Carmel Henry Carfora

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Carmel Henry Alfonso Mary Carfora
Carfora in cope and miter with crozier (c. 1918)
Carfora in 1918
SuccessorHubert Augustus Rogers
Personal details
Born(1878-08-27)August 27, 1878
DiedJanuary 18, 1958(1958-01-18) (aged 79)
DenominationOld Catholicism
Coat of armsCarmel Henry Alfonso Mary Carfora's coat of arms

Henry Alfonso Mary Carfora (known as Carmel Henry Carfora; August 27, 1878 - January 11, 1958) was an Old Catholic leader.

On 12 October 1919, he became the second leader of the North American Old Roman Catholic Church, succeeding Rudolph de Landas Berghes. Carfora remained in this position until his death on 11 January 1958. Carfora was succeeded by Hubert Augustus Rogers.[1]

Carfora assumed leadership of a group of parishioners who broke away from St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, in Youngstown, Ohio, to found St. Rocco's Independent National Catholic Church on May 17, 1907.[2]

His gravestone was replaced in 2015.[3]


  1. ^ "history". THE NORTH AMERICAN OLD ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH. Retrieved 2023-02-04.
  2. ^ Cart, Sarah A. (September 22, 2010). "Closing Doors, Preserving Traditions, Opening Hearts" (PDF). Church Life. Priscilla Hays, Kate Huff, Liz Wrona (contributors). The Episcopal Diocese of Ohio. pp. 8–11. Retrieved January 18, 2023.
  3. ^ "Blessing of the Grave and Mass". The Society of Mercy. October 19, 2015. Retrieved July 26, 2019.

Further reading[edit]

  • Carfora, Carmel Henry. "Historical and Doctrinal Sketch of the Old Roman Catholic Church". Chicago, IL: North American Old Roman Catholic Church, 1950.
  • Melton, J. Gordon. Biographical Dictionary of American Cult and Sect Leaders. Garland Reference Library of Social Science, vol. 212. New York: Garland Publishing, 1986.
  • Pruter, Karl, and J. Gordon Melton. The Old Catholic Sourcebook. New York: Garland Publishing Company, 1983.
  • Trela, Jonathan. A History of the North American Old Roman Church. Scranton, PA: The Author, 1979.
  • "Carmel Henry Carfora", in Religious Leaders of America, 2nd ed. Gale Group, 1999. Reproduced in Biography Resource Center. Farmington Hills, Mich.: Thomson Gale. 2006.
Preceded by Primate of the North American Old Roman Catholic Church
Succeeded by
Hubert Augustus Rogers