Winter 2016-2017 Newsletter

The latest edition of our newsletter is available. Please take a look!

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 Many blessings for the year ahead ~Happy New Year!

God is Love

In 1 John 4, verses 7-8, we read: 

“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.  Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love.”

It is our prayer that you have felt this love during the Advent Season and that you have truly had a Merry Christmas.

May we all share God’s love throughout the coming year.

What do you plan to do ……?

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do

With your one wild and precious life?”

From The Summer Day, Mary Oliver


Congratulations to the Rev. Father Scott Carter

Scott Carter, of Ashland, Oregon, is CCOA’s newest priest. Fr. Scott was ordained this morning. He is pictured here with Bishop Diana, Presiding Bishop Mark and Bishop Linda.


Julie Byrne, author of The Other Catholics, visits CCOA!


Julie Byrne, the author of The Other Catholics, graced the CCOA Convocation participants and other Independent Catholics from the Phoenix area, with a visit this weekend! She is shown here with CCOA Presiding Bishop Mark.


Congratulations and Safe Travels!

Prayers for safe travels to the CCOA faithful, who will be traveling to the CCOA Convocation this week.


Congratulations to Deacon Scott Carter, who has been approved for ordination to the priesthood.

The liturgy for Dn. Scott’s ordination is scheduled for 9:15-11:00 am, Arizona time, on Sunday, October 30. 

Congratulations +Mark and Ryan!

CCOA Presiding Bishop, Mark Elliott Newman wed Ryan Gallo Obado

at a Dignity Worship Service in Phoenix on September 17, 2016. 


Congratulations, +Mark and Ryan!


The rite of marriage was officiated by a minister from the Church of Religious Science, and the Eucharist was celebrated by a CCOA priest. Because the late ABp. Herman Spruit, the founder of CCOA, was very involved with both of these ministeries, he must have been sending his blessings to the happy couple!

Congratulations, Bishop Ann!

Presiding Bishop Mark Newman and Bishop Linda Rounds-Nichols, acting on behalf of Archbishop Leon Hunt of the United Kingdom, ordained the Rev. Elizabeth Ann Bryan to the episcopal order, sub conditione on June 25, 2016.

Bishop Ann was left without a jurisdiction when her former Presiding Bishop died. She turned to Archbishop Leon since he and her former bishop had known each other during the time that Archbishop Leon lived in the United States. Archbishop Leon accepted her into the Autocephalous Catholic Church of Antioch of the United Kingdom.

Although she lives in the United States, Bishop Ann remains under the UK jurisdiction of the Church, answerable directly to Archbishop Leon. The UK and US branches of the Catholic Church of Antioch are in full intercommunion.

 IMG_0124+Ann, +Mark, +Linda

Something will happen to you …..


” … the church [CCOA] is full of people whose Catholicism features a God of boundless inscrutability, whose metaphysics [mysticism] posits a high interconnected universe, and whose temperaments are notably comfortable with uncertainty.To Antiochians [those involved in the CCOA] it was inevitable that something would happen to me as I spent time around them. And if you spent time, something would happen to you, too.”

Julie Byrne, The Other Catholics, 2016.

Rev. Deacon Ron

Sophia Divinity School seminarian, Ron, of Las Cruces, New Mexico, recently became the newest deacon in the CCOA. Congratulations, Rev. Deacon Ron!

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 Presiding Bishop Mark and Rev. Deacon Ron are in the back row.

The many others are Rev. Deacon Ron’s friends and family.