The ANCC’s 2016 Convocation will be held August 11-13, 2016 at the Bishop Claggett Center in Adamstown, MD.
Psalm 100 is the inspiration for the convocation’s theme: “Serve The Lord With Gladness.”
“I’m very excited about the theme and emphasis of Convocation 2016,” said Presiding Bishop George Bishop R. Lucey, FCM, “because God calls all to make all things new in Christ. We are invited into joy in the Lord. We pray this convocation might be a joyous opportunity to bring the love of the God to a...
Fr. Anthony Lipari, FCM, pastor of Good Shepherd ANCC in Highland Heights (NJ), offers Mass every Sunday, 5:30-6:30, on WOBM 1160 AM and 1310 AM.
Fr. Anthony records the Mass along with several members of his parish attending and offering the responses.
As we approach our seventh year of ministry, it is remarkable to see just how much has happened in the American National Catholic Church (ANCC). This contemporary expression of Catholicism that began as a simple idea has grown into an expanding number of parishes, devoted seminarians who long to serve the people of God, authentic ministries that touch the lives of countless souls, and a welcome and opening voice that the world so desperately needs. Perhaps most astonishing is how much has been d...
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Bishop Writes Monthly Column in New Jersey Newspaper
I rarely cry at movies. But I did a few days ago while watching “Spotlight,” the film about the “Boston Globe’s” 2002 exposure of Roman Catholic priests who sexually abused children and the prelates who covered up for them.
The “Globe’s” story was only the first wave of what became a tsunami of scandal. Fifteen years later, hundreds of similarly sordid cases of clerical misconduct and ecclesial concealment have come to light, not only in the United States but also throughout Europe...
All the People of God are called by their membership in the Body of Christ to a ministry that best suits their talents, temperaments, and situations. As St. Paul tells us,
God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers; then deeds of power, then gifts of healing, forms of assistance, forms of leadership, various kind of tongues. 1 Corinthians 12:28
Some are called by God to the Holy Orders of deacon, priest, or bishop. In this issue of “The Call,” ...
I remember when I was a youngster, a warm and inviting priest spoke with me and asked me to do some lectoring or serving at the church. With that a friendly relationship began and I was greatly influenced to consider a vocation to the church.
That’s how it all starts. When we clergy in the ANCC reach out with our words and actions and become inviters to Jesus’s love and call, we are the instruments of his reaching-out. There are many who have said to me, “I was never asked.” The polar opposite i...
Our God is the God of surprises.
When Fr. Oscar Geety first gave me the encouragement to apply to the seminary of the ANCC, I was certainly surprised. Even more surprising to me was my acceptance!
I felt a little like Abraham and Sarah when they received the call. “Really God? Now? “
And the answer I received was “If not now, when?”
And so I responded from my heart with awe and wonder: “YES!”
As the months have gone by, excitement and surprise have given way to the deep joy I have experie...
As I continue my preparation for the Diaconate, I am taking theology classes and helping out with the Liturgy. I have also been working as a volunteer at the Pierre Toussaint Food Pantry out of St. Mary’s Abbey in Newark. This is the Pantry that our parish has been so incredibly generous in helping with Thanksgiving and Christmas contributions. The contributions are extremely needed and are being well used.
I am volunteering there on the 4 days a month that they are distributing. The Pantry g...