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To become a member of an ALCC parish, you need only to attend a brief series of conversations about the basic teachings of
Christianity followed by Baptism and Adult Confirmation or Affirmation of Faith. Associate Membership is available for those who wish to keep their primary membership elsewhere. To find a parish near you, please check the listings below or contact the International Headquarters.
The ALCC is led by a Metropolitan Archbishop, the Holy Synod (consisting of the Bishops of the Church,) and a National Standing Committee. Its International Headquarters is located in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. For those interested in pursuing theological studies leading to ordination; please contact the ALCC.
Ordination and Parish Affiliation
Those already ordained may enter the Priesthood of the Anglo-Lutheran Catholic Church as priests or deacons through incardination or re-ordination. For information about these processes, please contact the ALCC.
Properly designated representatives of Lutheran congregations interested in exploring the possibility of becoming parishes of the Anglo-Lutheran Catholic Church should contact the ALCC.
A Statement on the Ordination of Women
The Anglo-Lutheran Catholic Church does not have and never has had any female clergy. While it does recognize the pastoral and leadership abilities of both men and women, and welcomes their service in those leadership positions open to laymen, the Anglo-Lutheran Catholic Church has imposed a moratorium on the admission of women as Postulants for Holy Orders and their ordination into any Order of the Priesthood of the Church. The moratorium also forbids the incardination into any Order of the Priesthood of this Church of women already ordained into the Priesthood by other Churches. Nor may women ordained by other Churches be given a License to Officiate in our parishes.
When the ordination of women is authorized by a full Ecumenical Council of the Roman Catholic Church, this issue will be revisited by the Anglo-Lutheran Catholic Church.
In the meantime, the following documents are endorsed as statements of the Doctrine of the Anglo-Lutheran Catholic Church on the issue of the ordination of women:
Ordinatio Sacerdotalis (Pope John Paul II, 1994)
Responsum ad Dubium Concerning the Teaching Contained in Ordinatio Sacerdotalis
(Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, 1995)