North American Old Roman Catholic Church - Priimatial See of Nova Terra
73 Pleasant Street
Springvale, ME 04083
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.