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René Vilatte

French Old Catholic bishop

Died when: 75 years 165 days (905 months)
Star Sign: Aquarius


René Vilatte

Joseph René Vilatte (January 24, 1854 – July 8, 1929), also known religiously as Mar Timotheus I, was a French–American Christian leader active in France and the United States.

He was associated with several Christian denominations before his ordination as a priest by a Christian Catholic Church of Switzerland (CKS) bishop at the request of an Episcopal Church (USA) bishop for service in an Episcopal diocese.

Eventually, he was reconciled with the Roman Catholic Church and voluntarily entered under a solemn vow of abjuration.Vilatte was later consecrated as a bishop by Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church bishops, with the knowledge and permission of the Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch.

After being expelled from multiple denominations, he was considered an example of an episcopus vagans, or "wandering bishop".Although never a bishop within an Old Catholic denomination or sect and denounced by the Union of Utrecht Old Catholic churches, Vilatte became known as the "first Old Catholic bishop of the United States".

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