Independent Old Catholic Church
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
I hope that you take the time to browse the
pages of our website and please do not hesitate to contact us with questions.
Archbishop Maurice McCormick, Ed.D., D.D.
Belief Statements and Liturgy
Belief Statements of the IOCC
We believe that Jesus is the Christ and our
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 responsible stewardship of
We believe in the One Holy Catholic and
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
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.
- Matthew Succession
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
10609 Watterson Trail (near Taylorsville Rd.)
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
father, grandfather, college professor, psychotherapist.
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.
and pray about applying to our Church and Seminary.
Drive, Louisville, KY 40220-5411
Archbishop McCormick - Use this email address - email@example.com