Welcome to our church!
Our faith community is here to serve you without condition, no matter your state in life, and openly professes the unconditional love of Christ. We hope that you learn something about us as we learn something about you and that in this process we are better able to serve your spiritual needs and desires.
The American Catholic Church, one of many autocephalous (self-governing) churches within the tradition of the Old Catholic Church was established in order to minister in the sacred, sacramental tradition of our Catholic heritage while offering a more personal, pastoral, approach and progressive ideology than that of the larger, and more well known, forms of Catholicism. (Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Anglo-Catholic.) We are a pilgrim Church, conscious of our time and place, journeying as a community in an ever-changing world. To this end, the Mission Statement of our church reflects our commitment to proclaiming compassion for all, the equal dignity of all, and the possibility for all persons to know and love God and their neighbor in a unique way. We are a community open to exploring new theological horizons while remaining grounded in the "One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic" tradition, and yet aware that God is too big to be contained or limited by human thought or organization. Morbi nunc odio, gravida rsus c, luctus a, lorem. Lor em ipsum dolor sit amet, consec tetueradipis.more
- 5:30 p.m. Sacred Liturgy at St. John the Beloved Cathedral.
- 11:30 a.m. Sacred Liturgy at St. John the Beloved Cathedral.
When Jesus prayed “that they all may be one,” (John 17:21) he was expressing to us Divine Hope in the face of contemporary faith communities divided over history, theology and practice.
In so many ways, what the world does not need is another Church. Yet there are many in North America alone that still search for a local community or minister to answer their need to hear Good News. It is through them that we feel called into service by the Gospels, reaching into the roots of our story and out to the world.more
What We Believe
To Seek: the Unity of God’s love and wisdom for All, believing that God’s Spirit will complete what was prayed for by Jesus and the work done “by human hands” in his name.
To Service: of others in whatever ways present themselves to us as individuals and as a community, believing that God’s Spirit moves continuously throughout creation, and the gifts, talents and opportunities we embrace and share.
To Build: communities, formal and informal, in the world that exemplify the Good News message of hospitality and welcome, regardless of the realities of people’s past, present or future.
Please join us in worship! We have three communities in Southern California.
In San Diego we have a parish in Vista pastored by Rev. Janine Stock
St John the Beloved Cathedral is in the Hillcrest are of San Diego
Most Reverend Martin De Porres Griffin
As the presiding bishop of the American Catholic Church, Diocese of California, I invite you to join one of our parishes for the divine liturgy on any Sunday of the year. There is room at the banquet for everyone.
Peace and All Good Things!
How to sponsor us
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- 3900 Cleveland Avenue
San Diego,CA 92103.
- Telephone:+1 619 295-1489
- FAX:+1 858 433 2922
- E-mail: ACCBishop@americancatholicchurch.org
- 3900 Cleveland Avenue
Originally, during the first generations of Christianity, all local churches were independent and there was no central governing organization. These local communities were ministered to by what we would, today, call bishops and deacons. The rank of priest only began to emerge and differentiate from that of bishop later, during the mid-second century, as the Church expanded from the cities to the rural areas.
Beginning in the second Century, with the spread of Christianity into the rural areas outside the cities, and particularly after the devolution of the presbyter (i.e. priest) from the Order of Bishop, local churches began to be grouped together to permit better organization and supervision of orthodoxy. Parishes began to be led by priests. Bishops became heads of regions called diocese and bishops of cities, called a Metropolitan, or an Archbishop, supervised, but did not rule over or govern, the nearby rural diocese. Diocesan Bishops were completely autonomous in their own diocese so long as they remained true to the Faith.
All were organized under the leadership of some principal bishop called a Patriarch who headed the most important diocese in the world. In ancient times the Patriarchs were the Bishops of Jerusalem, Antioch, Alexandria, Rome, and Constantinople. Each were equal in rank, prestige, and authority; though particular honor was given to the Patriarchs of Rome and Constantinople as their Sees were the seats of Imperial Roman Government. Today, the Patriarch of Rome, also know as the Patriarch of the West, is also called the Pope. The Patriarch of Constantinople, called the Ecumenical Patriarch, is the leader of all Eastern Orthodox Churches, a title of honor not of governance, except within his own Greek Orthodox Church.
The Eastern Orthodox Churches, perhaps, better known as the Greek Orthodox Church, the Russian Orthodox Church, etc., continue to follow the model of the Patriarch leader as a "first among equals'' today. Local Bishops and Metropolitan's have autonomy and are answerable to their "Synod of Bishops" rather than to the Patriarch in matters of orthodoxy and discipline. Though they employ a liturgy which is very different from that used in the West, they are none the less Catholic, and of ancient and Apostolic origin.
There are many Catholic Churches which, today, belong to the Orthodox family. Many have a national or ethnic character. All are completely self governing. Some, such as the Russian Orthodox Church, have their own Patriarch. Each shares a communion with the other Churches of Orthodoxy. Though formed at different times, all are said to have entered schism, i.e. severed relations, with Rome in 1054 in response to un-historical assertions of Papal Authority.
Western Catholic Christianity experienced an authoritarian approach to leadership under the control of the Patriarch/bishop of Rome, the Pope. Propelled by a vacuum of civil leadership after the fall of the Western Roman Empire and fueled by medieval political intrigues, the Popes soon asserted greater and greater authority. Through the years, assertions of Papal power and authority have frequently led to conflict and scandal. The Great Schism of 1054 in which Roman Catholicism split Christianity by breaking ties with Easter Orthodoxy, the scandalous conduct of the Renaissance Church, the Reformation of the sixteenth century, and numerous smaller schisms which have occurred since, can be traced to this authoritarian approach.
Western Independent Catholic Churches (i.e. those whose roots are through the Roman Catholic Church) include the Old Catholic Church, and the Catholic Apostolic Church to name but two. These churches were formed in response to both the over centralization of the western church in Rome and a local need for a theology, spirituality and liturgy that spoke to and with the people. Each has maintained a Catholic identity, Apostolic Succession, and continue Sacramental and liturgical worship, and follow the Traditions of the historic church.
Like the Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches; The ACC is an autocephalous part of the "...one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church". Autocephalous literally means "having its own head" and is best defined as "self governing".
The Church is one because it is one with its founder, Jesus Christ and, in His Mystical Body, is one with all believers. The Church is holy because Christ is Holy and sanctifies the Church by His continuing Presence in the Sacraments and His Word. The Church is catholic both because, as a member of Christ's mystical body, it is universal; and because it consciously links itself to the Traditions and practices of the historic Church. The Church is Apostolic because it is linked to the faith, teachings, and authority of the Apostles, both Sacramentally and historically, through the Apostolic Succession of the Bishops and Clergy.