Agape Seminary of Louisville

is under

The Diocese of The Lamb of God

of the

Independent Old Catholic Church



The Diocese of The Lamb of God is one of several that make up The Independent Old Catholic Church (IOCC).  Our mission is to provide valid sacraments to those who have left Catholicism, or other Christians seeking forms of worship and beliefs founded in the traditions and beliefs of the early church.  The Diocese of The Lamb of God is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky and serves not only Louisville, but also the surrounding area and states.  The Diocese is under the ecclesiastical authority of Archbishop Maurice McCormick, who founded both the Diocese and the IOCC.

It is our hope that you will take the time to browse the pages of this website and our links.   Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions or comments.

God Bless!

Archbishop Maurice McCormick, Ed. D., D.D.    

Apostolic Succession of the Old Catholic Church 

Old Catholic Church of Utrecht/Continental Europe Succession:

Johannes van Santen - 13 November, 1825

Hermanus Heykamp - 17 July 1853

Casparus Johannes Rinkel - 11 August 1873

Gul, Gerardus - 11 May, 1892

Matthew, Arnold Harris - 28 April, 1908

De Landes Berghes et de Rache, Rudolph Francis Edward - 29 June, 1913

Carfora, Carmel Henry - 4 October, 1916

James, Earl Anglin Lawrence - 17 June, 1945

Billet, Grant Timothy - 25 December, 1950

Parr, Norman Richard - 23 October, 1979

McCormick, Maurice Darryl - 14 July, 1991

Bishop Arnold Harris Matthew

Bishop Arnold Harris Matthew

 Bishop Maurice McCormick

 Bishop Carmel Henry Carfora

 Final resting place of Bishop Rudolph Francis Edward De Landes Berghes et de Rache

Augustinian Cemetery - Villanova, Pennsylvania


Belief Statements and Liturgy of The Independent Old Catholic Church:


We believe that Jesus is the Christ and our personal savior

We Believe in The Holy Trinity

We believe in the three historic creeds:  Nicene, Apostles and Athanasian.

We believe in the inerrancy and divine inspiration of The Holy Scriptures.

We believe in the seven sacraments of The Church:  Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, Anointing and Prayers for the Sick, Confession and Reconciliation, Marriage and Holy Orders.

We believe that all Holy Orders (bishops, priests and deacons) are open to both men and women.

We believe that celibacy of those in Holy Orders is a personal decision.

We believe and hold apostolic succession.

We believe and accept the doctrines of the Seven Early Church Ecumenical Councils.

We believe and appreciate the wisdom and guidance of the Early Church Fathers.

We believe that abortion and euthanasia is the taking of human life.

We believe in the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.

We believe in the sanctity of marriage; however, we believe that Jesus is merciful and those who have been divorced and/or remarried are offered the sacraments of The Church.

We believe in the purity of sexuality, and thus, do not perform same-sex marriages, nor ordain those living in gay or lesbian lifestyles.  We believe contraception is a personal decision.

We believe and follow Scripture inn all matters, and thus reject reincarnation.

We believe in the Scriptural teaching of Jesus, and thus reject New Age Theology.



 Liturgy of The Independent Old Catholic Church:

The matter and form of Holy Sacraments will be identical in intent and form to those used by other historic Catholic churches, specifically, The Roman Catholic Church, The Episcopal, Anglican, Old Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches, and in compliance with the "Essentials of a Catholic Eucharist," as promulgated by the College of Bishops.

Rituals surrounding the matter and form of the Sacraments will show respect for the Catholic liturgical traditions, but may reflect local customs.

In the liturgy, references to the Trinity are in the traditional Catholic format.



Maurice McCormick, Ed. D, D.D., Archbishop-Primate Emeritus, Independent Old Catholic Church

Pastor - Agape of Jesus Independent Catholic Church, Louisville, Kentucky

Chancellor - Agape Seminary

Husband, Father, Grandfather, College Professor, Psychotherapist, Marathon Runner and Baseball Player

Goal:  To die and go to Heaven and to see Jesus, face-to-face, and to take along as many people as I can.  Through the Independent Old Catholic Church, I hope to take lots     of people to Heaven.



Please think and pray about applying to our Church and Seminary.

Address:  10609 Watterson Trail (near Taylorsville Road), Louisville, KY  40299

Sunday Masses:  8:00 AM and 10:30 AM







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