Old Catholic Apostolic Church

The Independent Liberal Catholic Fellowship

Independent Liberal Catholic FellowshipThe Independent Liberal Catholic Fellowship is a unique gathering of clergy and communities in the liberal catholic tradition administered by the Old Catholic Apostolic Church.

"The Fellowship of the Holy Spirit is a Mystery "which from all ages hath been hid in God." Eph.3.9 
The Independent Liberal Catholic Fellowship came into being in early 2007 as a result of contacts between clergy in the liberal catholic tradition. It is an ecumenical clergy and community fellowship, and acts as an umbrella body for independent Catholics in the liberal tradition worldwide. It is autonomous, and has no connection with any of the churches currently using a formulation of the name "Liberal Catholic" save the LCAC the fore-runner to OCAC.

The ILCF is not a fellowship of dogma; rather, it is a fellowship of support and freedom. It does not seek to control what its members believe or their approach to worship and devotions, but is an informal union of hearts and minds, joining together individual clergy and their jurisdictions for mutual edification and the greater glory of God. In this sense it fulfils more than a merely organisational role, and is a spiritual bond across boundaries.

Membership of the ILCF is open to clergy and communities only; there is no provision for individual lay membership. Clergy who have been ordained in the Apostolic Succession may become members even if their community is not, provided their Ordinary consents to their joining the ILCF. Those in minor orders, religious communities, or with non-Apostolic Succession ordinations can be accommodated: as long as the ethos of free catholic expression is encouraged. Members may belong to other associations or none at their choice. There are no membership dues, although all are expected to support the ILCF in its work as their gifts and spiritual resources permit. The ILCF is organised directly by and is an autonomous religious society of the Old Catholic Apostolic Church. It is a 'subsiduary' of the legal not-for-profit religious body which is OCAC, but is autonomous in nearly every respect.  ILCF members are associates of, but not automatically part of OCAC.

We have community and clergy members currently in many countries, embracing a following of several thousand souls.


The ILCF offers to God and His people a witness to a distinct and historical tradition of Catholicism that is different from that of the contemporary Roman Catholic church. Because it is non-dogmatic in nature, it welcomes those who are drawn to a liberal interpretation of Catholicism equally with those who come from within the traditions of the Liberal Catholic movement. It welcomes those clergy and denominations who recognise the essentials of Catholic sacramental worship but are stifled by teachings that are at variance with the love of God. The ILCF will not turn you away if you have been divorced, or if you are in civil partnership. It will not turn you away if your faith is mystic or shaped by individual conscience rather than Church dogma. It will not turn you away because of your sexuality.

The ILCF is Catholic but independent of the existing Roman Catholic and Liberal Catholic churches. It is free from the control and influence of national governments, and does not seek to impose upon the consciences of its members. It seeks to regain that relationship with God through Jesus Christ that was the blessing of the earliest Christians. It teaches that Christianity and liberty are indelibly united; "if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed!" (John 8:36)

Why join?

The ILCF has grown considerably since its inception. We believe it fulfils an important role as a fellowship of those who stand against the dangers of fundamentalism, intolerance and selective literalism that recently threaten the Church. Our independence gives us an unique voice for tolerance and freedom of conscience. We acknowledge that our members may be very different from one another and may believe very different things. What unites us is firstly a commitment to the essential truths of the Christian tradition and secondly a desire to turn the concept of the "broad church" into reality, seeking strength in our diversity. All ILCF members are vetted, and checked that their serving is a properly recognised group exercising liberal non-dogmatic sacramental worship. While there is no set pattern, liturgy, or creed - for such is the responsibility of the minister to decide - membership of ILCF is a 'qualification' or reference: that the member continues to practice and encourage catholic worship in a liberal setting.

If you join us, we do not ask you to change the name of your community or your ministry. All we ask is that you say that your community or ministry is now a member of the Independent Liberal Catholic Fellowship and that you adhere to a liberal interpretation of the CatholicChristian faith in theology and practice. We will not seek to change the way you worship or the way your church is run. You retain full control, but benefit from the support and prayers of a widespread and strong fellowship of like-minded clergy.

To begin discussions concerning membership, please contact us via email.

Epsicopal Dean of the Independent Liberal Catholic fellowship: cede vacant.
Patron: The Rt Revd Adrian S Glover OCR OSJ, patriarch of the Old Catholic Apostolic Church.
Parent Body: 07221223 the Old Catholic Apostolic Church registered in England & Wales, UK.

Denominational or Religious Order Member; Countries where located; Clergy/Members of Religious Orders:
Independent Liberal Catholic
Suffolk, UK     Bishop Charles Mugleston

Texas, USA       Bishop Richard Saint John

The Companions in Spirit Community  
Washington, DC, USA     Fr. Dennis Donlon CSC

Australian Old Catholic Church
Brisbane     Australia     Bishop Ian Adrian
Adelaide    Australia    Bishop Paul Zimmerman FMC
Queensland Australia    Bishop David Leet OSB
Queensland Australia    Revd. Mtr Lilliam Montalvan
Queensland Australia    Revd. Mtr Donna Pappin
Queensland Australia    Revd. Lexia Nation

North American Catholic Ecumenical Church (NACEC)
Denver, USA    Monsignor Scott West

The Sacramental Fellowship
Texas, USA     Bishop Lee Allen Peterson OFJ

The Liberal Catholic Church - Theosophia Synod
Florida, USA     Bishop William Delahunt

The Old Catholic Apostolic Church
Napoli, Italy     Sr Rosario Scambato OFS
Madrid, Spain     Br Fernando Torres
Neville sur Seine, France     Br Daniel Mergueson OFS
Edinburgh, UK      Fr Francis Morrison FMC
Guildford, UK     Revd. Amma Nathalie Walmsley Beveridge
Nottingham, UK    Revd Amma Jeanette Aubrey OMM
Swindon UK    Revd Helen Pontin
Swindon UK     Revd Kenneth Pontin
Gloucester, UK  Dave Richards
Gloucester, UK  Peter Abrahams
Derby UK    Revd Kevin Ratcliffe.
Switzerland.  Rt Revd David Upton OSB
Oldham UK Revd Fr. Marien Bemi
Kent, UK    Revd Fr. John Hudson-Beddows
Stranraer, Scotland    Revd Amma Carol Ann Searle
Doncaster, UK    Revd. Amma Margaret Watson
Doncaster, UK   Revd. John Watson
Yorkshire, UK    Fr John Bulksas FMC
Crewe, UK    Revd Fr Rob Shepherd
London UK    Revd. Fr John Hudson-Beddows
Hydarabad, India    Rt Revd Konduri Danielyu
Poole, UK  Revd Amma Elaine Waterfield
San Salvador, Brazil    Dom Jorge Costa
Nigeria.   Rt. Revd. Raphael Fagbohun
Cluj-Napoca, Romania    Fr Theodor Pop
Croatia, Br Andrija Skulic OSJ
Pretoria, South Africa    James Motsepe
Philippines, Monsignor James E Rodgers (Divine Mercy Parish - Anglican Rite)
Cologne Germany    Alexandra Gapski
Wroclaw Poland    Prof. Bilinski
North Carolina USA    Rt Revd Edward Wooldridge
North Carolina USA    Revd Bill McKissock
Canada, The Very Revd. Rt Revd. Allen Jones

Greater Life Evangelistic Temple
Ghana Africa Bishop Emmanuel  Kwasi Mensah
Ghana Africa Revd. Rosemond Opoku Mensah
Ghana Africa Revd. Philip Osei Bonsu
Ghana Africa Revd. Appiah Kofi  Fordjour
Ghana Africa Revd. Margaret Owusu
Ghana Africa Revd. Pastor Moses Kwasi Donkor
Ghana Africa Revd. Pastor Bismark Aboagye
Ghana Africa Revd. Prince Silas Larbi

Cross Denominational Mission
Dorset, UK     Bishop Adrian Glover OCR OSJ (Mar Trimlett)
Portsmouth, UK     Mike Young RSStS 
California, USA     Revd. Pastor Will Pritchard
Nuneaton, West Midlands    Clare Cartman
Rotherham, Yorkshire    Revd. Pastor Darren Bolam
Bournemouth, UK  Val Hollier
Bournemouth, UK  Peter Blake
Dorset UK  Revd. Amma Elaine Glover

Mission Episcopal of St Francis & St Clare
St Albans UK,    Rt. Revd Chris Deefholts

Spiritual Gnostic Church (Ekklesia Gnostica Pneumatica)
Belgrade, Serbia   
Bishop Emir Salihovic
Bojana Miladinovic (subdeaconess)
Nebojsa Mircetovic (subdeacon)
Sasa Miladinovic (subdeacon)

Religious Society of St Simon
Chichester, UK    Dr Michael Walsh, OblateOSB (Church of England)

De Jonge Ritus
Holland    Rt. Revd Louise Lombard
Belgium    Revd. Marc Croux
Holland    Revd. Arie Rosendaal
Holland    Revd. Peter van Zuidam

Orthodox Catholic Church of America
Nebraska, USA    Fr Michael Sherbert

United Free Catholic Bishops Conference
Virginia, USA     Bishop Lou Johnson (Military Chaplain)

Catholic Apostolic Church of Antioch
Kettering, UK     Bishop Leon Hunt
Virginia, USA    Bishop Mark Elliott Newman

The Holy Light Temple
New Mexico, USA    Bishop Joe Payyapilly

The Young Rite
Netherlands    Revd. Hilde Knijn
Nigeria    Revd. Ibiso Igani
Slovenia    Rt. Revd. Aristid Havilek
Slovenia   Rt. Revd. Markus van Alphen
Slovenia   Rt. Revd. Domen Koevar
Slovenia   Revd. Franek Doboviek
Slovenia   Revd. Jurij Engelsberger
Slovenia   Revd. Sreko Konec
Slovenia   Revd. Danica Pavli
Slovenia   Revd. Vlasta Mili
Slovenia   Revd. Polona Sepe
Slovenia   Revd. Bronja Kokalj
South Africa    Revd. Franz Devantier
United States of America   Revd. Dr Edward Parkinson
Washington, USA   Revd. Fr. Joel Wright

The United Free Catholic Bishops Conference

A number of bishops who are members of the ILCF are currently also members of the United Free Catholic Bishops Conference