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To go into the world and share with
all people the Good News brought by Jesus Christ -- that our Creator loves us,
and that we are to love God and one another.
WHAT IS THE CELTIC
A message from the
Most Rev. Joseph A. Grenier, PhD
We are an independent catholic and
orthodox Church, living our faith in the spirit of the ancient Celtic
Church. Our faith is that of the first seven ecumenical councils of the
undivided Christian Church--that Church which the Nicene Creed, our
confession of faith, calls one, holy, catholic and apostolic. We celebrate
the seven sacraments (also called Mysteries) of this Church, and we believe
in the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist.
from every denomination are welcome to worship with us. For some the
attraction is the sacramental life. For most it is the unity which is found
in and through the one faith, as opposed to the unity of structure. Some of
those who show interest in the Celtic Church have been alienated from one or
another of the Christian Churches. We hope to help such persons renew and
deepen their faith in Christ. Some persons have joined us as members, others
have not. It is not necessary to give up one's denominational affiliation to
participate in our services. However, priests and deacons are expected to be
committed to this Church and its bishop.
ancient and beautiful Celtic Christian spirituality embodied in the life of
the Celtic Christian Church is drawing people to us from around the country.
It can be particularly attractive to people of Celtic heritage. However, we
do not set any kind of ethnic limitation, and all who are attracted to the
Christian life it offers are welcomed and embraced warmly in the Celtic
Celtic Christian Church is composed of local small faith communities or
parishes, frequently meeting as "house churches" or "cell communities," or
in small chapels. Priesthood is open to both men and women, married or
celibate. Apostolic orders are through the
Old Catholic Church of Utrecht
Catholic Apostolic Church in North America (both of which trace
their Apostolic lineage to Rome).
than large communities where people may not even know one another, we stress
small communities based on family, friends and kin, not in any exclusive way
but practicing hospitality.
the ancient Celtic Church episcopal jurisdictions were based, not on
geography, as in western dioceses today, but on spiritual "spheres of
influence." Following in that tradition our bishops have been elected by those
they serve spiritually, regardless of their location. In the Celtic spirit,
their relationships to them are that of ANAMCHARA, or Soul Friend, a beautiful
and highly regarded spiritual relationship.
Celtic Christian Church is a new Church and does not yet include any
monastic or religious order. However, members are free to be in ecumenical
religious orders which do not conflict with the Christian Faith. We
encourage married or single people to follow the spiritual path that best
enhances their life of Faith. And we strongly encourage everyone to engage
regularly in personal prayer.
Christian communities are found in many areas of the country. Some are part
of the Celtic Christian Church and others are either independent Celtic
Churches or part of one. Communities may meet weekly to celebrate the
Eucharist and share fellowship, or more or less often as desired. Each
community decides its own needs and schedule for worship and fellowship,
and the ministries it may develop. We welcome any baptized Christians to
join us at Christ's table.
strongly encourage those who wish to found local Celtic Christian
communities, and we welcome them to be a part of our Church. We also welcome
all inquiries from non-Christians who may wish to know more about the faith
we are a sacramental Church we strongly encourage each community to call
forth a priest, and we encourage individuals who feel called by God to be
priests to seriously consider such a vocation. Our priestly formation
program consists of a strong foundation in Christian theology and
spirituality as found in a sacramental Church, pursued under the guidance of
distinctive characteristic of Celtic Christian spirituality is a keen
awareness of the fact that we do not just "fit" the spiritual into our lives
somewhere or sometime when it's convenient, but instead we know that we are
part of the spiritual life, immersed in it while living in the material
world. Thus we see, through spiritual eyes, the holiness of all creation
around us and take seriously our role as stewards. This is certainly a
necessary attitude in our world today.
faith and charity, simplicity, hospitality, honor given to family kinship
and spiritual friendships, sacramental life, prayer, and a profound respect
for all of God's creation--all these mark the Celtic Christian and form the
spirit in which we live our Christian life.
Our Statement of Belief