ANCC News & Press Statements

ANCC Presiding Bishop's Statement on Sutherland Springs shooting
(11/06/2017) Once again, God grieves, as do people of good will everywhere.  Barely a month after the Las Vegas shooting horrified the nation, another mass murder has occurred. On 5 November, as worshippers prayed in the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, a gunman burst through the doors and began firing at them with a military-style weapon. You can read the statement here.
 
New ANCC Parish in Fargo, ND
(11/03/2017) The American National Catholic Church (ANCC), an independent, non-Roman jurisdiction, is delighted to announce the formation of its newest parish, St. Katharine Drexel ANCC, in Fargo, North Dakota.  You can read the press release here
 
A Special Message from the Presiding Bishop on the Las Vegas Shooting
(10/03/2017) Once again, the nation has noticed a mass shooting, this one at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas.  According to the New York Times, it is the 521st such tragedy in 477 days.  
 
ANCC Replies to the Nashville Statement
(09/06/2017) On 29 August, an evangelical organization called the Council of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood released a “Christian manifesto,” the so-called Nashville Statement, which harshly condemned what its authors called “homosexual immorality or transgenderism.” The authors insisted that the sacrament of marriage is exclusively reserved for heterosexual couples, and that faithful Christians everywhere are obliged to concur. You can read the letter here
 
ANCC Statement on Hurricane Harvey
(08/30/2017) Hurricane Harvey’s devastation of parts of Texas and Louisiana is the worst natural disaster the nation has endured since Hurricanes Katrina in 2005 and Sandy in 2012. Massive flooding has displaced tens of thousands of people and destroyed billions of dollars in property.  You can read the statement here.
 
ANCC to Ordain Donald Simon to the Diaconate
(05/03/2017) Presiding Bishop George Lucey, FCM, and the American National Catholic Church (ANCC) are pleased to announce that Mr. Donald Simon will be ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons on Saturday, June 3. The Mass of Ordination, to be celebrated by the Most Rev. George R. Lucey, FCM, Presiding Bishop of the ANCC, will take place at First Congregational Church in Fargo, ND.  You can see the 
 
ANCC Ordains John Bye-Torre
(05/01/2017) The American National Catholic Church (ANCC) is pleased to announce that Deacon John Bye-Torre, FCM, was ordained to the Sacred Order of Presbyters on Saturday, April 22, in Seattle, Washington. You can see the press release here
 
Bishop's Pastoral Letter regarding the chemical weapons attack on Khan Sheikhoun
On behalf of the American National Catholic Church, and in unity with all persons of good will, I wish to express my horror and profound sorrow at the chemical weapons attack on the northern Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun.  You can read the pastoral letter here
 
Sacred Heart ANCC Welcomes New Pastor
The Most Reverend George M. Lucey, FCM, Presiding Bishop of the American National Catholic Church has appointed Father Paul Gulya to be Pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus ANCC parish in Kearny, NJ. Father Paul was one of the founding co-pastors of the parish in 2013 and most recently served as a supply priest for various parishes of the ANCC and also for other parishes in an ecumenical capacity. You can see the
 
ANCC to Ordain John Bye-Torre to the Priesthood
(03/27/2017)  Presiding Bishop George Lucey, FCM, and the American National Catholic Church are pleased to announce that Deacon John Bye-Torre, FCM, will be ordained to the Sacred Order of Presbyters on Saturday, April 22. The Mass of Ordination, to be celebrated by the Most Rev. George R. Lucey, FCM, Presiding Bishop of the ANCC, will take place at St. Stephen’s Parish in Seattle, Washington.  You can see the
 
ANCC Urges President to Reconsider Executive Orders
(1/29/2017) On January 27, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Mr. Trump signed an executive order mandating a 90-day ban on entry into the U.S. of citizens from 7 majority-Muslim nations. You can see the statement here.
 
ANCC repudiates Rome's rejection of gay seminarians
(12/09/2016) On December 7, the Vatican issued a document, "The Gift of the Priestly Vocation," which bars men "who practice homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies or support the so-called 'gay culture'" from entering the priesthood. You can see the statement here.
 
Rome does not speak for all Catholics on the Ordination of Women
(11/03/2016) On November 1, All Saints Day, Pope Francis once again stated that the Roman Catholic Church’s ban on the ordination of women is likely to endure. He approvingly cited John Paul II’s insistence that the question of admitting women to Holy Orders is closed.  You can see the statement here.
 
ANCC Statement on Louisiana Flood
(08/19/2016) The people and clergy of the American National Catholic Church (ANCC) join all persons of good will in expressing deep and heartfelt grief at the loss of life and property, and the disruption of
lives, caused by the recent catastrophic flooding in parts of Louisiana. You can see the statement here.
 
ANCC Welcomes Fr. Andrew Miller
(08/02/2016)  The Most Reverend George R. Lucey, FCM, Presiding Bishop of the American National Catholic Church, joyfully welcomes Fr. Andrew Miller as the latest priest to incardinate with the ANCC.  You can see the press release here.
 
ANCC Mourns the Passing of Elie Wiesel
(07/03/2016) 
The People of God and Presiding Bishop George R. Lucey, FCM, of the American National Catholic Church join the rest of the world in mourning the passing of Eli Wiesel.
 
Mr. Wiesel, like so many other Jewish survivors of the Nazi nightmare, was haunted his entire life by the horrors he endured in the death camps. But he transfigured his trauma into books, especially his masterpiece

Night,

that warned us of what happens when we lose our sense of humanity, and celebrated in a sober way the possibility of goodness in us all. This gift to the world, born of so much pain and suffering, has enriched us.
Zikhrono li-verakhah:
May his memory be for a blessing!
 
ANCC Laments the Orlando Mass Shooting
(06/13/2016)  The people and clergy of the American National Catholic Church (ANCC) join all people of good will in expressing deep and heartfelt grief at the murders committed in Orlando, Florida. You can see the press release here.
 
ANCC Welcomes St. Joseph of Arimathea
(06/10/2016)  The parish of St. Joseph of Arimathea has decided to join the American National Catholic Church.   You can see the welcome letter of Most Reverend George R. Lucey here.
 
ANCC Welcomes Fr. Miguel Fernandez
(10/20/2015)  The Most Reverend George R. Lucey, FCM, Presiding Bishop of the American National Catholic Church, joyfully welcomes Fr. Miguel Fernandez as the latest priest to incardinate with the ANCC.  You can see the press release here.
 
ANCC Announces the next Convocation in 2016
(09/23/2015)  The Most Reverend George R. Lucey, Presiding Bishop of the American National Catholic Church, announces that the Church’s 2016 Convocation will be held August 11-13, 2016 at the Bishop Claggett Center, Adamstown, MD (www.claggettcenter.org).
You can see the announcement here.
 
ANCC Announces A New Parish Community in Seattle, WA.
(08/17/2015)   The American National Catholic Church (ANCC) joyfully announces the establishment of a new parish community, St Stephen’s, Seattle, Washington, guided by Deacon Brother John Bye-Torre, FCM. You can see the press release here.
 
ANCC Welcomes Fr. John Wheeler
(08/04/2015)  The Most Reverend George R. Lucey, FCM, Presiding Bishop of the American National Catholic Church, joyfully welcomes Fr. John Wheeler as the latest clergy to incardinate in the ANCC.  You can see the press release here.
 
ANCC Applauds SCOTUS Rulings
(06/27/2015) The American National Catholic Church joyfully affirms and celebrates the two landmark decisions handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court. Both of them affirm human dignity, enrich community, and attest to the deepest values of democracy as well as the spirit of the Gospel.  You can see the press release here.
 
ANCC Statement on S.C. Church Shooting
(06/19/2015) Violence has once again struck the nation, this time in a gathering where Christians were studying God’s word and praying.  Just when it seemed as if the post-Ferguson country was finally beginning to acknowledge the harsh reality of white assaults against people of color, another hate-fueled tragedy occurs. You can see the 
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ANCC Mourns Victims of the Nepal Earthquake
(05/03/2015) The people and clergy of the American National Catholic Church (ANCC) join people of good will everywhere in praying for the thousands who perished, and the tens of thousands left injured and homeless, by the Nepal earthquake. You can see the
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Presiding Bishop as Guest Panelist in NJ Pride Event
(05/01/2015) Most Rev. George R. Lucey, FCM, the Presiding Bishop of the American National Catholic Church and pastor of St. Francis of Assisi ANCC, has been invited, along with other faith leaders, by New Jersey Pride to represent the Church and the parish as a panelist for “Progress in the Pulpit.” It will be an interfaith panel and discussion about the evolution of various religious institutions with regard to LGBTQ inclusion, as well as what individual clergy have dealt with when they divert from the rules or guidelines of their larger organizations.  The event is hosted by Congregation Beth El in South Orange, NJ on June 8, 6:30 PM at 222 Irvington Ave., South Orange, NJ 07079.
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ANCC Parishes Mentioned as Welcoming LGBT
(03/23/2015) Two of our ANCC parishes were mentioned in an article in Asbury Park Press (app.com) as welcoming LGBT in Monmouth and Ocean County, NJ.  
 
New ANCC Parish in Ocean County, NJ
(03/02/2015) The American National Catholic Church (ANCC) joyfully announces the establishment of a new parish community, Good Shepherd, in Ocean County, New Jersey. The parish, located in Toms River Township, is shepherded by Fr. Anthony Lipari, FCM.  You can see the 
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ANCC Statement on Martyred Coptic Christians
(02/21/2015) The people and clergy of the American National Catholic Church (ANCC) join all people of good will in expressing deep sadness at the recent murder of twenty-one Coptic Christians in Syria. The ANCC prays for an end to the violence in the Middle East which has taken so many lives and ruined so many others.  You can see the 
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ANCC Welcomes Three Priests
(01/30/2015) The Most Reverend George R. Lucey, FCM, Presiding Bishop of the American National Catholic Church, joyfully welcomes Frs. Louie Amezaga, Robert Blattner, and Peter Sanchez as the newest clergy to join the ANCC.  You can see the 
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ANCC to Ordain John Bye-Torre
(01/17/2015) The American National Catholic Church (ANCC) is pleased to announce that Mr. John Bye-Torre will be ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacon on Sunday, February 15. The Mass of Ordination, to be celebrated by the Most Rev. George R. Lucey, FCM, Presiding Bishop of the ANCC, will take place in the parish community of Holy Family American National Catholic Church in Las Cruces, New Mexico, during the parish celebration of the Eucharist. Mr. Bye- Torre will serve as deacon to Holy Family after his ordination.  You can see the
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ANCC Embraces Immigration Reform
(11/23/2014) The American National Catholic Church (ANCC) joins all people of good will in applauding President Obama’s plans for an immigration reform that protects nearly four and a half million undocumented workers residing in the U.S. from deportation. It is a promising initial step toward offering the radical hospitality to strangers that is a central value in both the Hebrew and Christian scriptures.  You can see the
here.
 
ANCC Establishes Executive Council
(11/15/2014) The American National Catholic Church (ANCC) is pleased to announce the establishment of its Executive Council. The primary function of this body is to advise the Presiding Bishop on issues, concerns and programs of the National Church.  You can see the
here.
 
ANCC Announces Upcoming Presbyteral Ordination
(10/19/2014) With Praise and Thanksgiving to Almighty God, the family, and the Franciscan Community of Mercy joyfully announce and cordially invite you to attend the Presbyteral Ordination of Deacon Geety Oscar M. Reyes, FCM, through the invocation of the Holy Spirit, the imposition of hands and anointing of the holy oils by Most Rev. George R. Lucey, FCM, Presiding Bishop of the American National Catholic Church, on Saturday, 3
rd
day of January 2015, eleven o’clock in the morning at St. Francis of Assisi ANCC, 195 Ridgewood Ave, Glen Ridge, NJ 07028.  Please join us in a reception immediately following Mass in the parish hall.
 
ANCC Hopeful about Synod on Family
(10/14/14) The American National Catholic Church (ANCC) welcomes the shift in tone about gays and divorced people coming out of the current Roman Catholic Synod on the Family, the two-week conference called by Pope Francis to discuss topics such as marriage, divorce, and cohabitation. You can see the 
 here.
 
ANCC Welcomes Newest Priest
(09/26/14) The American National Catholic Church is excited to announce the incardination of Fr. Michael La Lone as the newest priest to join the ANCC. You can see the

press release

 here.

Presiding Bishop Meets with St. Stanislaus in St. Louis

(08/17/14) Bishop George Lucey, FCM met with parishioners from St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish in St. Louis as the discern the future of their parish. You can see the video below:
Bishop Lucey at St. Stanislaus Kostka
 
ANCC Statement of Persecution of Christians
(08/11/14) The American National Catholic Church has released a statement condemning the ongoing persecution of Christians in Iraq and Syria. You can see the
here.
 
ANCC Welcomes Newest Priest
(06/12/14) The American National Catholic Church is excited to announce the incardination of Fr. James Lehman as the newest priest to join the ANCC. You can see the

press release

here.

Bishop Releases Letter on Pentecost

(06/08/14) The Most Rev. George R. Lucey, FCM, Presiding Bishop of the American National Catholic Church, has released a letter on Pentecost. You can see

the letter

here.

ANCC Announces New Mission Parish

(05/16/14) The American National Catholic Church is pleased to announce the formation of a new parish mission, St. Brendan's, to launch in New Jersey. You can see the

press release

here.

ANCC Announces Upcoming Ordinations

(04/21/14) The American National Catholic Church is pleased to announce that Mr. Stephen Rekar and Mr. William Wambaugh will be ordained to the Order of Sacred Deacon on May 10, 2014 at 5:00 P.M. in the afternoon. You can see the

press release

here.

ANCC Incardinates Former Roman Catholic Priest

(04/07/14) The American National Catholic Church is excited to announce the incardination of Fr. Anthony Lipari, former Roman Catholic priest, as the newest clergy to join the ANCC. You can see the 

press release

 here.

Presiding Bishop Announces Appointments

(04/15/14) The Most Rev. George R. Lucey, FCM, Presiding Bishop of the ANCC, has announced new appointments for the roles of Chancellor and Director of Vocations. You can see the press release

here

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ANCC Launches Online Quarterly Magazine

(03/05/14) The American National Catholic Church (ANCC) is pleased to present the second volume of The Call, an online magazine of the American National Catholic Church.  The Call will appear four times a year.  It can be accessed at: www.ANCCTheCall.org

ANCC Announces National Friendship Sunday

(03/04/13) The American National Catholic Church has designated April 27th —the day on which Blessed John XXII, The Call’s patron, will be canonized—as Friendship Sunday.  It’s a day in which parishioners in all of ANCC churches are encouraged to bring a friend to Mass and to invite both their local community and their social media friends to share the Eucharist meal.  Our Lord said, “Love one another as I have loved you.  You are my friends if you do this.”  Friendship Sunday is an opportunity to be especially mindful of the blessings of friendship and grateful for the fellowship we share in Jesus.

ANCC Launches 2014 Daily Lenten Online Retreat

(03/01/14)  The ANCC invites you to journey with us through the Season of Lent for an online retreat. Each day, there will be a reading from the scriptures taken from the readings of the day and a unique reflection, and an action step that you can take to walk more closely in the footsteps of Christ.  Participate in the Lenten Retreat.

ANCC Announces New Parish in Central Pennsylvania

(01/27/14) The American National Catholic Church is launching its first second parish in Pennsylvania. Holy Spirit American National Catholic Church will serve the central Pennsylvania community under the spiritual leadership of newly ordained, Fr. Kerry Walters. You can see the press release here.

ANCC Welcomes Newest Clergy

(01/01/14) The American National Catholic Church is excited to announce the incardination of Fr. Jonathan Gray as the newest clergy to join the ANCC. You can see the press release here.

ANCC Mourns Death of Nelson Mandela 

(12/07/13) The people of the American National Catholic Church offer thanksgiving for the life of Nelson Mandela and prayers for his family, friends, and countrymen, all who mourn his passing. May eternal rest grant onto him, O Lord. May light perpetual shine on him. You can see the press release.

ANCC Incardinates Former Roman Catholic Clergy

(12/05/13) The American National Catholic Church is excited to announce the incardination of Fr. Kevin Jones, former Roman Catholic priest, as the newest clergy to join the ANCC. You can see the press release.

ANCC Launches 2013 Daily Advent Online Retreat

(12/01/13)  The ANCC invites you to journey with us through the Season of Advent for an online retreat. Each day, there will be a reading from the scriptures taken from the readings of the day and a unique reflection, and an action step that you can take to better prepare yourself for the Birth of our Savior. Participate in the Advent Retreat

New Priest to be Ordained in Pennsylvania

(11/21/13)  Bishop George Lucey will be ordaining Deacon Kerry Walters, former Episcopal deacon to the Sacred Order of Priests in Lewisburg, PA. You can see the press release here.

Presiding Bishop Issues Statement on Bishop’s “Exorcism” of Illinois’ Marriage Equality Act

(11/21/13) Bishop George R. Lucey, FCM has issued a statement on Roman Catholic Bishop Paprocki's decision to perform a public exorcism in response to the enactment of a marriage equality law in Illinois. You can see the press release here.

ANCC Launches Online Quarterly Magazine

(11/13/13) The American National Catholic Church (ANCC) is pleased to announce the publication of the inaugural issue of The Call, an online magazine of the American National Catholic Church.  The Call will appear four times a year.  It can be accessed at: www.ANCCTheCall.org

Rev. John Mollish Appointed Vicar for Ecumenism

(11/08/13) Bishop George R. Lucey, FCM has appointed the Rev. John Mollish as Vicar for Ecumensim. You can see the press release here.

Presiding Bishop Issues Statement on NJ Marriage Equality

(11/04/13) Bishop George R. Lucey, FCM has issued a statement on marriage equality coming to the Garden State. You can see the press release here.

Presiding Bishop Appoints Director of Ministerial Formation

(10/22/13) Bishop George R. Lucey, FCM has appointed Rev. Vincent McTighe  as the Director of Ministerial Formation for the American National Catholic Church. You can see the press release here.

Presiding Bishop Appoints Director of Communications

(10/22/13) Bishop George R. Lucey, FCM has appointed Deacon Kerry Walters as the Director of Communications for the American National Catholic Church. You can see the press release here.

ANCC Welcomes Former Roman Catholic Priest

(09/17/13) The American National Catholic Church is excited to announce the incardination of Fr. John Mollish, former Roman Catholic priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC. You can see the press release here.

ANCC prepares for Annual Clergy Convocation

(08/11/13) On the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Bishop and Clergy of the American National Catholic Church will gather for the First Annual Clergy Convocation to take place on Aug. 15 -17, 2013, at St. Marguerite's Retreat House, Mendham, NJ. You can see the press release here.

ANCC Incardinates Two Newest Clergy

(08/11/13) The American National Catholic Church is excited to announce the incardination of Fr. Paul Gulya, former Roman Catholic priest and Deacon Kerry, former Episcopal deacon, as the newest clergy to join the ANCC. You can see the press release here.

Presiding Bishop Visits Fargo Parish

(07/19/2013) Bishop George Lucey has recently returned from a very joyous pastoral visit to St.Odilia American National Catholic Church in Fargo, North Dakota. While there, he had the opportunity to meet with the clergy and parishioners of the parish, enjoyed a picnic hosted by two members of the parish, and celebrated Sunday mass with the growing parish. During his pastoral visit Bishop Lucey observed that since his last in 2012, St. Odilia ANC has almost tripled in size, and most importantly that the members of the parish engaged Bishop Lucey with serious discussions about the future growth of the parish and the larger American National Catholic Church.

Statement on SCOTUS DOMA ruling

(06/26/13) The American National Catholic Church released the following statement following the Supreme Court's decision to overturn portions of the Defense of Marriage Act:

"The American National Catholic Church, along with her bishop, clergy, and people give thanks to God for the decision by the Supreme Court of the United States to reach for justice and equality for all. We echo the prophet Amos and pray: Let Justice roll down like waters, and Righteousness like an ever flowing stream. (Amos 5:24)"

Presiding Bishop Visits Philadelphia Parish

(06/10/13) On Saturday, June 15th, Bishop George Lucey, FCM, Presiding Bishop of the American National Catholic Church will be traveling to St. Thomas More ANCC for his annual episcopal visitation of the parish. Bishop Lucey will be celebrate mass on Saturday, June 15th at 5:00pm for the parish community. You can read the press release here.

ANCC Welcomes Former Roman Catholic Priests

(02/20/13) The American National Catholic Church is excited to announce the incardination of Fr. Carroll Mrowicki and Fr. Vincent McTighe, former Roman Catholic priests, as the newest clergy to join the ANCC. You can see the press release here.

ANCC Launches 2013 Daily Lenten Online Retreat

(2/13/13)  The ANCC invites you to journey with us through the Season of Lent for an online retreat. Each day, there will be a reading from the scriptures taken from the readings of the day and a unique reflection, and an action step that you can take to walk more closely in the footsteps of Christ.  Participate in the Lenten Retreat

ANCC Launches 24/7 Prayer Request Website

(12/12/12)  The American National Catholic Church announces the launch of our worldwide prayer request website.  Available to anyone with Internet access, prayer requests can be submitted all day, all night, everyday. You can see the press release here.

ANCC Announces New Parish in Philadelphia

(8/22/12) The American National Catholic Church is launching its first parish in Pennsylvania. St. Thomas More American National Catholic Church will serve the greater Philadelphia area under the leadership of Mother Phyllis McHugh. You can see the press release here.

ANCC Incardinates First Female Priest

(8/22/12) The American National Catholic Church announces the incardination of Rev. Phyllis McHugh as a priest ministering within the church. Mother Phyllis is the first female priest within the ANCC. You can see the press release here.

New Deacon to be Ordained in New Jersey

(8/7/12)  Bishop George Lucey will be ordaining Friar Geety Reyes, FCM to the transitional diaconate at St. Francis of Assisi ANCC in Glen Ridge, NJ. You can see the press release here.

St. Louis Parish to Reach Out to Excluded Neighbor

(6/6/12)  The ANCC parish in St. Louis, St. Catherine of Siena, will be hosting a table at St. Louis' Pride festival in an effort to demonstrate their presence as a welcoming alternative to GLBT Catholics. You can see the parish press release here.

Bishop Lucey’s Respond to Vatican's Injunction of Women Religious

(4/24/12)  The Most Rev. George R. Lucey, FCM, presiding bishop of the American National Catholic Church extends prayerful support to the Leadership Conference of Women Religious at this challenging moment in its exemplary history.  Read press statement: here

Bishop Lucey’s 2012 Easter Greetings 

(4/8/12)  The Most Rev. George R. Lucey, FCM, presiding bishop of the American National Catholic Church, has issued an Easter Pastoral Greeting. You may read the letter here: 2012 Easter Pastoral Letter

ANCC Chancellor Pained by Discrimination in Roman Catholic Church

(3/14/12)  ANCC Chancellor Rev. Fr. Phillip Lichtenwalter and pastor of St. Louis St. Catherine of Siena penned a letter to the editor in the St. Louis West End Word regarding recent discrimination in the Roman Catholic Church.  Read the letter, here.

ANCC Chancellor Interviewed by National Public Radio

(2/23/12)  ANCC Chancellor Rev. Fr. Phillip Lichtenwalter participated in an hour-long discussion on "Alternative Catholics Communities" by the St. Louis affiliate of National Public Radio (90.7 FM).  Listen to the interview: here

ANCC Launches 2012 Daily Lenten Online Retreat

(2/22/12)  The ANCC invites you to journey with us through the Season of Lent for an online retreat. Each day, there will be a reading from the scriptures taken from the readings of the day and a unique reflection, and an action step that you can take to walk more closely in the footsteps of Christ.  Participate in the Lenten Retreat

ANCC Welcomes Newest Parish: St. Odilia, Fargo, ND

(2/17/12)  On behalf of the parishioners and clergy of the ANCC, Bishop Lucey is overjoyed to announce our newest parish, St. Odilia American National Catholic Church in Fargo, North Dakota.  The pastor is ANCC priest, Rev. Fr. Llewelyn Troska.  The parish's first Eucharistic celebration will take place on February 26, 2012, the first Sunday of Lent.  For more information, please read the Press Release. 

Our Lady of Guadalupe ANCC Parish - On the Go

(2/3/12).  The Twin River Times featured a story about Our Lady of Guadalupe ANCC parish, Long Branch, New Jersey.   The article discussed the church's formation by the spirited parishioners of a previous Roman Catholic parish and the selection of ANCC priest, Fr. Anthony Testa as their pastor.

Bishop Lucey’s 2011 Christmas Greetings 

(12/25/11)  The Most Rev. George R. Lucey, FCM, presiding bishop of the American National Catholic Church, has issued a letter to the church for Christmas. You may read the letter here:  Christmas 2011 Letter

ANCC Launches 24/7 Prayer Request Website

(12/12/11)  The American National Catholic Church announces the launch of our worldwide prayer request website.  Available to anyone with Internet access, prayer requests can be submitted all day, all night, everyday.  Read Press Release here

Pastoral Letter by Bishop Lucey Regarding Recent Liturgical Language Changes by the Roman Catholic Church

(12/1/11)  The Most Reverend George R. Lucey, FCM has issued a Pastoral Letter regarding the recent liturgical language changes by the Roman Catholic Church and the ANCC’s decision to continue to use the Roman Missal 2 translation of the New Order of the Mass (Novus Ordo).  Read the Pastoral Letter here.

Asbury Park Press, “Breakaway Church Gets New Pastor”

(11/29/11)  The Asbury Park Press published an article on the installation of Father Anthony Testa as pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe American National Catholic Church, Long Branch, NJ.  Read the article: here.

ANNC Launches 2011 Daily Advent Reflections Blog

(11/28/11) The Church announces a daily reflections blog for the Season of Advent.  Beginning on the First Sunday of Advent, Nov. 28, 2011, the postings will run though Christmastide, June 9, 2012.   The blog serves as “mini-retreat” for those wishing to reflect on this wonderful season of preparation and renewal.  Format includes a biblical quote, a brief consideration of the quote, and a recommended action step. We invite all to follow our Advent Reflections at http://adventretreat.org

Bishop Lucey’s 2011 Advent Greetings 

(11/28/11)  The Most Rev. George R. Lucey, FCM, presiding bishop of the American National Catholic Church, has issued a letter to the church for Advent. You may read the letter here:  Advent Letter.

Fr. Anthony Testa Joins ANCC and Named as Pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Long Branch, NJ

(11/14/11)  The Most Reverend George R. Lucey, FCM, presiding bishop of the American National Catholic Church (ANCC), joyfully welcomes Fr. Anthony Testa as the newest priest to join the ANCC and as pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Long Branch, NJ.  Read the Press Release here.

American National Catholic Church Announces Ordination to the Priesthood of Rev. Br. Phillip Lichtenwalter and Rev. Mr. William Freeman

(11/5/11)  With great joy, the ANCC announces the ordination of our brother deacons, Rev. Br. Phillip Lichtenwalter and Rev. Mr. William Freeman to the priesthood of Jesus Christ on November 11, 2011 in St. Louis.  ANCC Priesthood Press Release.

American National Catholic Church Welcomes New Parish Community 

(8/1/11)  The parish community of Our Lady of Guadalupe American National Catholic Church welcomed the Most Rev. George R. Lucey, FCM, presiding bishop of the American National Catholic Church, at the celebration of the first communion of several parishioners.

Rev. Br. Phillip Lichtenwalter launches new ANCC faith-community in St. Louis.

(7/31/11)  ANCC deacon, Rev. Br. Phillip Lichtenwalter, administrator of St. Catherine of Siena, launches new faith community in St. Louis. Read the story here.

Bishop George R. Lucey: “Honor the Contributions of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Californians” 

(7/13/11)  The Most Rev. George R. Lucey, FCM, presiding bishop of the American National Catholic Church, has released a statement supporting the efforts in the State of California to honor the legacy of LGBT leaders. You can see the California Statement here.

Bishop George R. Lucey: ‘We are definitely Catholic but not Roman Catholic” 

(6/27/11)  The Most Rev. George R. Lucey, FCM, presiding bishop of the American National Catholic Church, has released a statement in response to the attacks on the people of Our Lady of Guadalupe American National Catholic Church by David M. O'Connell, CM, Roman Catholic Bishop of Trenton. You can see the statement here.

Presiding Bishop’s Statement on the Passage of Gay Marriage in New York State

(6/25/11)  The Most Rev. George R. Lucey, FCM, presiding bishop of the American National Catholic Church, has released a statement on the State of New York's decision to embrace marriage equality. You can see the statement NY Marriage Equality Statement here.

American National Catholic Church Welcomes Newest Parish: Our Lady of Guadalupe

(6/20/11)  Our Lady of Guadalupe American National Catholic Church's annual festival in honor of St. John the Baptist was featured in the Asbury Park Press.

Bishop Lucey's 2011 Pentecost Greetings 

(6/12/11)  The Most Rev. George R. Lucey, FCM, presiding bishop of the American National Catholic Church, has issued a letter to the church for Pentecost. You may read the letter here: Pentecost Letter.

Welcome, St. John the Baptist Parish

(5/21/11)  The American National Catholic Church welcomes the former parishioners of St. John the Baptist in West Long Branch, NJ. After the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton closed their parish, they have embraced a new path and identity as Our Lady of Guadalupe American National Catholic Church.