- Part of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church

About us:

   The Old Catholic Church in the United Kingdom, in part, traces its ancestry through Archbishop Arnold Harris Mathew who was its first Bishop in Great Britain. The Apostolic Succession of its bishops can be traced with certainty, bishop by bishop, to the early Middle-Ages, beyond which the records of all branches of the Universal Church (Catholic and Orthodox) become very vague. However, since the Universal Church traces its succession to Apostolic times we can say the same. This means that our priest's orders are valid and the sacraments they offer are genuine and valid sacraments which help those receiving them to holiness. 
    We differ from most Churches in that our bishops, priests and deacons are unpaid, and have to make their own provision for receiving stipend. In doing so, they emulate the first apostles and early believers by receiving payment for the good works they do. Generally, our priests will minister within their own particular diocesan geographical areas, but with the appropriate Episcopal authority may exercise a wider role within the United Kingdom. The Provincial Cathedral and Priory Church of St Thomas, Rugeley, Staffordshire, United Kingdom is based in the beautiful Staffordshire countryside and is a focal point and focus of sacramental unity. The Archbishop is regarded as ‘Primus inter pares’, the first amongst equals, along with the other bishops who make up the members of the College. 
    The Province is divided into three dioceses, each overseen by a Diocesan Bishop. Priests are encouraged to establish Mass Centres and report to their diocesan on a regular basis. The Old Catholic Church in the United Kingdom is guided by the College of Bishops. Counsel is regularly sought from our Religious and senior clergy in order to maintain an open and transparent leadership style. Today, the Old Catholic Church in the United Kingdom is not associated to Utrecht, for reasons stated in our Canons; like our Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Church brothers we subscribe to a male-only priesthood. All our clergy are at liberty to marry; celibacy remains a free-choice and can be adopted if so desired. The OCCUK is totally autonomous. All our bishops hold valid lines of Apostolic Succession and as such are able to offer a totally valid priesthood to suitable men of high moral standard. 

The Pro Cathedral and Priory Church of St Thomas

Please click on the links below:-

Leadership Team and a bit about OCCUK

Hawkesyard Agreement

Statement of Faith

What is the Old Catholic Church

Membership of OCCUK

Invitation to remain faithful Catholics

Women's Ordination

Southern Diocese:-

Most Rev'd John Lycett  CJ DD MSBP

The Pro Cathedral and Priory Church of St Thomas

The Old Catholic Parish of St Dismas

Parish of St Catherine

The Oratory of St Joseph of Arimathea 

Chapel of the Holy Face

Oratory of St Lawrence

 Missionary Diocese of Cuba

 Missionary Diocese of Cuba - School

Northern Diocese:-

Rt Rev'd Geoffrey Robinson CJ DD SBStJ

Northern Diocese

Chancery Office 

The Oratory of Christ the King Southport

The Oratory of St Michael and All Angels 

St James the Greater - Blackburn

The Confraternity of St Lazarus

Parish of the Holy Family, Santiago, Chile.
Superior of the Congregation:
Rev'd Fr Ernesto Jaime Edwardo Camilo Kandora.

OCCUK Missionary Diocese in Brazil
Monsignor Antonio Silvino
Chaplain to the Apostolic See - OCCUK

Overseas Communication Officer:-

Rt Rev'd Les Doughty

Diocese of France
Mission of St Hilary of Arles:-

Rt Rev'd Serge Burgle

Religious Orders
Companions of Jesus (congregation of St Francis)
(please see vocations page for further information)

Companions of Jesus (congregation of St Benedict)
Abbot:  Rev'd Fr John Ford CJ MA DD

Secretary to the College of Bishop's
Reverend Mother ClareCJ(csf)  DSR

Sister Ruth CJ(csf)  BSc

Overseas Legal Adviser
Mr Brian Duffet BA LLB

National Child Protection,
Safeguarding and Disability Co-ordinator
Mrs Sharon Ford DipSW
Tel: 07939 169179

National Press Officer
Mr Anthony Ford MBE

Ms Catherine Richardson LL.P
Lupton Fawcett Denison Till
Yorkshire House, East Parade,
Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5BD

Bishop Arnold Harris Matthew the first Bishop of the Old Catholic Church in Great Britain

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