What is Anglican Christianity?
The Anglican portion of the Catholic Church is part of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church instituted by Jesus Christ. The word 'Anglican' refers to our spiritual heritage and roots in the Church of England.
The term "Anglican" simply means "English" in Latin. Our branch of the Catholic Church is as old as the Roman Catholic branch and nearly as old as the eastern catholic, or Orthodox branch of the universal Church. Legend suggests that Joseph of Arimathea brought the catholic faith to England and that Aristobulus was consecrated the first Anglican bishop by Saint Paul before St. Peter reached Rome.
Historic documents list Anglican bishops in attendance in Ecumenical Councils in the 3rd and 4th centuries.
In 596 the Bishop of Rome, Gregory the Great, saw fair-haired, blue-eyed slaves on display in a Roman market. He asked where they were from, and when he was told about the British Isles, he instructed St. Augustine of Canterbury to travel to England to bring the Christian Faith. Imagine the surprise of St. Augustine when he arrived to discover the Anglican Church firmly established with cathedrals, monasteries, parish churches, and a valid apostolic succession of Bishops, Priests, and Deacons.
The Traditional Anglican Communion has dioceses and parishes in Canada, the United States, England, Ireland, Zambia, South Africa, India, the Torres Strait and Australia. By preserving the faith once delivered to our fathers, the jurisdiction has ensured the continuation of the Anglican expression of the Catholic Faith.
Please pray with us for the unity of all Christians in good and sound doctrine. Until that day, we invite all to join with us in following the example of our Lord by treating each other with respect and love despite our differences.