Emmaus Community is an independent home-based ministry in Albuqueque, New Mexico, USA, within La Sainte Eglise Catholique Charismatique du Canada.
We believe in the catholic faith and the continuous outpouring of the Holy Spirit. While distinct in jurisdiction and ritual, we perceive ourselves a pro-uniate Rite in harmony with the Church of Rome.
Our mission is to provide a home-based ministry offering social and spiritual fellowship to Christians through Word and Sacrament. Emmaus Community is a loving community of believers who are excited about serving the Lord and loving all people. We believe that God is really interested in our lives and genuinely loves us. It is our desire to encourage you to grow in your knowledge and love of the Lord.
Holy Communion is open to all baptized Christians who believe It to be the true Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Christ. Everyone is welcome at the Lord's Table.
There are two distinct moments in church history that address the development of the independent catholic movement; the first is the origin of the Church of Utrecht and the second is the origin of the Old Catholic Church. These two churches are separate in their historical development but do share some degree of inter-communion.
The Church of Utrecht, an ancient See, finds its rebirth from Clement XI, Patriarch of the West and Bishop of Rome, who in 1693 mandated James Goyon de Matignon, Bishop of Condon to consecrate Dominic M. Varlet. Bishop Varlet in turn consecrated Peter John Meindaerts as Bishop of Utrecht in 1739. Bishop Meindaerts along with other bishops and clergy helped sustain the Church of the Netherlands that was founded by Saint Willibord in the seventh century. From 1693 to the present day the Utrecht Church survives throughout Europe, North, Central, and South America.
The Old Catholic Church includes the Polish National Catholic Church, the Catholic Church of Brazil, and others. Collectively these communities enjoy an open association yet retain their independent jurisdiction. This diverse body of churches were received by the Church of Utrecht, after they seceded from Rome in 1870 due to the new dogmas of the Immaculate Conception, papal infallibility and universal supremacy - all created by Pius IX.
La Sainte Eglise Catholique Charismatique du Canada was estabished by Archbishop Andre Barbeau on August 15, 1968. La Sainte Eglise Catholique Charismatique du Canada was a response to statements in the reports of Vatican II inviting new rites and patriarchies. The church was conceived as such a venture, a progressive-conservative patriarchy, a new stem sprouting from the root of the Roman Catholic Church.
In this light, the church was founded "to assist the Roman Catholic Church in its mission as a supplemental rite" reaching out to the unchurched and the disenfranchised. Barbeau was ordained a Roman Catholic priest on November 21, 1940. He served in that capacity for 28 years in the Archdiocese of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Barbeau was consecrated bishop and installed as the first archbishop of La Sainte Eglise Catholique Charismatique du Canada by Bishop Charles Brearley and other pro-uniate Old Catholic bishops of Europe on May 14, 1968. It was in this same year that Archbishop Barbeau prepared documentation for Paul VI concerning this supplemental rite and his own promise of obedience and allegiance to the Bishop of Rome. Andre Barbeau fell asleep in the Lord on February 14, 1994. Succeeding Barbeau is Archbishop Andre Letellier who was installed shortly after Barbeau's death in the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in Cite de Marie. Archbishop Letellier fell asleep in the Lord in the spring of 2012.
La Sainte Eglise Catholique Charismatique du Canada maintains churches and faith communities in Canada, the United States, India and Mexico. Albuquerque's Emmaus Community is part of the continued growth of the jurisdiction. We were first organized in the early 1990's and since that time we have maintained a positive and enduring presence in our community.
The Apostolic Succession
Most Independent - Sacramental Churches trace their history through the Utrecht Succession that originated in 1693 and/or the Old Catholic Church that originated in 1870. Some use the succession of the Eastern Rites, and many have "cross-pollinated" between Western and Eastern Rites because they were doubtful of the validity of their episcopal ordination or they hoped that by repeated ordinations they might somehow obtain more - whatever more may mean. This attitude, common in the 1960's and 1970's, affected every Jurisdiction to some degree.
Briefly, La Sainte Eglise Catholique Charismatique du Canada originates from the Old Catholic Church, as stated:
"Thus it was that I was validly consecrated bishop, in accordance with the Roman Pontifical, by the archbishop and primate of England of the Old Holy Catholic Church." Archbishop Andre Barbeau "Letter to His Holiness Pope Paul VI", 1968
Barbeau was consecrated by Charles Brearley, Archbishop of Danum on May 14, 1968.
Brearley was consecrated by Matthew Cooper, Bishop of Greenwich on January 31, 1954.
Cooper was consecrated by James Bartholomew Banks in 1924.
Banks was consecrated by Frederick Samuel Willoughby, Bishop of Britain on July 9, 1922.
Willoughby was consecrated by Arnold Harris Matthew, Regionary of Great Britain on October 28, 1914.
Matthew was consecrated by Gerardus Gul, Coadjutor of Utrecht, April 28, 1908.
Although this lineage is linked to the Utrecht and Old Catholic histories La Sainte Eglise Catholique Charismatique du Canada is independent of both Churches.