Ordination to the Priesthood of Rev Mr Cesar E. Guzman

Today in Key West The Most Reverend Terry Villaire, Presiding Bishop Emeritus and Auxiliary Bishop to our current Presiding Bishop The Most Reverend Lionel Joseph White, OSB ordained Rev. Mr. Cesar E. Guzman to the priesthood. Congratulations Fr. Guzman.

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Ordination of Rev Mr James Profirio-Bond to the Priesthood

Today in Orlando, Florida The Most Reverend Lionel Joseph White, OSB, Presiding Bishop ordained Rev. Mr. James Profirio-Bond to the priesthood. Congratulations Fr. Profirio-Bond.

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Clergy Retreat

The annual retreat for the clergy of the National Catholic Church of North America will be held from September 17th through September 19th 2010.

Saint Dorothy’s is the host parish and the clergy are working hard to organize everything for a wonderful retreat for all the clergy.

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Ordinations

Today we are blessed to ordain our brothers James Profirio-Bond and Ricardo Martin to the sacred order of Deacon. May God fulfill the good work he has started!

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Clergy Day of Reflection

On November 8th 2008 there will be a one day of prayer and reflection for clergy held at Holy Angles. Prior to this, on the 7th, there will be a Diocesan Business meeting also held at Holy Angels.

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11th Anniversary of Saint Anthony’s National Catholic Church

Saint Anthony’s National Catholic Church will celebrate its 11th Anniversary on Sunday, September 14 2008, the feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross .

The celebration mass will be held at the church, located at 1140 South McDuff Avenue, Corner Remington Street (St. Luke’s Chapel), Jacksonville, Florida at 10:30 a.m. The principal celebrant will be The Most Reverend Terry G. Villaire.

For more information please contact Rev. Brandt on 904-573-9309.

All are welcome at parishes of the National Catholic Church of North America.

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Ordination of Rev Mr Joseph Long to the Priesthood

It is with great pleasure that the National Catholic Church of North America announces the ordination of the Reverend Mr. Joseph Long to the Holy Order of Priests.

Rev. Long, prior to joining the National Catholic Church of North America (NCC) in 2007 functioned as a Deacon in the Roman Catholic Church. He brings many years of experience and was accepted to candidacy for the Priesthood within the NCC. After completing the required studies he was recommended for ordination by the NCC Director of Vocations, Fr Anthony Borka. The College of Bishops approved the recommendation.

Rev. Long will be ordained at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday June 21st 2008 at Saint Dorothy Catholic Community, Columbia St and Division Ave Orlando Florida by the Most Reverend Lionel Joseph White, OSB - Presiding Bishop of the National Catholic Church of North America.

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New Parish in Orlando Florida

National Catholic Church of North America is pleased to announce the founding of a new parish in Orlando Florida. Fr Anthony Borka will serve as the pastor of Saint Dorothy Catholic Community, A Parish of the National Catholic Church of North America.

Saint Dorothy is located at Columbia St and Division Ave in Orlando Florida.

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Concordat of Intercommunion

To all the faithful in Christ be it know that;

In February 2007, National Catholic Church of North America, Inc. and Catholic Church, Inc. acted on an ecumenical proposal of historic importance to the two churches reflecting a doctrinal consensus that had developed over the past five years. This coupled with an increasing urgency for the church to proclaim a gospel of unity to society lead to a discourse culminating in this proclamation.

With this in mind and desiring to bear visible witness to the unity of the Church, and hearing the call to engage together in God’s mission, it was agreed that:

National Catholic Church of North America, Inc. and Catholic Church, Inc. declare on the basis of A Common Calling they adopt this Concordat that they are in full communion with one another.

The term “full communion” is understood here to specifically mean that the two churches:

Recognize each other as churches in which the gospel is rightly preached and the sacraments rightly administered according to the Word of God and the Tradition of the Catholic Apostolic faith;

Will maintain the pre-eminence of Apostolic Succession and will ensure that all ordained ministers are ordained within Apostolic Succession using the approved rite of the individual church;

Will continue to recognize each other’s Baptism and authorize and encourage the sharing of the Eucharist among their members;

Recognize each other’s various ordained clergy;

Establish appropriate channels of consultation within the existing structures of the churches and in accord with each church’s Code of Canon Law;

Commit themselves to sharing with each other their Code of Canon Law so that each church will maintain an understanding of the governance of the other;

Commit themselves to an ongoing process of theological dialogue in order to clarify further the common understanding of the faith and foster its common expression in evangelism, witness, and service;

This document assumes the doctrinal consensus that the churches will adhere to the first Seven Ecumenical Councils which are those recognized by the whole of Christendom, held respectively in: Nicea (325); Constantinople (381); Ephesus (431); Chalcedon (451); Constantinople (553); Constantinople (680); and, Nicea (787). That they recognize the true presence of Christ in the Eucharist, will recognize the seven traditional sacraments of the one holy catholic and apostolic church, and will avoid ancient and modern heretical statements.

Further, the bishops of each church reaffirm their ordination promises to protect the true faith of the universal church.

By formal adoption at the highest levels of the church, this Concordat, based on A Common Calling, the churches acknowledge that they are undertaking an act of strong mutual commitment. They are making pledges and promises to each other. The churches recognize that full commitment to each other involves serious intention, awareness, and dedication. They are binding themselves to far more than merely a formal action; they are entering into a relationship with gifts and challenges, and possibly changes for both.

Either party can terminate this Concordat by providing written notice with the reason(s) for termination to the other party.

The churches declare, under the guidance of the triune God, that they are fully committed to this Concordat and are capable of being, and remaining, pledged to the above-described mutual affirmations in faith and doctrine. This Concordat responds to the ecumenical conviction that is shared by the National Catholic Church of North America, Inc. and Catholic Church, Inc. that we will show a visible unity of the Church and concern for engagement in the struggles of the world.

In testament whereof we, the undersigned bishops of National Catholic Church of North America, Inc. and Catholic Church, Inc. have affixed our hand and seal this Eighteenth day of March in the Year of Our Lord 2008 being the Tuesday of Holy Week.

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Name Change to National Catholic Church of North America

July 16 2007

Effective immediately after a vote by the clergy of the church the name of this organization has been changed from Catholic Church in America to the National Catholic Church of North America.

In August of 2006 the Catholic Church in America and the National Catholic Church of North America merged and continued to function as the Catholic Church in America. However, due to legal issues the church could not easily continue under the name Catholic Church in America. Given this, the majority of the clergy of the church gathered at an emergency decided along with the College of Bishops to revert to the use of National Catholic Church of North America.

The Canons of the Church and all offices will continue, as will our Presiding Bishop the Most Reverend Lionel Joseph White with the new organizational name.

 

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