Welcome to the website of the Orthodox Old Roman Catholic Communion. Thank you for taking the time to find out more about us! We hope you will find the website interesting and informative.
Though one of the smallest denominations in the world we are also one of the oldest! The Old Roman Catholic Church, while affirming its historic continuity with the Apostolic Church of the first century, and while possessing a line of Holy Orders held in common with the Undivided Church of earlier centuries, traces its Apostolic Succession in more recent years through the ancient See of Utrecht in Holland. St. Willibrord, the Apostle of the Netherlands, was consecrated to the Episcopate by Pope Sergius I, in 696 A.D. at Rome. Upon his return to the Netherlands, he founded his See at Utrecht. One of his successors in that See was the great St. Boniface, the Apostle of Germany. The Church of Utrecht also provided a worthy occupant for the Papal See in 1552 in the person of Pope Hadrian VI (the last non-Italian pope until John Paul II, 455 years later), while two of the most able exponents of the religious life, Geert Groote (Gerardus Magnus) who founded The Brothers of the Common Life, and Thomas à Kempis (Thomas van Kempen) who is credited with writing “The Imitation of Christ”, were also sons of the Dutch Church.
Old Roman Catholicism is the modern revival of Catholicism as it was understood in the first centuries; not an attempt to perpetuate the faults either of doctrines or of works revealed by history in the Christian Church of the early centuries, but an endeavour, while conforming to our own times and our own countries, to be guided by the spirit of Christ, our only leader and to labour by this spirit, to put an end to the imperfections and vices that have defiled the Church in the course of time.
The Church is called “Old” not to disown the improvements which reason and the Gospel declare to be necessary, but to show fundamental dependence on Christ and His Gospel. We have no intention whatever of founding a new religion or of joining one of the sects that dreams of a fanciful Christianity in the future. We are faithful to the Church founded by Christ and preached by His Apostles as it appears in the books of the New Testament and in the Christian writings of the first centuries. We try to live by the spirit of our fathers and the saints honoured by our ancestors, and thus to unite the Christian past with the Christian present for the Christian future.
Metropolitan Jerome of Selsey