to engage in regular and active pastoral ministry.
The ANCC works with a non-residential distanced-based program to ensure that candidates for priesthood ordination receive a thorough, comprehensive education prior to ordination. From the founding days of the Church, all candidates for ordination and incardination have been required to engage in a process that is thorough and fair. Criminal background checks and psychological evaluations are required for all applicants. Proper education, formationand training are understood as necessities for effective ministry to the people of God and for the credibility of the larger church.
The American National Catholic Church was established as an Independent Catholic jurisdiction in 2009. The intent in forming the church was to begin a community that harnesses the promise of the Independent Catholic movement, while avoiding the various difficulties and weaknesses which have traditionally accompanied many jurisdictions.
The early stages of The ANCC development focused on building a strong foundation and ensuring that there is a solid Independent Catholic infrastructure. This allowed the church to continue on well into the future as it has been built upon more than individual leaders and personalities.
Our Presiding Bishop is Bishop George R. Lucey, FCM., who holds degrees in psychology and has worked in higher education as a professor of psychology. Since its genesis, the ANCC has celebrated ordinations to the Priesthood and the Deaconate and expanded to seven States with many parishes and more to come. The American National Catholic Church ministers in a variety of locations providing numerous services to the people of God.
Authentic ministry in response to Christ’s Gospel calling is of paramount importance to the ANCC. Outreach is encouraged for all members of the Church – both lay and ordained. Those who seek to pursue a vocation to religious life or ordained ministry, as well as those seeking incardination, are strongly encouraged