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Apostolic Line of Succession of The Right Reverend James R. Judd 
Monsignor Thomas was ordained to the priesthood in 2002 through the Apostolic Line of Succession of The Right Reverend James R. Judd.

The Apostolic Succession is that line of bishops that stretches back to Our Lord's calling of His Apostles.  It is from the Apostolic Line of Succession that all validly-ordained priests (be they Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican, or Old Catholic) have received their priesthood and may administer the sacraments.  For most Roman Catholic and Old Catholic bishops, the written record of their Line can be traced back to 1541.  It is from this Line that Msgr. Thomas received his ordination to the priesthood.

 

History of Old Catholicism 
I am often asked to explain the world-wide Old Catholic Church to which I belong.  This short explanation and history answers that question.  It also includes links to additional information about Old Catholicism.

 

Ramsey County (Minnesota) Sheriff's Department
Here is where I serve as a Sheriff's Chaplain.

 

Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma
(University of Washington)

Useful for anyone who has suffered a traumatic experience or works with those who have (e.g., chaplains, public safety officials, social workers).

Although designed to help journalists be sensitive to those they must interview, the site provides useful advice for anyone who must work with victims of trauma and disaster. This includes how to deal with one's own exposure to trauma from dealing with victims.  Resources include free online courses.

 

Pro-Bosqueda
An organization that reunites Salvadoran children and families who were separated during El Salvador's decades of civil war. For this group I provide investigative services, using my years of experience in law enforcement and as a civilian investigator.  Read about my involvement with them in my "Social Justice" section.

 

COMADRES 
Committee of Mothers and Relatives of Political Prisoners, Disappeared and Assassinated of El Salvador.  I financially support their good works.

 

Global Awareness Through Experience Program (GATE) 
If you want to experience the struggles and triumphs of those who live in the Third World, contact GATE.  They lead trips to Central America where you live, eat and see the world from the eyes of indigenous peoples. You and others on your tour will visit with human rights organizations and religious working within the community.  GATE is operated by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, Lacrosse, Wisconsin.

Read about my experience through them in my "Journeys" pages.

 

Animal Humane Society of Minnesota 
Prior to my becoming a priest, I worked as an investigator for the Minnesota Federated Humane Societies.  Although the MFHS has no website,
I offer the AHSM's site if you want to learn more about investigative work for animal welfare here in Minnesota.

 

Grand Lodge of Minnesota (Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of Minnesota).  
I belong to the Minnesota lodge of this ancient and world-wide fraternity "dedicated to the principles of Political Freedom, Religious Tolerance, and Personal Integrity."

 

Society for the Preservation & Appreciation of Antique Motor Fire Apparatus in America (SPAAMFAA)
One of my hobbies.

 

 
The Reverend Monsignor Thomas Knopf-Bigelow
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