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History of the Charismatic Catholic Church of Canada/USA


Patriarch André Barbeau founded the Catholic Charismatic Church of Canada in the 1960’s.  He was born on November 22, 1912 in Delaware City, Delaware, USA.  He became a lifelong resident of Canada and was ordained a Roman Catholic priest on November 21, 1940.  He served in that capacity for over 25 years in the Archdiocese of Montréal, Québec, Canada.


The Catholic Charismatic Church of Canada was a response to the modernism tht was being felt in the Church and to statements in the reports of Vatican II, inviting new rites and patriarchies.  The CCCC was conceived as such an undertaking, a progressive-conservative patriarchy: a new stem of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church.


There are many Catholic Rites throughout the world, many of which are united under the Papacy: the Melkite Catholic Church, the Ukrainian Catholic Church, the Syriac Catholic Church, just to name a few.  There are also Catholic rites which are not in communion with the Papacy but which are considered to be “valid”, having true unbroken apostolic succession and thus true sacraments.  The Old Catholic Church, the Old Roman Catholic Church, the Polish National Catholic Church are a few of these.


Father Barbeau started the Cité de Marie in the early 1960’s with the help of Father André Letellier.  Things proved very difficult with much pressure to end the ministry.  However, guided by the Holy Spirit, they remained firm and continued to answer their call.  In this light, after being consecrated by pro-uniate Old Catholic bishops in Europe, and thus having valid apostolic succession, Archbishop Barbeau founded the Catholic Charismatic Church of Canada “…to assist the Roman Catholic Church in its mission as a supplemental rite.”  Father Letellier was also consecrated a bishop.  With the founding of the CCCC, Archbishop Barbeau became known as Patriarch André I.  Immediately, after the Church’s establishment, Patriarch Barbeau petitioned the Pope regarding the status of the rite.


Patriarch Barbeau passed away on February 14, 1994.  His successor is Patriarch André II, formerly known as Archbishop André Letellier, who was installed in February of 1994 in the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in the Cité de Marie.  Patriarch André II assisted Patriarch André Barbeau from the beginning of the CCCC and served as Coadjutor Bishop with rights of succession.


In matters of faith and morals, the Catholic Charismatic Church of Canada observes the teachings of the Holy See of Rome.  The Catholic Charismatic Church of Canada seeks to preserve a proper freedom by focusing itself as an avenue for ministering to Catholics who find themselves unchurched for a variety of reasons.  It is also ecumenical and seeks to promote unity by welcoming people of various religious traditions who are searching for a spiritual home.  The Catholic Charismatic Church is an apostolic and sacramental church and seeks to promote the truth of the Gospels as such.  The CCCC expresses the “Body of Christ” in caring, non-legalistic, pastoral communities.

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