Why St. Joachim's?

Many of us seek a real spiritual community which is loving, inclusive, spiritually lively and empowering of people of all genders, races and sexualities, both rich and poor.

The Johannite tradition represents just such a community. Guided by direct, experiential contact with the Divine, our tradition encourages personal responsibility and freedom of thought and practice.

Join us for a service or one of our social gatherings and let us help you discover your own personal relationship with the Divine. Gnosticism is real and alive in Los Angeles!


Gnostic.

We believe a personal, intimate relationship with the Divine is not only possible, but necessary.  We delight in the freedom to choose how we understand our tradition and to explore other paths.


Esoteric.

We believe that this relationship takes conscientious effort on behalf of the individual to gain the knowledge necessary to uncover its secrets and hidden meanings.


Christian.

We fully embrace the beauty and mystery of the living Christian tradition: candles and incense, ancient rites such as baptism and the eucharist and robed male and female priests. 


Inclusive.

 

We welcome ANYONE who comes respectfully and openly to our services.  Come as you are and share our pilgrimage toward the Divine.

  

 

Who was St. Joachim?

Joachim of Fiore, also known as Joachim of Flora and in Italian Gioacchino da Fiore (c. 1135 – 30 March 1202), was the founder of the monastic order of San Giovanni in Fiore. He was a mystic, a theologian, and an esotericist.  

The mystical basis of his teaching is his doctrine of the "eternal gospel," founded on an interpretation of Revelation 14:6 (Rev 14:6, "Then I saw another angel flying in midheaven, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth—to every nation and tribe and language and people." NRSV translation.)

His theories can be considered millenarian; he believed that history, by analogy with the Trinity, was divided into three fundamental epochs:

  • The Age of the Father, corresponding to the Old Testament, characterized by obedience of mankind to the Rules of God;
  • The Age of the Son, between the advent of Christ and 1260, represented by the New Testament, when Man became the son of God;
  • The Age of the Holy Spirit, impending (in 1260), when mankind was to come in direct contact with God, reaching the total freedom preached by the Christian message. The Kingdom of the Holy Spirit, a new dispensation of universal love, would proceed from the Gospel of Christ, but transcend the letter of it. 

According to Joachim, only in this third Age will it be possible to really understand the words of God in its deepest meanings, and not merely literally.

(Adapted from Wikipedia)

 


Our Rector: Rev. Fr. John J. DiGilio

John DiGilio is the Senior Director of Research & Intelligence for LAC Group’s LibSource division. He has 20 years of large law firm library and legal information vendor experience. John has proudly been affiliated with such industry standouts as Thomson Reuters, K&L Gates, and Reed Smith LLP where he was the National Manager of Research Services for almost a decade.

John is very active in the law and law library communities. He has written for numerous regional and national publications as well as taught college and graduate courses in such topics as business ethics, e-commerce, fair employment practices, research methodology and business law. He also enjoys talking about technology and leadership to various library organizations and has spoken all over the United States, Canada, and even the Caribbean.

John earned his Juris Doctorate from Pepperdine University School of Law and his Master of Library & Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Information Sciences. He is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of On Firmer Ground, a blog by and for law firm librarians, and his own information tech blog, TILT. He is also the co-editor of the popular Pinhawk Law Librarian Digest.

He is a Priest in the AJC and the leader of our LA Parish, St. Joachim of Fiore.  In addition to his work with the AJC, John is also a practicing Soto Zen Buddhist and student of Vedanta.