ICCONA - The Inspired Christian Catholic and Orthodox Church of North America
A faith that transcends generations!
Welcome to the website of ICCONA. We are an Inspired, Christian, Catholic, and Orthodox church who's roots come from The Utrecht Union Of Churches (Traditional Old Catholic Church). We, at ICCONA, follow Sacred Scriptures and Sacred Tradition as our “one deposit of Faith.” Most people refer to the word “Catholic,” and immediately infer that we are Roman Catholics, we are not, although we share the “One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic faith."
ICCONA uses the original liturgy of the English speaking congregations, who were in communion with the Ancient Archiepiscopal See of Utrecht.
I = Inspired: The leadership of our church have been "Inspired" by the "Holy Spirit", to "Re-build" our Lord's Church here on earth. Each member of our clergy has been gifted with the Holy Spirit, by a laying on of hands, which can be traced back to one of the original Apostles of our Lord, Jesus Christ.
C = Christian: ICCONA is first and foremost a "Christian Church" in that we truly believe that Jesus Christ is our true Lord and Savior. Jesus Christ is the true head of our church, and we affirm this during each Mass.
C = Catholic: The term "Catholic" means "Universal", and we are truly a part of the Universal Church. As St. Ignatius wrote, in his letter to the Smyrnaeans in about the year 110 A.D.; "Wheresoever the bishop shall appear, there let the people be, even as where Jesus may be, there is the universal (Katholike) Church.
O = Orthodox: We, at ICCONA, are "Orthodox", meaning that we adhere to the correct, accepted creeds, and conform
to the Christian Faith as it was represented in the creeds of the early church. The first seven Ecumenical Councils, which were held between the years of 325 and 787 A.D, with the aim of formalizing accepted
N and A = North America: We are a church that is based here in North America (An "Old Church" for a "New World")
So, as you can see, ICCONA is an acronym for:
The Inspired Christian Catholic and Orthodox church of North America