The Independent Old Catholic Church



The Independent Old Catholic Church

Diocese of the Lamb

Welcome to the Home Pages of the Diocese of the Lamb, this Diocese is one of several that make up the Independent Old Catholic Church  (IOCC). Our mission is to provide valid sacraments to those who have left Catholicism, or other Christians seeking forms of worship and beliefs founded in the traditions and beliefs of the early church. 

The Diocese of the Lamb is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky and serves not only Louisville but also the surrounding area and states. The Diocese is under the ecclesiastical authority of Archbishop Maurice McCormick who founded both the Diocese and the IOCC.

I hope that you take the time to browse the pages of our website and please do not hesitate to contact us with questions.

God Bless,

Archbishop Maurice McCormick, Ed.D., D.D.    

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Belief Statements and Liturgy

Belief Statements of the IOCC

  • We believe that Jesus is the Christ and our personal savior.

  • We believe in The Holy Trinity.

  • We believe in the three historic creeds: Nicene, Apostles, and Athanasian.

  • We believe in the inerrancy and divine inspiration of Holy Scriptures.

  • We believe in the seven sacraments of the Church: Baptist, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, Anointing and Prayers for the Sick, Confession and Reconciliation, Marriage, and Holy Orders.

  • We believe that all Holy Orders (bishops, priests, and deacons) are open to both men and women.

  • We believe that celibacy of those in Holy Orders is a personal decision.

  • We believe and hold apostolic succession.

  • We believe and accept the doctrines of the Seven Early Church Ecumenical Councils.

  • We believe and appreciate the wisdom and guidance of the Early Church Fathers.

  • We believe that abortion and euthanasia is the taking of human life.

  • We believe in the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.

  • We believe in the sanctity of marriage, however we believe that Jesus is merciful and those who have been divorced and/or remarried are offered the sacraments of the church.

  • We believe in the purity of sexuality and thus do not perform same-sex marriages nor ordain those living in gay or lesbian lifestyles. We believe contraception is a personal decision.

  • We believe and follow scripture in all matters and thus reject reincarnation.

  • We believe in the scriptural teaching of Jesus and thus reject New Age Theology.




  • The matter and form of Sacraments will be identical in intent and form to those used by other historic Catholic churches, specifically the Roman Catholic Church, the Episcopal, Anglican, Old Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches and in compliance with the "Essentials of a Catholic Eucharist" as promulgated by the College of Bishops.

  • Rituals surrounding the matter and form of the Sacraments will show respect for the Catholic liturgical traditions, but may reflect local customs.

  • In the liturgy references to the Trinity are in the traditional Catholic format.


Apostolic Succession

Matthew SuccessionThe Most Rev. A.H. Mathew
Name | Date of Consecration
Matthew, Arnold Harris | 28 April 1908
De Landes Berghes et de Rache, 
Rudolph Francis Edward | 29 June 1913
Carfora, Henry Carmel | 4 October 1916
James, Earl Anglin Lawrence | 17 June 1945
Billet, Grant Timothy | 25 December 1950
Parr, Norman Richard | 23 October 1979
McCormick, Maurice Darryl | 14 July 1991


  • Archbishop Maurice McCormick

        10609 Watterson Trail (near Taylorsville Rd.)

         Louisville, KY. 

         Sunday Masses 8 AM and 10:30AM




Maurice McCormick, Ed.D., D.D., Archbishop-Primate Emeritus,

Independent Catholic Church

Pastor - Agape of Jesus Independent Catholic Church, Louisville, Kentucky

Chancellor - Agape Seminary

Husband, father, grandfather, college professor, psychotherapist. 

Marathon Runner and baseball player.


Goal: Die and go to heaven, and see Jesus face to face and take along as many people as I can. Through the IOCC, I hope to take lots of people to heaven.


Please think and pray about applying to our Church and Seminary.

8701 Brittany Drive, Louisville, KY 40220-5411

Phone (502) 419-5605


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