Catholic Apostolic National Church

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His Eminence,
Robert Matthew I

Patriarch of the Catholic Apostolic National Church

128 Rhode Island Ave.
Pawtucket, RI 02860-5406 USA

Mailing Address:
Catholic Apostolic National Church
P.O. Box 2602
Pawtucket, RI 02861 USA

Telephone Numbers:
(401) 495-5400 Voice
(401) 726-3828  Fax

The Patriarch of the Church…


His Eminence, Robert Matthew I, is the Patriarch of the Catholic Apostolic National Church. In this ecclesiastical office, he is both the spiritual head of the church, and also sits as our most senior Bishop. Formerly known as the “Old Catholic Church of the United States”, the church officially changed its’ name on August 1, 2005, to the “Catholic Apostolic National Church. Patriarch Gubala received the apostolic lineage of “St. Carlos of Brazil” directly from His Beatitude, Dom Luis Fernando Castillo-Mendez, Patriarch of the Worldwide Communion of Catholic Apostolic National Churches (Memory Eternal!). The late Patriarch was himself consecrated to the episcopate by Bishop Carlos Duarte Costa, former Roman Catholic Bishop of Botucatu, Brazil, who left the Roman Catholic Church and founded the “Igreja Catolica Apostolica Brasileira” (ICAB). The Patriarch leads our church’s effort to realize the dream of Bishop Carlos Duarte-Costa, here in the United States.


The Patriarch’s Archiepiscopal Seal…


The Patriarch’s seal is unique, whereas most Episcopal seals show separate left and right side representations, the Patriarch’s seal shows a solid field of blue, which represents the vast size and richness of the North American land. The cross behind the Coat of Arms is, in its’ design, is representative of primacy of authority of the primatial office.  The archiepiscopal hat, or “galero” has fifteen tassels on each side, instead of the usual ten for archbishops, and also is scarlet, indicating the ecclesiastical primacy of his office. The banner under the crest reads, “Soli Deo Gloria”, which is Latin, and means, “To God Alone Be The Glory”.


The Catholic Apostolic National Church ... 

... Is devoted to the spread of the Word of God and the establishment of the church worldwide. The Catholic Apostolic National Church adheres to the teachings of the ancient, universal church, and seeks to spread the faith of the church to all parts of the world. Our parishes adhere to the traditional teachings of the church, preferring them over the innovations found in denominations around the world today. Our charge is the establishment of parishes and missions worldwide, to serve the Body of Christ.

Christmas 2014 Message from the Patriarch

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