Over the years, a number of Anglican jurisdictions have moved away from Anglican’s historic and apostolic faith. This is why in 1977 an international Congress of nearly 2000 Anglican bishops, clergy and laity met in St. Louis, Missouri, to take the actions necessary to establish an Orthodox jurisdictions in which traditional Anglicanism would be maintained.
Acting according to the principles determined by the seven great Ecumenical Councils of the ancient Church and adopting initially the name “Anglican Church of North America,” they placed themselves under the jurisdiction of the retired Episcopal Bishop of Springfield, Illinois, the Right Rev. Albert Chambers. Bishop Chambers expanded our jurisdiction and consecrated four more bishops, taking the jurisdictions new name as the “Anglican Catholic Church” (ACC) .
The Anglican Catholic Church is a worldwide body of Christians with churches in the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Australia, Africa, India , and South America. We are Anglican because our tradition of prayer and worship is rooted in the Church of England and its Book of Common Prayer. We are Catholic because we believe and practice universal or Catholic faith of the Church.
Traditional Worship and Morality
The founding members of the Anglican Catholic Church were dissatisfied with decisions made by the Anglican Church of Canada and the Episcopal Church (USA) to confer priestly ordination on women and to make liturgical reforms that would evolve into the Book of Alternative Services. The ACC continues to maintain an all-male clergy and in Canada, has kept the1962 Book of Common Prayer.