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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,
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
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,
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