Note: Information note on this document:
On October 22, 1945, The Most Reverend Frederick L. Pyman, was given Apostolic Mandate and Authority for: The Western States Regionary Diocese which included the states of: California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Oregon, Arizona and Washington. Further it stated that Bishop Pyman was the ONLY recognized Bishop and Apostolic Ordinary in those states for: The North American Old Roman Catholic Church.
During an intense three years that followed, Bishop Pyman discovered that there were several small groups already using, without permission or authority, the name and title of Old Roman Catholic. He attempted to bring unity to these groups but was unsuccessful. In his own words: "It was a mess, and made me very sad and Archbishop Carfora VERY angry." Due to the liberal incorporation laws in many of the Western States it was also impossible, at that time, to stop others from using the legal name of: Old Roman Catholic. To many variations could be adopted legally, while actually holding no real apostolic authority or mandate to function from the Synod and Primate of The North American Old Roman Catholic Church.
During this period, for all intents and purposes, the Diocese of the Western States of: The North American Old Roman Catholic Church was to become dormant due to the existing circumstances in the Western States area.
One year later in November of 1948, The Most Reverend Frederick L. Pyman, 1st Regionary Bishop of The North American Old Roman Catholic Western States Regionary Diocese - petitioned The Most Reverend Carmel Henry Carfora, Archbishop Primate of The North American Old Roman Catholic Church to create a safe and corporately secure Apostolic Jurisdiction in which Bishop Pyman, his clergy and faithful could continue their ministry and apostolic labors in behalf of Christ and His Church. On November 7th, 1948, Archbishop Carfora, by apostolic mandate, established The Evangelical Orthodox Old Catholic Church in America, with the Most Reverend Frederick L. Pyman as its first Bishop. Archbishop Carfora remained as Primate of The Evangelical Orthodox Old Catholic Church in America until his death in 1958.
With The Evangelical Orthodox Old Catholic Church now secure for many years, and in his retirement from The Evangelical Orthodox Old Catholic Church in America, Bishop Pyman who was still active as the head of the Society of Augustinian Restorationists, transferred the dormant Western States Regionary Diocese of The North American Old Roman Catholic Church he had held for many years back to the Old Roman Catholic Church of North America in 1989 to help preserve and restore unity.
Sadly, Archbishop Pyman passed on to be with our Lord on: January 22nd,
1993. He is loved and missed by many, including all those within The Evangelical
Orthodox Catholic Church in America that he led for so many years. Rest
in Peace, beloved Father in God.
THE NORTH AMERICAN
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN:
This is to certify that the Most Reverend Frederick Littler Pyman, S.T.D. is the 1st Regionary Bishop for the Western States Regionary Diocese established by our synod and us, and is a Bishop in good standing within the North American Old Roman Catholic Church.
The Most Reverend Frederick L. Pyman is appointed 1st Regionary Bishop for the states of California, Nevada, Utah, New Mexico, Oregon, Arizona and Washington. This appointment to take effect at once.
We must add here, that the Most Reverend Frederick L. Pyman CONTINUES
to be the ONLY REPRESENTATIVE of our church in the states named above and
to report to us on the progress of his work.
Given in Chicago, Illinois
October 22, 1945
|(THE NORTH AMERICAN
OLD ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH
seal is here)
|With Blessings, We are
Respectfully Your in Christ
+Carmel Henry Carfora
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