Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana Archives

Rev. Francis John Edmund Barwell-Walker

The Rev. Francis J. Barwell-Walker was born in London, England, on 25 October 1881, the son of Thomas Walker and Catherine (Barwell). He married Amy Louisa Largen on London on 8 July 1908. Barwell-Walker was a graduate of the University of Durham and came to the United States in 1909. He received a BA degree from Oskaloosa College in Iowa in 1910, and later a Bachelor of Divinity in 1912. He later receive two Master's degrees from Highland University in Kansas and Muskingum College in Ohio in 1915. He had initially studied pharmacy, but then began his ecclesiastical career as an organist and lay reader from 1896 to 1911. He was ordained a deacon in 1911 and a priest in 1912. From 1911 to 1915 he served as rector of Ascension Church in Ontonagan and St. George's Church in Hancock, Michigan. He then moved to St. George's Church in Murphysboro, Illinois, and eventually became rector of St. Paul's Church in La Porte, where he served from 1918 to 1927. In 1923 he became interested in the little-known Abbey-Principality of San Luigi and was ordained as Prince-Abbot Edmund I by Archbishop Frederick E. J. Lloyd of the American Catholic Church. Under the Order of the Crown of Thorns, he was as a grand master designate on 1 June 1923. Some churches recognized the validity of these orders while others did not. The reactions of Bishop White and Bishop Gray are unknown, but they do not seem to have affected his role as a priest in the diocese. He remained in La Porte until 1927, when he was discharged to the Diocese of Q'Appelle in Canada. Eventually, he resigned from the Anglican Church, went into the insurance business, and maintained his office the Abbey Principality of San Luigi, eventually becoming a Grand Master. He moved to California and resided in Santa Margarita in 1930 and Atascadero in 1940. He died in San Luis Obispo County on 2 April 1963.


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