The Archbishop Primate of the Nicene Catholic Apostolic Church (Autocephalous Catholic Church of Antioch) is His Grace the Most Reverend Leon Roger Hunt. The Nicene Catholic Apostolic Church is in communion with a number of ecclesiastical bodies, among which are the Canonical Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Ukraine (Metropolia of Mexico), the Lutheran Church of St. Peter and St. Paul in Europe (which has succession from the Orthodox Churches of the East) and Corpus Una, the Independent Catholic Fellowship of USA.
Archbishop Leon Roger received a Grammar School education in London, U.K., during which time he was also privately tutored in philosophy and comparative religion by Burmese diplomat U Maung Maung Ji, former political secretary to Mahatma Gandhi and associate of Nehru and U Thant. In later studies the archbishop specialized in theology, biblical Hebrew, classical Greek and Latin. He holds a research doctorate in theology and an honorary doctorate in divinity. His interest in psychology led him to London psychotherapist Buntie Wills, disciple of Carl Jung’s colleague Toni Sussman. He studied Jungian psychology with Buntie for six years. Leon Roger was ordained to priesthood on 12 June, 1982, in U.S.A., and consecrated to the episcopate on 27 November, 2010, in U.K. The Archbishop's Apostolic lineage includes succession from Churches of both the East and the West: including succession from the Coptic Orthodox Church of Ethiopia, from the Brazilian Catholic Apostolic Church, from the Russian Orthodox Church, from the Old Calendarist Bishops of ROCOR and from the Old Catholic Church of Holland.
Leon Roger Hunt lived in U.S.A. from 1979 to 1989, where he served as Senior Chaplain of Sanctuary House, a Healing Home run by the Rev. Robert Williams McKewin, Executive Director of Lordsway Incorporated, and Rector of the Episcopal Church of St. Andrew in South St. Paul, Minnesota. As Chaplain of Sanctuary House he was also Christian Counsellor to the emotionally and mentally disturbed residents thereof.
Archbishop Leon Roger is a member of the Ecumenical Council of the Lutheran Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, and Superior General of the Society of the Christian Life. He is a Knight Grand Cross of St. Paul, and Lieutenant Grand Cross of the Order of St. Paul for the United Kingdom. The Order of St. Paul itself was officially constituted with the agreement and blessing of His Beatitude Ignatius IV, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch, and is under the protection of the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, the Oriental and Orthodox Churches and the Militia Sancti Pauli. The initial and avowed purpose of the Order of St. Paul was 'to protect the Christians of Syria'; but during past years its purpose has been pragmatically re-defined as 'to protect Christians and the Christian Faith'. By virtue of his episcopal authority, and as Lieutenant Grand Cross of the Order of St. Paul, in the Spring of 2018 Archbishop Leon Roger authorized and inaugurated the Religious and Chivalric Order of St. Philip of Hierapolis, an ecumenical Order of Knighthood which continues in the tradition of the Sovereign Order of St. Paul and the blessed inspiration of Patriarch Ignatius IV of Antioch.
Leon Roger bears the hereditary French title of Vicomte de Saint Bernard, bestowed with Letters Patent from the Princely House of Burckle, Antigonis, Aarburg, 28th November, 2016: his Coat-of-Arms being recorded in Armorial Mondial vol. 4, Ordre Souverain de Saint Paul.
Archbishop Leon Roger is a theologian and historian. He is the author of translations from the works of St. Bernard of Clairvaux, and has published extensive studies on liturgical matters, on the Mediaeval Pattern of the Spiritual Life and on the religious elements inherent in Mediaeval Chivalric Tradition.