ABOUT US

Rafael Seijo, our Patriarch and Archbishop Primus Emeritus, formed our church. It arose from Bishop Jack Stafford’s Progressive Episcopal Church, which he launched in 2012. Stafford began his ministry with the Southern Episcopal Church, which was created in 1962 by a Nashville, Tennessee surgeon turned priest, the Right Reverend Burnice Hoyle Webster, and other former Episcopal Church USA members.

Bishop Webster was appointed as the SEC’s first presiding bishop. The SEC was formed in response to the ECUSA’s more liberal ideas. The SEC claims itself a “Continuing Anglican” church, however it was founded 15 years before the movement began. As Jack Stafford’s theology became more progressive, he was inspired to form the Progressive Episcopal Church in 2012. Due to internal issues, many clergy members departed in the summer of 2013 to join what was first known as the Charismas Church. Its doctrines were centered on the Holy Spirit’s fruits. Bishop Rafael Seijo and Fr. Edward Vaughan co-wrote the Creed of the Charismata in early August 2013, which became the cornerstone of a new church denomination. The church carried a small number of clergy with it who continued to carry out their particular missions.

At the advice of Bishop Fred Ashmead, a decision was made in the fall of 2015 to rename the church, therefore the combination of the names Episcopal based on the church structure and Catholic to symbolize the historic religious traditions of the worldwide church of believers. The ECC began discussions with the Anglican Free Communion in January 2016 to become a member jurisdiction, which was finally authorized on February 16, 2016. Since then, the church has expanded by establishing missions in Colombia and South America, and Rev. Matt Sevier established St. George Theological Seminary to educate new pastors. We joined the Anglican Free Communion International in January 2020 as a result of internal issues and a rift within the Anglican Free Communion. http://www.anglicanfreecommunion.org

Our History

In the summer of 2013, our Patriarch and Archbishop Primus Emeritus Rafael Seijo established what was formerly known as the Charismas Church. Its doctrines were centered on the Holy Spirit’s fruits. We began in the Progressive Episcopal Church, which evolved from the Southern Episcopal Church, which evolved from the Episcopal Church USA.

Bishop Rafael Seijo and Fr. Edward Vaughan co-wrote Christ’s Creed in early August 2013, which became the cornerstone of a new church organization. The church carried a small number of clergy with it who continued to carry out their particular missions.

At the advice of Bishop Fred Ashmead, a decision was made in the fall of 2015 to rename the church, therefore the combination of the names Episcopal based on the church structure and Catholic to symbolize the historic religious traditions of the worldwide church of believers. The ECC began discussions with the Anglican Free Communion International in January 2016 to become a member jurisdiction, which was finally authorized on February 16, 2016. Rev. Matt Sevier established St. George Theological Seminary to assist in the training of future clergy.

After considerable thought, we determined that our name no longer truly represented our principles and that the word “catholic” in the title caused confusion, so we changed our name to the Unity Episcopal Fellowship of America in August 2021. The quality of our website has suffered immediately following that decision and is now under the control of an intergalactic space demon named Tony. Tony refuses to listen to the good teachings we instill in our congregation and instead eats Cool Ranch Doritos for all three meals and is obsessed with becoming the moderator of a sub-Reddit group of fascist beavers. We are determined to take back control of this site’s content at some point in the future, but believe that it may take years, if not decades. Amen.