Our new email address for all Church business is - Theology35@gmail.com
Phone - 1-866-878-2290.
Correspondence - IOCC, PO Box 23175, Ottawa, Canada, K2A 4E2
We have been shocked by the picture of a black man, handcuffed, surrounded by four (white) police officers, with a knee on his neck, crying out, I can't breathe. Such a sad picture - This has led to massive protests, often riots around USA and with some such support in Canada. May peace and justice soon take place.
We are alarmed at the world wide coranavirus which is sweeping the world with sadly many dead. Our prayers go out to those affected may they recover. And may we soon discover a cure for the worst virus in over one hundred years.
This is the first posting for this new outreach of the IOCC - a newsletter. We used to mail these out and the time and cost was too great to maintain. We welcome items you may wish to include, simply email them to the address above - with Newsletter in the subject line. We welcome suggestions and comments on any aspect of the IOCC.
May our Saviour bless and protect all who read this message.
Bishop George, Primate IOCC.
News from the Diocese of Florida
We now have an Auxiliary Bishop who was consecrated at the last Synod. He is the Most Reverend Stephen Harris. He serves as the pastor of Holy Apostles Independent Old Catholic Church, as well as the Auxiliary Bishop for the Diocese of Florida. Bishop Steve is a funeral director at one of the largest funeral homes in the area. The combination of compassion and leadership skills is truly a blessing to the Diocese of Florida.
Like much of the rest of the country, the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has caused two of our churches (Holy Apostles and Saint Joseph of Arimathea) to stop having services until restrictions are lifted by the Governor of Florida. At Saint Michael’s Independent Old Catholic Church (the cathedral of the IOCC) Monsignor Juan Lojo and his staff have developed unique ways to continue to hold some services. They hold three Masses a week limited to ten people in the sanctuary. Reservations are required to attend these services. Social distancing restrictions are followed with everyone being more than ten feet apart as well as conforming to all other Covid-19 orders from the Governor.
On Sunday mornings at 10:00 am, the Eucharist is served in the parking lot of Saint Michael’s. The other churches of the diocese are invited to participate along with anyone who wants to receive the Eucharist. This has gone extremely well with even participation from members of Roman Catholic churches in the area that are closed. A bulletin with the complete service is provided to each person. The people do not leave their cars but drive through the parking lot where Monsignor Juan Lojo, Father Charles Gaudreau and Father Peter Milner serve the consecrated bread. The people in the cars hold a hand out the window then a priest drops the host into their hand and recites the ritual wording.
The diocese expects to bestow Holy Orders to a new Deacon for Saint Michael’s Church this November. The new deacon will be Nancy DiNicola. She has been a member for many years and has served Saint Michael’s in many positions as a lay woman. She is in the process of finishing her education to be eligible for Holy Orders as a deacon.
The Diocese of Florida is looking forward to hosting the upcoming 2020 IOCC Synod this fall. Hopefully, circumstances will allow us to safely gather together for fellowship, education and inspiration.
Bishop Richard M. White
Diocese of Florida
From The Rt. Rev. Dr. Thomas T. Bryant, Bishop
Diocese of the East Coast, Independent Old Catholic Church
Since the establishment of the Diocese of the Eastern US during the October 2019 Synod of the Independent Old Catholic Church and the ordination and installation of Bishop Thomas T. Bryant as its ordinary, the diocese under Bishop Bryant’s impressive and active leadership has seen the ordination and incardination of new priests, the development of expanded ministries among its priests, a growing number of potential seminarians, and an expansion of the international and national standing of the reputation of both the diocese and the church at large.
Soon after his installation, Bishop Bryant incardinated into the diocese Father Peter Preble. Peter comes to the IOCC from the Romanian Orthodox Church and is host of the Faith in America radio program which airs on Boston Radio WCRN 830 am and Springfield Radio WACE on Sunday’s at 6:00 am and will stream online at wcrnradio.com. Peter works full-time as the Interim Senior Minister at Second Congregational Church of Beverly in East Weymouth, Massachusetts. Battalion Chaplain of the 79th Troop Command of the Massachusetts National Guard, Peter was recently called into active duty to provide chaplaincy services to soldiers and hospital patients in Massachusetts. More importantly, Peter and his wife Nicky Meola Preble recently welcomed their first baby, Oonagh.
During the synod, Bishop Bryant ordained Father Warren Brown of Baltimore, MD. Warren’s full time job is with a federal agency, but his ministry is focused on planting an IOCC church in the Baltimore area. Fr. Brown began working with the Johns Hopkins Hospital Spiritual Care Group. This volunteer service will prepare him to enter the Clinical Pastoral Education program. In addition, he is completing a Masters of Divinity and now taking four classes a semester.
Father Al Hill is ministering to two clients under care through in-home services. He also leads a weekly Bible Study at a Sober House in Lynchburg. Fr. AlI provides counseling and mentoring to the men as opportunities arise. Currently all religious volunteers are shut out of the prisons in Virginia, as are the contracted Chaplains. But he is maintaining contact with two Chaplains, several prisoners, and two chapters of Kairos Prison Ministry. His work at The Lighthouse in Lynchburg has also been curtailed due to a change in that Institution's mission.
The “Peace Troubadour” Father James Twyman – a New York Times bestselling author of 16 books including The Moses Code and Emissary of Light who has recorded more than 18 music albums including the Billboard chart bestseller I AM Wishes Fulfilled along with Dr. Wayne Dyer and the director or producer of seven feature films – has travelled the United States penniless, performing his new musical based on the life of St. Francis of Assisi entitled “Brother Sun, Sister Moon”.
Father Joseph Grieboski, who heads the diocese’s Office of Ecumenical, Interfaith, and Global Engagement, was recently added to the boards of the Rumi Forum and the Interfaith Alliance, was nominated to become United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, and was appointed a Senior Fellow of The Dietrich Bonhoeffer Institute where he focuses on global human rights issues.