OCAC United States

Msgr Anthony Guadialardo, OCAC US founderThe Old Catholic Apostolic Church in the United States started in 2008, when the Late Monsignor Anthony Guadialardo (of blessed memory) joined our movement from the Roman Catholic Church. Having been an RC priest all his life, he left to express his serving in a liberal environment so he would be free to have a late life relationship with someone that he had known since childhood. It is difficult to express just how much he did for our church in creating the work which continues today, and which has seeded other churches on the way. After Msgr Tony's untimely death due to surgical complications, Bishop Jack Stafford took on the mantle and led our church in the US which quietly grew for a couple of years. Bishop Jack left to resume a maritime career and we appointed Monsignor Edmund Cass to lead our work in the US. There followed a period of considerable growth attributed in part to +Cass: other bishops and communions joined, and the Patriarch (Mar Trimlett) travelled to the US and consecrated Bishop Cass and others in 2012. In 2013 most of the church in the US broke away to form another church. Whilst disappointing, we know that if God is in it, it is a church seeding. 

Today, the work is the same as the first day when Msgr Tony started it off for us: to be a relevant Christian outreach church; a body of Christ that enables and empowers people to serve as they are called; relevant for today, yet with the benefit of heritage; alive because Christ lives in us; spiritually aware and keen to serve. We are small numbers in the US, and hoping for new people to join; could it be you?

Bishop ad tempus: The Patriarch, Bishop Adrian oversees this province.

Rt. Revd. Fayette Baughman III  - Bishop Tobias

Bishop Tobias, the Rt. Revd. Fayette BaughmanBishop Tobias joined OCAC by incardination during the last days of 2020. Fr. Fayette Baughman III was ordained in 2006 in the St Philip Neri archdiocese, as well as in The Young Rite as a celebrant by +Markus van Alphen. Consecrated in 2016 by Bishop John W Stansell in the St. Benedict Liberty Catholic Church he has been a Liberal Catholic for many years. His theological studies were at University of the South (Episcopalian) and Belhaven University.
He takes the name Bishop Tobias.

Bishop Michael Leavitt
Bishop Michael LeavittBishop Michael has a cancer group meeting every other week since 2009 to give support to help others in their struggles with cancer. He worked with the mentally challenged for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, USA for 29 years as an Assistant Director and also Director. Michael studied for the priesthood with the Xaverian Missionary Fathers Seminary - Philosophy and Theology for 4 years and then in 2015 at Apostlic Celtic Church with Bishop Tobias Baughman. He was ordained Priest on Sept 6, 2017.  On March 17, 2018 he was consecrated bishop and received the Licentiate of Sacred Theology.

Bishop Michael has a counselling and healing ministry which he holds bi-weekly for those with long term illnesses.

Arthur Martinson - 'Marti' - in Minor Orders
Arthur Martinson - 'Marti' - in Minor OrdersMarti incardinated into OCAC from a liberal catholic church. Marti grew up in Texas and then spent 6 years in the US Navy. He lived in Washington DC for 24 years and participated in the LCCI and a Christian congregation in the Unitarian-Universalist Association. He completed the full course of study at St. Alban Seminary of the LCCI. He reads Compline each Saturday night in his St. Adalbert Oratory. His present order is Reader.

Rt. Revd. Terry Elkington
Rt. Revd. Terry Elkington
Prior of the Benedictines after St Louis, Terry is a hospital visitor (chaplain) and visits the homebound. Mass is regularly celebrated in his small oratory and prayers regualrly offered for those in need.
The link to the Benedictine order, The Benedictines of the Holy Spirit is here.

Jason Vondenberger
Jason Vonenberger - in minor ordersJason serves in minor orders and is growing a ministry in prisons and re-settlement organisations. Jason is progressing to ordination.

Bishop Ted Wooldridge Emeritus Bishop OCAC USA.
Bishop Ted WooldridgeBishop Ted was involved in the progress of the church in the United States for many years until bereavement and then ill health curtailed his serving. Originally from the UK, he served tirelessly and faithfully in OCAC USA until circumstances changed, and since then has been prayerfully holding us all before the Throne of Grace.

The Patriarch, Bishop Adrian Trimlett-Glover
Msgr. Anthony Guadialaro

Please note: there are other churches in the United States who are also called 'Old Catholic Apostolic Church'. They are not connected with our church, but share the same heritage and successions.