In This Issue

Welcome to the Pentecost 2017 double edition of The Call, the online magazine of the American National Catholic Church (ANCC)!

If you’re a regular reader, we’re glad to have you back. If you’re new to the quarterly, we’re delighted you’re visiting us. You can find out more information about the ANCC by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.

Most of the articles in this issue are devoted, understandably enough, to Pentecost themes. But there’s also a piece, Fr. James Lehman’s, that offers an overview of the Independent Catholic Movement (ICM) and a reflection on succession in the ANCC. Now that we think of it, his piece surely is also Pentecostal, since the movement of the Church is prompted by the Holy Spirit.

A full listing of our contents this time around can be found below, and all news items and articles can be accessed by clicking on the Menu links under the home page’s banner. Happy reading!

As always, we welcome proposals for articles and book and film reviews. Our Submission Guidelines may be found on our Contact page.


Contents of Volume 4, Number 2


Maureen Tauriello’s Liturgically Speaking Column: “Making Music, Praying Twice”

Fr. Jason Lody’s Franciscan Corner Column: “Pentecost 2017”

Deacon’s Corner Column: Pat Kane, “The Many Tongues of Pentecost”


Bishop George Lucey’s Pentecost Message: “Fellowship in the Holy Spirit”

Mother Phyllis McHugh’s Devotional: “A Reflection on Pentecost”

Dan Miller-Gartner: “Sing to Me”

Barbara Gimino: “Spirit of Love”

Gleanings: “Fiery Spirit!”, with Hildegard of Bingen, Cyril of Jerusalem, and Basil of Caesarea


Fr. John Bye-Torre: “The Touch: Receiving the Gifts of the Holy Spirit”

Fr. Vincent McTighe: “Is Diversity One of the Gifts of the Spirit?”

Fr. James Lehman: “The Independent Catholic Movement, ANCC, and Succession Planning”


Film Review: “Spirit Embraced in the Desert”

Book Review: “Spirit Rejected in Paris”






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