AWOC Founding Vision

Our founding vision is to form an organically American communion of Ancient Faith, Catholic and Apostolic Churches, which minister to the diverse cultures and communities that embody this nation. Additionally, our goal and purpose is to be a missional church, making manifest the Kingdom of God to the nations of the world and to express the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. With Sacred Scripture and the traditions of the Church as our guide, we seek to experience the full nature of the living historic Catholic Church in its sacramental communion with a personal God, its charismatic joy in the Spirit, and its evangelistic zeal to share our blessed hope with all people. To those who seek a deeper experience of God in the sacraments, a more profound communion with His Spirit, spiritual growth, community with fellow believers, and service to a broken world, we the Bishops and Priests of the Apostolic Western Orthodox Church (here after referred to as the AWOC do hereby present these Articles as a guide for our church. These Articles speak to the particular needs of our present ecclesiastical life and are to be observed under the loving care of our Bishops.


The distinctive mission of AWOC is threefold:

  1. The distinctive mission of the  AWOC is threefold:

    1. 1. First, we are to bear witness and be a living active example of, the essential spiritual unity that exists among all the branches and cultures of Catholicism. Therefore, the AWOC is an ecclesial communion commissioned to affirm, recognize and pray for all the branches of the One, Holy, Catholic, and apostolic church, and to embrace the clergy and laity of these branches as true brothers and sisters of Christ’s One, Holy Church.  
      We are to be at a prophetic voice, and prototype of unity in both an attitude of humility, charity,  works, worship, and mission, that we may bear witness to that divine hope and calling, bringing to life our hope which lies within.

    2. Secondly, we believe we have been called to draw all Christians into the fullest expression of Christ’s church in the convergence of sacramental ministry, charismatic power, and evangelistic zeal to most fully portray the face of Christ’s Church to the world.

    3. Finally, The AWOC has a very special heart for those Catholics who for many reasons have felt separated from their Catholic roots and are seeking a valid and authentic way to be Catholic in today’s world. We will be a refuge of love and compassion in a lost and hurting world. All are truly welcome in this place!