- 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




Midlands 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



 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



Southern Diocese:-

Rt Rev'd Mike Ward CJ DD MSBP


The Oratory of St John the Evangelist



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



Treasurer
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



LEGAL ADVISER TO THE CHANCERY OFFICE:
Ms Catherine Richardson LL.P
Solicitor
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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