North American Old Roman Catholic Church - Priimatial See of Nova Terra

North American Old Roman Catholic Church - Priimatial See of Nova Terra

73 Pleasant Street
Springvale, ME 04083
United States

Attesting Officer
The Most Reverend Edward J. Ford, T.O.R.
Primate


Media Contact
Primate, The Most Reverend Edward J. Ford, T.O.R.

43.464219, -70.7886862


The North American Old Roman Catholic Church is the original, historic and canonical Old Roman Catholic jurisdiction in the Western hemisphere. It came to the United States on November 7, 1914 when the Prince-Bishop Rudolph de Landas Berghes arrived here from Great Britain.

The North American Old Roman Catholic Church traces its origin back to Jerusalem at the first Pentecost in the year 33 AD, when the Holy Ghost descended upon the Apostles and they began to go forth and teach the Good News of Jesus Christ to the world in fulfillment of our Lord’s Great Commission to “…go forth into all the world and to make Disciples of all nations…” It was organized at Utrecht in the year 696 AD, brought to England in the year 1909 AD, and came to America in 1914 AD.

The North American Old Roman Catholic Church works for the restoration of the ancient Catholic system and the practice of the rites of the Holy Catholic Church before the separation of the Eastern and Western Churches in the year 1054 AD. Its purpose is the elevation of the moral and religious life of its members, according to the teachings of Jesus Christ and His Apostles. The following Statement of Belief is generally accepted:
“We adhere strictly to the Holy Catholic Faith, once and for all delivered to the Saints and set forth in Apostolic Tradition, the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed, the definitions of the Ecumenical Councils, and the teaching of the Holy Scriptures and of the Fathers of the Church.
We acknowledge the decrees of the Synod of Jerusalem of 1672, prescribing belief de fide in the Seven Sacraments instituted by our Lord Jesus Christ, in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, and in Transubstantiation.
We practice the veneration and invocation of the Glorious and Immaculate Mother of God, of the Angels, and of the Saints, and prayers for the dead.
The North American Old Roman Catholic Church is identical with the pre-Vatican I Roman Catholic Church in worship, faith, morals, etc., but differs from it in discipline as follows:
It acknowledges the primacy of the successor of St Peter, but is an independent, autonomous and autocephalous Catholic Church, was received into union with the Patriarchate of Antioch on 5 August 1911 and with the Patriarchate of Alexandria on 26 February 1912.
It has the Mass and other services in Latin, Liturgical Oriental, and in the language of the land where instituted, i.e. the vernacular language of the people and congregation.
It advocates celibacy of the clergy, but does not expressly forbid the clergy to marry.
It ministers to anyone who requests its services, and any baptized Christian who lives according to its laws and regulations is welcomed to the Church.”

The organization of the Church centers in the Primate, the General Synod (wherein are gathered the Archbishop, the Bishops, Priests and Lay Delegates) and the College of Bishops, in all matters of Faith, Doctrine, Discipline, Worship and Polity. The government of the Church incorporates many democratic principles inasmuch as every officer, from the highest to the lowest, is chosen by the individual congregation, and is confirmed by the Primate, and each foreign group of churches has a bishop of its own nationality. The great aim of the Church is that all, of every nationality, shall compose the “one unity” in Christ.

The institutional work of the Church includes St Francis of Assisi Theological Seminary, centers for the various Religious Communities and Orders, schools, orphanages, medical clinics and homes for the aged and destitute.

The Church publications include: The Augustinian (the official organ of the North American Old Roman Catholic Church), and The Scriptorium (online) as official publications of the North American Old Roman Catholic Church.

The North American Old Roman Catholic Church safeguards her Catholic Faith, Practice and Orders by conforming strictly to the prescriptions of the ancient Tridentine version of the Roman Missal, Roman Ritual, Roman Breviary and Roman Pontifical.

The Old Roman Catholic Church is called by God to proclaim the Gospel and Teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ to all the world. We are called to live this commitment to the Gospel by professing the full and authentic Catholic Faith in the doctrinal, sacramental and liturgical tradition of the Roman Catholic Church, while possessing an indisputable line of Apostolic Succession of Holy Orders, together with its accompanying canonical authority, via the Archiepiscopal See of Utrecht from whom we are descended.

We live a full Catholic life in the Sacred Scripture, traditions, practices and Sacraments of our Faith. We seek to share these with all who desire to come to a knowledge of Our Lord and of His Church.

While living a traditional expression of the Catholic Faith, we are cognizant of the fact that we live in the 21st century and must not allow our Faith or ourselves to become antiquated, or relics of a bygone era, or simply museum pieces. Thus we make our appeal to the men, women and youth of today.

The North American Old Roman Catholic has clergy, churches, and laity in the United States, Canada, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Burundi, Cameroon, Kenya, Zambia, South Africa, Swaziland, The Congo, Nigeria, Gabon, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, and in Russia, with more missions being established elsewhere in the world regularly.


Full Communicants Average Attendance Other Members Total Inclusive Members Total Churches Membership Calculation Method
2008
2,750
95
35
2,785
5
2005
575
95
15
590
6
2002
590
75
25
615
8
1986
0
0
0
62,611
133
1985
53,119
0
9,261
62,380
130
1984
53,119
0
9,261
62,380
130
1983
53,000
0
9,380
62,380
130
1982
53,002
0
9,381
62,383
130
1981
52,337
0
9,233
61,570
139
1980
52,030
0
9,233
61,263
134
1979
51,700
0
17,712
69,412
121
1978
67,314
0
0
67,314
121
1977
60,214
0
0
60,214
121
1975
58,774
0
1,350
60,124
121
1974
58,774
0
1,324
60,098
121
1973
58,774
0
1,324
60,098
121
1972
58,774
0
1,324
60,098
121
1971
58,877
0
244
59,121
117
1969
59,159
0
263
59,422
119
1968
59,142
0
247
59,389
120
1967
17,774
0
1,180
18,954
32
1965
0
0
0
88,788
42
1964
0
0
0
83,700
22
1963
0
0
0
83,500
23
1962
0
0
0
83,700
22
Serving Churches Retired Other Service to the Church Total Clergy
2008
4
1
0
7
2005
0
1
0
7
2002
8
1
0
9
1986
109
0
0
150
1985
107
0
0
148
1984
107
0
0
148
1983
107
0
0
147
1982
107
0
0
150
1981
107
0
0
150
1980
102
0
0
140
1979
87
0
0
123
1978
91
0
0
123
1977
87
0
0
118
1975
85
0
0
115
1974
79
0
0
109
1973
79
0
0
111
1972
83
0
0
112
1971
78
0
0
107
1969
80
0
0
116
1968
81
0
0
111
1967
32
0
0
54
1965
32
0
0
32
1964
22
0
0
22
1963
26
0
0
42
1962
22
0
0
38
Total Schools Staff Pupils Total Individuals
2008
3
3
12
15
2005
3
3
13
16
2002
4
3
15
18
1985
81
0
0
12,021
1984
81
0
0
12,021
1983
81
0
0
12,432
1982
81
0
0
12,460
1981
81
0
0
12,697
1980
52
0
0
12,946
1979
43
0
0
9,625
1978
41
0
0
8,504
1977
37
0
0
6,993
1975
37
0
0
8,088
1974
33
0
0
8,163
1973
33
0
0
8,186
1972
15
0
0
8,022
1971
15
0
0
7,962
1969
12
0
0
7,594
1968
14
0
0
7,388
1967
31
0
0
2,945
1965
27
553
0
425
1964
22
38
387
425
1963
10
38
315
353
1962
9
0
0
300
1959
51
500
25,180
25,680
Total Benevolences Total Financials Total Giving Local Expenses Method
1950
$0
$80,324
$0