The Most Reverend Irvin N. Plant, D.D.
Diocesan Ordinary of the South East
Coat of Arms
|1||1908 April 28th + Arnold Harris Mathew, Archbishop, London|
|2||1912 June 29th + Rudolphe de Landes Berges, Bishop, Scotland|
|3||1916 October 4th + Carmel Henry Carfora, Archbishop, Chicago|
|4||1942 July 30th + Hubert Augustus Rogers, Archbishop, New York|
|5||1967 January 21st +James Edward Burns, Staten Island|
|6||1978 May 30th +Edward James Ford, Nova Terra|
|7||2011 October 15th +Irvin Nicholas Plant as the First Bishop of the Diocese of the Southeast.|
Bishop Plant, the first and current Ordinary of the Diocese of the Southeast, born and educated in New Jersey entered the US Navy in 1957. While at Boot Camp, during a chapel service, the chaplain addressed the congregation and asked that those who would give their lives to Christ stand. Fifteen of the nearly five-hundred did so, one of them being Nick Plant. Despite that initial fervor, Nick would not become a regular church goer until his marriage in 1963 to his wife of 55 years, Ruthanne. The Lord however remembered Nick’s first commitment to Him those many years back in Boot Camp and began to call Nick to a fuller role in His own service. Through many twists and turns, struggles and disillusionments, the Holy Spirit led him into a deeper knowledge of the Christian Faith preparing him, even without his knowledge, for a life of service to the Lord. A life of saving people from many physical perils: search and rescue operations in hurricanes, entering burning buildings as a firefighter, serving and protecting people as a police officer, and 20 years of military service protecting the nation and its citizens, was soon to turn into a life of saving souls for Christ. Through the study of the Scriptures Nick became a Catholic, and with the assistance of a trusted friend and Anglican priest, began his studies for the priesthood. Having completed the required reading and studies necessary, and possessing a letter of recommendation from Bishop Robert Mercer of Canada, Nick was ordained to the Sacred Priesthood by Bishop Bruce Chamberlain in 1994. Father Nick Plant has pastored several churches in New Jersey and in Virginia. He entered the North American Old Roman Catholic Church in 2005, and in October of 2011 he was consecrated as the first Bishop of the Diocese of the Southeast. Bishop Plant and his wife have two children: Susan, a restaurant manager in Asbury Park, NJ and Michael a retired police Sargent . They also have 4 grandchildren: Hunter who is serving in the US Air Force, Natalie a graduate of Rutgers, Nicholas a graduate of Rutgers school of Engerning, and Chaselyn who just graduated from Matawan/Aberdeen High School.