Cells: the concept

“Who is going to save our Church? Not our bishops, not our priests and religious. It is up to you, the people. You have the minds, the eyes, and the ears to save the Church. Your mission is to see that your priests act like priests, your bishops act like bishops, and your religious act like religious.”

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, in an address to the Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus, June 1972

The Old Roman apostolate and its Operation Fidem Servare seeks to serve the current diaspora of Traditional Catholics across every nation and continent of the world who are disaffected, or who feel isolated or alienated from their local parishes due to the Modernist crisis prevalent in the Church today.

The Old Roman apostolate emphasises the importance of lay involvement in the Church and strives to empower the laity to actively participate in the faith. Operation Fidem Servare encourages lay Catholics to embrace their Christian vocation and contribute to the renewal and restoration of unity in the Church and an end to the current crisis.

Trusting in Christ’s promises

Trusting in the promises of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the foundation of the Old Roman apostolate anywhere is the Cell, a small group of at least two or three individual Catholic Christians committed to the principles of Operation Fidem Servare or “preserving the faith.”

“For where there are two or three gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

St Matthew 18:20

Each cell serves as a foundation locally for a wider apostolate, acting as an initial unit of support, teaching, and fellowship. These cells are typically formed by individuals who share a common commitment to the Catholic faith, its realisation in traditional devotion and praxis, and a desire to spread its teachings. By meeting together, they strengthen their own faith and unite in their mission to live and preserve authentic Catholicism.

The idea of the cell system is rooted in the early Christian communities, who would gather in small groups to worship learn, and support one another (see Acts 2:42-47). This model provides for a more intimate and personal form of spiritual growth, fostering a strong sense of community among its members.

And they were persevering in the doctrine of the apostles, and in the communication of the breaking of bread, and in prayers… Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord increased daily together such as should be saved.

Acts of the Apostles 2:42-47

Within each cell, members engage in various activities aimed at nurturing their faith and passing it on to others. These activities include regular prayer meetings, Bible studies, discussions on Catholic doctrine, and outreach programs to share the message of the faith with others through acts of corporal and spiritual mercy.

Most importantly the members will meet socially together regularly, to pray, share meals and through their conversation receive support and encouragement to develop individually and collectively their faith and its realisation; to build a family of Christians.

Rebuilding the Church: living stones

Amidst wars, moral corruption and materialistic pursuits, St. Francis received a divine message from Christ Himself. He heard the command, “Francis, go and rebuild my Church.” This call resonates with our present time, mirroring the challenges and chaos that surround us.

Yet St Francis had invaluable advice, “Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.” These words offer a guiding light, inspiring us to make a difference and initiate change, however daunting the task may seem.

Through the establishment of cells, the Old Roman apostolate aims to create a network of interconnected communities that collectively work towards the preservation and perpetuation of the Catholic faith. By nurturing individual faith and fostering fellowship, the cells play a vital role in ensuring that the Catholic faith continues to thrive and inspire generations by relaying a firm foundation upon Christ (Ephesians 2:19-22).

“Be you also as living stones built up, a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.”

1 Peter 2:5

The term living stones in 1 Peter 2:5 is used as a metaphor to illustrate the secure and intimate relationship believers have with Christ, Who is described in the previous verse as the “living Stone” (1 Peter 2:4). Together, these two verses picture how Christ and His followers are joined by God Himself, the foundation of God’s building is His Son, Jesus Christ, the “living Stone.” The “living stones,” in turn, are believers who come to Jesus and place their lives upon this foundation.

Believers, then, are the “living stones” of the church that Jesus promised to build upon (Matthew 16:18). As living stones, we have new life in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). As integral parts of the building of God, we have security in Christ (John 6:37). As the Master Builder, God places His living stones just where He wants us to be (1 Corinthians 12:18). As living stones, we are connected to one another in the body of Christ (Romans 12:5). Our Lord, the foundation Stone, is alive forevermore and will never crumble. He will support us eternally.

The Old Roman apostolate in its effort toward the restoration of the Church regards each “living stone” founded upon Christ by baptism as integral to its mission, and each group of “living stones” as a foundation upon which to build “a spiritual house” a worldwide oratory that will glorify God, make reparation to Jesus, and bring souls to salvation.

“Other Sheep I Have”

In addition to the cell system, the Old Roman apostolate also emphasizes the importance of evangelization and spreading the message of Catholicism beyond the confines of the cell groups. This can be achieved through various means, such as organizing retreats, hosting public talks, engaging in charitable activities, and utilizing modern communication platforms to reach a wider audience.

The Old Roman apostolate sees itself as of ancillary service to the Church, not an alternative, and to this end, any Catholic minded toward Tradition as the answer to the current crisis is welcome to join a cell and participate in the activities of the wider apostolate. Whether they belong to a conventional parish, a Traditional Catholic mission or parish or attend an Old Roman mission or oratory. All are welcome who are willing to work toward the restoration and unity of the Church.

Cells may be supported by an Old Roman priest who will visit as often as may be practicable or members may travel regularly together to an Old Roman mission to receive the sacraments. It is not required that members receive the sacraments exclusively from Old Roman priests. Ultimately cells belong to an administrative area of the apostolate, a territory or region overseen by a traditional Catholic bishop who both guarantees the provision of sacraments according to the traditional rites, and assures the orthodoxy of teaching and praxis.

The principles of Operation Fidem Servare together with the Cell system, and through evangelism, the Old Roman apostolate seeks to create a vibrant and resilient Catholic community that remains faithful to its mission and actively works towards preserving and spreading the faith. Through the dedication and efforts of individual cells, the Catholic faith can continue to flourish and inspire future generations to embrace its precepts and values.

In this way the great work envisioned by Pope Leo XIII may be realised;

This good and great work requires to be helped also by the industry of those among the laity in whom a love of religion and of country is joined to learning and goodness of life. By uniting the efforts of both clergy and laity, strive, Venerable Brethren, to make men thoroughly know and love the Church…

Pope Leo XII, encyclical “Humanum genus” April 20th,1884

Join the Old Roman Apostolate: Embrace Tradition, Grow in Holiness!

Are you a traditional Catholic seeking to deepen your faith and engage in Christian outreach? Look no further!

Join the Old Roman Apostolate and our Operation Fidem Servare, be part of a sacred mission to preserve and promote traditional Catholic doctrine and praxis. Embrace the opportunity to deepen your faith, engage in Christian outreach, and experience the richness of traditional Catholic culture.

As an apostolate, we are dedicated to upholding the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ and spreading the Good News to all nations. By joining us, you will have avenues to actively participate in spreading the Gospel, showing God’s love and mercy to those in need. Together, let us revive the missionary spirit and save the Church.

The Old Roman Apostolate is inviting you to join us on a journey of personal holiness and authentic Catholic culture. At the Old Roman Apostolate, we cherish the timeless traditions of the Church and promote traditional piety. As a member, you’ll have the opportunity to experience and grow in the richness of traditional Catholic doctrine and praxis.

Our communities foster fellowship, providing a supportive environment for your spiritual growth. Through our various avenues for service, you can actively participate in Christian outreach, making a positive difference in the world. Whether it’s within your family, neighbourhood, local community, one of our Mission parishes, or territories we offer opportunities or support for you to utilize your talents and passions in service to others.

Join us in preserving and promoting the beauty of the Catholic faith. Together, we can develop our personal holiness, strengthen our understanding of Tradition, and impact the world with the love of Our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Contact us today to embark on this inspiring journey with the Old Roman Apostolate!

Organisation of the Old Roman apostolate

The Old Roman apostolate is organised globally into regions and territories with episcopal administrators who oversee the work and life of the clergy, missions, cells and oratories of the faithful. It is a completely voluntary endeavour, the faithful and clergy give of their time, talents, skills, abilities and monies as they feel inspired to, and as may be necessary for the fulfilment of the mission.

A Cell: two or three individuals living in close proximity to each other, who meet together on a regular basis to pray and enjoy fellowship. Cells are foundation stones of the Old Roman apostolate and the kernel of the missions.

A Mission: several Cells and individuals, motivated by prayer and fellowship, desiring to live out their Christian mission as orthodox Catholics, who form together a definite apostolate for mission and outreach in their locality. Visited regularly by, or served, and directed by a traditional Catholic priest, the Mission may be the basis for the foundation of an Oratory.

An Oratory: when a significant number of Old Roman Cells and individuals have formed together a mission, and desire a regular sacramental life sustained by the sacraments administered according to the traditional rites and liturgies of the Church, and are able to sustain sacrificially the subsistence of a priest, and provide what is necessary for the worthy and proper offering of the liturgies, and a place of regular public worship.

A Territory: a country wherein an Old Roman apostolate is present and functioning with cells, missions and oratories served by clergy, and requiring, and able to support the ministry of an episcopal administrator to oversee the apostolate.

A Region: generally the designation of a continent(/s) or significant geographical area encapsulating several territories and Old Roman apostolates, overseen by a senior episcopal administrator in collaboration with the territorial episcopal administrators.

The Synodal Process is a Pandora’s Box

✠Gerhard, Cardinal Müller has called it a “hostile takeover” of the Catholic Church. The late ✠George, Cardinal Pell termed it a “toxic nightmare”. Now, ✠Raymond, Cardinal Burke has written a foreword to a new book denouncing the Synod on Synodality as a “Pandora’s Box” that threatens to unleash grave harm on the Mystical Body of Christ.

The Synodal Process is a Pandora’s Box, co-authored by José Antonio Ureta and Julio Loredo de Izcue, presents readers with a series of 100 questions and answers aimed at informing the general public about a debate they say has been “largely limited to insiders” despite its “potentially revolutionary impact.”

In the foreword, Cardinal Burke says that “a revolution is at work to change radically the Church’s self-understanding.” The American cardinal expresses his fear that the Synod will be heavily influenced by the German bishops, “spreading widely confusion and error and their fruit, division.” He notes that the negative results have “already begun to happen through the preparation for the Synod at the local level.” Cardinal Burke’s foreword appears in the book The Synodal Process as a Pandora’s Box, which uses a question-and-answer format to persuade readers that the Synod will have a “potentially revolutionary impact.” The book’s publication was announced August 22.

Announced by Pope Francis in 2021, the Synod on Synodality is being held in three phases: local, continental and universal. In October, the universal stage will begin with the sixteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, which will bring together 300 bishops and laity at the Vatican. A second assembly is to be held in 2024. Earlier this year, Pope Francis took the unprecedented step of granting equal voting rights to both episcopal and non-episcopal members.

Establishing Old Roman intentional communities

Feria VI infra Octavam Ascensionis


In our mission to “fidem servare” i.e. to “keep the faith”, establishing Old Roman intentional Catholic communities requires deliberate effort and planning to create a tight-knit congregation centered around shared beliefs and values. To establish an intentional Catholic community, it is important to develop a growth-focused vision centered on shared values and beliefs.

Like other traditional Catholic apostolates, Old Roman missions and chapels have been established as places independent of the institutional hierarchy to provide the traditional Mass and sacraments. Old Roman missions and chapels aim to provide a more traditional and spiritual approach to worship, and they have a strong following among the faithful who seek a more authentic Catholic experience. But in order to develop intentional communities, it is necessary to have an appreciation for the faith that goes beyond the reception of the sacraments, and instead focuses on a deeper understanding of Catholic teaching and theology.

To foster a Catholic way of life, regular catechism, spiritual direction, and formation of a Catholic worldview that guides all aspects of one’s life is essential. Moreover, intentional communities necessitate a shared set of values and a strong commitment to live by them collectively. This entails a willingness to prioritize the common good over personal preferences, a devoted practice of prayer and spiritual development, and a readiness to serve others. By creating intentional communities based on these principles, Old Roman missions and chapels can offer a compelling testimony to the life-altering potential of the Catholic faith.

How to begin…

Choosing a location served by the Old Roman apostolate or some other traditional Catholic mission or chapel can have several benefits for those seeking to practice their faith. Firstly, such locations often provide a more traditional form of worship, with a focus on ritual and reverence. This can be appealing to those who prefer a more solemn and contemplative atmosphere. Additionally, these locations may offer a greater sense of community, as fellow worshippers are often like-minded individuals who share similar beliefs and values.

Forming a traditional Catholic community can be a rewarding and fulfilling endeavor for those who seek to deepen their faith and connect with like-minded individuals. Here are some steps to get started:

  1. Identify like-minded individuals: Reach out to fellow Catholics in your area who share a desire to live out their faith in a traditional way. Attend Latin Masses and traditional Catholic events to meet others who may be interested in forming a community.
  2. Define your community’s values: Decide what values will guide your community. could include devotion to the traditional of the Catholic Church, a commitment to prayer and sacraments, a dedication to serving others, or a focus on traditional family life.
  3. Establish a regular meeting schedule: Determine a regular time and place to meet as a community. This could be for Mass, prayer, fellowship, or any of these.
  4. Plan events: Organize events and activities that align with your community’s values. These could include traditional devotions, study groups, retreats, volunteer work, and social events.
  5. Seek guidance from a priest: It’s important to seek guidance from a traditional Catholic priest who can provide spiritual direction and support for your community.
  6. Stay connected: Use social media and other communication tools to stay connected with your community members between meetings and events. This can help build a sense of community and deepen relationships.

Forming an intentional traditional Catholic community takes time and effort, but the rewards can be significant. By coming together in faith and fellowship, you can strengthen your own faith and build a community that supports and encourages one another in your journey to heaven.

Finding like-minded individuals

If you are a traditional Catholic looking to connect with others who share beliefs there are several ways to find like-minded individuals.

  1. Attend Traditional Latin: The Traditional Latin Mass is celebrated according to the pre-Vatican II liturgy. Attending the Traditional Latin Mass can be a great way to find traditional Catholics who share your beliefs and values.
  2. Join Catholic Groups: Joining Old Roman and Traditional Catholic groups on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit can be an excellent way to connect with like-minded traditional Catholics from all around the world.
  3. Attend Traditional Catholic Conferences: Traditional Catholic conferences are held in different parts of the world and offer an opportunity to meet and connect with other traditional Catholics.
  4. Read Traditional Catholic Literature: Reading Catholic literature can provide an opportunity to connect with other traditional Catholics who share your interests and values.
  5. Volunteer at Traditional Catholic Organizations: Volunteering at Old Roman or traditional Catholic organizations can be an excellent way to connect with other traditional Catholics who share your beliefs and values.

In conclusion, finding like-minded traditional Catholics can be challenging, but attending Traditional Latin Mass, joining Traditional Catholic groups, attending Traditional Catholic Conferences, reading Traditional Catholic Literature, and volunteering at Traditional Catholic Organizations can help you connect with other traditional Catholics who share your values and beliefs.

Defining values

To define traditional Catholic values for an intentional community, it is essential to first understand what these values entail. The Catholic faith is built on a foundation of love, compassion, and service to others. It emphasizes the importance of family, community, and the common good.

To find traditional Catholic values for an intentional community, one can start by looking to the teachings of the Church and the writings of the saints. These sources provide a wealth of knowledge on how to live a life that is rooted in Catholic values.

Additionally, it can be helpful to consult with other Catholic communities and organizations to learn from their experiences and practices. These communities can provide guidance how to incorporate Catholic values into daily life and decision-making processes.

Finally, prayer and reflection are critical components of defining traditional Catholic values for an intentional community. By seeking guidance from God and the Holy Spirit, community members can discern what values are most important and how to live them out in their daily lives.

Overall, defining traditional Catholic values for an intentional community requires a commitment to learning, collaboration, and spiritual growth. By seeking guidance from the Church, other Catholic communities, and God, community members can build a strong foundation that fosters love, compassion, and service to others.

Establishing a house

Starting an intentional Catholic community is exciting opportunity to live out your faith in community with others. However, finding the perfect house to start your community can be a daunting task. Here are some tips to help you find the right house for your intentional Catholic community.

  1. Pray for guidance: Begin by praying for guidance. Ask God to lead you to the right house and to provide for your needs. Trust that He will guide you to the right place.
  2. Consider your budget: Determine your budget before you begin your search. This will help you narrow down your options and prevent you from getting in over your head financially. Will you rent a place or buy property?
  3. Location: Consider the location of the house. Is it in a safe neighborhood? Is it close to an Old Roman mission or other traditional Catholic community resources? Is it easily accessible for visitors?
  4. Size: Determine the size of the house you need. How many people will be living in the community? How much space do you need for common areas, a domestic altar and individual living spaces?
  5. Amenities: Consider the amenities needed. Do you need a large kitchen for communal meals? Do you need multiple bathrooms and bedrooms? Do you need a garden or outdoor space for community activities?
  6. Community zoning: Check the zoning laws in the area to ensure that you can legally operate an intentional community house or house of multiple occupation.
  7. Inspection: Before making an offer on a house, be sure to have it inspected. Look for any potential issues that may need to be addressed before moving in, particularly maintenance of the building and whose responsible.

Remember, finding the perfect house for your intentional Catholic community may take time, but with prayer and patience, you will find the right place. Trust in God’s plan and allow Him to guide you in this exciting new chapter of your faith journey.

Old Roman assistance

The Congregation of Divine Charity is an Old Roman organization that offers guidance and support to individuals and communities who are interested in establishing intentional Catholic communities. The organization’s primary mission is to help individuals discern their religious vocation, to support religious communities, and to support lay apostolates. In addition, the Congregation works to promote the establishment of intentional Catholic communities, groups of individuals who live together in accordance with Catholic values and principles. If you are interested in learning more about intentional Catholic communities or would like assistance in establishing one, the Congregation of Divine Charity is a valuable resource to consider.

Oremus pro invicem

Operation “Fidem servare”

Feria III infra Octavam Ascensionis


“Keeping the faith” (cf. 2 Tm 4:7) is the principal task and the ultimate criterion to be followed in the life of the Church. In today’s increasingly secularised world, ever-changing social mores and negative influences in culture and politics have led many people to question the role of religion in society. However, even in the face of these challenges, religion remains an important and meaningful aspect of human life. Religion provides a sense of purpose and meaning, offering individuals guidance and a moral compass for navigating the complexities of life. It also fosters a sense of community, bringing people together and creating opportunities for social interaction and support.

The Catholic faith has been a source of strength for people around the world for centuries. It provides a sense of stability and comfort in times of uncertainty and chaos. The Catholic religion offers a framework for individuals to understand their place in the world and provides solace during times of hardship and struggle. Moreover, Catholic organizations are involved in charitable work and humanitarian efforts, providing aid and support to those most in need. Catholicism, in particular, has a long history of philanthropy and remains the largest provider of assistance among all the world’s religions. Its emphasis on love, compassion, and service has inspired countless individuals and organizations to make a positive impact in the world.

Thus the preservation of the Church must be a priority for today’s “living stones” [cf. 1 Peter 2:1–8] – not just for the sake of the institution, not for the material power and political influence it sometimes wields, but for the sake of the spiritual legacy that it embodies. The Church has been a foundation of faith and a source of comfort for countless generations, and it has played a vital role in shaping the moral and ethical frameworks of our societies. Its teachings and traditions have helped to guide individuals towards a better understanding of their place in the world and their responsibilities to others. Therefore, it is the duty of those who value these ideals to work towards preserving the Church, not only as an institution but as a living symbol of our shared spiritual heritage.

Contemporary intentional communities are voluntary living arrangements where individuals come together to share resources, responsibilities, and property based on a common vision. These communities often come in different forms such as ecovillages, housing cooperatives, and collective households. They are designed to promote social cohesion and teamwork and are sometimes referred to as an “alternative lifestyle”. Intentional communities can be found all over the world, from Anabaptist Christian Bruderhof Communities to traditional ashrams. Overall, intentional communities are designed to promote a sense of community and togetherness among individuals who share a common vision.

The concept of intentional community has been present in Christianity since the earliest days of the Church. In fact, Acts 2:42 describes the early Christians as “continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.” This devotion to communal living continued with the emergence of monasticism in the late 3rd century, which eventually became an established institution in the Church by the 4th century. During this time, monks and nuns lived in small, isolated communities, dedicating themselves to a life of prayer and manual labor. These early intentional communities were a reflection of the Christian ideal of living in unity and fellowship with one another.

In his book “The Benedict Option,” Rod Dreher argues that Christians should consider withdrawing from contemporary society and forming communities based on the teachings of St. Benedict. According to Dreher, the current cultural climate is hostile to traditional Christian values, and Christians are at risk of losing their faith if they continue to engage with it. He suggests that Christians should follow the example of Benedictine monks, who withdrew from the corrupt society of their time to form communities based on prayer, work, and learning.

Dreher cites the example of the Benedictine monastery at Norcia, Italy, which has become a model for his vision of Christian community. The monks there live according to the Rule of of St. Benedict, which emphasizes the importance of prayer, humility, and service to others. Dreher argues that such communities can provide a refuge for Christians who feel alienated from the dominant culture and help them to deepen their faith.

While some critics have accused Dreher of advocating for isolationism and a retreat from the world, he insists that the Benedict Option is not about turning inward or abandoning the world, but rather about building strong communities that can serve as a witness to the Gospel in a secular age. Dreher acknowledges that the Benedict Option is not for everyone, but he believes that it offers a way forward for Christians who are struggling to maintain their faith in an increasingly hostile culture.

Creating intentional Catholic communities

I’ve long held the belief that God has preserved the Old Roman apostolate for an important role to play in addressing the crisis that is prevalent in the Church today. Specifically, in a time where sound teaching and leadership from the institutional hierarchy cannot be reliably counted on, the apostolate must step in and fill the gap, acting where others have failed to do so. By doing this, the apostolate can help ensure that the Church remains true to its teachings and continues to provide spiritual guidance and support to its followers.

When I became Primus, I shared with some brother clergy my concept of an “oratorian model” for the Old Roman apostolate; intentional Catholic communities i.e. groups of Catholics who come together with the purpose of sharing their faith and living in accordance with traditional Catholic teachings. Communities not isolated from society but rather integrated within their neighborhoods and local communities. By creating intentional Catholic communities, Catholics can support each other in their faith journeys, deepen their understanding of Catholic teachings, and engage in acts of service and evangelization in their local communities. These communities can also serve as a witness to the broader society of the power of the Catholic faith in everyday life.

Intentional communities could become a growing trend among faithful Catholics who seek to live together in a shared environment. These communities could be as small as single households where like-minded individuals houseshare, or families coming together to form a close-knit community in a local neighbourhood. The aim of intentional communities is to foster a sense of fellowship, mutual support, and common purpose. Members of these communities can share resources, responsibilities, and spiritual practices, such as daily prayer or Mass attendance. By living in intentional communities, Catholics can deepen their faith, strengthen their relationships with one another, and create a more meaningful and purposeful life.

An excellent example though admittedly not an originally nor deliberately intended one, is the traditional Catholic community in St Mary’s Kansas. Here traditional Catholic families supported the SSPX apostolate, sending their children to the school, which grew into an academy and became a beacon of traditional Catholic education. St. Mary’s Academy and College is now one of the leading institutions for traditional Catholic education in the United States. Today, it stands as a testament to the power of traditional Catholic education to shape the lives of young people in a positive way.

The traditional Catholic community in St. Mary’s, Kansas has a rich history dating back to 1848 when the Jesuits established the Church of the Immaculate Conception, now known as St. Mary’s Academy & College. In 1978, the Society of St. Pius X acquired the property and has since built a new monumental church named The Immaculata, which is dedicated to the traditional Latin Mass and other sacraments according to the traditional rites of the Catholic Church. The traditional Catholic families in the area have been instrumental in rebuilding the community and growing the school, resulting in a thriving traditional Catholic presence. The recent consecration of The Immaculata is a symbol of hope for traditional Catholicism worldwide.

The success of St. Mary’s Kansas as a traditional Catholic community can serve as a source of inspiration for other traditional Catholic communities looking to emulate its positive aspects. While replicating the model on a large scale may not be feasible, the underlying principles that created the strong sense of community in St. Mary’s can be adapted to suit the needs and circumstances of other communities. By focusing on fostering strong relationships among members, promoting shared values and beliefs, and creating a sense of belonging, communities can create an atmosphere that is conducive to growth and development. This, in turn, can lead to a more fulfilling and meaningful life for all members.

The Domestic Church

So an intentional Catholic community is a group of people who are committed to living out their traditional Catholic life in a communal setting. This can include families, couples, or individuals who share a common goal of deepening their relationship with God and each other. However, the success of such communities will be dependent on a strong foundation of prayer. Prayer is the backbone of the Christian’s life and is essential for building relationships with God and with each other. Through prayer, intentional Catholic communities can come together to support each other, grow in their faith, and serve the wider community.

Building an intentional household requires more than just physical space. It also involves establishing a domestic church where household members can come together to strengthen their faith and relationship with God. This designated area within the home fosters deeper and more meaningful connections within the family and provides a sense of belonging and purpose. The domestic church serves as a sanctuary where members can pray, read the Bible, and participate in other spiritual activities. It also serves as a reminder that the community’s faith is an integral part of their daily lives and helps to build a strong and vibrant Catholic household.

In ancient Rome, religion played a significant role in the daily lives of its citizens. As such, it was common for households to have a designated space within their homes to pray or direct their prayers. This space, as the domestic church, could range from a simple prayer corner to a room that was set apart as a chapel. The purpose of the domestic church was to provide a private and sacred space for individuals and their families to connect with their faith and spirituality. This tradition of having a domestic church has persisted over the centuries and is still observed in many Roman Catholic and Orthodox Christian households today.

The concept of the domestic church refers to the idea that family home can be a sacred space where God’s presence is felt. It is rooted in the biblical understanding of the family as a foundational unit of society. The family, as a microcosm of the larger Church, has a responsibility to teach and transmit the faith to its members. By doing so, the family not only strengthens its own faith but also contributes to the overall health and vitality of the wider Church. The domestic church is a reminder that God is present in all aspects of family life, and that every moment can be an opportunity to encounter the divine.

The domestic church represents the truth of God’s covenant to His chosen people, a promise made by Christ, that He would reside with them. It is “holy ground” dedicated by the devotion with which it is treated and respected irrespective of whether it has been blessed or set apart by a priest or not. God is faithful to those who are faithful to Him. The prayers and devotion of the household make the space sacred. Whether marked by a simple cross or decorated with icons and statuary, as the focus of God’s place in the heart of the house and household, it serves to manifest the faith of the people. Making a distinct place for God in their home is what sets apart the faithful from the unfaithful and the unbeliever.

Of course, it is to be hoped that in any given location there might be several intentional Catholic communities or households able to come together and provide for a regular chapel in which to worship according to the traditional liturgy, like The Immaculata in Kansas. This certainly is something the Old Roman apostolate could hope for and work towards, but in the first instance our focus should be on people.

Rejection of secularism

Old Romans as traditional Catholics who are seeking a more authentic Catholic life would benefit from seeking out like-minded individuals and forming intentional communities. By attending traditional Latin Mass together, studying Catholic doctrine and history, and supporting one another in living out the teachings of the Church, individuals could deepen their faith and strengthen their commitment to Christ. By working together, traditional Catholics can explore the possibilities of living a more authentic Catholic life and grow in their understanding of and love for the Church.

Catholic individuals must adopt a radical shift in their attitudes and approach to living life if they are to reject secularism and live ‘contra mundum’ (against the world). The decline in attendance at Mass and the growth of secularism have been identified as major threats to the Church. Scandals in the Church and a lack of belief in its teachings are some of the factors behind this decline. Youth-focused groups are increasingly incorporating progressive elements to seemingly make the Church more attractive to millennials and in doing so threaten the integrity of the faith and it’s doctrines.

Yet the traditional Catholic family and way of life is a concept that has been around for centuries. It is based on the belief that the family is the foundation of society and that the roles of men and women are clearly defined. The traditional Catholic family values such as love, respect, and obedience are instilled in children from a young age. However, in recent times, this way of life has come under attack from various angles. The increasing secularization of society has led to a decline in the number of people who identify as Catholic. This decline in faith has led to a decline in the number of people who uphold traditional Catholic values.

Furthermore, the rise of individualism and feminism has challenged the traditional roles of men and women within the family. The traditional Catholic family values of submission, obedience, and sacrifice are seen as outdated and oppressive. Instead, modern society promotes individualism, self-expression, and the pursuit of personal happiness above all else. However, despite these challenges, many Catholic families continue to uphold traditional values and pass them on to their children. They believe that the traditional Catholic family is the cornerstone of society and that it is their duty to preserve it. These families face numerous challenges, but they remain steadfast in their beliefs and continue to live according to their faith. The Old Roman apostolate in its missions and chapels must do everything to support and promote this traditional approach to family life.

Passing the Torch: Intergenerational Interaction for Sharing Knowledge and Experience

Therefore it is crucial for the preservation of the faith and the survival of the family that the younger generation is taught the values and traditions of Catholic culture. In today’s world, many young people are exposed to a variety of cultures and traditions. While learning about different cultures can be a positive experience, it is also important for young people to understand and appreciate the values and traditions of their own culture. By preserving these values and traditions, families can maintain a sense of identity and belonging, which can be particularly important during times of change or uncertainty.

Teaching the younger generation about their Catholic culture involves more than just passing on information. It requires creating opportunities for young people to experience and participate in cultural traditions, as religious services or participating in family celebrations. By involving young people in these activities, families can help to ensure that Catholic cultural traditions are passed down from one generation to the next. But this cultural induction must not be superficial but communicate a true and proper understanding of Catholic culture and spirituality based on the Scriptures and doctrine of the apostles.

The Catholic faith is rich with traditions that are shared by Catholics all around the world. These traditions, ranging from communal family devotions to individual prayers, from traditional communal customs to personal acts of piety, have been passed down from generation to generation. It is important to revive and preserve these traditions, especially while the older generations are still with us. By doing so, we can retrieve the knowledge and praxis of these traditions before it is too late. These traditions not only provide a sense of continuity and connection to our past but also serve as a powerful means of fostering faith and spirituality in our lives.

Every local mission of the Old Roman apostolate must carry out thorough research and actively promote local cultural customs to ensure their transmission to the present generation through catechesis. The revival and preservation of Catholic cultural traditions are critical for the Church’s survival. These traditions connect us to our spiritual heritage, providing a sense of continuity with the past. By reclaiming these traditions, our faith can be strengthened, and our worship can be enriched. We can also pass on a legacy of beauty and reverence to future generations, making it a matter of utmost importance.

In conclusion

We are initiating the process of developing a program that has the goal of promoting cultural enrichment and intentional Catholic communities across different age groups. Our aim is to create a platform that facilitates meaningful dialogue, fosters understanding, and brings people together within the Old Roman apostolates. Our ultimate goal is to build a closely-knit community that is united in faith and purpose.

One of the key aspects of our program is the formation of intentional Catholic communities. These communities will provide individuals with an opportunity to come together and support each other in their faith journeys. By working together, we hope to create an environment where people can grow in their faith and deepen their appreciation for the Church’s cultural heritage.

Through this initiative, we will strive to promote intergenerational collaboration, constructive dialogue, and understanding. We believe that by working together, we can build a stronger and more vibrant community that is rooted in faith and cultural heritage.

Oremus pro invicem

The Old Roman Apostolate: Social Action in Praxis

Historical Context

In the late 16C, the Protestant Dutch Republic 20 December 1581 officially prohibited the overt practice of the Catholic religion. However, while Calvinism became the dominant faith, many Catholics remained faithful. Having to clandestinely practice their faith, private churches were not unusual in the Northern Netherlands. They celebrated Mass in their living rooms, places of work and warehouses, often with the tacit consent of the authorities, who were prepared to turn a blind eye for a small favour, as long as the churches remained unrecognizable from the outside.

The underground Dutch Catholics focused on practical action rather than theological debate, as a way of responding to the situation they faced living under oppression unable to openly practice their faith. They worshipped in secret and had to maintain connections with each other even while facing persecution. They provided mutual aid and support, as well as education and spiritual formation for each other. They worked to help one another financially, materially and spiritually, providing food, clothing and shelter, as well as access to education through clandestine schools and Catholic universities abroad.

The Dutch Catholics worked hard to create a sense of community within their small Catholic circles by holding regular meetings, sharing meals and discussing spiritual matters. They also helped the sick or elderly with their daily needs, provided financial assistance when needed and even organized cultural activities such as music concerts or theatre performances. The Dutch Catholics also sought to spread their faith through evangelization, using clandestine means such as printing and distributing Catholic literature and other materials. They also engaged in charitable work, providing help to the poor and needy.

Today’s Old Roman apostolate descends directly from the persecuted Dutch Catholics of the 16C and our contemporary experience has striking similarities. In the present climate, particularly in those places where Christians face overt oppression and persecution; but also where those faithful to Catholic Tradition have had to forsake churches and parishes to retain the Faith and preserve the Traditional liturgy. We face much the same challenges our 16C forbears did, few resources, small communities and great need. But like them, we can overcome difficulties, transform the community around us and preserve a legacy for future generations.

In this article, we’ll explore ways in which the contemporary Old Roman apostolate can mirror the experience of the past for the benefit of the present and future.

Community Piety

We note from Old Roman history how the sixteenth-century persecuted Catholics of the Netherlands focused on gathering together for prayer and mutual support. The small communities they formed often met in secret, and it is here that the seeds of the Old Roman apostolate were sown.

Traditional Catholics today must seek out others committed to preserving, persevering and living out the perennial lifestyle, traditions and customs of our faith. Old Roman missions are formed from gathering together in one place such Catholics as desire to receive the sacraments according to the traditional rites and offer worship according to “the Mass of the Ages.”

In the present context, we should not underestimate the refuge that Old Roman missions offer to distressed and anxious Catholics, worried about the trajectory of the contemporary Church. They are genuinely seeking an authentic expression of the faith not just from knowledge but from lived and living experiences. While the last generation to have learned the traditional Catholic faith in childhood is fading away, the relevance and importance of our efforts to retain and maintain orthodox Catholic praxis are all the more pressing.

The faithful brought up knowing only the Novus Ordo rites and culture are largely ignorant of the former devotional customs and lifestyle of traditional Catholicism. But there are signs of hope, as the protagonists of the new-style religion themselves begin to retire, perceptive younger Catholics seeing the disastrous effects of the changes wrought by Vatican II desire more and more to know the ways of the past and especially the liturgy.

However, the focus of our Old Roman apostolate is not only the liturgy, but first and foremost the living out of the traditional Catholic faith – not just customs, but spirituality, true devotion and conversion of life and surrendering of the heart, mind and will to God. What our Old Roman missions should offer is not just the appearance of an alternative expression of Catholicism, but an authentic traditional way of being Catholic in continuity with the lived experience of Christian saints for 2’000 years.

Our Old Roman missions should be schools for sinners striving to be saints, full of compassion and mercy, mutual learning and shared experience. Those who come to our missions should find communities of encouragement, service, fulfilment and love. We must example hospitality and friendship, care and concern, and above all a welcome after Our Lord’s own Heart.

We can learn from the example of our forbears and strive to build tight-knit communities of faith, united in prayer and mutual support. This can be done through regular gatherings for Mass, devotions, and spiritual conferences; as well as through other activities such as charitable work or social events. Such gatherings provide an opportunity for members of the community to share their faith and strengthen their bonds of friendship.

It was from the Netherlands that the devotio moderna originated, and so we can look to this movement as an example of how to live out the Old Roman apostolate in our own lives. The devotio moderna was based on a commitment to prayer and meditation, as well as self-denial and charity, as evidenced by one of its most famous exponents, St Thomas A Kempis, all of which can be seen as essential elements of the Old Roman apostolate.

Community Catechesis

The sixteenth-century persecution forced Catholics in the Netherlands to focus on education as a means of preserving their faith. This was done through catechism classes, study groups, and other educational initiatives. Education remains an important part of the Old Roman apostolate today, and members are encouraged to study both sacred scripture and Church documents to deepen their understanding of the faith.

In the past, catechists would gather with their students in small groups or one-on-one to teach them about their faith. This practice was often supplemented with books, lectures, and other resources. Today, we have access to a wealth of knowledge about our faith through books, websites, podcasts, videos, and other digital media. We can use these resources to teach ourselves and others about our faith in more depth than ever before. We can also learn from the example of past catechists by meeting with our students in small groups or one-on-one and engaging in meaningful conversations about our faith.

This is especially important for those Catholics seeking to recover and regain their heritage, to learn from the testimony of the Saints, and their lives of holiness and dedication. All too often the Saints are presented today as being “ideal” rather than an attainable goal for our salvific ambition. Ignorance of the Saints and their lives and stories can be remedied by delving into the rich treasury of their writings, teachings, and lives. By learning from their example, we can gain a more profound understanding of our faith and what it means to live a life of holiness.

Finally, we should also strive to learn from our own experiences and those of others in our faith community. Through prayerful reflection on our own experiences and those shared by others in our community, we can grow in a deeper understanding of the faith. By engaging in these conversations we can become better equipped to answer questions and strengthen our own faith journey.

Ultimately, education remains an important part of the Old Roman apostolate. Through education, we can better understand our faith, share it with others, and live lives of holiness. Likewise, being educated in the ways of God enables us to discern His Will and appreciate ourselves, our neighbours, and our world more deeply in our relationship with Him.

Building Community (internally)

The sixteenth-century underground Catholics also recognized the importance of socialising together to strengthen their sense of community. This remains true today, and members of the Old Roman apostolate are encouraged to participate in activities such as prayer meetings, retreats, and social gatherings. These activities provide an opportunity for members to build relationships with each other while also deepening their faith.

We read in the second chapter of Acts of the Apostles the nature of fellowship the early Christians enjoyed, and how important this was to their sense of common purpose and attracting new members to their community. This same principle can be applied to the Old Roman apostolate, as members are encouraged to come together to share and support each other on their journey of faith. Hospitality is a great way to introduce and welcome new or prospective members to the community too.

The beauty of Catholic tradition is that it is timeless and can still be applied to the lives of Catholics today. The Old Roman apostolate is a living example of how it is possible to maintain the traditions and values of our ancestors while adapting them to meet the needs of modern-day Catholics. At the same time, it is important to recognize the importance of fellowship and to ensure that members are given ample opportunity to build relationships with each other, as well as deepen their faith.

Overall, members of the Old Roman apostolate are encouraged to come together and build community through both social and devotional activities. These activities can help foster a sense of unity and purpose among members while also allowing them to deepen their faith.

Building Community (externally)

The sixteenth-century Catholics also recognized the importance of charity in living out the Gospel. Today, members of the Old Roman apostolate are encouraged to serve those in need through acts of charity. This can include providing material assistance such as food or clothing, or offering spiritual guidance and support. Through charity, members can show their love for God and their neighbour while also helping to build a better world.

We should as Christians be perceived not only as being different from others by our way of being and living, but also by making a difference in our communities, our presence should be both observable and tangible. It is not enough to be good, we must do good. St Philip Neri said, “Do not let a day pass without doing some good in it.”

Members of the Old Roman apostolate living locally to the chapel will have the opportunity to identify the needs of the surrounding community. This will help inform ways in which the mission can serve the community and possibilities for partnerships with other organisations or the local authority where the task may require more help than the members alone can give.

Being of service to our community means having an active role in it. We can volunteer our time, donate money and resources, provide support to those in need, and advocate for justice. We can also use our talents and skills to benefit our community. This could include teaching classes, organizing events, or helping with local projects. In this way, we become part of the solution rather than part of the problem.

Serving the community is a great witness to the faith and the way it can be lived out practically. It is a tangible expression of love and care for our neighbours and an opportunity to share the good news of the Gospel. In doing so, we demonstrate what it means to be a follower of Christ and how we can make a difference in the world.


Building a sense of community in our congregations and in our local areas is an important way to serve God and our neighbours. By engaging in service opportunities and partnering with local organisations, we can make a positive impact on the lives of those around us. This can help to build relationships, foster understanding and unity, and provide meaningful ways to live out our faith. Through service, we can show the world that we are committed to loving God and loving others.


The following are suggestions for the type and nature of activities that the Old Roman apostolate in its missions and chapels could engage in. It is certainly not exhaustive and may inspire other ideas!

1. Suggested group devotions

“The family that prays together stays together” and that is as true of a church family as it is of a household. Group devotions can create a sense of unity and purpose, while also providing a powerful spiritual experience. Here are some traditional Catholic group devotions that can be used to bring the members of a church community closer together:

  • Rosary
  • Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • Stations of the Cross
  • Angelus
  • Litany of the Saints
  • Novena prayers
  • Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
  • Litanies of Humility and Litanies of the Sacred Heart
  • Litany of Loreto
  • Prayer vigils
  • Bible study
  • Group discussion
  • Worship services
  • Holy Souls Guild

2. Suggested Community Building Activities

“The family that eats together stays together” and likewise that is true of the Church family whose main worship is the Mass, a heavenly banquet! Chapel Missions can be an important and powerful way to bring people together in the spirit of Christian fellowship and love. Here are some suggestions for social activities to accompany chapel missions:

  • Picnic lunches
  • Potluck dinners
  • Game nights
  • Movie night
  • Bring & Share meals
  • Austerity lunches
  • Prayer Breakfasts
  • Men’s Group
  • Women’s Group
  • Mothers & Toddlers
  • Youth Group
  • Servers Guild
  • Altar Guild
  • Music Guild
  • Outreach events
  • Missionary work
  • Community service projects
  • Fundraising events and drives
  • Arts and crafts activities
  • Retreats and pilgrimages
  • Gardening on chapel grounds
  • Outdoor activities such as hikes, fishing, or camping trips

3. Suggested outreach activities for chapel missions

“The family that acts together stays together” sharing activities that serve others can be a powerful way to build a strong Christian community. Here are some suggestions for outreach activities to accompany chapel missions:

  • Outreach to the homeless and those in need
  • Community clean-up days
  • Organizing food drives
  • Organizing clothing drives
  • Visiting nursing homes
  • Visiting lonely elderly
  • Visiting hospitals
  • Prison Ministry to inmates /families
  • Hosting community events
  • Hosting special guest speakers
  • Hosting medical clinics
  • Organizing prayer vigils in public places
  • Organizing Bible studies in public places
  • Tutoring and mentoring programs
  • School breakfast clubs
  • After-school programs for at-risk youth
  • Youth sports programs
  • Advocacy for social justice issues
  • Environmental conservation efforts
  • Organizing educational seminars on Catholic topics
  • Partnering with local charities and organizations to provide services to the community
  • Fundraising concerts or benefit events for charity organizations

4. Suggested partnership activities for chapel missions

For larger projects or smaller missions, or those with fewer resources, partnering with other churches or organizations can be a great way to make an impact.

  • Organizing a joint service project with a nearby church or community organization
  • Visiting local soup kitchens and helping serve meals
  • Organizing a joint charity event with another church
  • Partnering with local charities to collect donations for those in need
  • Volunteering at a local animal shelter or wildlife sanctuary
  • Partnering with other churches to organize a faith-based retreat or conference
  • Partnering with other churches to organize educational seminars on Catholic topics
  • Forming partnerships with local schools
  • Forming partnerships with local parishes
  • Forming partnerships with other churches and religious organizations
  • Partnering with community organizations to provide services to the community
  • Partnering with local businesses to provide job training and employment opportunities
  • Partnering with universities and colleges to provide educational programs
  • Building relationships with leaders in the local government

Discovering the Old Roman Apostolate: Igniting Social Action Through Traditional Catholic Faith!

Have you ever heard of the Old Roman apostolate? It’s an initiative spearheaded by the Titular Archbishop of Selsey, Jerome Lloyd, to revive traditional Catholic faith and praxis and bring it to the modern world. The Archbishop’s vision is to use the Old Roman apostolate as a vehicle to engage in meaningful social action and build partnerships with statutory agencies and local community groups.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the Archbishop’s vision for the Old Roman apostolate and explore how social action can play a vital role in reviving the traditional Catholic faith. We’ll also examine the power of the Church and its ability to bring about social change and discuss what the Archbishop has done to bring about positive change in the local community. Finally, we’ll look at the Archbishop’s vision for the future of the traditional Catholic faith and the importance of social action and faith in society.

Introduction to the Archbishop of Selsey

The de jure twenty-seventh successor to St Wilfrid’s See of Selsey, Archbishop Jerome Lloyd, is a passionate advocate for traditional Catholic faith and praxis. He is the leader of the Old Roman apostolate, an initiative that seeks to bring about social change and revive traditional Catholic faith and praxis. The Archbishop’s vision is to use the Old Roman apostolate as a vehicle to engage in meaningful social action and build partnerships with statutory agencies and local community groups.

The Catholic social teaching of Pope Leo XIII has been a great influence on the Archbishop’s approach and thinking. The Archbishop’s commitment to traditional Catholic faith and praxis is evident in the way he speaks on a variety of topics, from social justice to moral theology. He is a strong proponent of Catholic social teaching and often speaks out against modernist ideologies that seek to undermine traditional Catholic beliefs. In addition, he is an advocate for social action and encourages Catholics to take an active role in their local communities.

The Church has long been seen as a powerful force for both good and ill. It can be argued that it is one of the few institutions that can bring about positive change on both a spiritual and material level. This power comes from its ability to influence public opinion, shape government policy and provide spiritual guidance to individuals who may be struggling with moral or ethical issues. Through its teachings, liturgies, outreach programs, charity work and other activities, the Church can have an impact on society as a whole.

Archbishop Jerome Lloyd believes that the traditional Catholic faith should be at the forefront of efforts to bring about social change. He encourages Catholics to use their faith as a tool for engaging in meaningful dialogue with others from different backgrounds and beliefs, thus creating understanding between different communities. The Archbishop also believes that it is important for Catholics to take an active role in their local community by getting involved with local charities or working with statutory agencies such as schools or hospitals. Finally, he believes that it is important for Catholics to engage in meaningful conversations about issues such as poverty or inequality so that they can work towards finding solutions together rather than simply blaming one group or another for these problems.

The Archbishop’s passion for traditional Catholic faith and praxis has propelled him to become a local community leader. He is the chair of trustees for Brighton & Hove Faith in Action, a charity facilitating collaboration between faith groups for social action and community cohesion, and he’s a trustee of Brighton & Hove Racial Harassment Forum, a charity concerned with advocacy and support work. In partnership with the Salvation Army, he ran a homeless drop-in for ten years and founded a not-for-profit catering company to provide opportunities for work experience, rehabilitation and apprenticeships. He is a respected figure in the Church and has a long history of working to help those in need. The Archbishop has worked tirelessly to build relationships with statutory agencies, local community groups, and other organisations to bring about social change.

Understanding the Archbishop’s Goal of Reviving Traditional Catholic Faith

The Archbishop’s purpose is to invigorate traditional Catholic faith and practice and to bring it into the present day. He feels that the traditional Catholic faith can be a decisive factor for social transformation and has been actively striving to make connections with government bodies and local community associations to achieve impactful alteration.

For one and all are we destined by our birth and adoption to enjoy, when this frail and fleeting life is ended, a supreme and final good in heaven, and to the attainment of this every endeavour should be directed. Since, then, upon this depends the full and perfect happiness of mankind, the securing of this end should be of all imaginable interests the most urgent. Hence, civil society, established for the common welfare, should not only safeguard the well-being of the community, but have also at heart the interests of its individual members, in such mode as not in any way to hinder, but in every manner to render as easy as may be, the possession of that highest and unchangeable good for which all should seek. Wherefore, for this purpose, care must especially be taken to preserve unharmed and unimpeded the religion whereof the practice is the link connecting man with God.

Immortale Dei Pope Leo XIII (November 1, 1885)

The Archbishop believes the words of Pope Leo XIII still resonate today and serve as a reminder of the importance of civil society in ensuring the common welfare of its members. In order to achieve this, it is essential that communities come together and work towards creating a secure and equitable environment for all. This can be done by advocating for equal rights, providing equitable access to resources, and engaging in meaningful dialogue with local authorities. Additionally, it is important to foster strong relationships between citizens, organizations, and local government in order to create meaningful change. By doing so, citizens can ensure that their voices are heard and their needs are met while also promoting social cohesion and justice within their community.

The Archbishop believes that the Church should be a beacon of hope and bring about positive change in society. He has made it his mission to use the Old Roman apostolate as a way to build partnerships, engage in meaningful social action, and revive traditional Catholic faith and praxis. Encouraging Old Roman missions globally to establish social action and community-building initiatives for outreach and evangelism.

The Archbishop firmly believes that the traditional Catholic faith provides the framework for a just and equitable society to promote the common good. He has also been working to promote traditional Catholic education and formation, as well as spiritual renewal through his preaching and numerous online conferences. While he is conscious of the fact that many philosophies and ideologies at work in contemporary society are not compatible with the traditional Catholic faith, rather than compromise, he believes it is possible through a charitable aspect to overcome obstacles and through dialogue, find ways not of compromise but effective joint working.

The Archbishop has been an advocate for social justice issues, including poverty alleviation, racial equality, and immigration reform. He has spoken out against racism and xenophobia and has been an advocate for refugees and migrants. He also works closely with victims of human trafficking to provide them with the resources they need to rebuild their lives. He has also sought to combat homophobia and transphobia, not by acquiescing to those ideologies but by emphasising human dignity and respect and advocating compassion for all who have the potential to become “children of God”.

A particular favourite proverb of the Archbishop is “You can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” Meaning that it is often more effective to use kindness and understanding, rather than confrontational or aggressive tactics when trying to bring people together. He believes the Church should be and provide a refuge for those who are marginalized and vulnerable in society and this is better accomplished through compassion rather than confrontation. To be a “school of saints” it is necessary to be a “hospital for sinners” and bring people to health, not damnation.

The Archbishop’s work is a testament to his dedication to the traditional Catholic faith and praxis. His commitment to social justice issues shows that he is willing to go beyond the traditional role of a bishop to bring about meaningful change in society. By partnering with statutory agencies and local community groups, the Old Roman apostolate can be more effective in communicating the faith by witnessing through the example of the lives of its members and their actions.

The Archbishop’s vision for partnerships with statutory agencies and the local community

The Archbishop’s goal is to build partnerships with statutory agencies and the local community. He believes that by working together, the Church and these organisations can bring about meaningful social change and revive traditional Catholic faith and praxis.

Every Old Roman mission site is embedded in their respective communities, and the members who visit and reside in them are all from the same local area. Consequently, the main focus of these missions should be the community itself. People who are part of the chapel are familiar with the needs and requirements of the local population, and hence they are in the best position to provide aid. This kind of local knowledge is extremely important when it comes to social welfare, as it allows authorities to understand the exact kind of help that is required and to whom it must be directed. If members of the chapel are the ones who recognize the need and also provide assistance, the chances of success are much higher and the effects are more sustainable.

Pope Leo XIII said in his encyclical Rerum Novarum that “the Church must look to the needs of the people, in order to provide them with remedies and remedies that are effective”. The corporal works of mercy provide a framework for the Old Roman mission sites to work together with other organisations and communities. By engaging in the corporal works of mercy, the Old Roman mission sites can provide tangible assistance to those in need and be a visible sign of God’s love and mercy.

The Church can also support the efforts of other organisations, such as charities and local government, by providing resources, advice, or a platform for discussion. The Old Roman mission sites should engage with their local community by organising activities such as educational seminars, social events, or even volunteer opportunities that promote values such as service and solidarity. By doing this, members of the chapel can demonstrate their commitment to their local area and build positive relationships with those who live there. This kind of engagement is essential if the Church wants to revive the traditional Catholic faith and praxis in a meaningful way.

Local government is always short on funding and resources, so Old Roman mission sites can be a valuable addition to their efforts. By providing necessary services such as food, shelter, and medical care, the Church can help fill the gap between what is available from public funds and what is needed for the community. Additionally, Old Roman mission sites can also provide spiritual guidance and support to individuals in need. This kind of aid is invaluable for those who are struggling with difficult issues in their lives.

Between the generosity of the Old Roman faithful in time and energy, grants and funds from the local government, and partnerships with funded organisations like charities and NGOs, the shortfall of resources for social welfare in the community can be filled. With a strong presence in the community, Old Roman mission sites can offer a stable and reliable source of assistance to those who need it most.

The Archbishop’s plan for Social Action to revive traditional Catholic faith

The Archbishop has set out to restore fundamental Catholic faith and practices, and introduce them to the present-day. Following the Second Vatican Council the Traditional Catholic movement focused its energies primarily on preserving the Latin Mass. This was good and necessary. We should love and honour God first and it was right for our attention be on right worship. But the Summary of the Law given by Our Lord means, that after serving God comes service to neighbour. If the traditional Catholic faith is to be perpetuated by the present generation for the next, social action has to occur.

1. Church:

We must strive to maintain and build upon the traditional Catholic faith in our parishes, schools, and other institutions. We must strive to evangelize those who are not yet Catholic, and to strengthen the faith of those who are.

2. Family:

We must promote the traditional Catholic teaching on marriage and family life. We must ensure that our children receive an education which is in accord with the teachings of the Church and which will enable them to live out their faith in their daily lives. We must support families experiencing difficulties so that they can remain strong and stable.

3. Community:

We must look outwardly as well as inwardly, giving assistance to those in our communities who are most in need – through charitable works such as food banks or homeless shelters, or through advocacy for social justice issues like poverty reduction or immigration reform. We must also work towards building bridges of understanding between people of different faiths or cultures, so that all may know the peace and joy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ through our witness and by our lives.

Every mission is charged with both living and proclaiming the Gospel. The chapels are where the faithful gather and are fed but they are also “sent out” – ite missa est. After Mass could be an optimal time for Old Romans to leave the chapel together and go out into the community to serve those in need. Groups for specific activities could be organised and from them perhaps Guilds could be formed to train spiritually and develop relevant skills for the outreach activities. Those unable to participate in outreach, perhaps due to physical impairment or infirmity could remain in the chapel to pray for those out in the community.

The work of the Old Roman apostolate is not just to serve the faithful in the chapel but to be a light in the world. We must go out into our communities and show love, mercy and compassion to those who are most vulnerable. We must make ourselves available to those who need us and do what we can to make a difference in their lives. This is how we will truly live out our faith and bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to life.

The power of the Church and its ability to bring about social change

The Archbishop asserts that the Church can and should bring about meaningful transformation in society and the key is the revival of the traditional Catholic faith and its practice. He is of the view that the Old Roman apostolate can lead to constructive change in society by taking part in social activities.

Many falsely believe that the “power” of the Church is her political influence. It is not. The “power” of the Church is God’s grace, abundantly available to those whose hearts and minds are open to receive it, whose lives are sacrificially enabled to receive it and who are open to cooperating with God’s grace. Traditional Catholics who receive the traditional sacraments through the traditional liturgies have at their disposal a great treasury of grace!

One of the key and notable differences between the Novus Ordo rites and the traditional liturgies is the confection and manifestation of grace. The stripped-down modern ritual has fewer prayers, fewer supplications, fewer exorcisms, fewer blessings, and thus less opportunity for God’s grace to be pleaded, affected and realised. With every prayer of blessing, intention and supplication retained in the traditional liturgies, more grace is generated.

The traditional liturgies also contain more prayers that focus on the four last things (death, judgement, heaven and hell) which help to encourage a greater sense of urgency for repentance and spiritual growth. Additionally, there are more opportunities for the veneration of saints and angels which helps to remind us that we are part of a larger spiritual family. This is a great source of strength and consolation so sadly lacking in the praxis of the contemporary Church.

In summary, the traditional liturgies provide a conduit for more grace and so enable the faithful to more fully cooperate with God’s grace, and thus benefit more from His divine life. This can be seen in their lives, as they strive for holiness and righteousness. In their traditional Catholic devotional life, praying rosaries, sacrificially fasting and fulfilling the corporal acts of mercy and charity, they can be filled with grace and enabled to live lives that are pleasing to God and beneficial to their neighbour.

Through its dedication to benevolent activities, the Old Roman apostolate can provide not just aid to those in need, but God’s grace!

The Archbishop’s insights on how partnership and community involvement can enhance the message of the traditional Catholic faith

The Archbishop believes that partnership and community involvement are essential to effectively spread the message of the traditional Catholic faith and praxis. Often Old Roman missions have little in the way of money and resources, but time is more precious than money and service more effective than inaction. Prudence is a virtue and partnership is a means to prudently use resources and time.

The problems affecting our communities are much the same the world over, unemployment, cost of living, broken homes, separated families, homelessness, orphaned children and lonely elderly. Likewise, the commercialism of the modern age drives the contemporary zeitgeist emphasising the individual over the community and political ideologies divide and polarise our societies. The situation today is much the same as when Pope Leo XIII wrote his encyclical Rerum Novarum, the ‘social question’ is still a prevalent issue,

Jesus Christ, when He redeemed us with plentiful redemption, took not away the pains and sorrows which in such large proportion are woven together in the web of our mortal life. He transformed them into motives of virtue and occasions of merit; and no man can hope for eternal reward unless he follow in the blood-stained footprints of his Saviour. “If we suffer with Him, we shall also reign with Him.”

It is true that we may never be able to completely resolve every problem and alleviate every hardship, however, we can assist people in coping. We can recognize the reality of suffering and alter the sensation of it through compassion. While social action alone cannot heal or settle all that is wrong with the world, it can bring short-term comfort, and solace, and give rise to optimism and thus hope. As ambassadors of Christ, the Old Roman faithful should seize the opportunity to provide this hope and example of faith and charity to their neighbour and community.

The Church has always been at the forefront of social action, as it is our mission to bring about the Kingdom of God on earth. To do this we need to be present in our communities and become involved in their everyday lives. This requires us to create partnerships with other organisations and individuals who are passionate about making a difference in their communities. Through these partnerships, we can share our experience, resources and expertise in running projects and events that will help build stronger families and communities.

We must also ensure that our message of the traditional Catholic faith is communicated clearly. We must work with parishes, schools and other organisations to ensure that our teachings are understood by all members of society, regardless of background or beliefs. We must also be open to dialogue with those who may disagree with us on certain points while remaining true to our core values.

Finally, the Archbishop believes that community involvement is essential for the development of strong families and communities. When families are supported through charitable works such as food pantries or childcare centres, parents have more time to spend with their children to provide them with love and guidance. This helps create strong ties between family members which can lead to stronger communities overall.

By partnering with other organizations and engaging in meaningful community involvement, Old Romans can help spread the message of the traditional Catholic faith while also helping families and communities thrive. Working with local authorities and partnering where possible with them, enables them to overcome misperceptions they may have about traditional Catholics and see through our Old Roman apostolates the charity and compassion that motivates our actions. It’s a way of engaging with politicians whilst avoiding politics, demonstrating that the common good is not brought about by policies and arguments, but by demonstrable faith, hope and love.

What the Archbishop has done to bring about social change in his local community

As chair of Brighton & Hove city’s Faith Council, in 2018 he was a signatory to a Faith Covenant with the local authority. A Faith Covenant is an agreement that provides a set of principles to guide partnership working between faith communities and the city council to ensure an open, collaborative and respectful relationship. It also sets out practical commitments by which the faith communities and the city council should abide, designed to create a constructive partnership with the common goal of helping more people and communities in the city, flourish and meet their full potential. It also ensures that the faith community has the opportunity to be considered for paid contracts when the opportunities arise.

The Faith Covenant concept is an initiative of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Faith and Society of the UK’s Houses of Parliament. The APPG has been promoting the uptake of faith covenants between local authorities and faith groups in all areas of the United Kingdom and the Archbishop has been a supporter and advocate of the idea, encouraging faith leaders in other cities to draft, agree and sign a Faith Covenant with their local authorities. He is likewise promoting the idea to Old Roman apostolates elsewhere in the world to help facilitate trust and cooperation between Old Roman missions and local authorities for collaborative working on community and social action projects. 

By extension, the Faith Covenant concept has enabled the Archbishop to establish dialogue and joint work with other government agencies like the National Health Service. The Archbishop is currently partnering in a “Faith & Culture” project aimed at helping medical professionals to better treat people of belief and diverse cultures, providing an understanding of their beliefs and cultural practices. This is part of a wider recognition by health authorities following the COVID pandemic, of the invaluable help and assistance provided by faith communities to patients and their families.

Through the Faith Covenant and in his work with the Brighton & Hove Racial Harassment Forum, the Archbishop has been working to enable victims of race and faith hate crimes to report incidents to the Police and other relevant authorities as well as signpost them to support services and advocacy. This has involved close working with the Police force as a Faith Adviser and membership on a scrutiny panel assessing and critiquing the Police’s efforts at better implementation of their equality and diversity awareness training, analysing how they have approached and handled cases of racial or faith-related hate crimes. An independent Third Party Reporting Centre has now been started administered by the Racial Harassment Form with local authority funding.

The Archbishop facilitates a variety of networks of organisations that are committed to social action, identifying, fostering and encouraging partnerships wherever possible to pool resources, skills, expertise and monies. Brighton & Hove Faith in Action enjoys a working relationship with a broad range of charities and other voluntary organisations, not all faith-based, and is delivering and facilitating change for vulnerable people and communities, much of which would not be possible without the Faith Covenant and the local authority.

Street Support Brighton & Hove is one example where networking has brought together diverse organisations all working on homelessness together. The website provides a comprehensive listing of services that work to both try and prevent people becoming homeless and support those who are. From local churches and faith groups to statutory agencies and third sector organisations, Brighton & Hove Faith in Action was able to bring them all together to serve some of the most vulnerable in the city with the blessing of the local authority.

There is no reason why such agreements and partnerships could not be realised by Old Roman apostolates elsewhere. The Gospel challenges all Christians to bear witness to Christ and the revival of the traditional Catholic faith requires traditional Catholics to be seen and observed putting their faith into practice, “A new commandment I give unto you: That you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another.” John 13:34, 35

The importance of social action and faith in society

The Church has a long history of engaging in social action and it is something which should be encouraged and supported. The Catholic Church’s commitment to the common good and the dignity of human life is expressed through its teaching and its social action. This is an essential part of the mission of the Church.

The Faith Covenant is an example of how this commitment can be put into practice concretely. The Covenant allows for the Church to engage in meaningful dialogue with local authorities and other organisations to promote understanding and respect for all people, regardless of their faith or background. It also provides an opportunity for Old Roman apostolates to be visible within their local communities, by engaging in activities which benefit society as a whole. This is an important part of the mission of the Church and should be supported by all members of the faithful.

Social action is a powerful way for traditional Catholics to witness their faith and put their beliefs into practice. Traditional Catholics can use this opportunity to build bridges with those in need, share their faith, and demonstrate their commitment to justice, mercy, and love for all people. Social action can also provide traditional Catholics with an opportunity to meet people from different backgrounds who may not share their faith but are equally committed to serving those in need. This can help foster greater understanding between people from different backgrounds and create a sense of solidarity, which is essential for building a more just society. As Pope Leo XIII said, “If we wish to bring about peace, it is necessary to work for justice.”


The Archbishop of Selsey, Jerome Lloyd, is working hard to enable traditional Catholics to reclaim their apostolic mission and to put the Gospel into action. By advocating the model of the Faith Covenant, he has suggested a way for Old Roman missions to form partnerships with their local authorities and other voluntary organisations to serve those in need. This is an example of how traditional Catholics can put their faith into practice and practically demonstrate the love of Christ. Such initiatives should be encouraged in all places so that traditional Catholics can be seen as witnesses of Christ’s love for all people.

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Lay Membership Application

Becoming a member of the Old Roman Apostolate is very easy. All you have to do is read the following statement and agree to try to fulfill the following obligations listed below to the best of your ability:


I _______ now join the Old Roman Apostolate and promise to the best of my ability to manifest the following Rule of Life:

  • to love God
  • to love neighbour
  • to love one’s soul
  • to love the Church
  • to love the Scriptures
  • to love the Sacraments

The first three rules are Divine Commands given us by God in the Old Covenant [Deut 6:4-5, Lev 19:18] and affirmed by Christ in the New Covenant [Matthew 22:34-40, Mark 12:28-34 & Luke 10:25-28]; the latter three are the means by which we have received the Divine Commands from God in Christ through the Apostles [Jude 1:3] and the means by which we can live, learn and receive God’s grace for our salvation by the faithful observance of them.

And I promise to the best of my ability though not under the pain of any sin to observe the following prayers and good works:

  • Pray the Angelus three times a day
  • Pray the Rosary (5 decades) daily
  • Make Confession once a month
  • Perform an act of Corporal Mercy whenever opportunity arises*
  • Perform an act of Spiritual Mercy whenever opportunity arises**
  • Pray the following prayer for Catholic unity, daily;

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 Apostolate, 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.

*Corporal works of mercy: to feed the hungry, to give drink to the thirsty, to clothe the naked, to give shelter to the homeless, to visit the sick, to visit the imprisoned, and to bury the dead.

**Spiritual works of mercy: to instruct the ignorant, to counsel the doubtful, to admonish the sinners, to bear patiently those who wrong us, to forgive offenses, to comfort the afflicted, to pray for the living and the dead.

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