National Catholic Diocese in America

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National Catholic Diocese in America
Episcopal administrator John Francis Tichy
Headquarters Cleveland, Ohio
Founder John Francis Tichy
Origin January 18, 1905
Cleveland, Ohio
Separated from Catholic Church
Other name(s) National Catholic Church

The National Catholic Diocese in America (1905 – c. 1916) was an Old Catholic diocese in the United States for non-Polish Slavs.


According to The Churchman, it was planned originally that this movement among the Bohemians and Slavs should be affiliated with that among the Poles, headed by Kozlowski, but at the last Polish Reformed Synod it was determined to keep that Church exclusively racial, and the Bohemians and Slavs, after consultation with the Old Catholic Church of the Netherlands (OKKN) Archbishop Gerardus Gul, of Utrecht, and Christian Catholic Church of Switzerland (CKS) Bishop Eduard Herzog, decided to form a diocese of their own to coordinate the action and influence of the "independent catholic" congregations of Slavs, Croatians, Dalmatians and Bohemians in the United States.[1] William Larrabee wrote, in Schaff–Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge, a number of independent congregations in several cities were united under an episcopal administration.[2]

This organization, called the "National Catholic Church" by Larrabee, was "formed upon the same basis" as the CKS in "theoretical as well as practical matters."[2] According to Larrabee, it was friendly toward the Polish organization and to the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America (PECUSA).[2]

John Francis Tichy was appointed as episcopal administrator by Gul.[1][2][3][further explanation needed]

Tichy incorporated the "National Catholic Diocese in America" (NCDA) in 1905 in Ohio "to foster the religious principles of the orthodox Catholic National Church, deriving its jurisdiction from the Old Roman Catholic Church."[4][5]

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  1. ^ a b This article incorporates text from a work in the public domain: "Old Catholic Slavs". The Churchman. 92 (16). New York. 1905-10-14. p. 575. ISSN 0009-6628. 
  2. ^ a b c d  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainLarrabee, William H (1910). "Old Catholics". In Jackson, Samuel Macauley. New Schaff–Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge. 8 (third ed.). London and New York: Funk and Wagnalls. p. 232. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  3. ^ "Old Catholic Church in America". Year book of the churches (1924-1925 ed.). New York: The Federal Council of the Churches of Christ in America. 1924. pp. 168–169. ISSN 0084-3644. 
  4. ^ Ohio. Secretary of State (1906). "Church and church societies". Annual report of the Secretary of State to the Governor of the State of Ohio (year ending Nov. 15, 1905 ed.). Springfield, OH: 484. OCLC 557554812. 
  5. ^ "Another catholic society incorporated at Columbus". Steubenville Herald-Star. Steubenville, OH. 1905-01-18. p. 1. LCCN sn84028801.