafter, gaining a reputation as a skilled choral director, pastoral minister and organist.
Having an interest in theology and spirituality, Theodore studied widely and earned several graduate degrees:
* Master of Arts in Culture and Creation Spirituality
Institute in Culture and Creation Spirituality (ICCS)
Holy Names University, founded by theologian and author, Matthew Fox
* Master of Arts in Pastoral Liturgy
Santa Clara University, where a portion of his thesis was published in their journal, Pastoral Ministry
* Master of Divinity
Sophia Divinity School of the Church of Antioch
At the invitation of theologian, Matthew Fox, Theodore served on the faculty and staff of the Institute for Culture and Creation Spirituality from 1988-1993. He taught courses in music and singing as meditation. After leaving ICCS, he continued his work as a church musician in Baltimore, MD, for another 20 years until his retirement.
Theodore felt a life-long call to ordination yet he eventually realized he was seeking a different approach to ordination than that offered by the mainline denominations. The answer came through conversations with two former students from Holy Names University, who urged him to investigate the Independent Catholic movement. One of those students introduced him to the Catholic Apostolic Church of Antioch.
After earning his degree from Sophia Divinity School, he was ordained a deacon in Queens, NY, in 2005, and ordained to the priesthood in Baltimore, MD, in 2007. He was the founder/pastor of the Beloved Disciple Church of Antioch in Baltimore, an urban contemplative community, for seven years. He was consecrated a bishop in the Independent Catholic movement in 2017. He was awarded an honorary doctorate by Sophia Divinity School in 2022.
Fr. Theodore is a musician, liturgist, and teacher. In addition to his study of creation spirituality and theology, he has studied Centering Prayer with monk and author, Basil Pennington, and the Enneagram personality types in intensive workshops with author, Don Richard Riso. He is a member of the American Guild of Organists and the Catholic Bishops Forum.
Most Rev. Theodore Feldmann (Birmingham, AL)
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