Guest Preacher Sunday February 4, The Most Rev. Joris Vercammen
The Most Rev. Joris Vercammen is Archbishop of the Old Catholic Diocese of Utrecht. In that role, he is also chair of the International Bishops Conference of the Old Catholic Churches of the Union of Utrecht. The churches of the Anglican Communion including the Episcopal Church have been in full communion with the Old Catholic Churches of the Union of Utrecht since the Bonn Agreement in 1931.
The Archbishop of Utrecht serves a role among Old Catholics similar to that of the Archbishop of Canterbury among Anglicans. He is both primate of the Old Catholic Church of the Netherlands and International convener of the Old Catholic Churches of the Union of Utrecht. Old Catholics have a presence in the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, and Croatia. In each of the countries, except France, Old Catholics are a state recognized church. A former Old Catholic Mission in Milan, Italy, has been incorporated into the Episcopal Church.
A native of Lier, Belgium, Archbishop Vercammen is married and has three children. Prior to his election and consecration as Archbishop of Utrecht in 2000, he was dean of Old Catholic seminary in the Netherlands. Since 2006, he has been a member of the central committee of the World Council of Churches.
Click here to listen to his sermon for the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany.