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Anglican Church in America

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Anglican Church in America
Coat of arms of the Anglican Church in America
LeaderJuan Garcia
RegionUnited States
HeadquartersBelchertown, MA
FounderLouis Falk
Merger ofAmerican Episcopal Church (AEC) and approximately 1/3 of the parishes of the Anglican Catholic Church (ACC)
SeparationsAnglican Province of America American Anglican Church
Congregationsc. 65
Official websitewww.anglicanchurchinamerica.org Edit this at Wikidata

The Anglican Church in America (ACA) is a Continuing Anglican church body and the United States branch of the Traditional Anglican Church (TAC). The ACA, which is separate from the Episcopal Church (TEC), is not a member of the Anglican Communion. It comprises five dioceses and around 5,200 members.


ACA Cathedral of St. John, Quincy, Illinois

The Anglican Church in America [1] was created in 1991 following extensive negotiations between the Anglican Catholic Church (ACC) and the American Episcopal Church (AEC). The effort was aimed at overcoming disunity in the Continuing Anglican movement. This was only partially successful. Most ACC parishes declined to enter the new ACA, resulting in a continuing existence for the ACC, while the remainder of its parishes and some of its bishops joined the AEC in forming the new church. In 1995, some parishes which had formerly been part of the AEC, primarily in eastern states and the Pacific Northwest, withdrew from the ACA and formed the Anglican Province of America under the leadership of Bishop Walter Grundorf.

The Traditional Anglican Communion had been seeking unity with the Roman Catholic Church while still retaining aspects of its Anglican heritage.[2] In 2007, in Portsmouth, England, all TAC bishops present accepted the ministry of the Bishop of Rome and the Catechism of the Catholic Church and requested a means of establishing full communion. The petition was signed on the altar.[3] The Vatican has a record of making some accommodations for Anglicans. In 1980, the Pastoral Provision was issued which allowed the creation of the Anglican Use and the establishment of Anglican Use parishes within dioceses of the United States.[4] These parishes were initially composed of former members of the Episcopal Church. [4]

The Vatican answered the requests of various Anglican groups for full communion by issuing the apostolic constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus, thus opening the possibility of corporate reunion with Rome for some Anglicans. On March 3, 2010, in Orlando, Florida, the eight members of the House of Bishops of the ACA voted unanimously to accept the Pope's proposal by formally petitioning the Vatican for a personal ordinariate in the United States.[5][6] The ACA petition to establish an ordinariate in the United States urged it be established "as soon as possible" and indicated that they were establishing an interim governing council.[7]

In September 2010, however, the bishop of the ACA Diocese of the West, Daren K. Williams, announced that the bishops were divided on the matter and that parishes had left the church since the earlier news broke that union with the Roman Catholic Church was anticipated by the bishops. He also stated that talks between the ACA and the Anglican Province of America concerning a possible intercommunion agreement between the two were planned.[8] That agreement was finalized in September, 2011. As of 2016, a reconciliation committee with bishops and priests from the ACA and the APA, under the leadership of Bishop George Langberg, is working on ways to unite the two churches.

On February 5, 2011, the chancellor of the Anglican Church in America issued a statement on behalf of the bishops of the ACA announcing that the church would remain a Continuing Anglican Church. The statement also reported that one diocesan bishop who favored acceptance of the Pope's proposal had submitted his resignation and that approximately fifteen parishes were expected to leave the ACA with him.[9]

Brian R. Marsh is president of the ACA House of Bishops and George Langberg is vice-president.[10][11]


The ACA consists of five dioceses:

  • Diocese of the Northeast (DNE), Bishop Ordinary, The Right Reverend. Alexander H. Webb, Amherst, NH[12]
  • Diocese of the Eastern United States (DEUS), Bishop Ordinary, The Right Reverend William Bower, SSC, Timonium, Maryland[13]
  • Diocese of the Missouri Valley (DMV), Bishop Ordinary, The Rt. Rev. Patrick S. Fodor, Quincy, IL[14]
  • Diocesse of the West (DOW), Bishop Ordinary, The Right Reverend Owen Williams, Fountain Valley, CA[15]
  • Diocese of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean (DPRC), Bishop Ordinary, The Most Rev. Juan Garcia, Ponce, PR


  1. ^ "Anglican Churches | Encyclopedia.com". www.encyclopedia.com. Retrieved 2023-05-02.
  2. ^ Pope "wants personal prelature" for ex-Anglicans. The Catholic Herald. "Pope 'wants personal prelature' for ex-Anglicans - Catholic Herald Online". Archived from the original on 2009-06-06. Retrieved 2009-02-09.
  3. ^ http://www.theanglocatholic.com/2010/01/text-of-the-tac-petition-to-the-holy-see/ [Full text of the TAC petition to the Holy See.]
  4. ^ a b "Home Page". The Pastoral Provision. Office of the Pastoral Provision. Archived from the original on 21 March 2012. Retrieved 8 March 2011.
  5. ^ "Judi Online".
  6. ^ Weatherbe, Steve (March 14, 2010). "Anglo-Catholic Bishops Vote for Rome". National Catholic Register. Archived from the original on 13 March 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-08. The bishops voted to have the ACA become part of the Roman Catholic Church along with 3,000 fellow communicants in 120 parishes in four dioceses across the country. See also: Anglicanorum Coetibus#Anglican Church in America.
  7. ^ "Text of Joint ACA/Anglican Use Petition for USA Ordinariate". Retrieved 2015-09-09.
  8. ^ "Article redirect | VirtueOnline – the Voice for Global Orthodox Anglicanism".
  9. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2014-09-01.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ George D. Langberg, Anglican bishop of the Diocese of the Northeast and former Vice-President of the church's House of Bishops
  11. ^ Traycik, Auburn. "Traditional Anglicans Mourn Episcopal Church, Will Hold Requiem Mass". Retrieved 10 May 2010.
  12. ^ "Home | Diocese of the Northeast, Anglican Church in America". Diocese of the North. Retrieved 2023-05-04.
  13. ^ "ABOUT US". deus-aca. Retrieved 2023-05-04.
  14. ^ "Our Parishes – Diocese of Missouri Valley | Catholic Faith in the Anglican Tradition". Retrieved 2023-05-04.
  15. ^ West, The Diocese of the. "The Diocese of the West". The Diocese of the West. Retrieved 2023-05-04.

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