United Episcopal Catholic Communion

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An integral component of the United Episcopal Catholic Communion is the St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. St. Borromeo embraces the ancient traditions of the church, with priest training priest to fulfill a calling in this organization.

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St. Charles Borromeo Seminary is fully integrated into the United Episcopal Catholic Communion and fulfills all of the requirement of new postulants to enter as active presbytery in the organization.

The seminary is designed based of one simple premise, for 1800 years of Christian History many clergy were trained by clergy outside of what we view as a university environment. For most of that history, university was only the preview of clergy that wished to debate theology. Practicing clergy commonly progressed through the monastic environment.

We boldly embrace this ancient training, as it removes the secular components (and secular distractions) from clerical training. This process of clergy training clergy embodies the removal of secular accreditation and secular/government intervention, with the removal of the extreme monetary indebtedness that results from those university practices. Within the context of the First Amendment of the United States, and the freedoms guaranteed by the signers of the Hague Convention, the removal of said secular components is right and just.

None the less, our organization reserves the right to accredit the seminary at a time of our choosing. Therefore it will not be secular accreditation, the process will be sought through a religious accreditation organization. This guarantees the theological training remains pure.

The training received is based on historical apostolic practices, current religious trends,  biblical study, specific liturgies, morality, practical training to perform the mass and general ethics. The training included many aspects that are unique to this organization.

The seminary is designed such that the postulant will be ordained into the United Episcopal Catholic Communion. It is not the intent of the seminary, real or imagined, to train any clergy to move to another organization. While it is true that many of the independent churches worldwide may recognize the seminary and the associated priesthood, this is not within the scope of our organization.

St. Borromeo Seminary provides only theological degrees. None the less, it is right and binding that upon completion the title of Bachelor, Master or Doctor of Theology is granted will all rights and privileges to use said titles. The Proper abbreviations of said titles shall be: Th.B, Th.M and Th.D

All curriculum is self study and self paced, with several components of "hand on" training that may be accomplished via video.

Below is a list representing the basic curriculum for each level of study. The official curriculum list is on the seminary site, none the less we will strive to keep the information on this page up to date.


The following is the process and courses to meet the requirements of the Bachelors Level Studies:

1. A set time limit of prayer and discernment by the requester

2. Possible multiple telephone, Skype or written interviews by this organization

3. Course Materials: 

Specific Theological Categories (Bachelors Level)

01. The Apostles Creed
 
02. The Gospels
 
03. The Book of Acts
 
04. We Believe in God
 
05. We Believe in the Holy Spirit
 
06. We Believe in Jesus
 
07. He Gave Us Scripture
 

3a. Mandatory courses specific to our organization from section Required for all levels of study (below) must also be completed.

3b. The applicant must choose from Option #1 (Anglican) or Option #2 (Old Catholic (below) to complete the curriculum.

4. Whereas the UECC follows the core beliefs of the Anglo-Catholic and Old Catholic Churches, the candidates will be required to do independent research regrading the beliefs, rubrics and canons of these global organizations. The candidate may use the core beliefs of this organization as a reference. The candidate must be aware that within the context of these organizations, there exist many independent church groups with varying degrees of conformity. This independent study is as crucial as all specific core subjects.

 


The following is the process and courses to meet the requirements of the Masters Level Studies:

1. A set time limit of prayer and discernment by the requester

2. Possible multiple telephone, Skype or written interviews by this organization

3. Course Materials: 

Specific Theological Categories (Masters Level)

100. Kingdom, Covenants and Canon of the Old Testament
 
101. Kingdom and Covenant in the New Testament
 
102. The Heart of Paul's Theology
 
103. Paul's Prison Epistles
 
104. The Book of Joshua
 
105. The Epistle of James
 
106. The Book of Hebrews

4. Whereas the UECC follows the core beliefs of the Anglo-Catholic and Old Catholic Churches, the candidates will be required to do independent research regrading the beliefs, rubrics and canons of these global organizations. The candidate may use the core beliefs of this organization as a reference. The candidate must be aware that within the context of these organizations, there exist many independent church groups with varying degrees of conformity. This independent study is as crucial as all specific core subjects.


The following is the process and courses to meet the requirements of the Doctorate Level Studies:

1. A set time limit of prayer and discernment by the requester

2. Possible multiple telephone, Skype or written interviews by this organization

3. Course Materials: 

Specific Theological Categories (Doctorate Level)

200. The Book of Revelation
 
201. What is Man
 
202. Your Kingdom Come - The Doctrine of Eschatology
 
203. Making Biblical Decisions
 
204. He Gave Us Prophets

4. Whereas the UECC follows the core beliefs of the Anglo-Catholic and Old Catholic Churches, the candidates will be required to do independent research regrading the beliefs, rubrics and canons of these global organizations. The candidate may use the core beliefs of this organization as a reference. The candidate must be aware that within the context of these organizations, there exist many independent church groups with varying degrees of conformity. This independent study is as crucial as all specific core subjects.


Required for all levels of study (bachelors, masters or doctorate)

Whereas this theological school is designed for those who will become ordained deacons, licensed ministers or ordained priests in our organization, the following documents are a required study:

(Many random questions the Presiding Bishop may require may come from these documents)

Specific categories related to the canons and rubrics of the Ste. Genevieve Apostolic Church, Anglican Apostolic Church, UECC National

1. Altar Guild

2. Consecration of an Altar

3. Consecration of a Church and Altar

4. Consecration of Gregorian Holy Water

5. Consecration of Holy Water

6. Liturgical Colors

7. The Beliefs statements of the Ste. Genevieve Apostolic Church, Anglican Apostolic Church, UECC National

8. Ethical Guidelines

9. Vesting Prayers

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Training Resources (Option #1 - Anglican/AngloCatholic Studies)

 
Anglican Studies
 
1. 39 Articles of the Anglican Faith
 
2. An Explanation and Guide to Anglicanism
 
3. Anglican Belief and Practice
 
4. Anglican Doctrine
 
5. Anglican Theology
 
6. Anglican History
 
7. Anglican Vestments
 
8. Apostolic Tradition by Hippolytus
 
9. Articles of_Religion
 
10. Generous Love
 
 

Training Resources (Option #2 - Old Catholic Studies)

Old Catholic Studies

1. About the Utrechter Union (Old Catholic) (From the Utrechter Website)

      • The Nature of the Church and its Mission
      • Unity, Catholicity and Apostolicity of the Church
      • Ministry and Leadership
      • Supralocal and universal koinonia of the Church
      • Unity in Diversity

2.  Altar Servers Step by Step Guide

3. Apostolic Tradition - Hippolytus

4. Catholic Vestments

5. Liturgical Colors

6. Main Requisites for the Mass

7. Old Catholic Church History

8. Postures at Mass Version 1

9. Postures at Mass Version 2

10. Postures at Latin Mass

Required Training Videos (Option #1 - Anglican Studies)

Anglican Studies

1. Anglican Mass 1 - Youtube

2. Anglican Mass 2 - Youtube

3. Chanted 1928 Mass - Youtube

Required Training Videos (Option #2 - Old Catholic Studies)

Old Catholic Studies - Novus Ordo

1. Novus Ordo - Draw Near - Youtube

2. Novus Ordo - Diocese of Witchita - Youtube

3. Novus Ordo Explained - Youtube

4, Novus Ordo - Holy Trinity - Youtube

Old Catholic Studies - Latin Mass (Tridentine)

1. Latin Mass - Goettler - Youtube

2. Latin Mass Seires - FSSB - Videos 1 to 20

 

 


Main Reference Library

 

Ante-Nicene-Fathers

 
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  •  The Apostolic Fathers with Justin Martyr and Irenaeus
  •  Fathers of the Second Century: Hermas, Tatian, Athenagoras, Theophilus, and Clement of Alexandria
  •  Latin Christianity: Its Founder, Tertullian
  •  Fathers of the Third Century: Tertullian, Part Fourth; Minucius Felix; Commodian; Origen, Parts First and Second
  •  Fathers of the Third Century: Hippolytus, Cyprian, Caius, Novatian
  •  Fathers of the Third Century: Gregory Thaumaturgus, Dionysius the Great, Julius Africanus, Anatolius, and Minor Writers, Methodius, Arnobius
  •  Fathers of the Third and Fourth Centuries: Lactantius, Venantius, Asterius, Victorinus, Dionysius, Apostolic Teaching and Constitutions, Homily, and Liturgies
  •  The Twelve Patriarchs, Excerpts and Epistles, The Clementia, Apocrypha, Decretals, Memoirs of Edessa and Syriac Documents, Remains of the First Age
  •  The Gospel of Peter, The Diatessaron of Tatian, The Apocalypse of Peter, the Vision of Paul, The Apocalypse of the Virgin and Sedrach, The Testament of Abraham, The Acts of Xanthippe and Polyxena, The Narrative of Zosimus, The Apology of Aristides, The Epistles of Clement (complete text), Origen’s Commentary on John, Books 1–10, and Commentary on Matthew, Books 1, 2, and 10–14.
 

Nicene - Post Nicene Fathers Vol1 - Augustine

 
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  • THE CONFESSIONS AND LETTERS OF ST. AUGUSTIN, WITH A SKETCH OF HIS LIFE AND WORK

  • ST. AUGUSTIN’S: CITY OF GOD and CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE

  • ON THE HOLY TRINITY - DOCTRINAL TREATISES - MORAL TREATISES

  • ST. AUGUSTIN: THE WRITINGS AGAINST THE MANICHÆANS AND AGAINST THE DONATISTS

  • ST. AUGUSTIN: ANTI-PELAGIAN WRITINGS.

  • ST. AUGUSTIN: SERMON ON THE MOUNT - HARMONY OF THE GOSPELS - HOMILIES ON THE GOSPELS

  • ST. AUGUSTIN: HOMILIES ON THE GOSPEL OF JOHN -  HOMILIES ON THE FIRST EPISTLE OF JOHN -  SOLILOQUIES

  • ST. AUGUSTIN: EXPOSITIONS ON THE BOOK OF PSALMS

 

Nicene - Post Nicene Fathers Vol2 - Chrystostom

 
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  • SAINT CHRYSOSTOM: ON THE PRIESTHOOD; ASCETIC TREATISES; SELECT HOMILIES AND LETTERS; HOMILIES ON THE STATUES

  • ST. CHRYSOSTOM: HOMILIES ON THE GOSPEL OF SAINT MATTHEW

  • SAINT CHRYSOSTOM: HOMILIES ON THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES AND THE EPISTLE TO THE ROMANS

  • SAINT CHRYSOSTOM: HOMILIES ON THE EPISTLES OF PAUL TO THE CORINTHIANS

  • SAINT CHRYSOSTOM: HOMILIES ON GALATIANS, EPHESIANS, PHILIPPIANS, COLOSSIANS, THESSALONIANS, TIMOTHY, TITUS, AND PHILEMON.

  • SAINT CHRYSOSTOM: HOMILIES ON THE GOSPEL OF ST. JOHN AND THE EPISTLE TO THE HEBREWS.

 

Nicene - Post Nicene Fathers Vol3 

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  • Eusebius: Church History from A.D. 1-324, Life of Constantine the Great, Oration in Praise of Constantine

  • Socrates: History A.D. 305-438; Sozomenus: History A.D. 323-425

  • Theodoret, Jerome and Gennadius, Rufinus and Jerome

  • Athanasius: Select Writings and Letters

  • Gregory of Nyssa: Dogmatic Treatises; Select Writings and Letters

  • Jerome: Letters and Select Works

  • Cyril of Jerusalem, Gregory Nazianzen

  • Basil: Letters and Select Works

  • Hilary of Poitiers, John of Damascus

  • Ambrose: Select Works and Letters

  • Sulpitius Severus, Vincent of Lerins, John Cassian

  •  Leo the Great, Gregory the Great

  • Gregory the Great II, Ephriam Syrus, Aphrahat

  • The Seven Ecumenical Councils

 

Calvin's Commentaries

 
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  • THE FIRST BOOK OF MOSES CALLED GENESIS VOL1

  • THE FIRST BOOK OF MOSES CALLED GENESIS VOL2

  • THE FOUR LAST BOOKS OF MOSES ARRANGED IN THE FORM OF A HARMONY VOL1

  • THE FOUR LAST BOOKS OF MOSES ARRANGED IN THE FORM OF A HARMONY VOL2

  • THE FOUR LAST BOOKS OF MOSES ARRANGED IN THE FORM OF A HARMONY VOL3

  • THE FOUR LAST BOOKS OF MOSES ARRANGED IN THE FORM OF A HARMONY VOL4

  • THE BOOK OF JOSHUA

  • THE BOOK OF PSALMS VOL1

  • THE BOOK OF PSALMS VOL2

  • THE BOOK OF PSALMS VOL3

  • THE BOOK OF PSALMS VOL4

  • THE BOOK OF PSALMS VOL5

  • BOOK OF THE PROPHET ISAIAH VOL1

  • BOOK OF THE PROPHET ISAIAH VOL2

  • BOOK OF THE PROPHET ISAIAH VOL3

  • BOOK OF THE PROPHET ISAIAH VOL4

  • BOOK OF THE PROPHET JEREMIAH AND THE LAMENTATIONS VOL1

  • BOOK OF THE PROPHET JEREMIAH AND THE LAMENTATIONS VOL2

  • BOOK OF THE PROPHET JEREMIAH AND THE LAMENTATIONS VOL3

  • BOOK OF THE PROPHET JEREMIAH AND THE LAMENTATIONS VOL4

  • BOOK OF THE PROPHET JEREMIAH AND THE LAMENTATIONS VOL5

  • BOOK OF THE PROPHET EZEKIEL VOL 1

  • BOOK OF THE PROPHET EZEKIEL VOL 2

  • BOOK OF THE PROPHET DANIEL VOL1

  • BOOK OF THE PROPHET DANIEL VOL2

  • TWELVE MINOR PROPHETS VOL1

  • TWELVE MINOR PROPHETS VOL2

  • TWELVE MINOR PROPHETS VOL3

  • TWELVE MINOR PROPHETS VOL4

  • TWELVE MINOR PROPHETS VOL5

  • HARMONY OF THE EVANGELISTS, MATTHEW, MARK, AND LUKE VOL1

  • HARMONY OF THE EVANGELISTS, MATTHEW, MARK, AND LUKE VOL2

  • HARMONY OF THE EVANGELISTS, MATTHEW, MARK, AND LUKE VOL3

  • GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JOHN VOL1

  • GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JOHN VOL2

  • THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES VOL1

  • THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES VOL2

  • THE ROMANS

  • EPISTLES OF PAUL THE APOSTLE VOL1

  • EPISTLES OF PAUL THE APOSTLE VOL2

  • THE EPISTLE OF PAUL TO THE GALATIANS AND EPHESIANS

  • THE EPISTLE OF PAUL TO THE PHILIPPIANS, COLOSSIANS, AND THESSALONIANS

  • THE EPISTLES TO TIMOTHY, TITUS, AND PHILEMON

  • EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE HEBREWS

  • THE CATHOLIC EPISTLES

Fathers of the Church Universal

 All files used with permission from New Advent
  •  Fathers of the Church Universal - New Advent Documentation

Commentaries on the Bible

All files used with permission from JFB Commentaries (public domain)

  •  Bible Commentaries By Book and Verse - Bible Commentaries