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The Church is holy

 

The first mission of the Church is the worship of Almighty God.  And it is in this context that the holiness of individual members is realized.  Our worship is elegant, respectfully formal, essentially timeless in its form and attitude.  That does not make it an historic relic or a sterile ritual.  Rather it is a structured worship that allows the individual mastery over its elements and the ability to pray the liturgy on a deeply personal basis.  Yes, our prayers are largely “written down,” but this is so we may use them as familiar and personal avenues to God. Nothing to our mind is more productive of passivity in worship than to have someone else pray for you in ways and words you are hearing for the first time and which cannot be your own (or with which you may, in fact, disagree!).  Our liturgy provides the foundation for personal holiness, for the continuing process of each member to stretch and reach and grow in God’s grace.
 

The Church is Catholic

 

St. Vincent of Lerins in the early fifth century defined catholicity as “what has been believed everywhere, always, and by all.” It is by this test that we Anglicans consider ourselves to be catholic, together with the Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholicism and the Old Catholic Churches. The seal of that is the apostolic succession, the consecration of our bishops at the hands of other bishops tracing their consecrations back to the apostles themselves. Our theology is that of the seven Ecumenical Councils and the common understanding of the great churches of Rome and the East.  We stress the underlying unity of faith and order with this early Church and judge contemporary issues in the light of Holy Scriptures and that Holy Tradition. We preach an individual living faith in Jesus Christ, but stress a life lived out in the Church, the community of saints.  We exhalts the Lord Christ above all – yet it recognizes the proper honor paid to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God.  We hold to traditional Christian morals, yet provide ready confession and absolution to the penitent sinner.  In short, we holds to the catholic faith, the faith once delivered to the saints.  


The Church is sacramental

 

It is often said that our society is too materialistic.  perhaps, in many ways, this is true.  But it also exhibits a profound disdain for the material.  Think for a moment of all the things we use once and then throw away and you will be convinced that we do not value the material or especially respect it.  But the Catholic Church has always respected the material world as the loving creation of God Himself.  And it is through this material world that God reaches us with his love and power, for He has no other means.  Thus we employ material elements (water, bread, wine, oil, married life) as channels of that love and power which He has ordained.  Weekly, if not more often, we meet our Lord in the Holy Eucharist, where He allows us to feed on His Body and Blood, His Real Presence, strengthening our souls and imparting eternal life.


The Church is traditional

 

By this time, you will have gathered that we are not interested in being “blown by every wind of doctrine”.  Trees deeply rooted do not succumb to passing breezes. We are sorry that so many of our Christian brethren have decided to take as their examples of life the passing whims and fancies of the popular culture.  We are not trendy.  We believe in an historic faith which is a “still point in a changing world”. The Church is a rock, a sure foundation on which we can build our own lives and the lives of our children.

OUR HISTORY

Maintaining the faith

Our historical roots extend back to the Church of England, but our more recent origins lie in the religious upheaval of the late-twentieth century. Starting in the 1970s, a number of churches within the Anglican communion began to question and renounce what we consider to be the catholic and apostolic faith. This is why in 1977, an international congress of nearly 2,000 Anglican clergy and lay people met in St. Louis, Missouri, to take the actions necessary to establish an orthodox jurisdiction in which traditional Anglicanism could be maintained.

 

Acting according to the principles determined in the Ecumenical Councils of the ancient Church and adopting initially the name "Anglican Church of North America," they placed themselves under the jurisdiction of the retired Episcopal bishop of Springfield, Illinois, the Right Reverend Albert Chambers. In 1977 at a ceremony in Denver, Colorado, Bishop Chambers expanded that jurisdiction and devolved it upon others by consecrating four more bishops, and the Anglican Catholic Church was born.  In decades since, the ACC has spread beyond its North American homeland to most places where the English lanugage and Book of Common Prayer had taken root, and even a few locations where they had not. 

 

While the ACC's polity and governance may date to the late-twentieth century, our ecclesial origins stretch much further back. We embrace our past as heirs of the English Church, a Church whose history stretches back through the Reformation and Medieval eras, and finds its beginnings in the Patristic Age. To find out more about our past and place our Church in its historical context, click the button below

 

 

The Right Reverend Albert Chambers, along with the assistance and consent of two other Anglican Communion bishops, helped preserve episcopal orders for the Anglican Catholic Church. 

In 1977, the Reverend James O. Mote, a World War II veteran and former rector of St. Mary's, Denver, was consecrated as bishop for the ACC. He served the Diocese of the Holy Trinity and Great Plains until his retirement from active ministry in 1994.

In 1994, the Right Reverend John Charles Vockler, an Australian who had served as an Anglican Communion bishop in the South Pacific, Chelmsford, and Southwark, joined the ACC. He served as Archbishop and Metropolitan from 2001 to 2005.

OUR ARCHBISHOP

The ACC's Archbishop and Metropolitan is the Most Reverend Mark Haverland. He is a graduate of Kenyon College with a bachelor’s degree in political science, and holds an MA in Roman Catholic theology from Duquesne University, and a Ph.D. in religion from Duke University.  


Ordained to the priesthood in 1982, he served for twenty-four years as rector of St. Stephen's Church, in Athens, Georgia.  In 1998, the then Father Haverland was elected and consecrated as Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of the South, succeeding the late William O. Lewis. At the XVI Provincial Synod in 2005, he was elected to succeed the retiring John Charles Vockler as Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Anglican Catholic Church.


He is author of ANGLICAN CATHOLIC FAITH AND PRACTICE, an introduction to orthodox Anglican belief and has written articles and reviews for publications such as TouchstoneThe New Oxford Review, and The Journal of Religion.


As Archbishop, he is the head of the College of Bishops of the ACC's Original Province.  To contact the Archbishop, or to read his publications or press releases from his office, click the link below.

LOCATIONS

Come worship with us!

The Anglican Catholic Church has a presence in nations across the world, and with our ecumenical partners, is committed to spreading even further the message of Christ.

 

To locate an ACC parish, click the link below.

 

Please note that in the US, the nearest parish to you might be one of our G-4 Anglican partners. To see where these are, click the button below.

 

The ACC and Anglican Church of India across the world

Ecumenical Partners


We extend the hand of fellowship to all men of goodwill, but we have a special relationship with the following Churches as ecumenical partners. Please visit them by clicking their links below. Those who are interested in beginning an ecumenical dialogue are encouraged to contact the Office of the Archbishop.


G-4 Anglicans

 

The ACC is in full communion with the Churches commonly know as the the G-4 (the Anglican Church in America, the Anglican Province of America, and the Diocese of the Holy Cross). All four  subscribe to the Affirmation of St. Louis and derive their orders from the Denver Consecrations of 1978. Though currently in different polities, the goal of the members is organic union. You may visit the other members at the links below.

 

Anglican Church of India

 

The Anglican Church of India (known formally as the Church of India, Pakistan, Burma, & Ceylon, or CIPBC) is the successor to the Church of England in India. After the Indian C-of-E Bishops entered into the pan-Protestant Church of North India in 1970, the Apostolic Succession was restored  by the Anglican Catholic Church, Original Province, and since then the Church of India has been in full communion with the ACC. In 2005 Most Reverend John Augustine was enthroned as its Metropolitan. To visit the CIPBC online, click the link below.

 

The Anglican Church of India (CIPBC)

 

Polish National Catholic Church


The Polish National Catholic Church (PNCC) is an Old Catholic Church based in the United States. As a member of the Union of Utrecht, the PNCC was in full communion with the Episcopal Church USA, from the 1940s to the 1970s, and has been in ecumenical dialogue with the ACC and other members of the G-4 since 2018. Recent talks have centered on how to restore the PNCC's relationship with continuing Anglicans through the Union of Scranton.  To learn more about the PNCC and its work, click the link below.


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