A Seminary dedicated to the preparation of students
for Ordination or others who wish studies in historical Catholicism and
ministry. Operated by the Independent [Old] Catholic Church of America. (IOCCA)
However, all interested are welcome to study with us, regardless of
their denominational background or if they are taking courses for
ordination or for personal enrichment.
If you click on Degrees and
Fees above you can go directly to degree program offerings.
Information on The Independent Old Catholic Church of
The IOCCA is under the
leadership of Archbishop George Le Mesurier. The Church was
established in 1990 by Archbishop Maurice McCormick growing out of the Old Catholic Movement in America
which started in Europe in the 1700's and has Apostolic Succession
through Utrecht. At present there are some 100 Bishops and Clergy
serving throughout North America.
- We believe the Holy Scripture is inspired by God and it is the
supreme and final authority for faith and practice. We accept the
- We accept the spirit of the Seven General Councils of the Early
Church, and we take comfort from the writings of the Early Church
- We accept and hold Apostolic Succession and the offices of
Deacons, Priests, and Bishops, and hold that all offices of Holy
Orders should be open to men and women.
- We accept the Seven Sacraments of the Early Church.
- While we respect all religious leadership and we hold to the
Catholic Faith we are however independent from the authority of
In accordance with the teaching of Scripture we
do not perform same-sex marriages, and disagree with any form of
Abortion. While we consider divorce a sad event in marriage, we apply
Christian love and charity and support those who seek remarriage and the
Sacraments of the Church.
If you are interested in seeking
Ordination please read "How to Seek Ordination" and then contact us at the following address:
Announcements - News & Course
Box 706, Ogdensburg, NY 13669
Why Agape Seminary
- Our programs are centered in sound traditional Catholic
Theology, not Roman Catholic, and as such are of the historical Early
Church tradition. One can commence studies in their own home, and go at
your own pace.
Some take a full year, others a few months. Our
examinations are open book, and where you are unsuccessful we will work
with you until you graduate. We are trans-denominational in that we
welcome all students, men and women, although our courses are of most
interest to Old Catholic, Independent Catholic, Orthodox, and Anglican.
We maintain a separate division for those interested in Anglican Studies
- request the special program for Anglicans.
The Priesthood - Many feel the
call to the Priesthood but feel the only option is full time parish
ministry, with many years of Seminary training. There is another, and
urgent, need for Priests to work as self-supporting (as was St Paul) in
hospital visiting, pastoral counseling, youth work, senior residences,
and even as worker priests on the job. There is a calling for senior men
and women to work in their local area, and we welcome retired persons
who may wish to apply their senior years to the service of the Lord. We
invite you to consider our programs.
History of the Seminary
The Seminary was founded in 1974 in Louisville, Kentucky as Sungaeros
Institute.In 1983 The seminary moved to Mount St. Francis, Indiana as
Agape Seminary. In 1989 the Seminary moved to Florida where it was
established in Fort Myers, and in 1993 relocated to the Tampa Bay area.
The Seminary operates under the authority of the Florida State Board
of Independent Schools and Universities. We are a non-profit,
trans-denominational institutions and do not confer academic degrees but
are authorized to confer religious and theological degrees.
We do not hold academic accreditation. If you seek an academic degree
for secular purposes, seek elsewhere. If you are seeking a degree
in theology or ministry consider Agape Seminary.
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