John Vockler

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The Most Reverend
John Vockler
Archbishop emeritus of the Anglican Catholic Church, Bishop emeritus of the Diocese of New Orleans
ChurchAnglican Catholic Church
In office2001-2005
SuccessorMark Haverland
Other postsAssistant Bishop of Adelaide, Bishop of Polynesia (Anglican Communion)
Personal details
Born(1924-07-22)July 22, 1924
Sydney, Australia
DiedFebruary 6, 2014(2014-02-06) (aged 89)

John Charles Vockler FODC (22 July 1924 - 6 February 2014) was an Australian bishop and Franciscan friar. He was originally a bishop in the Anglican Church of Australia, but later would become the primate of the Anglican Catholic Church, a Continuing Anglican church.[1]

Vockler was educated at the University of Adelaide and ordained as an Anglican priest in 1948.[2] He was an assistant priest at Christ Church Cathedral, Newcastle then vice-warden of St John's College, University of Queensland. After a short time in New York he was a lecturer in theology at St John’s Theological College, Morpeth, New South Wales. Later he was Archdeacon of the Eyre Peninsula and an assistant bishop in the Diocese of Adelaide. In 1963 he became the Bishop of Polynesia,[3] a post he held for five years. After resigning as Bishop of Polynesia in 1968, he was professed as an Anglican Franciscan friar and was later a member of the more conservative Franciscan Order of the Divine Compassion. After moving to the United States he was initially an assistant bishop in the Episcopal Diocese of Quincy.

He was received into the Anglican Catholic Church in 1994. He initially resided at Holyrood Seminary in Liberty, New York, but was appointed bishop of the Anglican Catholic Church's Diocese of New Orleans in 1999 in succession to Bishop Dean Stephens who had died suddenly earlier that year. He was the Archbishop of the Anglican Catholic Church from 2001 to 2005. He retired as both Archbishop of the ACC and Bishop of New Orleans in 2005 and moved to his native Australia.

As an author he wrote several books, including Can Anglicans Believe Anything: The Nature and Spirit of Anglicanism, One Man’s Journey (1972); and Two Paths to Holiness.

Vockler died peacefully at his home in Australia, early in the morning on the old Feast of St. Titus, on 6 February 2014.[4]


  1. ^ “Who was Who” 1897-2007 London, A & C Black, 2007 ISBN 978-0-19-954087-7
  2. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1975-76 London: Oxford University Press, 1976 ISBN 0-19-200008-X
  3. ^ The Times, 5 June 1963, p. 9.
  4. ^ "Announcements". Anglican Catholic Church website, announcements page. Anglican Catholic Church. Retrieved 7 Feb 2014.
Anglican Communion titles
Preceded by
Leonard Stanley Kempthorne
Bishop of Polynesia
Succeeded by
John Tristram Holland