Women and men who believe that God might be calling them to ordained ministry are invited to consult the Vocations page of the ANCC national website. The ANCC welcomes everyone to consider a vocation no matter what their age, race, gender or sexual orientation is. We believe that God creates all people and God calls all people.
Fr. Anthony Lipari, pastor of Good Shepherd ANCC in Toms River, NJ, accompanied several of his parishioners to the Jersey Pride Festival held June 3 in Ashbury Park, NJ. The annual festival, now in its 25th year, celebrates the value of community for LGBTQ persons.
At the festival, Good Shepherd members handed out bottles of water and greetings. “Literally hundreds of people came to our booth as we shared faith journeys, hope, and most of all, love for our Good Shepherd American Nationa...
The ANCC joyfully congratulates Fr. John Bye-Torre, FCM, ordained to the presbyteriate in April, and Deacon Don Simon, ordained to the diaconate in June. Fr. John is pastor of St. Stephen ANCC in parish, and Deacon Don serves the parish of St. Odilia in Fargo, ND.
O loving Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of deacons and priests, take to your heart your daughters and sons who are close to you because of their ordinations, and because of the power which they have received to carry on the work of Chris...
Fr. Vincent McTighe recently celebrated the 45th anniversary of his ordination. Before his retirement earlier this year, he served as pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus ANCC parish in Kearny, NJ.
Congratulations, Fr, McTighe! Enjoy your retirement!
ANCC Presiding Bishop George R. Lucey, FCM, released three pastoral letters in May and June.
On May 5, the Bishop issued a letter calling for more vocations to meet the growing demands for ANCC parishes.
“I invite all persons in the American National Catholic Church (ANCC) to pray that God might help them fulfill the vocation to which God calls them. As Vatican Council-II reminded us, the fostering of vocations is a task of the entire Christian community, exercised above all by the cultiva...
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Bishop George asked me to write an article for The Call when he visited St. Stephen ANCC during my ordination. His intention was to help me sort out the emotional, spiritual, and mental changes I was about to experience following my ordination. Like any good shepherd, he knew this goofy sheep well. He knew I would withdraw into myself and would be overwhelmed with questions, thoughts, and emotions. He was correct. I was not at all thrilled to have to write another article. I had just ...
Rev. Alvin Allison Carmines, Jr. was a character: an eccentric, a minister, a professor, an award-winning playwright, a director, an actor, a composer and lyricist, and maybe a prophet for our own times. To put him in context, he pastored a church and wrote and staged plays and musicals in Greenwich Village, New York (when he wasn’t teaching at Union Theological Seminary), beginning in the 1960s until his death in 2005.
God of many colors, God of many signs,
I have been part of the Independent Catholic Movement (ICM) for 20+ years. In the ANCC as well as in the Ecumenical Catholic Communion, my previous jurisdiction, my job as Vicar for Ecumenism was to get to know the many ICM jurisdictions and look for those who might be legitimate: open and inclusive in attitude, appropriate screening and education of clergy, having more laity than clergy, and a variety of ministries.
What I found was there were very few jurisdictions who met these benchmarks and...
“Gleanings” offers spiritual reflections from some of the Christian tradition’s most insightful and beloved authors.
Our Pentecost offerings are gleaned from that remarkable woman of God, Hildegard of Bingen (12th century), Cyril of Alexander (5th century), and Basil of Caesarae (4th century). All three are canonized saints.
Sequence for the Holy Spirit
By Hildegard of Bingen
fount of courage,
life within life
of all that has being!
Holy are you, transmuting the per...
At the end of the path
Through the cedar
And past the birch
Down where the Cut River
Meets Lake Michigan
I sat under the crabapple tree
In the white sand
Do you remember, Oh Lord?
You sang to me
This sweet, sweet song,
gently in my ear.
My heart danced
And the fear and anger in me
Their tethers on my soul cut free.
Drifted off toward the horizon.
The Autumn wind rolled
Off the lake and over me,
But I was in your warm embrace
Wrapped in that song
That lifted my spirit
And it danced in love...