- The Old Catholic Church in the United Kingdom
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Welcome to the web presence of
The Old Catholic Church
in the United Kingdom

Members of:
International Council of Community Churches
World Council of Churches
Churches Uniting in Christ
National Council of Churches
Faith in Europe  


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.
Service Times:
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.

Metropolitan Archbishop
The Most Reverend Les Doughty OSB (csr) MSBP (acc)            

Coadjutor Bishop
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, India, Chile & Brazil.

Diocese of India
The Rt Rev'd Daniyelu Konduri

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

Parish of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Rev'd Fr Antonio Silvino

Vicar General
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)

Diocesan Bishop
The Rt Reverend Mike Ward CJ OSB (csr) MSBP(acc)
London and South East Diocese
Royal British Legion Chaplain, Greater London District

Bishop for International Affairs and Ecumenical Relations
The Right Reverend John Leatherland CJ OSB (csr)

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)
Royal British Legion Chaplain, Coventry

Religious Orders:
The Benedictine Hermits of the Transfiguration
(Reformed Congregation of St Romuald) "Rest in God alone, my soul." 
(psalm 62:5)
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

Institute of Religious Studies

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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