In essentials unity, in doubtful things liberty, but in all things charity. ........St. Augustine


To learn more about us, please visit these pages:


 

Greetings from our
Presiding Bishop

Dominus vobiscum!


Welcome to our church website!

The pages presented here will give you information about the
Ecumenical Catholic Church+USA
and introduce you to our
ministries, congregations & clergy.

If you have questions about our church or if you are interested in pursuing ministry with us, please email me at
BishopCarl@ecc-usa.org

The mission of the Ecumenical Catholic Church+USA is fulfilled in ministering to all people by preaching the Word of God, offering the Seven Sacraments of the Church, and witnessing Christ's mercy and love using an ecumenical approach that maintains Catholic Faith Tradition.

 

Beliefs Statements

what we believe;
what we live;

what we teach

 
Church History


about our roots

 
Church Law

our beliefs made operational 

 
FAQ

what people have asked

 
Our Clergy

men and women
dedicated to the service of the Lord

 
Ministries

where we serve;
what we do

 
Prayer Requests

send us your intentions

 
Vocations

Are you called to ministry?

 
Seminary Program

self-paced theology courses; using the Internet;
prepareing worthy men and women for ministry

 

Our Photo Album

picturing the work of the Lord

 
Contact Information

email, write, call

Back to Home.

We are a small church with long roots in the Old Catholic Church movement in the USA. A couple of years ago, we separated from another independent Catholic church because our clergy and people wanted to more positively witness the liturgy and beliefs of the Roman Catholic Church especially regarding the Blessed Virgin Mary. At the same time, we remain totally independent of the Roman Catholic Church in all matters, with particular reference to papal infallibility and authority, remarriage after a divorce, family planning, clerical celibacy, and ordination of women. Our specific beliefs regarding these issues are presented elsewhere on this website.

Being a theologically open and ecumenical church, we make all sacraments available to anyone who believes in the divinity and teachings of Jesus Christ. Specifically, the sacrament of Holy Orders at all levels (deacon, priest, bishop) is open to both men and women. Indeed, women who are ordained as deacons, priests and bishops serve with the same rights, privileges, responsibilities, and obligations as our male deacons, priests, and bishops.

 We are a missionary church. Even though ministry within our church takes many forms, every clergyperson must have an active ministry which is specifically designed to actualize our church mission statement.

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The mission of the Ecumenical Catholic Church+USA is fulfilled in ministering to all people by preaching the Word of God, offering the Seven Sacraments of the Church, and witnessing Christ's mercy and love using an ecumenical approach that maintains Catholic Faith Tradition.

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Our clergy serve as pastors of congregations; as chaplains to nursing homes, police and fire departments, prisons, and hospitals; and as pastoral directors of religious institutions. Many of our clergy hold a full time secular job through which they support family and ministry. Some, however, serve as pastors of congregations that support them financially. We are worker-priests (deacons, bishops) who live in the world and bring Christ into this world both in the workplace and at the Altar.

There are many places and ways for you to serve Christ as a clergyperson in the ECC+USA and/or as a member of one of our congregations, several religious orders and institutes.

If you think you might be interested in joining with us in the Lord's ministry, let's talk.

 

Welcome and blessings,

Bishop Carl

+Rev. Carl T. Swaringim, Ed.D.
Presiding Bishop