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Progressive Catholic Church Friends and Family





Dearest family and friends,
It is my sad duty to inform everyone of the passing of our beloved Bishop Joe McLellan. Joe or uncle Joe to some was a beloved member of the council of Bishops and an ever calming presence I and all the church will miss him dearly. We ask you all to please pray for his beloved Danielle and all who knew and loved him.
Until we meet again rest well, good and faithful servant




We are pleased to announce the formation of a new inter-communion between the Progressive Catholic Church and the parish of Our Lady UnDoer of Knots Baltimore USA, We thank Bishop-Elect Mentz and Father Risdorfer for their great work in making this happen. Welcome, to the PCCI family!!!




Press release:

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We have a new Chancellor, Fr Frank Gillette has agreed to take up this post following a formal chat with the Presiding Bishop

The new chancellor can be reached by either phone: USA (+1) 570-687-4585 or email him at frankmgillette@aol.com






We have some exciting stuff to share with you soon, please keep coming back for updates




Today Saint Joseph`s Mission held mass at St Matthew’s in Union City during the Mass Bishop Gray of the Diocese of New England had the pleasure and the honor to ordain to the diaconate Brother Zachary Stevens-Walter.  The church thanks God for our new brother in Christ.

Congratulations Deacon Zachary


Bishop Gray was asked by Bishop Ciccone of the Diocese of Saint Joseph to do the ordination on his behalf




This week Bishop Joe Ciccone (Fr Joe) is at the International Council of Community Churches conference in Dublin Ohio, Reporting back to us he says he’s having such a wonderful time sharing in the work not only with the ICCC but with other churches like ours. Here are a few pictures so far.








 Parishes around the world today celebrated the Feast of Corpus Christi. One of our parishes in Scranton took our Blessed Lord out to the people, Bishop-Elect Mentz had a little help from one of the children of the parish




June throughout the world is known as LGBTQ+ Pride month, On behalf of the whole of the Progressive Catholic Church International we want to wish all our LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters a very happy pride month





Friends and Family, following the protocols of the Progressive Catholic Church International We the Bishops, have duly elected VG Mentz to the Episcopacy of the church.







Happy and Blessed Pentecost to you all





Update to the directives for in-person public worship:

After review of the new guidance offered by the CDC pertaining to mitigation efforts and public health, the PCCI releases the following updates to the directives for in-person public worship:
1. Mass may resume being celebrated in the usual way with the exception of physical contact during the Sign of Peace.
2. The faithful (at least for the time being) must CONTINUE the practice of mask-wearing inside the church, whether individuals are vaccinated or not until the target percentage of persons in the state where the Mass is celebrated are vaccinated.
3. The priest-celebrant may remove his/or her mask when able to keep a 10ft distance from non-vaccinated clergy and any member of the faithful but must continue to wear the mask to retrieve the oblations and to distribute Holy Communion.
4. Churches no longer need to be marked for distancing, however the faithful are still encouraged to observe distancing wherever possible.
5. Communion continues to be encouraged to be taken in the hand as opposed to on the tongue and is offered only under one species unless individual pre-filled cups are used.
Thank you for your continued commitment to the safety of others.




We are pleased to announce the formation of a new diocese, The Diocese of Our Lady of the Angels Galicia (Gran Canaria), and the formation of the Parish of Our Lady of Fatima. The Diocese is under the care of Bishop Cass and the Parish Priest of Our Lady of Fatima is Father Giuliano Costalunga







Today our thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty The Queen and the whole Royal family, after the sad news of the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh




Easter Message from our Presiding Bishop





Chrism Mass held at St Francis and St Clare Scranton PA USA

The service was led by Bishop Joesph Ciccone, Blessing of the oils and renewal of priestly vows




please check the following for advertised Holy Week services

Chiesa Cristiana Vetero Cattolica

Saint Joseph Mission Church

Saints Francis And Clare Progressive Catholic Community

Little Portion Franciscan Hermitage

Diocese of Our Lady of the Angels





Today we welcome Mother Phyllis Mc Hugh to the PCCI.

A livelong Philadelphian and cradle Roman Catholic. Mother spent 10 years as a Sister of the Holy Family of Nazareth and taught at both the elementary and secondary levels. Mother received her Bachelor’s degree from Holy Family College, met and married her husband, Chris. This year they celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary. She is the mother of one son and a very proud grandmother of two boys. Over the years, Mother Phyllis was heavily involved in lay parish ministry, which led her to study for a Master’s degree at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. There she majored in Systematic Theology and minored in Liturgy.
Mother is the Pastor of Saint Thomas More Parish Church at 7809 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA 19027 and will be incardinated by Bp. Joe on Holy Saturday evening Mass at her parish + God is indeed smiling upon us all and this amazing wonderful PCCI team!



Press release

statement of same-sex marriage and Blessings



Lenten message from our Presiding Bishop



Ash Wednesday





A Message from Our Presiding Bishop

Ending of year of Justice and Mercy




We have 3 new Vicars General

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For immediate press release

Call for action PDF



We have a New Presiding Bishop!!!

During the monthly church meeting the votes were cast for a new Presiding Bishop and we are pleased to inform you all that our new Presiding Bishop is The Most Reverend Dr Barry Frier (Hons D.D) .



Happy New Year!!!




Have a Happy, Safe and Blessed Christmas!!



On Sunday the 11th of October Right Reverend Jonathan Gray made his way to Amsterdam , New York to incardinate into the PCC and install Father Stephen Ryan-Vuotto as Pastor of the Mission Church of St. John XXIII in the City of Amsterdam, NY




Today Jonathan Jones was raised to the order of deacon Congratulations to him







Happy 1st Anniversary of Episcopal Consecration to Bishop Marc, Bishop Robert and (Bishop Brian No Longer a part of the PCC )





welcome our new NUN – Sr-Mary Brown who made her profession as a Novitiate in the Congregation of Franciscan Servants in the PCC, yesterday – may God bless her always +




Note: While we can not meet face to face we are still have services streaming online, you can head over to the following: updated 03/18/20


06/14/2020 On the Feast of Corpus Christi two deacons were ordained to the priesthood Fr Frank and Fr Shaun





Regarding the recent Statement from President Trump and the reopening of churches. Our church have released the following statement:







Father Ben Janzen CFS, was ordained today to the Holy Priesthood of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church, for service of the Progressive Catholic Church!

Please pray and bless Father Ben, that his ministry be fruitful!






We have introduced a new page on our website for the reopening of our parishes and missions, this has been done following guidelines of local governments within the United States as many States are beginning to slowly reopen. Please take a look so you can keep up to date with a PCC Parish or Mission near you,

Remember while our building may have been closed the church was never closed!!!

Reopening Procedures


Alleluia Christ Has Risen!!! Alleluia





Holy Week Live Broadcast Masses (Live streamed on Facebook)

St Francis and St Clare Progressive Catholic Church






World Autism Awareness Week

The Progressive Catholic Church affirms its commitment to diversity, equality, and social justice by supporting those with autism and we send our prayers and best wishes to the Autistic community as they celebrate World Autism Awareness Week from 30 March – 5 April 2020. We as a church remain committed to doing everything we can to support the community in their work.




Please keep up to date with more news via our Facebook pages, there`s a list of live streams on our Friends and Family page which is linked above




We have a new page on our website regarding the Global Pandemic that is COVID-19 (The Corona Virus) and what our church is doing right now please do go check it out via the link below.

Our Church and COVID-19






The Presiding Bishop and the council of Bishops have agreed to a year of Justice and Mercy, this is to start on Ash Wednesday 2020, and will end on Ash Wednesday 2021, we pray that you will join us in this year. more details will follow as the year goes on.





My Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ-

It was with great joy that after a few months of working with Ben to discern his calling to serve the Lord, Brother Ben Janzen will be ordained to the diaconate on February 22, 2020.
Without doubt through his abundant theological training and rich experience in caring for the sick, the dying, and the most vulnerable of God’s people, Ben will contribute to the vibrancy and vigor of the Progressive Catholic Church. More importantly, he will be instrumental in helping me strengthen the PCC’s presence in the Western United States and form crucial ties with other Christian denominations and Catholic jurisdictions in the area.

Ever since he professed as a lay brother within the Order of Friars Minor, Capuchin, (OFM. Cap.) in 1982 and throughout his time with the Capuchins until 2006, God has been gently beckoning Ben to serve Him as a priest. Obtaining various advanced degrees- a Master of Divinity, a Doctorate in Catholic theology, and Doctorate in Philosophy- Ben served as the first lay theologian professor and advisor to the Capuchin Order in Germany. Nevertheless, despite his abundant liturgical and theological training throughout his 25 years in the monastery, Ben declined numerous times his superiors’ request for him to commence the formal process of ordination into the Catholic priesthood.

I am glad that years later, the Holy Spirit has reignited his vigor to serve as a priest and guided him to the Progressive Catholic Church. With Ben’s years of experience in active ministry and wealth of knowledge in theology, he will be an invaluable member of Holy Orders. However, more importantly, his spirit aligns with the Progressive Catholic Church’s core values and mission- to bring the love of God and neighbor to all of God’s people without discrimination. Therefore, I thank God for allowing me the privilege of ordaining Ben into the diaconate and pray that my sisters and brothers will offer Brother Ben their prayers and benedictions as he finally answers God’s call to serve Him in the Vineyard.

Details for Brother Ben’s ordination are included in the attached invitation.

Pax et Bonum, omnia ad majorem Dei gloriam et sanctae ecclesiae.

+ Robert





My Dear All,
Grace and Peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit
It is with great joy that I announce to you the canonical election of the Very Reverend Mother Teodora Tosatti, Vicar General of the Diocese of Italy to the Holy Order of Bishops this day. This is a momentous moment for the PCC. Mother is highly qualified and we hold her in the greatest regard as we entrust this great responsibility to her. May God Bless her and all who she shepherds, and all in the PCC and the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church!


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Today we remember!!!!





The Progressive Catholic Church extends its deepest sympathies to all affected by the death of Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and those who perished in the tragic helicopter accident today.

You remain in our prayers and thoughts.
+Edmund Cass
Presiding Bishop
Progressive Catholic Church




Beautiful ecumenical service honoring Blessed Martin Luther King Jr with Pastor Deb of Mt of Olives, Pastor Michael with MCC-PHX, Bishop Kenny of Solomon’s Porch and Bishop Mark of Dignity PHX, Bishop Marc Morales del Castillo of PCC






Bishop on the move!  Bishop Ciccone traveled to St Francis and St Clare parish in Scranton to bless the new church building, the clergy, and people. St Francis and St Clare meet at 98 Larch Street in Scranton, All are Welcome services are on Sunday at 11:45 am and 7:30 pm weekday services are as announced.





We now have a prayers page on our website so that you can submit names etc of people and situations you need the church to pray for



Website is being updated with new and old items being added and removed

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We at the Progressive Catholic Church want to wish Merry Christmas to our Russian Orthodox brothers and sisters who celebrate the birth of Christ today.




Happy New Year from us all




May the Birth of the Christ Child bring you Joy and Happiness




We have officially launched our very own YouTube Channel!!! Mass will be shown every Sunday so please go subscribe at the following link

Progressive Catholic Church TV



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