Sacramental Authority

The UACC and Our Sacramental Lineage

We are a Pastoral community under the United American Catholic Church, shepherded by the Most Rev. Anthony Hash, who receives his Sacramental Authority from a long lineage of bishops that existed before the church under the bishop of Rome broke away from the rest of the Church in 1133. The UACC’s sacramental lineage comes from the Apostles through the Servants who have maintained a Universal church apart from Rome; however, the lineages often co-mingle and and are inextricably intertwined. Fr. Nelan receives his sacramental authority from Bishop Hash, and is a licensed clergy through the UACC. 

The Pastoral Center is a faith community celebrating in the Catholic tradition and embracing all people into full participation in the sacramental life of the church.  We are a viable option for those seeking a home in a valid Contemporary Catholic community that not only teaches, but lives the gospels of Jesus, the Christ.

The Pastoral Center is part of the Independent Catholic / Independent Sacramental (IC/IS) movement; a place where Contemporary Catholics seek God by reaching out to one another and sharing what they their own experiences through the teachings of our Christ, Jesus.

This image was the basis for the coat of arms given to then Msgr. Nelan by his former bishop, and represents his call to ministry. From top Left to Right, then to the bottom and background: The Helping Hand of God, open and assisting all who take +His hand; The Decent of the Holy Spirit, reminding us we are ever in the presence of the Divine; and the Most Holy Eucharist, the central focus of Fr. Nelan’s ministry in our Christ. The three rings represent the Unity of the Holy Trinity in marriage to God’s holy creation.

‘C’atholic vs ‘c’atholic

  1. of or pertaining to a Catholic church, especially the Roman Catholic Church.
  2. Theology.
    1. (among Roman Catholics) claiming to possess exclusively the notes or characteristics of the one, only, true, and universal church having unity, visibility, indefectibility, apostolic succession, universality, and sanctity: used in this sense, with these qualifications, only by the Church of Rome, as applicable only to itself and its adherents and to their faith and organization; often qualified, especially by those not acknowledging these claims, by prefixing the word Roman.
    2. (among Anglo-Catholics) noting or pertaining to the conception of the church as the body representing the ancient undivided Christian witness, comprising all the orthodox churches that have kept the apostolic succession of bishops, and including the Anglican Church, the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church, Church of Sweden, the Old Catholic Church (in the Netherlands and elsewhere), etc.
  3. pertaining to the Western Church.
  1. broad or wide-ranging in tastes, interests, or the like; having sympathies with all; broad-minded; liberal.
  2. universal in extent; involving all; of interest to all.
  3. pertaining to the whole Christian body or church.Tab content
  4. (from Greek katholikos, “universal”), the characteristic that, according to ecclesiastical writers since the 2nd century, distinguished the Christian Church at large from local communities or from heretical and schismatic sects. A notable exposition of the term as it had developed during the first three centuries of Christianity was given by St. Cyril of Jerusalem in his Catecheses (348): the church is called catholic on the ground of its worldwide extension, its doctrinal completeness, its adaptation to the needs of men of every kind, and its moral and spiritual perfection.

You, like many others, may be surprised to learn there are “other Catholics” not under the authority of the Bishop of Rome (the Pope).  In fact, within the churches that remained unified after Rome broke away in 1133 (Concordat of Worms), there are 6 Rites (‘autonomous ritual Churches’) and 23 Church branches (https://media.ascensionpress.com/2019/01/21/the-other-23-catholic-churches-and-why-they-exist/). These other branches of the Universal Church have reestablished ties to traditions that predate the Roman schism. 

Being Catholic today means many things to many people, but what remains Universal is that we continue to represent the faith community of Christians who identify with the celebration of the sacraments and its rich tradition of symbols and metaphors. 

Contemporary Catholics is a term that best describes those who continue to search for a non-judgmental, sacramental experience different from that offered by the church under the Bishop of Rome; different in terms of being non-judgmental, open to all people, and truly living the commitment of Jesus’s teachings of universal love, compassion, healing, and forgiveness..

We are a living and breathing faith community on a journey, a people with a shared mission.  We hope your life will be enriched through the Celebration of life, so that together we can bring hope and healing to a world in these trying times.

Join us and see what being a Contemporary Catholic is all about!


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