We firmly believe and confess without reservation that there is only one true God,
eternal infinite and unchangeable, incomprehensible, almighty and ineffable, the
Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit; three persons indeed, but one essence, substance
or nature entirely simple.
We firmly believe the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of
Christian faith and life. It is the mystery of God in himself. It is therefore the
source of all the other mysteries of faith, the light that enlightens them. It
is the most fundamental and essential teaching in the "hierarchy of the truths of
faith". Therefore, the whole history of salvation is identical with the history
of the way and the means by which the one true God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
reveals himself to men "and reconciles and unites with himself those who turn away
We believe in the Revelation of God and His Son, Jesus Christ found in the Holy Bible,
and that the Holy Bible is inerrant in matters of faith.
We believe in the Holy Eucharist as the True and Real Presence of the Body and Blood,
Soul and Divinity, of Our Risen Glorified Savior, Our Lord Jesus Christ. We solemnly
affirm that the Most Holy Eucharist is central to our faith and is the “source and
summit” of our Catholic identity.
We believe in the Sacred Traditions of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
We believe that Holy and Sacred Traditions with the Holy Scriptures, the Word of
God, form the one deposit of Faith. We believe that the bishops of the Church are
the successors to the Holy Apostles. We note that our bishops uphold the teaching
authority as granted to the Apostles by Jesus Christ. We affirm that the authority
of our bishops are equally and jointly held by all bishops.
We believe in the Seven Sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, Reconciliation, Holy
Eucharist, Matrimony, Holy Orders, and Anointing of the Sick. These Seven Sacraments
are signs of God’s abiding presence among us as He continues to pour out His Grace
upon His Holy People, The Church.
We believe that we are called by Jesus Christ to preach the Gospel to all by sharing
the Good News that we are truly saved by His life, death, resurrection.
We believe that matter of the Faith may be defined for the Church only in the presence
of a moral consensus of all bishops and that to be considered normative for the Church,
a teaching proposed by the bishops in a matter of the Faith must also be received
by a moral consensus of His Church people.
We believe that Apostolic Succession, privileged in the bishops and passed on by
them in the Sacrament of Holy Orders, is necessary for the licit and efficacious
celebration of the Sacraments.
We accept and believe in the normative decrees of the first Seven Ecumenical Councils
of the undivided Church, through: The Council of Nicea in 325 AD; Constantinople
in 381 AD; Ephesus in 431 AD; Chalcedon in 451 AD; Constantinople II in 553 AD; Constantinople
III in 680-81 AD; and Nicea II in 787 AD. The ICCONA also accepts the Second Vatican
Council and many of the writings of the 19th, 20th, and 21st century Popes.
We accept the commonly called Nicene Creed as our statement of faith. We also accept
the Apostles’ and Athanasian Creeds as equally valid statements of faith.