The Province of the Americas & Pacific consists of those jurisdictions, ecclesial communities, dioceses and local churches and missions found within the geography of these continents.
The Province was founded by the Holy Synod of Chicago in November 2017 by the dioceses of Wisconsin and Louisiana of the Old Roman Catholic Church of America founded in 1925 and the Old Roman Catholic Diocese of Chicago founded in 1917.
The Old Roman Catholic Church of America, which also has been known as the Old Catholic Church of America, is the embodiment of the Communion in the Americas and the Pacific Rim – the rest of the world being embodied by the Old Roman Catholic Church of Europe.
The Bishop of Louisiana and its Missions, the Most Reverend David Persyn, was canonically elected as Metropolitan for a term of 10 years at the Council of Clergy of 2017 in Chicago.
Bishop of Wisconsin
The Diocese of Wisconsin has, as its Ordinary, the Most Reverend Charles Walders as its Bishop. His See is the historical Archdiocese of Wisconsin, and dates to 1925. Because of its historicity and role in establishing and maintaining the Church for decades, it holds a place of special honor in the ORCCA.
Vicar Capitular of Chicago
The equally historical and long-standing Diocese of Chicago has as its duly-elected Ordinary the Very Reverend Nioclás Ó Ceallaigh OSF, who was, by his election, raised to an honorary prelature. Msgr. Ó Ceallaigh was also elected to his role as Ordinary at Chicago in November of 2017.
Msgr. Ó Ceallaigh’s See, formerly the Metropolitan See of the Old Roman Catholic Church of North America, also dates to 1925 and also carries a special honor because of its long history and the role it has played in the Church.
Msgr. Ó Cealleigh serves as the Superior of Religious of the Province, and Chicago is the home of the Friary of our Third-Order Franciscans. All of the Friars are currently in Holy Orders and are therefore Third Order Regulars of the OSF.
Chancellor of the Province of the Americas and Pacific Rim
Our Provincial Chancellor is Dr. Thomas Oliver. Dr. Oliver has many years in administration of Traditional Old Catholic jurisdictions. He has been advisor to Bishops, Priests, and Parish councils for decades.