Who We Are
The Independent Catholic Church of the Americas is a Catholic Church that functions outside the jurisdiction of Rome. The ICCA seeks a new way of living our Catholic faith. As an Independent Catholic Church, we enjoy the freedom of joining LGBT couples, and divorced couples, in the Sacrament of Marriage. We welcome women to pursue a vocation to Holy Orders, and we do not require that anyone in our clergy bind themselves to the commitment of celibacy.
An Apostolic Church
The saw represents Saint Simon the Apostle, whom the ICCA has taken as her patron. Simon is one of the lesser known Apostles. Often called "the Zealot" it is believed that he belonged to the Zealot party of antiquity, a group that passionately believed that God was their only king, and that the Empire had no true control over them whatsoever. Clearly his zeal did not die out when he no longer affiliated with this party; he went out after the Resurrection to preach to Egypt, North Africa, Persia, and Lebanon.
Simon's dedication to the purity of the faith, and his willingness to stand tall against the legalism that threatened it, are admirable qualities, and a wonderful example for all of us. This zeal and dedication would cost Simon his life, as he was put to death by the saw.
A Church That Breathes With Two Lungs
The Encyclical "Ut Unum Sint" tells us that "the church breathes with two lungs," reminding the Catholic faithful of the Eastern Churches. The ICCA embraces this attitude, having among our own founding Bishops, The Most Rev. Miguel Jose Javchak. His coming from the Eastern Church has provided the ICCA with much significant insight into our views of Systematics, Ecclesiology, and Particular Law. The Eastern tradition is deeply important to the identity of the ICCA.
The Eastern Tradition maintains that it was Simon for whom Jesus turned water into wine at Cana. In recognition of this tradition, and in acknowledgement of our roots from the Eastern Eastern Church, the logo depicts a water jar as a reminder of the miracle.
A Marian Church
Arched across the top of the graphic is the words of the Blessed Mother spoken at Cana, "Do whatever he tells you." With these words she advised the wine steward to be obedient to her son, who she knew had some plan in mind. Likewise these words were her last spoken in Scripture, serving also as her parting words of wisdom to us, who seek to follow her son in faithful discipleship.
The entire ICCA celebrates our Patron on his Feast day from the Eastern Calendar, on May 23. This day is celebrated with the rank of a Solemnity, with a special celebration on the Sunday closest each year.
Saint Simon, pray for us!