Welcome to the Old Catholic Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic.

We are one of 5 Dioceses within the The Old Catholic Church: Province of the United States. We are a growing and vibrant diocese and would love to hear from you.

The name “Old Catholic” can be confusing. Most people hear "Catholic" and think of Rome, the Pope, the Vatican – “Roman Catholic”, in other words. "Old Catholic" sounds to some like “conservative” or “old-fashioned”. However, Old Catholic views are quite different. Check out our website and learn more about us.

Bishop Scalzi Issues Pastoral Letter

July 27, 2017

Pastoral Letter to the Good People of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic

Over the past day I have been thinking about, and praying about, President Trump’s announcement that our transgendered brothers and sisters would no longer be permitted to serve in the armed forces of the United States. (As I am writing this, a news report was just released from someone in the Pentagon who said that no changes in policy would be forthcoming in the near future.)

Pastoral Letter from Bishop Scalzi

June 26, 2017

Pastoral Letter to the Good People of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic

This past week I traveled to the Mount Olivet Retreat and Conference Center outside of Saint Paul, Minnesota to gather with Bishops Robert, Marty and Rosemary for a time of prayer and work (just like the Benedictine motto: “ora et labora”). (Bishop James, who has retired, was not with us.)

I have come back from that experience refreshed and renewed!

Easter Reflection

Easter is outrageous!

Holy Thursday Homily

As we enter the Sacred Triduum, the three holiest days of the Christian year, I begin and end this sermon with two short poems from one of the greatest saints who ever lived, my holy father – St. Francis of Assisi.  These two short poems capture the essence of these three holy days and the essence of the entire Christian life in general.

Being Old Catholic...?

I often get asked just what makes Old Catholics different from Roman Catholics or Episcopalians. That's a hard question to answer because we are 3 sister churches and find very much in common, however, we do have different approaches to liturgy and community. In this blog post I'll try to outline some of the things that make Old Catholics unique.

Palm Sunday Meditation

Let us run to accompany him as he hastens toward his passion, and imitate those who met him then, not by covering his path with garments, olive branches or palms, but by doing all we can to prostrate ourselves before him by being humble and by trying to live as he would wish. Then we shall be able to receive the Word at his coming, and God, whom no limits can contain, will be within us.

Unconditional Love

What is the greatest truth pervading all of the universe? You are the unconditionally loved, child of God, a child of the One who is being, love, and goodness itself. You were loved for millions of years before you were created and will be loved for millions of years after you leave this earth, our island home. This short period of time in between, whether it be 70, 80, or 90 years, is your chance to say with your life, "I love you too."

Lent

This Lent may we learn to....
Fast from fear; Feast on Faith
Fast from despair; Feed on hope.
Fast from depressing news; Feed on prayer.
Fast from discontent; Feast on gratitude.
Fast from anger and worry; Feed on patience.
Fast from negative thinking; Feast on positive thinking.
Fast from bitterness; Feed on love and forgiveness.
Fast from words that wound; Feast on words that heal.
Fast from gravity; Feast on joy and humor.

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