United Episcopal Catholic Communion, The Solomonic Order of St.Michael the Archangel

Archbishop Michael R Vendegna S.O.S.M.A
Former Prior General  and Founder 

Archbishop Michael R. Vendegna, the Prior General of The Solomonic Order of Saint Michael the Archangel, founded the Order on July 19, 2017. Before establishing the Order, he had served as the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of the Sacred Heart and the Diocese of St. Michael The Archangel in the United States. Despite retiring from the priesthood, he maintained his holy orders and dedicated himself to the Order. The Order follows the precepts of loyalty to God and devotion to the Order, following the traditions of the Council of Trent and the Roman Catholic Church. Archbishop Michael R. Vendegna was a man of great dedication to God and his work within the Order. As stated in Deuteronomy 33:27, the eternal God is our refuge, and we are under his never-ending protection.

Vicar General of International S.O.S.M.A / Exorcist
Arz. Gustavo Nazarí
Q.E.P.D. 1974-2022

On May 13, 2022, we sadly announce the passing of our beloved brother and Vicar General of the International Order. It is with heavy hearts that we share this news. Our dear brother will join our Lord and the Saints in eternal rest. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his loved ones during this difficult time.
The United Episcopal Catholic Communion, Solomonic Order of Saint Michael the Archangel Religious Order, was founded on September 1, 2017, by former Prior General Rev. Archbishop Vendegna and former Rev. Archbishop Rawcliffe. After the passing of the founder, Fr. Kenneth Torres, D.D. took over leadership.

Our monastery-based church, affiliated with the Solomonic Order of St. Michael the Archangel (S.O.S.M.A.), is in San Francisco, California. We are open to all faiths and walks of life, operating as a Monastery, Home Base Ministry, and Virtual Ministry.

S.O.S.M.A. has an Arch Diocese in San Francisco and another in California, with a new Diocese in Columbia, South America, led by Archbishop Father Cristian Camilo Piedrahita. Archbishop Kenneth Torres oversees the Archdiocese of California.

As an independent Catholic Faith-Based Monastery Church under the Old Catholic Church, we conduct daily Mass and offer prayers for various needs. Our services include weddings, funerals, baptisms, and ceremonies for people of all faiths. If you have any questions, please get in touch with +1-(650) 204-0211.

S.O.S.M.A. features a Seminary for priest formation and Exorcism Studies for clergy appointed by their bishops. Our affiliated seminary is St. Charles Borromeo Seminary ( [https://sgecc.org/SCBSeminary/](https://sgecc.org/SCBSeminary/). Note that exorcism training is conducted separately by Archbishop Torres.

Our Archdiocese operates 24/7, and priests are available at any time. In case of sickness or someone passing away, call +1-(707) 652-8490. During the Lenten Season, the San Francisco Diocese is open 24/7 for similar needs.

Every day, a Mass is said for communities and departed souls seeking forgiveness for their sins.

Leadership includes Rev. Archbishop Kenneth Torres, D.D., Reverend Mother Talia Samedi, Rev. Archbishop Cristian Piedrahita, and Ret. Rev. Archbishop Matthew J. Rawcliffe.

S.O.S.M.A. USA, founded by Rev. Archbishop Michael R. Vendegna and Archbishop Matthew J. Rawcliffe, has administrators in various states, including Archbishop Kenneth Torres and Archbishop Cristian Camilo Piedrahita. We are part of the United Episcopal Catholic Communion of the Solomonic Order Of Saint Michael The Archangel USA.

We welcome individuals of all faiths to consider becoming ordained clergy or joining us. Contact Archbishop Kenneth Torres, D.D. at +1-(707) 652-8490 for information.

We are not affiliated with the Vatican/Rome, but our recognition is based on "DOMINUS IESUS," Pope John Paul II issued on June 16, 2000. The Roman Catholic Church acknowledges our ties through apostolic succession and a valid Eucharist.

[Link to "DOMINUS IESUS"](https://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_con_cfaith_doc_20000806_dominus-iesus_en.html)

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Clergy of the S.O.S.M.A USA

 Prior General, Archbishop Kenneth Torres D.D. 
 S.O.S.M.A / S.O.S.M
 Chief Exorcist / Formation at SOSMA Seminary/ Chaplain
Fr. Kenneth Torres, D.D., MPC, is a Wounded United States Marine veteran in California. He was ordained as clergy with SOSMA on May 06, 2021, and as a deacon with The Solomonic Order of Saint Michael the Archangel Religious Order on May 14, 2021.
Additionally, he is a member of The Solomonic Order of Saint Michael the Archangel and currently serves as the Archbishop of their California Diocese. Initially, he was ordained as a priest with The Solomonic Order of Saint Michael the Archangel in South Carolina on August 08, 2021.
Father Kenneth also holds the position of Chaplain in their Chaplain Corps and is responsible for the Formation and orientation of those attending their seminary program.
In 2023, Bishop Torres was appointed as the Chief Exorcist by former Archbishop Matthew Rawcliffe.
He also serves as the Presiding authority of S.O.S.M.A., The Seminary, and the Formation of new Deacons and Priests.
He holds a Doctorate of Divinity and a Master's in Pastoral Counseling.
He is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and a board-certified mental health coach.
On June 12, 2022, he was appointed as the Prior General of their Archdiocese.

Archbishop Cristian Camilo Piedrahita Montoya S.O.S.M.A
Archbishop Cristian is the esteemed Chief Exorcist and Archbishop of SOSMA International. He is a dedicated member of the Clergy of SOSMA and was consecrated as Archbishop on September 25th, 2021, in our newly established diocese in Columbia, South America. With strong faith and impressive credentials, Archbishop Cristian is a Lutheran Archbishop and skilled Exorcist, bringing great expertise to the Order in Columbia. He also holds the position of Assistant Chief Exorcist within the Solomonic Order of Saint Michael the Archangel International. In his leadership role, Archbishop Cristian oversees the operations and activities of SOSMA International, ensuring the mission and goals of the Order are carried out with excellence and integrity.

Mother Superior Sister Talia Samedi S.O.S.M.A
Sister Talia is the mother superior of our nuns at our parish and the assistant to The Prior General, Archbishop Ken Torres, D.D. Together, they oversee the operations of our entire order. If you have any questions or need help, please contact Sister Talia. mothersuperior@sosmausa.com

Deacon Ron Stokes

Ron Stokes is a former Episcopalian acolyte who dedicated many years to serving God and his community by spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. He has transferred to the SOSMA and is undergoing formation for the priesthood. Ron's area of expertise is demonology, and he uses his knowledge to train and mentor individuals about the perils of engaging in the occult.

Deacon Neil Amerson

Deacon Neil Amerson, a former Pentecostal church member, is training to become a priest. In addition to his studies, he is actively involved in our Chaplaincy for Truckers program, providing spiritual guidance to fellow truckers while on the road. Neil is a valuable member of the Georgia Diocese.

Sister Savannah Romero

Savannah is a valuable resource for our sisterhood, providing a wealth of experience in her ministry. As she completes her training, she will work alongside Mother Superior to recruit and train new Sisters. In addition, she is involved in counseling for drug and alcohol addiction.


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We are Affiliated with the Sacred Order of St. Michael the Archangel,  SOSM
Founded by Archbishop Ron Feyl and started in 1982.
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Archbishop Matthew J. Rawcliffe (Retired)

Retired Clergy

Archbishop Matthew J. Rawcliffe (Retired) is a former clergy member who dedicated many years of service to the church. With his extensive knowledge and experience in religious matters, he held a significant position of authority and leadership within the clergy. As a retired clergy, Matthew J. Rawcliffe continues to contribute to the community by providing guidance, wisdom, and support to others on their spiritual journey.

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Is Independent Catholicism even Catholic?

Yes, definitely. There are several expressions of Catholicism, and many churches comprise the "one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church" professed by all.

The Roman Catholic Church is the world's largest and most well-known expression of Catholicism. In Asia and Eastern Europe, however, the most prominent face of Catholicism is the Orthodox Catholic Church, which possesses over 300 million adherents and which excommunicated the Roman Catholic Church in 1054 A.D. for its deviance from the ancient creed of the Church, its insistence on unleavened bread, and its imposition of the novelty of clerical celibacy.

What do all Catholic churches have in common?

All Catholic and most Christian churches profess faith in the "one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church."

Relating with one another as sister churches, these members of the universal Church believe that by baptism, we become members of the one Body of Christ and are nourished by the eucharist. The apostolic faith handed down to us also teaches that there are other sacraments we celebrate during crucial moments in life.

Like sisters in the same family, these churches share various similarities but differ. As sister churches, most of our differences are administrative and disciplinary, but some are ecclesiological and theological. Differences are to be expected; not all sisters are the same.

Still, we are united by those bonds that we all hold dear: baptism, eucharist, and apostolic

How can Independent Catholic churches claim to be apostolic churches?

The litmus test of any Catholic church is apostolic succession. Most Independent Catholic bishops are validly consecrated by other bishops possessing valid lines of series from the apostles, including the lines of apostolic succession from the Roman Catholic Church, the Old Catholic Church, the Malankara/Syrian/Jacobite Churches, and various Orthodox Churches.

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; all things were made through him. For us and our salvation, he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became truly human. For our sake, he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day, he rose again by the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the Father's right hand. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end. We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father [and the Son], who is worshiped and glorified with the Father and the Son, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

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1. Say the Creed.
2. Say the Our Father.
3. Say three Hail Marys.
4. Say the Glory be to the Father.
5. Announce the Mystery, then say the Our Father.
6. Say ten Hail Marys while meditating on the Mystery.
7. Say the Glory be.
8. Say the Fatima Decade Prayer.

After the last decade, say the Hail Holy Queen, the versicle, and the concluding prayer.

Make the sign of the cross to conclude the devotion.
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