As a religious entity, the Chaplaincy under the Archbishop offers the service of the Cathedral Priory of Thomas-Judas under the FAICL (OFE)

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FAICL Thomas-Judas Priory is a virtual monastery of the Third Order of Saint Francis (Order of Franciscans Ecumenical), a community founded in 2011 by the Rev. MICHAEL CUOZZO.

The Priory of Thomas-Judas supports the mission of the Order of St. Francis through the work carried out by the EMMI-FAICL, a small Chaplaincy for the community of first responders in today’s knights: Firefighters, Paramedics, Policemans, Military and all other Emergency Responders. Also, Christians Knights Organizations, whose purpose is to follow in the footsteps of the Knights Templar, including family and friends. We are servicing Eastern Canada with an office in Brownsburg-Chatham, Quebec.

We comply fully with the Charities Governance Code published by the rule of St Francis as a good Samaritan.

The community gathers with guests and visitors at the Grotto chapel or around the recitation of the Divine Office together with the Holy Eucharist. Visitors are always welcome.

Franciscan Abbey of Immanuel Communion of Love, If an abbey church is raised to cathedral status, the abbey became a cathedral priory. The bishop, in effect, took the place of the abbot, and the monastery itself was headed by a prior.

En tant qu’entité religieuse, l’Aumônerie sous l’Archevêque offre le service de la Cathédrale Prieuré Thomas-Judas sous le tiers ordre de Saint François.

FAICL Le Prieuré Thomas-Judas est un monastère virtuel du Tiers Ordre de Saint François (OFE) une communauté fondée en 2011 par le Révérend MICHAEL CUOZZO.

Abbaye franciscaine d’Emmanuel Communion d’Amour, Si une église abbatiale est élevée au rang de cathédrale, l’abbaye devient une cathédrale prieuré . L’évêque, en effet, remplaçait l’abbé, et le monastère lui-même était dirigé par un prieur.

Le Prieuré de Thomas-Judas soutient la mission de l’Ordre de Saint-François à travers le travail réalisé par l’EMMI-FAICL, une petite Aumônerie pour la communauté des premiers répondants en chevaliers d’aujourd’hui : Pompiers, Ambulanciers, Policiers, Militaires et tous autres Intervenants d’urgence. Aussi, les Organisations des Chevaliers Chrétiens, dont le but est de suivre les traces des Templiers, y compris leurs famille et les amis. Nous desservons l’Est du Canada avec un bureau à Brownsburg-Chatham, Québec.

Thomas, who was one of Christ’s original 12 followers, was given the full name Didymus Judas Thomas.

Saint Thomas the Apostle (also known as Judas Thomas or Didymus, meaning “Twin”) was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus who is best known for doubting the resurrection of Jesus and demanding to feel Jesus’ wounds before being convinced (John 20:24-29). This story is the origin of the term “Doubting Thomas.” After seeing Jesus alive, Thomas professed his faith in Jesus, exclaiming, “My Lord and my God!” presenting one of the first clear declarations of Christ’s divinity.

Didymus Judas Thomas in the Categories: Jesus’ Apostles “With Didymus and Thomas both meaning “twin,” the real name here is Judas”. The Acts of Thomas identifies Judas as the Apostle Thomas. The evangelist, John, also identified Thomas as “the twin.”

John 11:16 identifies him as “Thomas, called the Twin.” He is called Judas Thomas (i.e., Judas the Twin) by the Syrians.

THOMAS from Aram. תְּאﯴם, twin, one of the twelve apostles, Matt 10:3; Mark 3:18; Luke 6:15; Acts 1:13). In the fourth gospel, wherever Thomas appears, he is also called “Didymus” (KJV), which is Gr. for “twin” (RSV, John 11:16; 20:24; 21:2). “Thomas,” then, meaning “twin” in Heb., may not be a personal name but an epithet. In Syr.-speaking churches, he was known as Judas Thomas (“Judas the twin”), as is evidenced in the apocryphal Acts of Thomas and in the Syr. MSS where the variants “Thomas” and “Judas Thomas” are used for “Judas (not Iscariot)” in John 14:22 (syrs and syrc respectively). In fact, in the Gr. tr. of the Acts of Thomas, “Judas Thomas” is regarded as the twin of Christ Himself, a view which has been taken seriously by some scholars and is still held as fact by the Mesopotamian church.

The Nag Hammadi copy of the Gospel of Thomas begins: “These are the secret sayings that the living Jesus spoke and Didymus, Judas Thomas, recorded.” Early Syrian traditions also relate the apostle’s full name as Judas Thomas. Some have seen in the Acts of Thomas (written in east Syria in the early 3rd century, or perhaps as early as the first half of the 2nd century) an identification of Thomas with the apostle Judas, Son of James, better known in English as Jude. However, the first sentence of the Acts follows the Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles in distinguishing the apostle Thomas and the apostle Judas son of James. Others, such as James Tabor, identify him as Jude, the brother of Jesus mentioned by Mark. In the Book of Thomas the Contender, part of the Nag Hammadi library, he is alleged to be a twin to Jesus: “Now, since it has been said that you are my twin and true companion, examine yourself…”

A “Doubting Thomas” is a skeptic who refuses to believe without direct personal experience — a reference to the Gospel of John’s depiction of the Apostle Thomas, who, in John’s account, refused to believe the resurrected Jesus had appeared to the ten other apostles until he could see and feel Jesus’ crucifixion wounds.

The Doctrine of the Apostles, as reflected in Cureton 1864, pp. 32–34, attests that Thomas had written Christian doctrine from India. India and all its own countries, and those bordering on it, even to the farther sea, received the Apostle’s hand of Priesthood from Judas Thomas, who was Guide and Ruler in the Church which he built and ministered there”. In what follows “the whole Persia of the Assyrians and Medes, and of the countries round about Babylon… even to the borders of the Indians and even to the country of Gog and Magog” are said to have received the Apostles’ Hand of Priesthood from Aggaeus the disciple of Addaeus.

Quoting Origen, Eusebius of Caesarea says: “When the holy Apostles and disciples of our Saviour were scattered over all the world, Thomas, so the tradition has it, obtained as his portion Parthia…” “Judas, who is also called Thomas,” has a role in the legend of king Abgar of Edessa (Urfa), for having sent Thaddaeus to preach in Edessa after the Ascension,

Mk 6:3//Mt 13:55-56 Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?’ And they took offence at him.

Jesus had a disciple, one of the Twelve named Jude or Judas, other than the traitor Judas Iscariot.

Most Rev Eric Michel Gagnon ThD DDiv DPhil

Prêtre depuis 1988

Fondateur des Ministères Eric Michel International

Aumônerie Catholique Independante dont les valeurs spirituelles sont multiconfessionnelles avec un esprit ouvert a la tolérance religieuses pour une paix mondiale.

FAICL est une église plus ouverte aux autres religions ou foi, même si nous gardons une position chretienne sur ce que nous croyons et qu’elle est accessible à tous les gens, comprendre la foi des autres et accepter de faire partie d’organisations inter-religieux pour promouvoir la paix avec les différentes groupes religieux.

Note : Entre les dénominations, les théologiens, et les religionists comparatifs il y a des désaccords considérables au sujet dont des groupes peuvent correctement s’appeler Christian, désaccords résultant principalement des différences doctrinales entre les groupes. Nous nous disons catholique car le mot d’origine grec veut dire universal.


Most Rev Eric Michel Gagnon ThD DDiv DPhil

Priest since 1988

Founder of Eric Michel Ministries International


Independent Catholic chaplaincy whose spiritual values are multi-confessional with an open mind to religious tolerance for world peace.

FAICL is a church more open to other religions or faiths, although we keep a Christian stance on what we believe, and it is accessible to all people, understand the faith of others and accepts to be part of inter-religious to promote peace with different religious groups.

Note: Between denominations, theologians, and comparative religionists, there are considerable disagreements about which groups can properly be called Christian, disagreements resulting primarily from doctrinal differences between the groups. We call ourselves Catholic because the word of Greek origin means universal.


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En tant qu’entité religieuse, l’Aumônerie sous l’Archevêque offre le service du Prieuré Cathédrale de Thomas-Judas sous le tiers ordre de Saint François.

Le Prieuré FAICL Thomas-Judas est un monastère virtuel du Tiers Ordre de Saint François (Ordre des Franciscains Œcuméniques), une communauté fondée en 2011 par le Révérend MICHAEL CUOZZO.

Le Prieuré de Thomas-Judas soutient la mission de l’Ordre de Saint-François à travers le travail effectué par l’EMMI-FAICL, une petite aumônerie pour la communauté pour les premiers répondants, les motocyclists, les camionneurs et les voyageurs et aussi pour les animaux et les ceux qui les aiment. Nous desservons l’Est du Canada avec un bureau à Brownsburg-Chatham, Québec.

Nous nous conformons pleinement au code de gouvernance des organismes de bienfaisance publié par la règle de saint François en bon samaritain.

Thomas, qui était l’un des 12 premiers disciples du Christ, a reçu le nom complet de Didymos Judas Thomas. Saint Thomas l’Apôtre (également connu sous le nom de Judas Thomas ou Didyme, signifiant “Jumeau”) était l’un des douze apôtres de Jésus qui est surtout connu pour avoir douté de la résurrection de Jésus et exigé de ressentir les blessures de Jésus avant d’être convaincu (Jean 20 : 24-29). Cette histoire est à l’origine du terme “Thomas qui doute”. Après avoir vu Jésus vivant, Thomas a professé sa foi en Jésus, s’exclamant : « Mon Seigneur et mon Dieu ! présentant l’une des premières déclarations claires de la divinité du Christ.

La communauté se réunit avec les invités et les visiteurs à la chapelle de la Grotte ou autour de la récitation de l’Office Divin avec la Sainte Eucharistie. Les visiteurs sont toujours les bienvenus.

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