Welcome to the web presence of
The Old Catholic Church
in the United Kingdom
International Council of Community Churches
World Council of Churches
Churches Uniting in Christ
National Council of Churches
The Old Catholic movement is the best kept secret in Christendom
The fact that there is a valid form of Catholicism that is independent of Rome and that values local control seems scandalous to some and cause delight or even relief to others. The Old Catholic churches have branches all over the world. They constitute one of the most interesting and diverse movements in Christian history, a movement worthy of greater visibility and academic attention.
"The Old Catholic Movement, its origins and history." Apocryphile Press, Berkeley, CA.
As a mission statement we take a quotation from:
St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians chapter 1 verse 17 - 19
I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.
The Priory Church of St Thomas the Apostle is the Pro Cathedral
of the Old Catholic Church in the United Kingdom.
Situated in the beautiful Staffordshire countryside
and is called the hidden gem of Staffordshire and is the focal point
of administration for the church here in the UK and overseas.
Formerly a Dominican Monastery and Theological Seminary.
In addition to the regular services, the Priory Church hosts many services throughout the year, ranging from the blessing of Holy Matrimony, Baptism, Funeral service and many extra services that the Church organises.
Saturday: 9.30am - Mass in the Founders Chapel.
Sunday: 10.30am - Mass
Tea and coffee served after Mass
We invite all to come, grow, worship and serve with us.
The Most Reverend Les Doughty OSB (csr) MSBP (Acc)
The Rt Reverend John Lycett OSB (csr) MSBP (Acc)
Midlands Diocese incorporating Wales, Cuba & Cameroon
The Rt Reverend Geoffrey S Robinson CJ OSB (csr) SBStJ
Northern Diocese incorporating Scotland and India
The Rt Reverend Thomas Bodkin OSB (csr) MSBP(Acc)
South, South West and Ireland Diocese
Berkshire, East and West Sussex, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Surrey.
(Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the Theotokos)
The Rt Reverend Mike Ward CJ OSB (csr)
London and South East Diocese
Bishop for International Affairs and Ecumenical Relations
The Right Reverend John Leatherland CJ OSB (csr)
Diocese of India
The Rt Rev'd Daniyelu Konduri
Senior Clergy and Chapter of Canons
Canon/Director of Formation - The Very Reverend Canon Jamie Macleod
The Community of the King of Love
Canon - The Very Reverend Canon Glyn Shipton MSBP (Acc)
The Benedictine Hermits of the Transfiguration
(Reformed Congregation of St Romuald) "Rest in God alone, my soul."
Abbot Hugh Bodkin OSB(csr) MSBP(Acc)
The Benedictine Congregation of St Romuald Prayer Centre
The Franciscan Sisters of Mount Alverna
"Do whatever he tells you." (John 2:5)
Reverend Mother Clare FSMA
Secretary to the College of Bishop's:
Reverend Mother Clare FSMA
Franciscan Sisters of Mount Alverna
Partners in Mission and Ministry, Inter-Communion:
The Old Catholic Church 1870
The Most Reverend Jose Ruben Garcia Matiz
The Most Andrew Angarita
The Autocephalous Greek Orthodox Church
(Synod of the former Patriarchate of Alexandria)
Don Ioannis of Santa Catarina
The Cathedral & Priory Church of St Thomas the Apostle, Hawksyard Priory, Rugeley, Staffordshire WS15 1PT.
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