Canon 1: Introduction
corporate name of the faith community shall be The Independent
Evangelical Catholic Church in America.
these canons it shall also be referred to as "this church", "this
faith community", or "the Evangelical Catholic Church."
Independent Evangelical Catholic Church in America is a validly
consecrated and constituent member of Christís One, Holy, Catholic
and Apostolic Church, which unites all Christians throughout the
world and throughout history.
Independent Evangelical Catholic Church in America shall be
incorporated in the State of Illinois as a not for
profit religious corporation.
During the 1996 Synod which ultimately gave birth to the Evangelical
Catholic Church engaged in a lengthy debate at to the name of our
community. Two factors played strongly in this discussion.
The first factor
was the general practice within the Autocephalous Catholic movement
in the 1990's was that all jurisdictions include the word
"independent" in their titles. Though many of the participants
of that Synod had strong misgivings about using the word independent
in our title, the ultimate consensus was to incorporate it in our
The second factor was
the little known existence of another independent jurisdiction named
the Evangelical Catholic Church, which at that time was a professed
Lutheran faith community. The date of their establishment has
always been in some doubt, nevertheless in order to create corporate
uniqueness from the Lutheran ECC the final decision was made for the
title of our Church to be the Independent Evangelical Catholic
Church in American - under which we received our 501C3.
purposes, this Church is commonly referred to as the shorter
Evangelical Catholic Church.
When filing NFP
Incorporation papers in any State for the Church corporate, they are
filed with the name Independent Evangelical Catholic Church in
It was the desire to
establish the fact in Canon 1.3 that this Church community is
undeniably rooted in historic Apostolic Succession through the lines
of Bishop Carlos Duarte Costa and that this Church is a community of
faith rooted in the Catholic lines and traditions.