"To be deep in History
is to cease to be a Protestant."
- Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman
|Jesus Christ, The Eternal High Priest|
|Priestly Society of Saint Augustine (Societas Sacerdotalis Sancti Augustini)|
|"Almighty God, we pray that your angel may take this sacrifice to your altar in heaven. Then as we receive from this altar, the sacred Body and Blood of your Son, let us be filled with every blessing." - Eucharistic Liturgy, Roman Canon (Novis Ordo) |
|Christ's Resurrection by Grunewald, Isenheim, Germany|
|Benediction and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at St. Michael's. "Adoro Te devote, latens Deitas / Humbly I adore Thee, Diety unseen." - Saint Thomas Aquinas||
|Most Reverend Thomas Stover, S.S.S.A., D.Min., Ph.D., D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of the West - ALCC|
WELCOME TO THE DIOCESE OF THE WEST
ANGLO-LUTHERAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
United in faith, hope, and love; and committed to visible corporate reunion with the Bishop and Church of Rome, we are the Diocese of the West, Anglo-Lutheran Catholic Church. We offer solid Catholic theology, beautiful liturgical worship, and the seven sacraments of the Church, celebrated by Augustinian Priests ordained in the historic Apostolic Succession of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. Our Diocese covers all of the United States West of the Western borders of Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, and Michigan; and all of Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada West of the Western border of Ontario.
Gathered in the Name of Jesus the Christ we joyfully celebrate the Holy Eucharist as the summit of worship and the source of all blessings, in which, by a stunning miracle, we receive the actual Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Christ.
Blessed with families of multi-ethnic and multi-cultural heritage, empowered by God the Holy Spirit, our community offers beautiful worship services, solid, time-tested principles of Catholic spiritual formation, and a solid commitment to the social doctrines of the Church.
As a Diocese of the Anglo-Lutheran Catholic Church, we are also committed to working for visible, corporate reunion with the Bishop and Church of Rome. Join our journey "to restore everything in Christ;" that, as Jesus prayed in Gethsemane, the day will come when the wounds needlessly inflicted on the Church in the Reformation will be healed, and we will all be one: in one Church, under Christ and His Vicar, the Successor to St. Peter.
The Holy Eucharist is celebrated in the warm intimacy of the beautiful sanctuaries of our parishes, a list of which is online at http://anglolutherancatholic.org .
Private Masses for special intentions are available on request in our parishes.
Private Confessions may be heard before Mass or by appointment.
Our Bishop is The Most Reverend Thomas J. Stover, S.S.S.A., M.Div., D.Min., Ph.D., D.D. His contact information follows:
Office of the Bishop of the Diocese of the West
13335 Palomino Drive Suite 204
Apple Valley, MN. 55404
© Anglo-Lutheran Catholic Church 2007
A Daily Prayer For Pope Benedict XVIOremus pro Pontifice nostro Benedicti. Dominus conservet eum, et vivificet eum, et beatum fecit eum in terra, et non tradet eum in animam inimcorum eius. Amen.
Let us pray for Benedict our Pope. May the Lord preserve and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies. Amen.
- Archbishop Robert W. Edmondson, S.S.S.A., M.Div., S.T.M., D.Min., Th.D., L.H.D., D.D.
Metropolitan of the Anglo-Lutheran Catholic Church
THE PATH TO FULL CHRISTIAN UNITY
"Efforts to re-establish unity among divided Christians cannot be reduced only to recognizing our reciprocal differences and to achieving peaceful coexistence. What we long for is that unity for which Christ Himself prayed and which by its nature becomes manifest in the communion of faith, of the Sacraments, and of the ministry. The journey to this unity must be perceived as a moral imperative, a response to a specific call from the Lord. . . . We must passionately continue the journey towards this goal."
- Pope Benedict XVI, Vespers Homily, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity,
St. Paul-Outside-the Walls, Rome, January 25, 2011
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
ABOUT THE ANGLO-LUTHERAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
is the Anglo-Lutheran Catholic Church (ALCC?) The
ALCC is a Church in the Lutheran Evangelical Catholic
is an Evangelical Catholic Lutheran? An
Evangelical Catholic Lutheran is first of all a Christian.
An Evangelical Catholic Lutheran also believes that
Lutheranism is not at all Protestant. Lutherans believe
that Lutherans are Western Catholics who were involuntarily
expelled from the Roman Catholic Church and are
conscience-bound to return to the Catholic Church as soon
as circumstances permit. Lutherans consider Lutheranism to
be "Protestant" only to the degree that it has accepted
Calvinist (Presbyterian, Congregationalist and other Reformed) influence through the centuries.
Evangelical Catholic Lutherans completely reject the doctrines and principles
of Calvinism. This is nothing new. Whether they have been
known as Gneiso-Lutherans, Old Lutherans, Romanizing
Lutherans, or Evangelical Catholic Lutherans,
they have been an integral part of Lutheranism since the
time of Martin Luther. The ALCC is at the most Roman
Catholic edge of this very special and continuing Lutheran
is the word "Anglo" in your name? Unlike
other Lutheran churches, the
ALCC also has some Anglo-Catholic ("high church") Anglican roots. This is reflected in our Church's
name and in its coat of arms (the Church of England's St.
George's Cross and the Luther Rose.)
Lutheran Churches only have two sacraments: Baptism and
Holy Communion. Is this true for the ALCC? No.
In union with the Roman Catholic and Anglican churches, the
ALCC recognizes seven sacraments and celebrates them using
the rites of the Roman Catholic Church exclusively.
don't the Lutheran confessional documents in the Book of
Concord say that there are only two sacraments? Yes.
But the ALCC does not consider the Lutheran confessional
documents in the Book of Concord binding whenever they conflict
with Roman Catholic faith, tradition, order, and
spirituality as defined by the current Catechism of the Catholic
Church , the documents of all Ecumenical Councils accepted by the Catholic Church (including the Councils of Trent, the first and second Vatican Councils all other documents of the Catholic
Sacred and Ordinary Magisterium.
does the ALCC teach about Baptism? The
ALCC's teachings about Baptism are the same as those of the
Roman Catholic Church as presented in the current Catechism of the
Catholic Church. Baptism is regenerative, removes original
sin, actual sin, and causes a profound ontological change
in the baptized person--changing him into a "child of God."
It is not a rite through which a person joins a
congregation or a denomination. It is how a person becomes
a Christian; it is how a person is "born again."
What does the ALCC teach about Holy
ALCC's teachings about Holy Communion (the Holy Eucharist or the Mass) are exactly the same as those of the
Roman Catholic Church as presented in the Catechism of the
Catholic Church and the Catholic Magisterium. When
consecrated by a priest, the bread and wine actually become
the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Christ while retaining the outward
appearance of bread and wine. This is called "the Miracle
of the Mass." The technical term for this miracle is Transubstantiation. The ALCC rejects all Protestant
is the ALCC different from other Lutheran
ALCC accepts the Anglican 39 Articles of Religion from the
Book of Common Prayer as reconciled with Roman Catholic theology
by John Henry Cardinal Newman in Tracts for the Times
(only,) and even then only insofar as they agree with
Roman Catholic faith, tradition, and spirituality as
defined by the current Catechism
of the Catholic Church and all the documents of the Catholic Sacred and Ordinary Magisterium.
ALCC accepts the current Catechism
of the Catholic Church and all the documents of the Sacred and Ordinary Magisterium of the Roman Catholic
Church as its ultimate standard of Faith, Order, Tradition,
and Spirituality. It believes and teaches nothing contrary
to the Catholic Sacred and Ordinary Magisterium. All ALCC clergy are required to sign and abide by an enhanced versions of the (Roman Catholic)
Mandatum, which is a vow in the form of a legally binding contract requiring them not to preach, teach, write, or publish
anything contrary to the Catholic Magisterium.
Compliance with this is enforced.
ALCC accepts Papal Primacy and Papal Infallibility.
Though it is not legally under Papal control at this time,
it acts as if it is, and is actively working toward
visible, corporate reunion with the Roman Catholic Church.
The ALCC also operates under Roman Catholic Canon Law to
the greatest extent practical in matters not covered by its
own Canon Law Code.
ALCC teaches that Bishops ordained in the historic
Apostolic Succession are of the essence (esse) of the
Church. The ALCC's clergymen are ordained into a sacerdotal
(sacrificing) Priesthood consisting of the three Sacred
Orders of Deacons, Priests, and Bishops, in the historic
Apostolic Succession in lineages recognized as valid by the
Roman Catholic Church, using the Ordination rites of the
Catholic Church Catholic Church within the setting of the
Mass of Pope Paul VI (Novis Ordo) or the Mass from the
Roman Catholic Anglican Use Book of Divine Worship
exclusively. The ALCC's primary apostolic lineage is the
Duarte-Costa branch of the Rebiban (Vatican) Succession,
though it also holds the apostolic lineage of the Dutch Old
Catholic Church among many others which have been ruled
technically valid by various Popes.
ALCC accepts the Roman Catholic Church's teachings about "the
Last Things," the Saints, and the Blessed Virgin Mary. It
encourages prayers and other devotions to Mary and the
Saints, along with all of the other aids to devotion used
in Roman Catholicism.
ALCC has the same ecclesiology (teachings about the nature
of the Church, and how the Church is organized and
governed) as the Roman Catholic Church. It worships using
the rites and ceremonies of the Catholic Church
exclusively. It observes the Seasons, Holy Days, and
Saint's Days of the Roman Catholic Church's Calendar. The
ALCC accepts the same books of the Bible recognized by the
Catholic Church. The Pontifical Biblical Commission's
magisterial document, "The Interpretation of the Bible in
the Church" and the Vatican II Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation - Verbum Dei have been officially adopted as the ALCC's
official statement of the nature and authority of
Scripture, the principles and methods to be used to
interpret the Bible, and the rules, boundaries, and
limitations of those methods.
is the ALCC different from the Old Catholics and
Independent Catholics? Unlike
Old Catholics and Independent Catholics, the ALCC accepts and enthusiastically
proclaims the doctrines of Papal Primacy, Papal
Infallibility, and the doctrines about the Blessed Virgin
Mary proclaimed by the First Vatican Council. The ALCC's apostolate is working (from within Lutheranism) for the
return of large numbers of Lutherans (and those from other
Communions as well) to visible, corporate reunion with the
Roman Catholic Church. This is the "bottom
why doesn't the ALCC simply join the Roman Catholic
ALCC is actively working on just that, and is making excellent
progress toward that goal. It's petition to enter the Catholic Church was answered by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith with a letter from its Secretary directing the ALCC to enter the Catholic Church through the terms of provisions of Anglicanorum coetibus. That was officially accepted by the ALCC and the process has begun, but it will take time.
meantime, the ALCC has been blessed by God with the unique task of being a
bridge for those who understand Christ's prayer and call that we “all
may be one,” but do not want to “swim the Tiber” alone. We
feel particularly called to assist those who feel lost or cast aside
as a result of recent problems in the mainline Protestant Churches. Visible, corporate union with the Roman Catholic
Church in whatever form is deemed appropriate by the Vatican,
bringing along as many Lutherans and those from other Communions who
want to be fully Catholic along with it, is the ALCC's apostlate and
© Most Rev. Irl A. Gladfelter 2011
The Anglo-Lutheran Catholic Church
Instaurare Omnia In Christo - Ut Unum Sint.
Deus Le Veult!
To Restore Everything In Christ - That They May All Be One.
God Wills It!
+ Reuniting the Body of Christ One Church At A Time +