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Evangelical Old Catholic Communion
Classification Old Catholic
Orientation Old Catholic
Polity Episcopal
Founder Francis John Sahuque
Origin
Springfield, Missouri
Branched from Reformed Catholic Church of America
Congregations 3

The Evangelical Old Catholic Communion is a Catholic communion founded in 2006 associated with the Old Catholic Church, which cut broke with Rome in 1870 (1723). The apostolic succession of its bishops is derived from various lines of apostolic succession: The Patriarchate of Antioch, Antiochian Orthodox Catholic Church, Roman Catholic, Old Catholic Church, Antiochian-Jacobite Church, Russian Orthodox Church, Protestant Episcopal Church of the United States of America, Armenian Uniate Church, Syro-Chaldean Church, Anglican Church including Celtic origin, Greek Melchite Church, Orthodox Patriarchate of Constantinople, Non-juring Anglican/Episcopal bishops of Scotland. It also claims to be part of the evangelical and charismatic movements which claim to seek to bring back the reality of first century Pentecostal experience (Acts 2:4).

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History

The Evangelical Old Catholic Communion was established the mandate of Archbishop Rodney Rickard, presiding bishop and primate of the Reformed Catholic Church of America. Bishop Francis John Sahuque became the church's first presiding bishop. On April 25, 2007, Archbishop Rickard elevated Fr. Sahuque to the position of archbishop. Fr. Sahuque was also consecrated archbishop of the Archdiocese of St. Martin, as well as that of the Evangelical Anglican Communion.

The Evangelical Old Catholic Communion immediately erected parish churches in Utah, Idaho and Nebraska.

Beliefs

The Evangelical Old Catholic Communion believes it to be their duty to ordain and consecrate clergy, and to establish churches, whether it is for their own jurisdiction or to start other jurisdictions, throughout the world. EOCC's trinitarian beliefs are based on the Apostles' Creed and the Nicene Creed. The Church believes that the Bible is the literal Word of God nd that the seven sacraments are outward signs instituted by God to give believers inward grace. They believe the Church is the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church in which Christ is the root and the church universal is the main stem, and the church a branch of the vine. The EOCC maintains that this church is an evangelical branch or rite. The saints are defined as all baptized people, both living and dead, who are in perfect harmony with God. In order for a sacrament to be valid it must be administering by a minister properly ordained by a bishop possessing the valid lines of apostolic succession, with the proper form, intention and matter.

Practices

The Evangelical Old Catholic Communion admits ordination of women to the offices of deacon, priest or bishop, and celibacy is not an obligation. Birth control is not proscribed. They do not ordain those in same-sex relationships nor those that live with someone outside of the state of marriage.

The liturgy of the Evangelical Old Catholic Communion is a modified version of the Old Catholic liturgy. The use of all historic liturgies are permitted. They believe in the spiritual gifts and in the moving of the Holy Spirit. Although they follow a set liturgy, they also allow for the operation of the gifts of the Spirit. They use contemporary worship music as well as historic hymns. Their sermons are based on the Bible. They could be described as Pentecostal in belief and Catholic in practice.

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