Old Catholic Province of Our
Lady of the Angels
of our Lady of the Angels is a Catholic
Community in the Roman Catholic tradition. We bring
the Catholic Faith to all and offer our Sacraments to the
Episcopal, Anglo-Catholics, and Roman Catholics. We
draw people from isolation to community, from searching to
awakening, from indifference to concern, from selfishness
to meaningful service, from fear in the midst of adversity
to faith and hope in God.
The Spiritual Communities of the Province of our Lady of the Angels share
God's compassionate love with all people. The Province offers
a spiritual home to all.
We celebrate God's loving presence in our
lives. In worship and sacrament, especially the
Eucharist, we are nurtured and challenged to extend God's
kingdom of justice, truth, love and peace by growing in the
spirit of Jesus.
Our Clergy provides leadership, enhances
communication, contributes to the building of community, and
discovers and responds to the needs of the flock of Christ.
was consecrated to the episcopacy by Pope Sergius I in 696 at
Rome. Upon his return to the Netherlands, he established his
see at Utrecht. In addition, he established the dioceses at
Deventer and Haarlem. The Diocese of Utrecht provided the only
Dutch pope Adrian VI in 1552 and two prominent writers on the
spiritual life, Geert Groote, who founded the Brethren of the
Common Life, and Thomas à Kempis, who wrote the Imitation of
At the request of the Holy Roman Emperor, Conrad II, and
Bishop Heribert of Utrecht, in 1125
Pope Eugene III gave Utrecht the right to elect its own
bishops, and this was affirmed by the Fourth
Lateran Council in 1215. In 1520, Pope Leo X granted to the
then Bishop of Utrecht (Philip of Burgundy), that no clergy or
laity from Utrecht, would ever be tried by a Roman tribunal.
During the Reformation the Catholic Church was persecuted and
the Dutch dioceses north of the Rhine and Waal were suspended
by the Holy See. Protestants occupied most church buildings,
and those remaining were confiscated by the government of the
Dutch Republic of Seven Provinces which favoured Calvinism.