The Liberal Catholic Church -- Province of the United States of America
Pres., The Rt. Rev. William S.H. Downey
1206 Ayers Ave.
Ojai, CA 93023
The Liberal Catholic Church was founded Feb. 13, 1916 as a reorganization of the Old Catholic Church in Great Britain with the Rt. Rev. James I. Wedgwood as the first Presiding Bishop. The first ordination of a priest in the United States was Fr. Charles Hampton, later a Bishop. The first Regionary Bishop for the American Province was the Rt. Rev. Irving S. Cooper (1919-1935).