historyThe Catholic Apostolic Church in North American (CACINA) is a small body of Catholic parishes located throughout the United States. We are an independent Church, not affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church or other independent Catholic churches, that worships in the Catholic tradition. Our liturgy is familiar to Roman Catholics but our theology is somewhat different. We welcome all persons to the sacraments when they come sincerely seeking God. Our parishioners are involved in all aspects of Church governance. We ordain clergy without regard to gender or sexual orientation. Following the example of our founder,Dom Carlos Duarte-Costa, we are advocates for peace and social justice. We are warm, open, welcoming, and inclusive.

ACINA is the daughter church of the Catholic Apostolic Church of Brazil, found by Bishop Carlos Duarte-Costa, a Roman Catholic bishop who left communion with Rome in 1945 because of matters of conscience related to social justice and church discipline.

The Catholic Apostolic Church was brought to the United States by the late Bishop Estefan Meyer Corradi-Scarella who had been consecrated bishop for that purpose January 23, 1949, from which CACINA dates its establishment. Bishops in CACINA primarily trace their apostolic succession to Duarte-Costa, but they also have Eastern Orthodox and Anglican episcapal lineages.

Despite this rich tradition, CACINA maintains a thoroughly Catholic identity. We are not Roman, Orthodox, or Anglican; we are grateful the Lord has called us to be CACINA Catholics. For more information about CACINA, please visit the CACINA National website: www.cacina.org


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