Antiochian Catholic Church in America
The Antiochian Catholic Church in America (ACCA) is one of the Independent Catholic Churches. The ACCA is distinct from most of these churches in that it largely embraces the theology and much of the practice of the Syriac Orthodox Church and the Indian Orthodox Church, from which the clergy of the ACCA primarily derive their claim to apostolic succession via the lineage of Joseph Rene Vilatte. The holy orders of the ACCA also come through the Old Catholic movement, in this case by way of Arnold Harris Mathew. The ACCA, however, is not in full communion with the Oriental Orthodox churches because it ordains women and because it does not require celibacy of its bishops, allowing them, like priests and deacons, to marry. The ACCA states that its approach to theology and practice is a process of "critical reappropriation" which is open to influences from all sectors of trinitarian Christianity but is, at the same time, firmly grounded in the Syriac Christian tradition, particularly with regard to such basic matters as Christology, soteriology, ecclesiology, and ethics.
The current See city of the ACCA is Knoxville, Tennessee. It is led by a metran, or archbishop, Victor Mar Michael Herron. Mar Michael, consecrated bishop in 1991, assumed the office of Metran in 1996, upon the retirement of his predecessor and consecrator, Gordon Mar Peter Hurlburt. The jurisdiction currently consists of two parishes, one of which is St. Elias; St. Elias worships in Kodak, Tennessee, a suburb of Knoxville. Clergy associated with St. Elias include Mar Michael, Suffragan bishop Andreas Mar Cassian Turner, Avva Gregory Ned Blevins, and Amma Caitlin Turner. Avva Zakkai and Sister Miriam Pardee are the clergy of St. Moses the Law-giver in Knoxville, the other parish.
Mar Cassian is the Chancellor of the ACCA. Avva Gregory Ned Blevins is the ACCA's Ecumenical and Social Concerns Representative. Amma Caitlin Turner is an itinerant missionary throughout the southeastern United States.
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