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.

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.

Meditation on the Feast of the Baptism of Christ

The holy day of lights, to which we have come and which we are celebrating today, has for its origin the baptism of my Christ, the true Light that lightens everyone coming into the world, and effects my purification…. It is a season of new birth: let us be born again! We duly celebrated at his birth – I, the one who presided at the feast, and you, and all that is in the world and above the world.

Epiphany Prayer

A prayer to be used all year long, reminding us of the ultimate meaning of our lives.Jesus, as the Magi offered you their finest gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh,may I offer you every day of my lifethe GOLD of loving words and deeds,the INCENSE of continual prayer,and the MYRRH of my sufferings and self denial. Amen.

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