Rutherford Cardinal Johnson-ffairclogh-de Sainte Animie, Count of Sainte Animie is the
Patriarch of the Old Holy Roman Church of the English Rite (Anglican
Rite Roman Catholic Church), an Imperial Old Roman Catholic Patriarchate with
Anglican tradition descended from the See of Utrecht, which was
granted autonomy by the Holy See in 1145. He previously served as 6th
Bishop of the Diocese and Metropolitan of the Archdiocese of the
Southwest. Cardinal Johnson was elected Patriarch of Saint Stephen in
2011 by the Patriarchal Electors. By his office, he is titular
Elector of Würzburg in the Holy Roman Empire, Cardinal Deacon of
Santa Maria Antiqua in
and 3rd Cardinal Prince
of Florence in succession of office from Leo X and Ferdinand
I de' Medici.
in the Roman Communion, Mgr. Rutherford's priestly formation began
as a youth and continued through his formal secular education. His Eminence was raised in Rancho la Costa, California,
and the southern United States, travelling regularly to his ancestral Europe, including Italy, France, the Holy See, Germany,
England, Scotland, and the Netherlands. The Patriarch possesses a diverse, multi-disciplinary education and holds a
Graduate Certificate in Business Communications from Harvard University Extension School, a Bachelor's degree in Applied Physics and a Masters degree in Economic from Georgia Tech, a PhD in Agricultural Economics
from the University of Kentucky, a Licentiate and Doctorate of Canon Law, and a Licentiate and Doctorate of Sacred Theology from Pontifical
Georgian College, the Patriarchal See's principal seminary. In addition to being a canon attorney and jurist, he
is an economics professor and former university chaplain, and now
serves as Regent of Pontifical Georgian College.
Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America, Cardinal Count Rutherford remains
active in service and philanthropy supporting various charitable
outreach programs and apostolates. He has been honoured by the
Governors of Kentucky, Alabama, and Texas for his leadership and
service and is a recipient of the U.S. President's Volunteer Service
Award Gold Medal and the U.S. President's Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Cardinal served as an officer in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. He participated in homeland defense efforts
during the Global War on Terrorism and is a plankowner (charter member) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
As part of his ministry in the Patriarchate of St. Stephen, he serves in the Walsingham Guard, the humanitarian wing of
the Patriarchate with a military heritage dating back to 1190 in Acre during the Crusades. By virtue of his office,
he holds the honourary rank of First Marshal of the Patriarchate and the honourary post of First Captain of the Naval Guard. He hold several uniformed service qualifications,
including patrol boat command, navigation, signals operations, search and rescue, and flood rescue operations.
His Eminence's own
Norman-Franco-Italian heritage parallels the Roman and English ecclesiastical heritage of
the Church he shepherds. In addition to English, the Patriarch speaks
his ancestral languages of Italian and French, as well as Spanish,
German, and Latin.