“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.” -John 17:20-23
We are a growing interdependent Ecumenical Free Catholic Communion of autocephalous jurisdictions and ministries in the tradition of the Old Catholic Church of Utrecht. Our bishops are validly consecrated within the historic Apostolic Succession of Catholic tradition and through that we ordain priests and deacons to serve God’s people in God’s one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church.
We are a varied communion with each jurisdiction, diocese, or religious order answering a local call to ministry and worship, deciding on who is ordained, how they worship, and what additional rules of governance they may follow in conjunction with an over all agreed upon Constitution and Canons; keeping the decision making local as did the early church. As a result, our communion offers a great variety of diversity from one associate jurisdiction and or ministry to another.
Within the communion, the various expressions of the Church relate to one another in a covenantal manner guided by mutual respect, acceptance, patience, and love.
Each expression of the Church has responsibilities and rights in relation to the others, to the end that the whole Communion will seek God’s will and be faithful to God’s mission together as a community of believers.
Our commonality is expressed in the shared proclamation of the Good News of the Gospels, the celebration of the Seven Historical Sacraments, and particularly experienced within the Holy Eucharist itself, in the sharing of the Body and Blood of Christ. This is where we become a redeemed and united people, “because there is one Bread, we who are many are one Body, for we all partake of the one Bread.”
If you and or your worship group feel led to inquire about joining our communion please contact one of the Convening Bishops and feel free to ask any questions you might have. We would be delighted to contemplate sharing our communion with you. Affiliation draws us closer to one another as worshiping bodies, but offers the autonomy indigenous to most Independent or Old Catholic bodies. Affiliation is offered in three distinct and different ways, a concordat of intercommunion, an associate jurisdictional membership, or a simple ministerial alliance. We would welcome your discernment in joining in fellowship with us as you may see fit.
- Associate Jurisdiction - An associate membership offers a more formal affiliation whereby the inquiring jurisdiction becomes an actual member of Christ’s Catholic Church: An Ecumenical Free Catholic Communion while still maintaining their local autonomy but joining together in a larger communion for fellowship, shared ministry, ecclesiastical endorsement, structural support, and shared governance. Christ’s Catholic Church and the affiliating member sign off on and agree to be held mutually accountable by The Constitution and Canons of Christ’s Catholic Church..
- Concordat of Intercommunion - A concordat of intercommunion is a process whereby bishops accept one another’s ministries as valid and similar enough to share clergy and offer one another the Sacraments. Christ’s Catholic Church and the affiliating member sign off on the Declaration of Common Faith, Purpose, and Intercommunion.
- Ministerial Alliance - Embracing our ecumenical nature we also offer a less formal avenue of affiliation in simply allying ministries for mutual support, fellowship, and edification where no papers are signed, no agreements reached but rather affiliation through a natural acceptance of recognition, fellowship and support.
If you and or yours feel called, please don’t hesitate to contact us! Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions or FAQ page. Also be sure to familiarize yourself with our foundational documents: The Constitution and Canons of Christ’s Catholic Church. If you wish to make application to the Ecumenical Free Catholic Communion you may do so by downloading the application and following the enclosed instructions. Thank you again for your interest in our Ecumenical Free Catholic Communion!
Christ Catholic Church Diocese of the Prince of Peace
The Rt. Rev. Brian Ernest Brown, OSH – Fayetteville, AR
The Rt. Rev. Brian Burch – Toronto, Ontario
The Rt. Rev. Dave Pflueger – Tacoma, WA
Diocese of Saint Brighid of Cill Dara
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Meredydd Jane Harper – Carbondale, IL
Diocese of Saint Dunstan
The Rt. Rev. Wulfric Andrew Eugene Kyle, OSH – Cambridge, OH
Diocese of Saint Mary and All Saints
The Rt. Rev. Mel Borham, OSH – Wrentham, MA
Diocese of Saint Michael and All Angels
The Very Rev. James Edwards Rodgers – San Fernando, La Union Philippines
Diocese of the Epiphany
The Rt. Rev. David Cronan – Chicago, IL
Diocese of the Gentle Shepherd
The Rt. Rev. Carl Matthews, OSH – Goldston, NC
The Episcopal Ministries of Bishop Lawrence Michael Cameron, OAC
The Rt. Rev. Lawrence Michael Cameron – South Bend, IN
Compassionate Society of Christ
Rev. Brother Peter St. Mary Avitabile, CSC – New York, NY
Order of the Shepherd’s Heart
The Rt. Rev. Brian Ernest Brown, OSH – Fayetteville, AR
Society of the Servants of the Prince of Peace
The Rev. Deacon Bruce Davison, OSH SSPP – Oklahoma City, OK
+Schools and Seminaries
Concordat of Intercommunion
The Celtic Christian Church
The Most Rev. Joseph A. Grenier