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"Most Rev. Dr. Robert M. Bowman

Presiding Archbishop, United Catholic Church" ~Short BIO

Most Rev. Dr. Robert M. Bowman

Presiding Archbishop, United Catholic Church

Archbishop Robert M. Bowman is President of the Institute for Space and Security Studies, Executive Director of Christian Support Ministries, and Pastor Emeritus of John XXIII United Catholic Church. The recipient of the Eisenhower Medal, the George F. Kennan Peace Prize, the President's Medal of Veterans for Peace, the Republic Aviation Airpower Award, The Society of American Military Engineers' Gold Medal (twice), the Air Medal with five oak leaf clusters, and numerous other awards, he is one of the country's foremost authorities on space, the environment, and national security.

Until July, 1982, he was a Vice President of Space Communications Company. Before that, Dr. Bowman was Manager, Advanced Space Programs at General Dynamics, responsible for the communications spacecraft product line. Culminating a 22-year Air Force career in 1978, Col. Bowman was Director of Advanced Space Programs Development for the Air Force Space Division. In that capacity, he controlled about half a billion dollars worth of space programs, including the "Star Wars" programs, the existence of which was (at that time) secret. Dr. Bowman taught at five colleges and universities, serving as Associate Professor, Department Head, and Assistant Dean. From 1971 to 1974, Dr. Bowman was responsible for Air Force and NASA contracts in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Southern Asia. In 1969 and 1970, Col. Bowman flew 101 combat missions in Vietnam. He is active in national and international professional societies and chaired eight major conferences. His PhD is in Aeronautics and Nuclear Engineering, from Caltech. Dr. Bowman has lectured at the National War College, the United Nations, Congressional Caucuses, the Academies of Science of six nations, and the House of Lords. He has appeared on McNeil-Lehrer, ABC News, the Larry King Show, Donohue, and Firing Line.  In 1990, he ran for President of the United States, and beat Pat Buchanan in Iowa, Illinois, and California before withdrawing.

Archbishop Bowman has been chair of the Liturgical Commission, Vestry member, canvas captain, preacher, Eucharistic Minister, cantor, choir director, lay reader, deacon, and priest. He was ordained a bishop in April, 1996.  He has been preaching since 1967.   In 1969 he composed "Mass in Honor of Martin Luther King, Jr." When he resigned from industry in 1982 to found ISSS and SHALOM, a Global Interfaith Peace and Justice Network, five of the Bowmans' seven children were in college. One is now a theologian, a second an ordained minister, a third a deacon in the United Catholic Church, and a fourth planning on studying for the ministry. In his wife's chancel drama ministry, Dr. Bowman has portrayed Peter, John the Baptist, and Caiaphus, among others. In 1983, he was appointed by Bishop John Walker to the Episcopal Peace Commission. In 1984, Dr. Bowman was Advisor to a US delegation of church leaders at an international conference hosted by the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow. He has preached at the National Cathedral and at churches of many faiths, including Roman Catholic, Protestant, Anglican, and Orthodox Christian Churches, Jewish synagogues, and a Muslim mosque. He has been keynote speaker for religious and clergy conferences nationwide and has spoken at theological seminaries and at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. He has appeared on numerous Christian radio and TV talk shows, including the 700 Club. He is Presiding Archbishop of the United Catholic Church.

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Date of Message: | April 21, 2009