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The Archbishop
    The denomination leader bears the Archbishop at Eric Michel Ministries International (EMMI) in
    Latin archiepiscopus. The title, archbishops, are in the highest of the three traditional clerical
    1) orders of bishops,
    2) priests (also called presbyters),
    3) and deacons.

    An archbishop may be granted the title or ordained as chief pastor of a metropolitan.

    At Eric Michel Ministries International, the archbishop is elected and must be ordained bishop.
    The function is equivalent as a presiding bishop, and our archbishop is elected for life.  He is
    the organization's chief ecumenical officer and the leader and caretaker for the synods' bishops.
    The archbishop chairs the complete general assembly name Symposium and provides for the
    preparation of agendas for the Symposium, the Church Council and its executive committee
    (permanent synod), the House of Bishops, and the House of Elders.

    The archbishop is in charge of initiating policy, developing strategy, and overseeing the entire
    organization's administration. The archbishop also serves as a figurehead and speaks on behalf
    of the whole Eric Michel Ministries International.

    The archbishop's, the Most Reverend Eric Gagnon, was elected on May 6, 2011.
    EMMI is, before anything else, a Chaplaincy and Eric Michel is a Chaplain, and he is the founder
    of our latest ministry, the Franciscan Chaplaincy in 2020, the EMMI Third Order of Saint Francis

    As a novice in the Third Order of Saint Francis, Eric Gagnon took the vows of poverty, chastity
    (the rule says may be male or female, married, partnered or single.) and obedience. As a
    Franciscan who took the vows of poverty, Eric Michel is poor.

    EMMITOSF is an ecumenical order open to any Christian who belongs to any church or denomination.
    We are ecumenical and multidenominational, serving as all  Independent: Baptist, Catholic, Evangelist,
    Methodist and Pentecostal.
    The Archbishop Eric Gagnon took the vows of poverty. He is a mendicant, from Latin: mendicans,
    "begging", it is one who practices mendicancy and relies chiefly or exclusively on alms to survive.
    In principle, mendicant religious orders own little property, either individually or collectively, and
    in many instances members have taken a vow of poverty, in order that all their time and energy
    could be expended on practicing their respective faith, preaching and serving society.
    Mendicancy in Christianity has its roots in the Bible. In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus is described
    as granting his apostles a “gift of tongues”. This is later expanded upon in Luke’s Acts of the
    Apostles, where it allows them to be understood by anybody regardless of the language of the
    person being spoken to.

    Early 1st Century New Testament figures such as John the Baptist and Paul of Tarsus were also
    known for extensively traveling and preaching the Gospel to unreached peoples in the Middle East
    and Europe, although often staying for longer periods than modern itinerant evangelists.

    Mendicant orders are, primarily, certain Christian religious orders that have adopted a lifestyle of
    poverty, traveling, and living in urban areas for purposes of preaching, evangelization, and ministry,
    especially to the poor. At their foundation these orders rejected the previously established monastic
    model. This model prescribed living in one stable, isolated community where members worked at a
    trade and owned property in common, including land, buildings and other wealth. By contrast, the
    mendicants avoided owning property at all, did not work at a trade, and embraced a poor, often
    itinerant lifestyle. They depended for their survival on the goodwill of the people to whom they
    Francis came to this manner of life through a period of personal conversion. The Franciscans
    spread far and wide the devotion to the humanity of Christ, with the commitment to imitate the
    Lord. Many of them were priests and men of learning whose contributions were notable in the
    rapid evolution and contemporary relevance of the movement. Notable Franciscans include
    Anthony of Padua, who were inspirations to the formation of Christian mendicant traditions.


    The Franciscans and Dominicans put into practice a pastoral strategy suited to the social changes.
    The emergence of urban centers meant concentrated numbers of the homeless and the sick. This
    created problems for the parish churches who found themselves unable to address these issues.
    Since many people were moving from the countryside to the cities, they no longer built their
    convents in rural districts but rather in urban zones.

    In another innovation, the mendicant orders relinquished their principle of stability, a classical
    principle of ancient monasticism, opting for a different approach. Unlike the Benedictine monks,
    the mendicants were not permanently attached to any one particular convent and to its abbot.
    Because the orders' primary aim was the evangelization of the masses, the church granted them
    freedom from the jurisdiction of the bishops and they traveled about to convert or reinforce faith.
    The freedom of mendicancy allowed Franciscans and Dominicans mobility. Since they were not tied
    to monasteries or territorial parishes, they were free to take the gospel into the streets, to preach,
    hear confessions and minister to people wherever they were. Friars Minor and Preachers traveled
    with missionary zeal from one place to another.

    Consequently, they organized themselves differently in comparison with the majority of monastic
    orders. Instead of the traditional autonomy that every monastery enjoyed, they gave greater
    importance to the order as such and to the Superior General, as well as to the structure of the
    order Provinces. Their flexibility enabled them to send out the most suitable friars on specific
    missions, and the mendicant orders reached North Africa, the Middle East and Northern Europe.

    As students and professors, Friars Minor and Friars Preacher, Franciscans and Dominicans, entered
    the leading universities of the time, set up study centers, produced texts of great value and were
    protagonists of scholastic theology in its best period and had an important effect on the development
    of thought. The great thinkers, St Thomas Aquinas and St Bonaventure, were mendicants.

    In all the great cities of western Europe, friaries were established, and in the universities theological
    chairs were held by Dominicans and Franciscans. Later in the 13th century they were joined by the
    mendicant orders of Carmelites, Augustinian Hermits, and Servites.

    They attracted a significant level of patronage, as much from townsfolk as aristocrats. Their focus of
    operation rapidly centered on towns where population growth historically outstripped the provision
    of rural parishes. Most medieval towns in Western Europe of any size came to possess houses of one
    or more of the major orders of friars. Some of their churches came to be built on grand scale with large
    spaces devoted to preaching, something of a specialty among the mendicant orders.

    Franciscans who in modern times include:
  1. The Order of Friars Minor (O.F.M.);
  2. The Order of Friars Minor Conventual (O.F.M. Conv.), who are commonly known as the Grey Friars;
  3. The Capuchins (Order of Friars Minor Capuchin) (O.F.M. Cap.), founded 1209; and
  4. The Third Order Regular of St. Francis, whose origins lie in the 15th century
  5. The Third Order Secular of St. Francis (Eric Michel Ministries International)

    Eric Michel Ministries International Multidenominational Community Chaplaincy is a mendicant
    organization, registered as a not-for-profit corporation Canada.

    EMMI founded an association of churches and para-churches in 2017 and operating under the name
    Interdenominational Assembly of Churches who are composed of Clerics regular are priests (clerics)
    who are members of a religious order under a rule of life (regular). Clerics regular differ from canons
    regular in that they devote themselves more to pastoral care, in place of an obligation to the praying
    of the Liturgy of the Hours in common, and have fewer observances in their rule of life.

    Asking money to a mendicant doesn't sound logic, but for a corporation partner in need it as the
    possibility to receive some help from the association under certain conditions, please see:
    Distribution Page.