St. Benedict once said "All are to be welcomed as Christ." In that spirit of St. Benedict, and following the call of Christ to "Love one another as I have loved you", we welcome everyone regardless of race, gender identification, sexual orientation, marital or divorce status or any other category used by people and churches in a divisive way.
The Old Catholic Church traces its historical roots back to biblical times as part of the "Universal Catholic Church". While the seeds for separation from Rome were sown in the 15th and 16th centuries, the actual break from Rome occurred in 1889 after the Vatican enacted the doctrine of "Papal Infallibility". Further information can be obtained by clicking on the "Church History" link at the left.
While our doctrine and history date back to the earliest times, our Pastoral Ministries are not out of touch with 21st century realities. There are no barriers from the sacramental life for all who seek Christ with a true heart. Whether you have been divorced or remarried, practice birth control, or are gay or lesbian you are welcomed here. Likewise, our clergy can be male or female, gay or straight, celibate or coupled. All baptized Christians are welcome at communion.
Our parishes have a special welcome for those who have been made to feel unwelcome or rejected by other churches. Please contact a member of our clergy for information and Mass schedules.
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Scholastica (c. 480 - February 10, 547) is a Catholic saint Born in Italy, she was the twin sister of St. Benedict of Nursia.
St. Gregory the Great, in his Dialogues, tells us that she was a nun and leader of a community for women at Plombariola, about five miles from Benedict's abbey at Monte Cassino. We do not know what rule this community followed, although it seems most likely it was the Rule of St. Benedict.
Scholastica was dedicated to God from a young age (some tellings of her story indicate that she preceded Benedict in godliness, and he came to holiness after she did). The most commonly told story about her is that she would, once a year, go and visit her brother at a place near his abbey, and they would spend the day worshiping together and discussing sacred texts and issues.