Old Roman distinctives


Orthodox Old Romans have never claimed to be anything other than Catholics striving to maintain and perpetuate the perennial Catholic faith. The following distinctives should assist the inquirer to recognise authentic Old Roman apostolates and missions from others who call themselves “Old Roman Catholic” who are anything but!

Old Roman apostolates are few in number and their histories often overlap in terms of individuals and events. Old Roman apostolates are conservative in their governance, beliefs, and religious practices. They are identifiable by their endurance and steadfastness. Although they acknowledge their roots in the early See of Utrecht, they reject any association with “Old Catholics” and reject being labeled as “schismatic.”

Annexed by Bl. Pius IX in 1853 to avoid settling a long standing canonical dispute over rights and privileges granted by previous Popes “in perpetuity” to the See of Utrecht (Netherlands). Old Roman clergy have continued to preserve intact the doctrine and liturgy extant at the time of their disavowal by Rome; it is for this they are known as “Old” and for their fidelity to the Latin Rite tradition as, “Roman”.


Old Romans believe “… that faith which has been believed everywhere, always, by all” (St Vincent of Lerins, Commonitory 434AD). Central to the Old Roman apostolate is the preservation and continuance of the orthodox Catholic Faith received from the Apostles and understood through the collective experience, study and testimony of two thousand years of Catholic tradition. To this end the Old Romans have been particularly vigilant concerning the development of Modernism within the Church, noting its subtleties and insidious progression from the time of the Enlightenment to the present day.

As the Old Roman bishops stated to the papal legate in 1823, “We accept with the greatest willingness, and without any exception whatever, all the articles of the Holy Catholic Faith; we will neither hold nor teach, now or afterwards, any other opinions than those which have been decreed, determined and published by our Mother, the Holy Church, conformably to Holy Scripture, tradition, the acts of the Ecumenical Councils, and those of the Council of Trent.”

This Old Roman anti-modernist position is in stark contrast to the progressiveness of Old Catholicism with whom Old Romans are sometimes confused. The two could not be more different. Though Old Romans and Old Catholics share a common history derived from the primitive See of Utrecht, they each represent two quite distinct progressions from the same source; one orthodox, the other apostate. The difference should be obvious to even the most casual observer.

✠Arnold Harris Mathew of England was consecrated to the Episcopate in 1908 by ✠Gerard Gul of Utrecht at a time when Utrecht was still truly orthodox. At the time of ✠Mathew’s consecration at Utrecht, no serious inroads had been made upon the Catholic Faith by the Church of Utrecht, nor had she yet departed in any way from Catholic traditions and practice. By the end of 1910, however, the heterodox influence of the “Old Catholics” had proved too much for Utrecht, overwhelmed her, and so great and far-reaching were the changes which she was prevailed upon to make in her formularies and doctrinal position, that on December 29, 1910, ✠Mathew was forced to break ties with Utrecht in order to preserve the Old Roman legacy ✠Mathew adopted the name previously used by the Utrajectine Church before they deviated from orthodox beliefs, “Old Roman” Catholic. He composed the following prayer, still recited in Old Roman churches after the Leonine prayers.

Almighty and everlasting God, Whose only begotten Son, Jesus Christ the Good Shepherd, has said, “Other sheep I have that are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they shall hear My voice, and there shall be one fold and one shepherd”; let Thy rich and abundant blessing rest upon the Old Roman Catholic Church, to the end that it may serve Thy purpose by gathering in the lost and straying sheep. Enlighten, sanctify, and quicken it by the indwelling of the Holy Ghost, that suspicions and prejudices may be disarmed, and the other sheep being brought to hear and to know the voice of their true Shepherd thereby, all may be brought into full and perfect unity in the one fold of Thy Holy Catholic Church, under the wise and loving keeping of Thy Vicar, through the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, who with Thee and the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen.

On 12 April, 1925 the successor to ✠Mathew of the Old Romans in England, ✠Bernard M Williams repudiated again the errors of the Old Catholics and in 1939, ✠Williams would further declare “We disclaim all pretensions to being in any sense ‘a Church.’ We are simply a Rite within the Catholic Church…” In traditional papal encyclicals, a “schismatic community” is a Christian community adhering to valid sacraments but without recognizing the primacy of place of Rome or the importance of the papacy. This cannot be levelled at the Old Romans who clearly betray a recognition of the primacy of the Popes and the importance of maintaining communion with all Catholics. But after the promulgation of the decrees of the Second Vatican Council and the Novus Ordo Missae that followed, seeing the crisis in the Church increase exponentially, the Old Romans have taken a position to continue in the practice of the immemorial Catholic Faith.

“If someone, for a reasonable motive, holds the person of the Pope in suspicion and refuses his presence, even his jurisdiction, he does not commit the delict of schism nor any other whatsoever, provided that he be ready to accept the Pope were he not held in suspicion. It goes without saying that one has the right to avoid what is harmful and to ward off dangers. In fact, it may happen that the Pope could govern tyrannically and that is all the easier as he is the more powerful and does not fear any punishment from anyone on earth.”

Thomas, Cardinal Cajetan, De divina institutione Pontificatus Romani Pontificis (1521)

Apostolic Succession

Orthodox Old Roman bishops possess only one line of Apostolic succession in close lineal descent directly from Archbishop Gul of Utrecht via the consecration of ✠Arnold Harris Mathew in 1908. This succession is shared in common with 95% of Roman Catholic bishops in the world today and is generally known as the Rebiba succession. Old Roman bishops do not claim multiple lines of succession nor are their co-consecrators from non-Old Roman groups.

Authentic Old Roman bishops are consecrated exclusively employing the Pontificale Romanum according to the Tridentine Rite of episcopal consecration. To the prejudice of those ordained by any other pretended western rite who petition to join them, Old Romans will reordain sub-conditione according to the Pontificale Romanum.

All the Ultrajectine Old Roman bishops from ✠Steenoven in 1725 down to ✠Mathew in 1908 were decreed individually excommunicate by successive Popes for receiving episcopal consecration without a papal mandate. The mandatum is the papal document granting permission for the consecration of a bishop who will serve as a bishop in any capacity, including as an auxiliary or titular bishop. This despite the privilege granted the Chapter of Utrecht to elect their own bishops by Bl. Pope Eugene III in 1145 and affirmed by the Fourth Lateran Council in 1215 (canons 23 & 24), and the request and notification by the Ultrajectine bishops to Rome of the election and consecrations.

Even though the historical bishops in the Ultrajectine succession received declaratory sentences of excommunication, the 1917 CIC states; “It is not permitted to extend penalties from person to person or from case to case, even though the reason is the same or even stronger.” Canon 2219§3. In other words, excommunication is not contagious nor contiguous, but personal and its effects limited to the named individual. Since the consecrations of ✠Herbert Beale and ✠Arthur Howarth no Old Roman bishop has been declared excommunicate since 1911.

Rome still recognises the validity of the Ultrajectine apostolic succession as various Old Roman clergy who were previously under Roman obedience and have individually reconciled with the Holy See have been required to repent of their receiving holy Orders. Likewise, in dialogue with the Polish National Catholic Church (in America) since 1996 the Holy See has recognised the validity of the holy Orders and sacraments administered by them which derive from the same Old Roman apostolic succession. Anecdotally, individual Old Roman bishops upon enquiry with the Holy See have also had the presumed validity of this Apostolic succession confirmed.


Though different Old Roman apostolates have used distinguishing titles to differentiate between themselves, usually reflecting geographical location, they have always been titled Old Roman Catholic.

The Old Romans adhere to an ecclesiological system of episcopal governance and strive to follow the 1917 CIC as closely as possible. They do not regard their apostolates as parallel to nor opposing existing contemporary Roman Catholic jurisdictional structures. They sincerely hold themselves to be operating in unprecedented times under a state of necessity for the Church.

Before and after the promulgation of the 1917 Code of Canon Law, the latæ sententiæ penalty for episcopal consecration without a papal mandate was a suspension a divinis (Canon 2370) “… suspended by the Law itself, until the Apostolic See dispenses them.” In 1951 Pius XII decreed an ipso facto “automatic excommunication most especially reserved to the Apostolic See” for a man appointed to a canonical office without appointment by the Holy See, i.e. as an ordinary over an existing canonically erected jurisdiction. This was reaffirmed by the encyclical Ad Apostolorum Principis (29 June, 1958) concerning the problem of the Chinese Patriotic Association’s illicit installation of schismatic bishops to head vacant dioceses in China.

Though some might assume the automatic sentences described above apply to Old Roman bishops, under both codes of Canon Law, i.e. 1917 Canon 2205§2 and 1983 Canon 1323§4 respectively, persons acting contrary to the law believing there to be a grave necessity to do so, are dispensed from canonical penalty: “No penalty is incurred by a person forced by a necessity to act against the law.” Both the original dispute between Utrecht and Rome over the election of bishops, the usurpation of the primitive Ultrajectine See’s hierarchy, and particularly the prevailing modernist crisis in the contemporary Church are considered sufficiently grave by Old Roman bishops enough to necessitate their actions.

Following traditional custom, Old Roman bishops are consecrated to “titular titles” of vacant extinct sees – careful to check they are vacant at the time of their election and consecration. Bishops are elected and consecrated to provide episcopal oversight to specific geographical areas of the Old Roman apostolate and to guarantee the validity of sacraments. Old Roman bishops understand these titular titles will be surrendered to an orthodox Pope when reconciliation with the Holy See occurs.

Catholic faithful who attend and support Old Roman apostolates, missions and chapels, do so on a voluntary basis i.e. by implicit request for sacraments and pastoral services. They are not required to make a contrary profession of Faith to that which any Catholic rightly holds to be the Catholic Faith and only if converting from other Christian traditions is an abjuration of heresy and profession of Faith required.

Though Old Roman bishops and clergy do not consider themselves to be labouring under any sentence or censure, Canon Law provides, “If a censure prohibits the celebration of sacraments or sacramentals or the placing of an act of governance, the prohibition is suspended whenever it is necessary to care for the faithful in danger of death. If a latae sententiae censure has not been declared, the prohibition is also suspended whenever a member of the faithful requests a sacrament or sacramental or an act of governance; a person is permitted to request this for any just cause.” Canon 1335 CIC 1983


The Old Roman Ordo is based upon the Universal Kalendar as it was extant in 1910, though local variations in regions and territories are of course permitted.

Authentic chapels and missions of the Old Roman apostolate offer the holy sacrifice of the Mass exclusively according to the perennial Latin Rite, i.e. the “Tridentine Rite” as codified by the Council of Trent and promulgated by Pope St Pius V with Quo primum (14 July, 1570). Traditionally and whenever possible using earlier editions of the Missale Romanum prior to 1948.

The solemn liturgies of Holy Week and the Sacrum Triduum are offered similarly according to the rites and ceremonies as extant prior to the changes introduced by Pope Pius XII with Maxima Redemptionis (19 November, 1955). Likewise the pastoral offices e.g. Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Matrimony, Viaticum, etc, are all taken from the Rituale Romanum of the Tridentine Rite. Though predominantly in Latin, occasional parts may be said in the vernacular for pastoral and catechetical reasons.

All ordinations both to the minor and major orders respectively employ exclusively the Tridentine Rite, i.e. the Pontificale Romanum and from earlier editions dated before Sacramentum Ordinis (30 November, 1947) of Pope Pius XII and for the consecration of bishops, the editions prior to Episcopalis Consecrationis (30 November, 1944).

Old Roman clergy and religious pray from earlier editions either of the Breviarium Romanum prior to the 1910 reform, Divino Afflatu (01 November, 1911) promulgated by Pope St Pius X, or using earlier editions of the Diurnale monasticum.


It should be obvious then to any inquirer coming across a group claiming to be Old Roman, that

if the Pope is not prayed for,
if the liturgy offered is not Tridentine,
if traditional Catholic customs are not practised,
if the clergy have not received minor ordinations, and
if the teaching contains modernist errors and attitudes…

the likelihood is they are NOT Old Roman Catholics.

Incardination Philippine Territory; Cebu

HE ✠Joash Jaime, episcopal administrator of the Philippine Territory for the Old Roman apostolate in Asia, received the Profession of Faith, the Oath against Modernism and the Oath of Fidelity and Obedience from the Rev’d Harold L Plaza during holy Mass at the newly completed and blessed chapel of Nuestra Señora Virgen de la Regla, Sitio Kadulang, Marigondon, Lapu-lapu City, Cebu on Good Shepherd Sunday (Second Sunday after Easter).

The Profession and Oaths were made before ✠Joash and witnessed by the faithful of the mission as the priest swore upon the sacred Scriptures. After the vows, the bishop blessed Fr Harold with a prayer for perseverance and presented him with a pastoral stole, admitting him to the charge of parochial administrator, before witnessing his signature to the Oaths upon the altar.

“Cum resurrectionis”: a pastoral epistle for Easter 2023


As we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, let us reflect on the profound meaning of this event. The resurrection of Christ is not only a historical fact but also a promise of our own resurrection.

As Catholics, we believe in the resurrection of the body. This means that at the end of time, our bodies will be reunited with our souls, and we will experience eternal life in both body and soul. This is a fundamental part of our faith, we confess it in the Creed and is a source of great hope and joy.

The resurrection of Christ is the first and greatest example of this truth. When Jesus rose from the dead, He did so in a glorified body. His body was transformed and perfected, no longer subject to the limitations of time, space, or decay. This is the same kind of body that we will have in the resurrection.

The resurrection of Christ is not just an example for us to follow; it is also the source of our own resurrection. Through His death and resurrection, Jesus overcame sin and death and opened the way for us to share in His victory.

As St. Paul writes, “For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we shall certainly be united with His in a resurrection like His” (Romans 6:5).

St. Thomas Aquinas, in his Summa Theologica, explains that the resurrection of the body is necessary for the fullness of human happiness. He writes, “For since the soul is a part of human nature, man cannot be completely happy unless he is restored in both soul and body” (ST III, Q54, A1).

St. Augustine also wrote about the resurrection of the body, “For just as Christ died and rose again in the body, so also will those who are in Christ rise again in the body” (Enchiridion, ch. 84).

In a time when some are doubting the relevance of the physical body to their sense of self, let us remember that our faith is incarnational. Christ reconciles spirit (God) and flesh (Creation) in His incarnation and through the Cross offered the totality of Himself to God for our redemption.

Through Christ’s resurrection, He enables us to experience something of that reconciliation in this life, having won for us God’s grace. We have the assurance that in Christ, we will experience a fullness of joy and peace that only comes from being united with Him in body and soul.

As we celebrate Easter, let us renew our faith in the resurrection of the body. Let us rejoice in the victory of Christ over sin and death, and let us strive to live our lives in a way that reflects this victory.

May God bless you all, and may the joy of the resurrection fill your hearts and homes this Easter season.

With my prayers for you all this feast day,


In Dominica Resurrectionis MMXXIII A.D.


Deus, qui hodiérna die per Unigénitum tuum æternitátis nobis áditum, devícta morte, reserásti: vota nostra, quæ præveniéndo aspíras, étiam adjuvándo proséquere. Per eúndem Dóminum nostrum Jesum Christum Fílium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitáte Spíritus Sancti, Deus, per ómnia sǽcula sæculórum. Amen

O God, who, on this day, through Thine only-begotten Son, hast conquered death, and thrown open to us the gate of everlasting life, give effect by thine aid to our desires, which Thou dost anticipate and inspire. Through the same Jesus Christ, thy Son, Our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen

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Faith Covenant Forum

Today His Grace attended the online Faith Covenant Forum of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Faith & Society, chaired by the Rt Hon Sir Stephen Timms MP and hosted by the Faith Action Network.

The Faith Covenant Forum brings all of the Covenant holders together (both local authority representatives and faith leaders) to share best practice during COVID-19 and beyond. It is also a space for prospective Covenant areas to hear about what the Covenant looks like in action.

Since 2012, there has been a realisation that faith groups can be seen as a problem to local councils due to suspicion, bias, and political issues. As a result, communities missed out on the valuable contribution faith groups can make. During the pandemic councils had to depend on all faith settings in a way never seen before because faith groups were able to provide the support needed.

The Faith Covenant is a joint commitment between faith communities and local authorities to a set of principles that guide engagement, aiming to remove some of the mistrust that exists and to promote open, practical working on all levels. The Archbishop was one of the main signatories of the Faith Covenant with Brighton & Hove City Council as Chair of the Faith Council in November 2018.

The Forum discussed the success of various “warm spaces” initiatives around the country where Faith venues have partnered with local authorities to provide places for those affected by the rising cost of energy bills, to congregate, socialise and keep warm. Ideas and suggestions as well as testimonies of how the initiatives have worked and brought communities together were shared.

With the blessing of attendees, a group photograph of the Forum was taken at the end of the meeting. The Forum meets quarterly online, though plans are being made for an in-person meeting sometime in the future. The virtue of being online however, means that Forum members can participate despite the wide distances between locations!

During his recent visit to the Philippines, His Grace took the opportunity to discuss the concept and work of the Faith Covenant with civic leaders, city Mayors and state Governors to promote the concept to them. The idea was received positively with at least one commitment from a city Mayor to explore the idea for their city.

The Archbishop firmly believes that the Old Roman apostolate wherever it operates should seek closer working and partnerships with local civic authorities to promote Catholic social action.

Visitation to the Philippines 2023: “Tell it to Jesus!”

From February 7th to February 27th, the Titular Archbishop of Selsey embarked on a pastoral visitation to the Philippine Territory. His Grace led a series of religious and social events across the region, aimed at strengthening the faith and connection of the local Old Roman community.

The visitation began with a welcome party to greet His Grace at the airport led by Bishop Joash Jaime the episcopal administrator for the Old Roman apostolate in the Philippines, and representatives of the local clergy and faithful. The Archbishop was accompanied as chaplain on this visitation by Fr Thomas Gierke OSF from Chicago.

His Grace’s main message and motto for the visit was, “Tell it to Jesus” a phrase to remind clergy and faithful alike to remember the sacrifice of Our Lord on Calvary to encourage sacrificial living for the gospel and each other. When tempted, forlorn or anxious, the Archbishop encouraged the faithful to think of Our Lord’s perseverance in His Father’s Will for love of us, and look at a crucifix and think, is our excuse worthy of His sacrifice?

During his visit the Archbishop offered daily Mass, gave homilies, conferred minor ordinations, celebrated liturgies, participated in processions and visited shrines. His Grace met with government officials, including city mayors and state governors, to discuss issues affecting the Old Roman apostolate and the Catholic community in the regions served by the Old Roman apostolate.

His Grace visited the Tagapo Chapel to see the refurbishment progress and inspire the rejuvenation of the local apostolate. Many people turned out for Sunday Mass to meet the Archbishop and receive his words of hope and encouragement. Phase 1 of the renovation i.e. new ceiling, sanctuary and electric circuitry is complete, but fundraising continues for Phase 2, i.e. installation of a WC and refurbishment of the priest’s quarters. To make a contribution please visit here.

His Grace also visited the other chapels of the apostolate in the Philippines, including Divine Mercy, Pintong Bukawe, San Mateo and Holy Hearts, Barangay 418 Zone 43, Sampaloc as well as Divine Mercy, Bacoor.

The Archbishop attended a conference held for the clergy of the territory, a day of prayer and fellowship. His Grace gave conferences on the nature and spirituality of priesthood, with a particular emphasis on Tradition, the liturgy and perennial magisterium of the Church, and vocation as personal sacrifice. Fr Gierke gave a presentation on the living out of his bivocational ministry as a Franciscan religious and prison nurse, and Bishop Jaime discussed matters regarding the local apostolate.

One of the highlights of the visitation was a special event for lay pastoral leaders. The day conference brought together lay representatives from all the missions and chapels in the territory for Mass, fellowship and discussion. The Archbishop gave conferences on the history and raison d’être of the Old Roman apostolate, an overview of the global dimension of the apostolate, and facilitated a discussion on mission, fundraising and social action partnerships. Meals were prepared by the hosting mission and the day concluded with a prize raffle drawn by the Archbishop.

In addition to the religious events, the Titular Archbishop also took part in several social activities. He visited local communities and participated in cultural events, where he experienced the rich and diverse Filipino culture and generous hospitality.

The unintended mascot of the visitation was a little kitten, named “Luke” by the Archbishop who, with Fr Gierke was moved to rescue him from the streets. Appearing to be blind, Luke was taken to a vet for treatment and then left with one of the faithful for recuperation! He has wonderfully recovered his sight!

The visitation concluded on February 27th, with a farewell celebration attended by the local clergy and faithful. His Grace expressed his gratitude for the warm welcome he received and for the opportunity to serve the Catholic community in the Philippine Territory.

The Archbishop returned to the United Kingdom on Tuesday, February 28th, with a renewed sense of purpose and commitment to his faith. His visitation to the Philippine Territory was a testament to the power of faith and the importance of building strong connections between Catholic communities and the Old Roman apostolate around the world.

“Dum intramus”: a pastoral epistle for Lent 2023


As we enter the liturgical season of Lent, we are reminded of our need to prepare for the coming of Easter and the remembrance of Jesus’s death and resurrection. This is a time of reflection, repentance, and renewal.

During this season, I invite you to join me in spending time in prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Prayer helps us to draw closer to God and ask for his guidance. Fasting encourages us to purify our hearts and minds of selfishness and greed. Almsgiving helps us to put our faith into action by showing love and compassion towards those who are in need.

We are called to take this season of self-reflection and prayer as an opportunity to deepen our relationship with God. During this time, we can find solace in prayer and fasting, as well as in acts of charity and kindness. I pray that this Lenten season brings you closer to God and that you experience his peace, love, and joy during this special time.

Let us use this season to turn away from our distractions and focus on the things that matter most: our relationship with God. Let us seek out moments of peace and stillness, and allow the Holy Spirit to guide us on our Lenten journey. Recalling the parable of the sower and the seed, may we sow the seeds of faith, hope, and love in our hearts this season.

Let us also remember that we are not alone on this journey, but part of a larger community of believers. Let us take comfort in the support and encouragement of our brothers and sisters in Christ. Let us come together often for Mass, in prayer, to pray the rosary, in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, praying the Stations of the Cross in love and support as we strive to grow closer to God, and may we all find new strength for the journey ahead.

Lent is a time of repentance, a time to turn away from the things which lead us away from God and towards a right relationship with Him. Use the sacrament of penance as often as you need to, to find healing and restoration to grace. Lent is a time to seek reconciliation with God, and with one another. Let us practice mercy and forgiveness toward others as much as we seek it for ourselves. May we all find in this season of Lent a time of spiritual renewal and transformation.

We are called to prayer and fasting, to give up things which we find difficult and to take on the challenge of living a life of holiness. We are reminded of Jesus’ example of obedience and service. Let us follow in His footsteps and make this season a time of spiritual growth and renewal. Let us spend this season of Lent reflecting on our own lives and discerning what we are called to do in order to draw closer to God.

As we take on the disciplines of Lent, may we also take on the spirit of Jesus, of humility, of repentance, of love and of service. May these practices lead us to a deeper relationship with God and a greater understanding of His love. Remembering His mercy and compassion let us open our hearts to Him and allow Him to be fully a part of our lives.

May we also make time to be with those around us, to love and support one another during this season. Encouraging one another to true devotion and Christian living. Let us enable conversion around us of both hearts and minds by our example. Let us use this Lenten season as an opportunity to grow in our faith so that we can fully embrace the joy of Easter when it arrives!

May we all be renewed and strengthened by God’s grace as we journey through Lent to discern and carry out His will. May our Lenten journey bring us closer to the resurrection joy of Easter morning.

With my prayers for you all for a holy and restoring Lent,


Feria IV Cinerum MMXXIII A.D.


Deus, qui Ecclésiam tuam ánnua quadragesimáli observatióne puríficas: præsta famíliæ tuæ; ut, quod a te obtinére abstinéndo nítitur, hoc bonis opéribus exsequátur. Per eúndem Dóminum nostrum Jesum Christum Fílium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitáte Spíritus Sancti, Deus, per ómnia sǽcula sæculórum. Amen

O God, You Who purify Your Church by the yearly Lenten observance, grant to Your household that what they strive to obtain from You by abstinence, they may achieve by good works. Through the same Jesus Christ, thy Son, Our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.

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Ministry: Raising money for charity through entertainment

The Rottingdean Panto is a yearly event organized in the small seaside village of Rottingdean, east of Brighton, UK. For the twelfth year running ✠Jerome was director of music, rehearsing the cast and accompanying the performances on keyboard with a small band of live musicians!

Pantomime has been a popular form of entertainment in Britain since the 18th century. It was originally performed in the music halls of London and was often used as a form of political satire. By the 19th century, pantomimes had become an important part of Christmas festivities and were performed all over the country. Since then, they have evolved to include more modern elements such as special effects and celebrity guests.

Pantomime is an important part of British culture and continues to be enjoyed by people of all ages. It’s a great way to bring people together and enjoy some light-hearted entertainment during the festive season.

The panto this year was a retelling of the classic tale of Jack and the Beanstalk, with a local twist. The story featured Jack, a young farmer from “Vegtaville”, who manages to climb up the beanstalk and into the magical “Cloudland”. There he meets the giant, who he must outwit in order to save his family from poverty and win the hand of the Princess Jill. With the help of some magical beans, Jack manages to defeat the giant, rescue Daisy the cow thus reclaiming his family’s fortune and marry the princess! The panto was performed by local actors and actresses, with live music provided by local musicians.

The Rottingdean Panto is an important event for the village as it brings together locals from all walks of life and provides entertainment for everyone. It is also an opportunity for people to come together and celebrate their community spirit in a unique way. The audience was invited to sing along to beloved songs and join in the fun. The production included traditional elements such as audience participation, slapstick comedy and song and dance numbers. During the performances, there were also chances to win prizes donated by the cast from a charity raffle, this year benefiting children suffering with cancer, “Children with Cancer UK” and “Chomp” supporting families in challenging circumstances.

Social Action

This is an example of “social action” that ✠Jerome has been advocating for the Old Roman apostolate. Using gifts, skills, talents and abilities in ways that benefit the community and bear positive witness to our Faith. Throughout the three months of the pantomime production from rehearsals through to performance, ✠Jerome always presented in clerical dress, mainly cassock, and was open about his ministry and vocation with cast and audience alike. This provoked conversations from genuine enquirers’ and even pastoral counsel. There is a great need for clergy to be visible in their communities, for there are many souls searching for answers in our chaotic and troublesome world. ✠Jerome’s twelve year involvement in the Rottingdean Panto has served locally to build favourable recognition and acceptance – the same could be repeated elsewhere Old Roman’s serve.

UPDATE: Tagapo Mission Chapel Restoration Project

The Old Roman Mission Chapel of St Dominic, Rizal Blvd, Santa Rosa, Laguna, Philippines


We are incredibly delighted to report that renovations of the Chapel have successfully begun, thanks to the generosity of initial benefactors! The roof and ceiling are almost complete, and work has begun on the reordering of the sanctuary. To see the need and scale of the works and what has already been achieved, scroll down for ‘before’ and ‘transformation’ photos.

The restoration of this chapel is a vital undertaking for our community. Without the help from generous benefactors, we would not be able to provide a safe and secure environment for regular worshiping. However, we still need funds to achieve our goal and complete the project! The first phase is proceeding at a pace, and it is hoped will be completed by the time of the Archbishop’s visitation. But there is still some way to go to finish the project, so we are appealing to anyone who can help us reach our target – whether it’s donating money or sharing this campaign with as many people as possible – so that this vital renovation can be completed!


The old Chapel has been in an awful state for quite some time. Years of neglect have taken their toll on the building, leaving it in dire need of repairs and general restoration. Every Sunday, the members of the congregation who gather to celebrate the traditional Mass hardly notice the broken roof tiles, the flaking paint, the faulty wiring, or the crumbling plaster. To them, it is more than just a building; it is a place of refuge, a sacred sanctuary that reminds them of their faith and the love of God.

But now, the Chapel needs help. Its roof needs to be replaced, its electrical system needs to be repaired, its plaster needs to be patched up, and its walls and statues need a fresh coat of paint. Furthermore, the sanctuary needs to be completely renovated and a new altar and gradine need to be installed.

The transformation begins…

The first stage of the renovation is well underway! The roof has been repaired and a ceiling put up and with the electrics addressed new lighting has been installed. The sanctuary has been prepared for a new reredos and gradine, and already a new crucifix adorns the east wall where a new altar will soon be placed. This initial stage should be completed end of January, though we are short some 20’000 pesos to complete it (approx $400/£300).

The second stage involves repairing the choir balcony, west windows and renovating the sacristy, priest’s room and metal grills.

Become a Benefactor today…

Being a benefactor is more than just donating money, it’s about making a difference in the lives of others. As a benefactor, you are able to help with the renovation and restoration of vital community buildings, such as this chapel. With generous contributions from benefactors like yourself, funds can be raised for this essential project that will have a positive impact on the people of Tagapo.

The benefits of being a benefactor are immense. You get the satisfaction of knowing that your donations are going towards something truly valuable and beneficial to the community. Your efforts could bring about much-needed change in areas such as education, healthcare and infrastructure. Further, by being a benefactor you can inspire others to join in this noble cause and have an even greater impact.

You can also take pride in the fact that your donations will make an impact on future generations. The funds raised by benefactors like yourself will go towards maintaining existing structures as well as building new ones, thus ensuring that future generations can benefit too. An active chapel next to a maternity hospital means baptisms! It means hope! It means a community centre for the distribution of food and healthcare! It means a safe place for youth! It means a place to offer thanksgiving!

Being a benefactor is not just an opportunity to do something good, but also to be part of something bigger and more meaningful.

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Incardination Philippine Territory, Binan

HE ✠Joash Jaime, episcopal administrator of the Philippine Territory for the Old Roman apostolate in Asia, received the Profession of Faith, the Oath against Modernism and the Oath of Fidelity and Obedience from the Revd Paolo Miguel de Cobangbang during holy Mass at the Priory of the Holy Face of Jesus, Binan on the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus (Second Sunday after Epiphany).

The Profession and Oaths were made before ✠Joash and witnessed by the faithful of the mission as the priest swore upon the sacred Scriptures. After the vows, the bishop blessed Fr Paolo with a prayer for perseverance and presented him with a pastoral stole, admitting him to the charge of parochial administrator, before witnessing his signature to the Oaths upon the altar.

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“Hodie celebramus”: a pastoral epistle for Epiphany 2023


Today we celebrate the feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ. It is a day of great solemnity in the Church that marks the climax of the Christmas season and commemorates the theophany or revelation of Jesus as the Messiah, His Incarnation and His Divinity.

In the traditional Roman Rite we commemorate three “epiphany” i.e. revelatory events over eight days of solemn liturgical observance. Having already commemorated the Nativity of Our Lord, itself revealing the Incarnation, we extend the celebration to the remembrance of three further events that likewise reveal the true nature of Our Lord and His purpose to the world.

In the first instance, we remember the Magi, wise men who followed a star to Bethlehem and worshipped the Infant Jesus, presenting Him with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh (St Matthew 2:1-16). They recognized Him as the King of Kings and bowed down in worship before Him. Let us follow their example by seeking out Our Lord Jesus in our daily lives and committing to living a life devoted to Him.

Epiphany also commemorates the “Great Theophany” or revelation of the Most Blessed Trinity at the Baptism of Our Lord by St John the Baptist in the river Jordan (St Matthew 3:13-17). We are reminded of the tremendous mystery of the Holy Trinity and God’s infinite love and mercy for us and our baptism. Let us strive to live lives that reflect God’s love, mercy, and grace.

Finally, Epiphany commemorates the first miracle wrought by Our Lord Jesus at Cana in Galilee, when He changed water into wine, a prefigurement of the Eucharist (St John 2:1-11). This miracle is a reminder of Our Lord’s power to transform our lives and the world around us. Let us turn to Him in faith and pray for His grace and power to work in our lives.

Let us give thanks today for the revelation of Our Lord Jesus as our King and Saviour. May we be inspired by the example of the Magi to seek Him out daily in our lives and the commemoration of His baptism remind us of our own baptism, and recommit ourselves wholly to Him. May the remembrance of His transforming miracle at Cana, transform us into His true ambassadors of reconciliation and peace.

In these times of disquiet and global uncertainty politically, financially and socially; let us recall the Incarnational miracle of Bethlehem and the transformative miracle of Cana, as we turn to and realise the fulfilment of Our Lord’s promise to be “God with us” (St Matthew 1:23) “until the end of the world” (St Matthew 28:20) and worship His continuing revelation to us in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.

With my prayers for you all this feast day,


In Epiphania Domini MMXXIII A.D.


Deus, qui hodiérna die Unigénitum tuum géntibus stella duce revelásti: concéde propítius; ut, qui jam te ex fide cognóvimus, usque ad contemplándam spéciem tuæ celsitúdinis perducámur. Per eúndem Dóminum nostrum Jesum Christum Fílium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitáte Spíritus Sancti, Deus, per ómnia sǽcula sæculórum. Amen

O God, You Who by the guidance of a star this day revealed Your only-begotten Son to the Gentiles; mercifully grant that we who know You now by faith, may come to behold You in glory. Through the same Jesus Christ, thy Son, Our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.

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