Who We Are

Welcome to the website of the American National Catholic Church (ANCC). When people refer to Catholics today, they often mean Roman Catholics but there are many other types of Catholics. Some are associated with cultural groups like Byzantine Catholics or Polish National Catholics, while others, such as Old Catholics, span all cultures. While some groups are in union with Rome, others have their own bishops, as is the tradition of the Orthodox churches. We have seen many such independently governed churches since the beginning.

Bishop Lucey in Cameroon

During much of the first eleven hundred years after Jesus, there were many self-governing national churches. There were many differences, everything from the way the Mass and sacraments were celebrated, to the date of Easter and rules concerning celibacy.
Even today, the Eastern and Western churches have many externals that are vastly different, yet all celebrate the same sacraments and scripture. The National churches of today can be traced, in part, to ongoing disagreements over papal supremacy in the 11th century resulting in a schism with the Eastern Church, reaction to the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century and the proclamation of papal infallibility in the 19th century, which created further division. All of these events speak to the confusion of unity with uniformity.
The ANCC is a contemporary expression of an ancient faith. There is a firm commitment to the sacraments, and we embrace the 2nd edition translation of the mass of Vatican II that is revered by so many in the Americas.
We are also guided by the Spirit as a community which embraces a broader faith where all are welcomed and affirmed. We understand the importance of loving and supporting each other, while continually challenging ourselves to embrace the Gospel calling of Jesus Christ.
Welcome Home!

Excerpt from Fr. Joseph Harmon’s homily during the Feast of the Holy Family on December 29, 2019