The Church traces its origin to the Ancient Catholic Church of the Netherlands, the See of Utrecht, which received autonomous privileges from the Roman Catholic Church under a grant by Blessed Pope Eugene III in 1145.
These privileges were confirmed subsequently by the Roman Catholic Church in 1215, 1520, and 1717.
In 1908, the See of Utrecht appointed the Most. Rev. Arnold Harris Mathew to establish a non-papal presence in the United Kingdom. Bishop Mathew declared autonomy of the English mission in 1910.
In 1914, Bishop Mathew appointed Bishop Rudolph Francis Edward Hamilton de Lorraine-Brabant, Prince de Landas Berges, to establish the ministry of the Old Roman Catholic Church in the United States.
Shortly thereafter, Fr. Carmel Henry Carfora, an Italian Franciscan Friar, was elected to succeed Bishop de Landas Berges as Archbishop of the Old Roman Catholic Diocese of America.
Following Archbishop Carfora's death in 1958, the North American Old Roman Catholic Church evolved into five autonomous, but cooperating ecclesial bodies, one of which is the Old Roman Catholic Church in North America.
At the Vatican on the 16th of June 2000, Pope John Paul II ratified and ordered the publication of the "Dominus Iesus". This declaration of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith was signed and published by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger ( now Pope Benedict XVI ) in august of the same year.
In this Declaration, the Roman Catholic Church recognizes the validity of Orders and Sacraments of Old Catholic denominations,( although we are not affiliated in any way or form with the Roman Catholic Church Archdiocese of Miami ).
"The Churches which, while not existing in perfect communion with the (Roman) Catholic Church, remain united to her by means of the closest bonds, that is, by apostolic succession and a valid Eucharist, are true particular Churches."
"Therefore, these separated Churches and communities as such, have by no means been deprived of significance and importance in the mystery of salvation. For the Spirit of Christ has not refrained from using them as means of salvation which derive their efficacy from the very fullness of grace and truth entrusted to the Catholic Church." Dominus Iesus, chapter IV," Unicity and Unity of the Church " paragraph 17.
Most. Rev. Mathew
Fr.Carmel H Carfora
"Patriarchs of The Old Catholic Church in North America Catholicate of the West"
Patriarch Norman Parr Emeritus.
Patriarch Orlando H Lima Emeritus
Patriarch Joseph David Dolence.