Michael Patrick O'Connor Cox (born 1945, Michelstown, County Cork, Ireland) is an archbishop in the Irish OLrthodox catholic and Apostolic Church, an independent Catholic denomination. He was ordained a priest on May 1, 1978 and later consecrated as a bishop on April 27, 1982.

Episcopal line

Cox claims Apostolic succession through Pierre Martin Ngô Đình Thục, the former Roman Catholic Archbishop of Huế

Pierre Martin Ngô Đình Thục was ordained as the Roman Catholic titular bishop of Saesina on 4 May 1938: consecrated by Antonin-Fernand Drapier, titular Archbishop of Neocaesarea in Ponto and Apostolic Delegate to Indochina; co-consecrated by Isidore-Marie-Joseph Dumortier, titular Bishop of Lipara and Vicar Apostolic of Saigon, and Dominique Ho Ngoc Cân, titular Bishop of Zenobias and Coadjutor Bishop of Bùi Chu. Thục was Archbishop of Huế from 1960 to 1968, when he resigned at age 70 and was appointed titular archbishop of Bulla Regia.

In early January 1976 (one source says 11 January 1976),[1] Pierre Martin Ngô Đình Thục consecrated five men, including Clemente Domínguez y Gómez, Manuel Alonso Corral, and Camilo Estevez Puga de Maside, as bishops, without authority from Pope Paul VI, causing the consecrations to appear to be valid but illicit. Domínguez and his group, "The Carmelites of the Holy Face", claimed that Paul VI was being prisoner in Rome and that the Virgin Mary had appeared to Domínguez starting in September 1969, condemning Vatican II and other related heresy. Upon performing the consecrations, Thục was declared excommunicated, but repented to the Vatican and had the excommunication lifted.[1] In a decree entitled Decreto con il quale si dichiarano le pene canoniche incorse dall’Arcivescovo Pierre-Martin Ngô-dińh-Thuc e complici per le ordinazioni illecite di presbiteri e vescovi in località “El Palmar de Troya” from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican stated that it would not recognize the ordinations given by Thục, and considered the recipients "for all legal effects, as still in the state in which they were before, except that the ... penalties remain until they repent". Shortly after his consecration as bishop: Most Rev Dr Michael Cox, DD, MA,OMD subsequently appeared on the Late Late Show and explained all concerning his Holy Order. Irish Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church Most Rev Dr Michael Cox, DD, MA, OMD, is responsible for a number of ordinations and consecrations of which Dr Michael Desmond Hynes was one. Dr William Kelman Mackie of Aberdeen, Scotland was another.

Cox left the Palmarian Apparitions' Movement and proceeded to lead an Independent Catholic ministry in Ireland The Irish Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church having being sent to Ireland to further a religious order of the Church The Order Mater Dei (OMD) whose members were originally members of the Palmarian Church who left the order to form an Order dedicated to the Mother of God promoting the Tridentine Mass and old values of the Catholic Church. The Order spread its wings over time and in April 2000 Archbishop Cox was elected Archbishop Patriarch of the Irish Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church for life holding a veto over all clergy should and if they step in or out of line.

On 11 January 2000 Archbishop Cox consecrated Fr Michael Desmond Hynes OMD PhD as Bishop for Ulster and Cooley and in April 2000 Bishop Hynes was made Chancellor for this worldwide religious order as well as serving as Bishop for Ulster and Cooley. On 11 July 2001, Bishop Hynes was raised to the rank of Archbishop for Ulster and Cooley.

In April 2000 Archbishop Cox consecrated Dr Mackie who was then appointed Chancellor of the Order but stepped down in August to become Dean of Studies for the Order. In 2001 Bishop Mackie, who was by now Bishop-Abbot of the Celtic Church in Scotland, was raised to the rank of Archbishop of Alba (Scotland) in a ceremony in Cree Church, Birr, County Offaly, the Mother Church of the Order. Their Orders are considered valid by Rome.

On Sunday 12 December 2004, having performed the marriage of his mother Helen to his now late step father Norman, Archbishop Mackie, resigned from the Order Mater Dei and from the Celtic Church in Scotland following a revelation calling him to prepare for Revival. In April 2006 Dr. Mackie was re-ordained into the Pentecostal Church.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Boyle, Terrence J. (2007-10-15). "Seventh Lineage (Thuc Consecrations)". Outline of Episcopi Vagantes. Washington, D.C.. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
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