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William Anthony Higginbotham

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William Anthony Higginbotham
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Bishop William Anthony Higginbotham
Native nameWilliam Anthony Higginbotham
Born1974/02/03
🏡 ResidenceTabor City, North Carolina
🏳️ NationalityAmerican
💼 Occupation
Celtic Bishop
Styles of
William Anthony Higginbotham
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Reference styleHis Excellency
Spoken styleYour Excellency
Religious styleBishop

William Anthony Marie Higginbotham is an American Celtic bishop who serves as patriarch of the Church of Ireland in the Americas.

The biography on his parish website reads: "Archbishop William A. Higginbotham, OSB hails from Gaston, North Carolina and studied for a time at both St. Meinrad College Seminary and East Carolina University.  He was solemnly professed and ordained a deacon on May 9, 2009 by Archbishop Charles Klugart, SGS.  He was ordained to the priesthood and raised abbot on 10 February, 2010 by Bishop Gregory Godsey of the Ancient Apostolic Communion. Under Bishop Godsey he served as the church’s Chief Exorcist.  Upon the dissolution of the Ancient Apostolic Communion, he joined the Church of Ireland in North America under Patriarch Archbishop Patrick Cronk, OSB and continued as Chief Exorcist and also took on duties as the church’s Provost and Abbot Primate. Archbishop William was consecrated a bishop by Archbishop Patrick Cronk, OSB, Archbishop Niel Christiansen, csef and Bishop David Biery on June 7, 2012 and was later that year raised Archbishop and Archabbot by the Patriarch. While fighting to the end, his battle with cancer, Patriarch Patrick named Archbishop William his successor and upon Archbishop Patrick’s passing to glory on 30 December, 2014, Archbishop William took over as Patriarch of the Church of Ireland in North America, which this then shortly thereafter renamed the Church of Ireland in the Americas. Abp. William is a disabled veteran, Chaplain for the local post of the American Legion, Tabor City Post 507 and is the District Chaplain of his American Legion district.  He has two teenage daughters, a dog and an open mind and heart....The Archbishop is now also a Chaplain with the Tabor City Police Department and can be reached there on Wednesday afternoons."

Contact Information[edit]

103 Turlington Drive, Tabor City, North Carolina 28463[1]

(910) 653-3338 work[2]

ourladyhelpofchristians@gmail.com[3]

Eucharistic Communities[edit]
Title Community City Years
St. Jude the National Cathedral Tabor City, North Carolina
Other Ministries[edit]
Title Ministry Years
Patriarch Church of Ireland in the Americas 2014-
Chaplain American Legion, Tabor City Post 507
Chaplain Tabor City Police Department
Archbishop & Archabbot Church of Ireland in the Americas
Chief Exorcist, Provost & Abbot Primate Church of Ireland in the Americas
Abbott & Chief Exorcist Ancient Apostolic Communion 2010-
Significant Dates[edit]
  • 3 Feb 1974 - Born in Gaston, North Carolina
  • 9 May 2009 - Ordained to the Diaconate by Charles Klugart
  • 10 February 2010 - Ordained to the Presbyterate by Gregory Godsey (Ancient Apostolic Communion)
  • 7 June 2012 - Consecrated to the Episcopate by Patrick Cronk, David Biery & Neil Christensen
Education[edit]
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