The Old Catholic Order of Paul the Apostle is a Monastic Order of Old Catholic Priests. We serve in the Apostolic Tradition of going out to the faithful and serving them “where they are” both physically and spiritually.
Who We Are
We are an Order founded on the Monastic tradition of “Clerks Regular”, a body of Priests in the Church who by the very nature of our institute unite the perfection of the religious state to the priestly office, i.e. who while being essentially clerics, devoted to the exercise of the ministry in preaching, the administration of the sacraments, and other spiritual and corporal works of mercy, are at the same time a religious community, in the strictest sense of the word. As Clerks Regular, Old Catholic Paulists Priests do not live and work in a monastery, but live in our own homes and work in the community.
We are administered in the Monastic traditions, led by a Superior General, who is a Bishop consecrated in Apostolic Succession. Our current Superior General is
Archishop Christopher E. Richard, OCP,
of Albany, NY,who holds valid Apostolic Succession through Apostolic Lines from both the Holy See of Antioch and the Holy See of Rome.
Our Priests have all been Ordained by Bishops holding valid Apostolic Succession.
What We Do
We minister in the Old Catholic tradition, which is rooted in the Apostolic tradition. We accept teachings both from the Eastern and Roman Rite Churches, through the Great Schism of 1054. We respect the teachings and dogmas of both the Eastern and Roman Rite Churches since the Great Schism, but are not held by dogma or doctrine created thereafter.
We look to, and accept without question, Sacred Scripture as God's final Word in all matters. We do not believe that Sacred Scripture is open to personal interpretation, but is to be read, understood, and lived, literally.
Our Liturgies and Ceremonies are consistant with historic Catholic rites; mainly those published after Vatican II.
We also observe the following:
"Open Communion" - Communion is offered to, and encouraged to be received by, all Baptized Christians.
"General Absolution" - During the Penitential Rite of Mass, a moment is taken to confess sins silently and personally to God, then the Priest grants General Absolution.
Sacraments may be administered outside the confines of a church.
Holy Orders are open to Married or Single Men.
Holy Matrimony is offered to those who have been previously married; without pre-conditions, such as annulments.
Contraception is a personal decision between a husband and wife; with the exception of abortion.