Good Shepherd at Pride Festival

Ginny Hoyt & Fr. Lipari

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 National Catholic Church,” said Fr. Lipari.

Two New Ordinations in the ANCC

Bishop George Lucey, FCM, and Deacon Don Simon

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.

Fr. John Bye-Torre, FCM, and Bishop George Lucey, FCM

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 Christ. Be their comfort, be their joy, be their strength. Amen!

(For a statement on the importance of vocations, see Bishop Lucey’s Good Shepherd Sunday Pastoral Letter)

Presiding Bishop George Lucey Issues Three Pastoral Letters

The Most Reverend George R. Lucey, FCM

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 cultivation of a fully Christian life.”

On June 5, Bishop Lucey issued a response to President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Accord on Climate.

“The American National Catholic Church joins all people of good will throughout the world in the fervent hope that the current President will awaken to the obligation, born of love for the Creator and creation, to cherish and protect the environment.”

On June 24, Presiding Bishop Lucey released a response to a Roman Catholic bishop’s barring of same-gender couples from the sacraments.

“We in the American National Catholic Church (ANCC) reject completely the idea that Holy Mother Church, founded from the blood and water flowing from the side of Christ, would ever deny her children the comfort and succor of Christ’s presence in the sacramental life of the Church.”