Sorry about that! American Orthodox Catholic Church with a seminary in Oregon offering degrees in Orthodox Education. They claim to have apostolic succession through MP or Patriarch Tikhon.
Word of advice. Run, do not walk, FROM not to
this reputed institution of higher learning.
The one certainty is that this "Church", as Sam suggests, is an ecclesia vagante
. What is less certain is just which ecclesia vagante
it is. I know of at least 6 extant groups that currently use or have used the name American Orthodox Catholic Church
(as well as several that, to the best of my knowledge, are now defunct - it is one of the most popular names in this genre
), but none of them has a seminary or a distinct, major organized presence in Oregon. If you have a link to a website for the "Church" or "seminary", the formal name of the "seminary", or the name of the group's "hierarch", I'd be most interested, as vagante
are somewhat a specialty of mine.
Just to give you an idea how far afield these are from Orthodoxy or Catholicism, among the groups that use or have used the name are:THEOCACNA (The Holy Eastern Orthodox Catholic And Apostolic Church in North America)
, presently claims ownership of the name as a Service Mark (SM) and indeed has long used American Orthodox Catholic Church
as a short name for its corporation. His Beatitude Metropolitan Archbishop Victor, Patriarch & Primate, etc., etc., fits the description of claiming apostolic succession from Patriarch Tikhon, among many others, through Aftimios Ofiesh, but I'm unaware that THEOCACNA has a seminary anywhere.The American Orthodox Church
, a/k/a the North American Orthodox Church, a/k/a Western Orthodox Church in America, a/k/a Orthodox Catholic Church of the Americas, a/k/a Irvine Community Church of Canada, a/k/a Federation of Orthodox and Catholics, a/k/a International Federation of Orthodox Catholics, uses the name American Orthodox Catholic Church as an alternative name for its California and New Mexico corporations. Their Metropolitan Archbishop & Primate, Joseph Thaddeus, OSB, also claims apostolic succession through the lines cited above. They do have a seminary, at least on paper but, last I knew, it was operated out of New Mexico.
The American Orthodox Catholic Church - Propheta Jurisdiction, a/k/a The National Orthodox Catholic Church
, a/k/a Divine Word Ministries
, a/k/a The Celtic Metropolia of America, its subordinate entity - The Coptic Orthodox Catholic Church, and The Autonomous Conference of Orthodox Bishops
, under Patriarch Samuel I, the Metropolitan Primate, and his subordinate Archbishop (Abba) Anthony are focused in NY (other than their Coptic jurisdiction, which consists of a single church, in North Augusta, SC) and don't have a seminary of which I'm aware.The American Orthodox Catholic Church - Western Rite Jurisdiction
, a/k/a American Orthodox Catholic Church - Western Rite Diocese of New York, a/k/a American Independent Catholic Church, a/k/a Universal Catholic Church, is headed by Archbishop Joseph, the Metropolitan Primate, whose episcopal genealogy traces through Rene Vilatte and Walter Propheta, the latter of whom claimed Russian Orthodox orders among his lines. They have neither any brick and mortar seminaries nor any institutions in Oregon, last time I checked. The Syro-Russian Orthodox Catholic Church - Romano-Byzantine Synod
a/k/a Syro-Russian Orthodox Catholic Church, originally used the name American Orthodox Catholic Church but, as far as I know, no longer does so. Metropolitan Archbishop Hierarch Stephen doesn't claim the Moscow Patriarchate as his principal
line of apostolic succession, but it's in there somewhere. They do have a seminary in Washington State, but no presence in OR of which I'm aware.The United American Orthodox Catholic Church
under Bishop David claims similar lines to most of those above (they are popular lines, as you can see
). Their seminary, however, is in Missouri.
The following description is from one of the groups above, it is beautifully ambiguous and essentially applicable to all of them, so I thought it was worth quoting here. They are an:
autocephalic, autonomous, independent body of Churches under one head. We embrace for celebration all rites of the One, Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church ... Roman, Anglican, Old Catholic, Celtic and Orthodox.
In simple terms, we are an autonomous Synod of Faith Communities; though a part of the Independent Movement, we are not of the same movement. We do not identify with the mainstream of this movement. We exist to bring the Church to the origiality of faith and belief as practiced and spread through the ministry of the Apostles.
Each Jurisdiction, Diocese and Institute of Consecrated Life remains autonomous in their goverment; united at the same time under the protection of the Metropolitan Primate ... .
Other free advice - if you think you're looking at info from an institution affiliated with any of the canonical Orthodox Churches, check the Church's main webpage; you should be able to find links on all of them to their seminaries and most of their other institutions. Same thing applies with regard to the "non-canonical", "schismatic", but mainstream Orthodox Churches; their websites also reflect those facilities that have official ties to them.