The American National Catholic Church joyfully welcomes our newest parish, St. Katharine Drexel ANCC, in Fargo, North Dakota.
The parish patron, St. Katharine, was the first U.S.-born citizen to be canonized. Born into a wealthy Pittsburg family, she gave up her economic and social privilege to found the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, an order devoted to ministering to African and Native Americans. St. Katharine, who died in 1955, was canonized in 2000.
The Rev. Mr. Donald Simon, a Minnesota...
ANCC parishes from across the nation gather every other year in convocation to renew our commitment to the Lord and one another. Given the state of the nation and the world, we especially wanted next year’s convocation to focus on issues of social, economic, environmental, and gender justice.
The 2018 national ANCC Convocation will be held August 16-18, 2018, at Maryland’s Claggett Center. The convocation theme is taken from Micah 6:8: “God has told you, O woman and man, wh...
Throughout this holy season of Advent, the ANCC offers an online retreat that invites readers to enter ever more deeply into their hopeful anticipation of the birth of the Christ-child. Retreat reflections are written by both ordained and lay members of ANCC parishes across the nation. Join us as we journey toward Bethlehem!
Father Jason Lody, FCM, pastor of St. Anthony of Padua ANCC in Centreville, VA, was re-elected Minister General of the Franciscan Community of Mercy (FCM) at the order’s General Chapter in October.
Congratulations, Fr. Jason!
The FCM is an order dedicated to following in the footsteps of Christ as modeled by Saint Francis. Brothers and sisters support and encourage one another as they labor in the vineyard of the Lord serving all of God’s people. Members of the community are ordinary peopl...
ANCC Presiding Bishop George R. Lucey, FCM, issued two statements in October and November in response to the mass shootings in Las Vegas and Sutherland Springs, TX.
In the wake of the Las Vegas tragedy, Bishop Lucey wrote:
This kind of murderous violence, repeated again and again in our culture, bewilders our
minds and horrifies our spirits. Along with the psalmist (13:1-2), our grief compels us to
lift our faces heavenwards and cry, “How long will you hide your face from me? How long
must I t...
A New ANCC Parish
Mark Your Calendars!
Franciscan Community of Mercy Election
Presiding Bishop Lucey Issues Two Statements on Gun Violence
The U.S. was hit by a record-breaking wave of hurricanes in the late summer and early fall of 2017 that devastated parts of Texas, Florida, and Louisiana. Fr. Mike La Lone, whose parish is in Wilton Manors, Florida, endured Hurricane Irma and posted on his experience in real time.
I feel like a Who in the story of Horton who is able to see past the profane into the sacredness of life and puts his life at risk to share the story of the Who with those who will listen, of which there are none, the...
A Salutation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Hail, O Lady,
Mary, holy Mother of God,
Who are the Virgin made Church,
chosen by the most Holy Father in heaven
whom he consecrated with His most holy beloved Son
and with the Holy Spirit the Paraclete,
in whom there was and is
all fullness of grace and every good.
Hail His Palace!
Hail His Tabernacle!
Hail His Dwelling!
Hail His Robe!
Hail His Servant!
Hail His Mother!
And hail all You holy virtues
which are poured into the hearts of the fait...
In 1219, two years into the 5th crusade, St. Francis sailed to Egypt with Br. Illuminato to try and convert Sultan Kamil and end the war.
Sultan Malik Al-Kamil, leader of the Islamic armies, was as devout a Muslim as St Francis was a Christian. When St Francis and Br. Illuminato arrived for their audience with the Sultan, they had both been beaten, as was standard for Christian prisoners of war. St Francis already knew it would go that way because this was not his first time being capture...
It’s Advent again. Happy New Year. As part of the editorial team that puts together this magazine, we have been planning this issue for a few months now. When we first met to brainstorm and plan, it seemed like such a long way off and suddenly here it is. The deadline is upon me and I have come up dry!
It’s not like I procrastinated (well not that much anyway), I did have a few ideas. I sat to write my column several times. I’d get three or four sentences, maybe a paragraph and then like th...
I was reading an article from the periodical, Celebration, the other day, and was astounded with the following tidbit of information that I never knew before, but that perfectly symbolizes the deeper meaning of the Annunciation story. And the tidbit is this: In Fra Angelico’s beautiful painting of the Annunciation, the angel Gabriel fills the left side of the canvas, while Mary takes up the right side. In the space between the Angel and Mary, are the words spoken by the angel and Mary’s response...