We are launching an educational program, which includes a speakers series, online courses, and more. Our affidavit was accepted by the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education, as part of its annual review, for 2023 - 24.
Welcome to our new bishop! Bishop Fidel Iglesias has been consecrated. Thanks be to God for blessing Living Spirit Catholic Community (LSCC).
Reverend Tammy J. Wood has joined us as (Volunteer) Clergy-in-Residence. The blessings continue for LSCC. God is great!
Ms. B Shaw ("Ms B") joins LSCC as Lector, and Debbie Iglesias is now a Eucharistic Minister, and is embarking on her formation journey with us. Truly, we are blessed!
What We Do
Our Mission Statement
Living Spirit Catholic Community is an Independent Catholic Community that aims to share the love of God through the traditional liturgies such as the Mass, preaching the scriptures and community outreach, all the while practicing the seven recognized sacraments also practiced by the Roman Catholic Church. We fully accept all people, gender or sexual orientations. We respectfully honor the faith traditions that lead people to God. We focus on helping members of our community to recognize the Godly and inherent worth of themselves, and how that divinity, working in them, can be used to confront and overpower the evil that pervades secular society.
We currently have 3 clergy in varying roles to help meet our current needs.
Who We Are
Lector B Shaw ("Ms B"): Truly His faithful servant, Ms B loves people, traveling, sharing the love of God with all. We are blessed to have her with us.
Bishop Mary Unger: An active Roman Catholic for over 50 years but atring of events within a year of her husband’s death including vocation calls, a new church community (started strictly because of a later worship time) and retired nurse work status paved the way for God’s 37 yr wait plan to unfold. Her words, "All I had to do was say, 'yes.'" In-person credentialed educators, multiple support persons and an online seminary course all presented themselves and contributed to the 3 year full-time seminary process leading her to become the first woman priest in the Old Catholic jurisdiction in FL in January 2016. Only God could have put such an amazing program together!
Joining a new church group community 5 years after becoming a priest, she helped develop and now co-leads Living Spirit Catholic Community as their Presiding Bishop, being consecrated in 2021. She feels truly blessed to share God’s love in this way. Her previous nursing background, coupled with the desire to include those who’ve felt estranged from God, includes those too medically infirm to go to a church for mass or sacraments. God loves us all, wherever we may be, and our community helps provide that conduit option.
Bishop Fidel Iglesias: Fr Fidel was ordained deacon, then priest, in 2016. He was elevated to the Episcopacy on 12/10/22. He has been affiliated with St Julian of Norwich Old Catholic Church, Inner Spirit Independent Catholic Community, Ascension By the Sea (Ascension Alliance), and has now settled down with his forever home, Living Spirit Catholic Community (LSCC). He is presently the Auxiliary Bishop of LSCC as well as its pastor. He also works as its provisional chaplain. He also performs various secular functions for LSCC. Fr Fidel hopes to enthuse others with His everlasting, and infinite, grace, mercy, and salvation. In Iglesias' spare time, he teaches, cares for his family, including several loving animals, and tries to effectuate justice through secular law.
Bishop Emeritus Joel O'Rourke:
I was ordained a servant priest in July 2012. I began my ministry that summer serving the retirement and assisted living communities in the West Palm Beach area.
During the course of my ministry, I was blessed to meet other priests and bishops who were in the independent catholic movement, and was fortunate to be granted faculties by them.
After several years, I was consecrated a bishop by the same man who ordained me, +Ken Maley. I continued with my ordinary ministries and was fortunate to travel to South America as a tourist, where I could see firsthand the living conditions among the peoples of Colombia and Ecuador. After returning to the States, I was moved to found a Community (not a "church") which I named Living Spirit Catholic Community. This was done in conjunction with +Mary Unger and Fr. Fidel Iglesias. This little community is now in their capable hands, and I assist as Bishop Emeritus whenever I am able.
Rev. Tammy Wood: Rev. Tammy J. Wood currently resides in Layton, Utah. She was ordained as Priest in April 2016. Her ministries have taken several forms, in ecclesiastical and secular settings, most notably serving on the Utah Governor's Advisory Commission on Disabilities. Reverend Wood has a special ministry providing care and corporal relief to those who are homebound or at the end-of-life in hospice care. She is an avid softball fan, home chef, and loves to be outdoors with family and friends.
OUR SERVICE MINISTRIES
We provide Mass and the Sacraments of The Eucharist, Baptism, Reconciliation, Matrimony and Anointing of the sick, Confirmation and Holy Orders in various locations to help meet the needs of those requesting them.
Most Rev. Mary Unger - Presiding Bishop of LSCC
Homebound ministries: in private homes and facilities for group prayer services, Mass, requested Sacraments and individual spiritual visits
Counseling: limited marital counseling; limited grief counseling; spiritual counseling
Blessings: blessings of people, animals, homes and vehicles; renewals of vows; spiritual formation of children and adults; funeral services and committal services
Most Rev. Joel O'Rourke - Bishop Emeritus of LSCC
Counseling: Hospice care, Nursing home care, Recovery counseling
Other Ministries: Weddings and Funerals
Most Reverend Fidel Iglesias - Auxiliary Bishop and Pastor of LSCC
Providing educational needs for those incarcerated
Advocating for children with legal and other needs
Providing pro bono or low cost legal services to the disenfranchised
Supporting various Christian and secular charities
Reverend Tammy J. Wood (Volunteer Clergy-in-Residence)
Advocating for those with disabilities, and at the end of life, and praying for all of us and Creation in His Holy Name.
LSCC is a 501(c)(3). It is incorporated in Florida as a non-profit. It is registered in Florida for charitable donations.
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LSCC is not affiliated with any email service, social media platform, music, or website. Their views are not necessarily those of LSCC, its clergy, or volunteers.
LSCC is a movement church with the Christian Alliance for Orphans (CAFO). We are not formally associated with this worthy cause. But we encourage you to find out more about their Christian outreach to children at https://cafo.org/
LSCC has completed its annual review with, and received a Section 1005.06(1)(f) letter from, the Commission of Independent Education, Florida Department of Education, as per state law.
Ethics Rules for Living Spirit Catholic Community’s Clergy and Laity
Beneficence: We will have concern and respect for all peoples, regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, faith understandings, political
affiliations, physical limits or financial status.
Nonmaleficence: We will refrain from harming another in our wordsor actions.
Confidentiality: We will respect a person’s right not to sharetheir name if the fear of that divulgement concerns them.
Fairness: All desiring to come to the Table of The Lord for Eucharist will be welcomed without regard to recent confession/fasting/marriage or annulment
status. We do not require any of those above roadblocks to God’s banquet. All
Respect: All who come to the Living Spirit Catholic Community to find a new church home will find an atmosphere of God’s love in action. We request
that you honor our Mass here as you would in any church space. Clergy will come prepared to provide the mass, sermon, music, and Eucharist. We appreciate your punctuality
and courtesy for others in your arrivals.
All clergy have passed background checks and are required to abide by local, state, and national laws.
Clergy are not paid in any fashion. All operating costs are covered by donations. Administrative costs are kept to minimum
so that we can help others through our ministries. We rely on the good works, including tithes, of LSCC members and the public. All funds are strictly accounted for. Our records may be reviewed with reasonable notice.
A copy of LSCC's Apostolic Succession, By Laws, and financials, are available upon request.
Disclaimer - The postings in the Announcement section are current as of when posted.
Application with the State of FL has been made for the TM / SM at the top of this webpage.