The Old Catholic Church

Province of the United States



Ancient Faith • Welcoming and Inclusive Church • Serving the Modern World

Welcome to The Old Catholic Church, Province of the United States. We are a Church of Radical Hospitality and welcome all who are baptized to join in our Eucharistic celebration.

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Our historical roots are embedded in the teachings of the ancient church, as well as in the Old Catholic Churches in Europe which began as a reform movement after the First Vatican Council in 1870. The full break from Rome took place in 1889 with the formation of the Utrecht Union of Old Catholic Churches. Claiming the name “Old Catholic”, the Utrecht Union reclaimed the ancient, undivided, and apostolic church before bitter divisions and legalistic dogma severed the continuity of the Christian tradition and inhibited the movement and inspiration of the Holy Spirit.

The ecclesiology of TOCCUSA is modeled after that of the Utrecht Union of Old Catholic Churches. What this means is that TOCCUSA is both episcopal and synodal in structure. The local church gathers around its bishop whose authority flows from election by the diocesan synod which is composed of clergy and laity. Clergy and laity have equal voice and vote on all matters of local and national church life. As Catholics, we celebrate the seven sacraments. Recognizing that the sacraments are a means to God’s mysterious, inclusive, and abundant grace and that God withholds that grace from no one, we bar no one from any sacrament: all baptized Christians are welcome at Eucharist, same-gender couples are welcome to celebrate the sacrament of matrimony, LGBT persons and women are welcome and encouraged to the holy orders of deacon, priest, and bishop.

Fully embracing Jesus’ declaration in John 10.10, “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly”, the Old Catholic Church takes seriously its task to proclaim the gospel of freedom and life in the Risen Christ. These are indeed the cornerstones of Old Catholic identity and mission. In serving the world in the 21st Century through mission and ministry, we do so committed to celebrating diversity: the diversity found among humanity and the diversity of gifts bestowed by the Holy Spirit. The movement called the Old Catholic Church in general, and The Old Catholic Church, Province of the United States, in particular, remains steadfast in building unity in diversity within our own church and in the world, through a commitment to ecumenism. It is in embracing our diversity that we find our strength and heal our world.

Learn more about who we are as Catholics living and serving in the modern world.

+Robert T.Fuentes Moderator, TOCCUSA
Bishop, Old Catholic Diocese of Napa

Janet O’Day
Chairperson for the House of Delegates

TOCCUSA

2014 National Assembly