Old Catholic Succession

“Have you an Apostolic Succession? Unfold the line of your Bishops” ~ Tertullian, 3rd Century.


Ancient History and Validations

Utrecht receives Rights of Autonomy from Blessed Pope Eugene III in 1145.

This Right is confirmed by Pope Leo in 1215 and becomes known universally as the Leonine Privilege.


 

Privilege subsequently reconfirmed in two Church Councils in 1520 and 1717.


 

More Recent Validations


 

Dominus Iesus issued by the Roman Catholic Magisterium in the year 2000, signed by John Paul II on June 16, and Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI) on August 6, states:

“The churches which, while not existing in perfect communion with the (Roman) Catholic Church, remain united to her by means of the closest bonds, that is, by Apostolic Succession and a valid Eucharist, are true particular churches.”


 

A Concordat was signed between the Holy Father, Pope Paul VI, and Archbishop Glazmaker of Utrecht in 1976, recognizing the Catholic status of one another and the validity of one another’s Sacraments.


 

“The Roman Church recognizes the validity of Old Catholic Orders and Sacraments.” 1974, Catholic Almanac, Our Sunday Visitor


 

“The Old Catholics, like the Orthodox, possess a valid priesthood.” Separated Brethren, William J. Whalen


 

“…Catholics may receive the Eucharist, penance or anointing from sacred ministers of non-Catholic denominations whose Orders are considered valid by the Catholic Church. This includes all Eastern Orthodox priests, priests of the Old Catholic and the Polish National Church.” A Catholic Guide to the New Code of Canon Law, Thomas P. Doyle, OP


 

“…Ordinations performed by the bishops of the Old Catholic Church are considered valid.” A Practical Commentary on the Code of Canon Law, Rev. Stanislaw Woywood, OFM, LLB


 

 


 

Roman – Old Catholic Succession:

JESUS CHRIST


 

St. Peter the Apostle — to 64 A.D.


 

St. Linus — 67 to 76


 

St. Anacletus — 76 to 91


 

St. Clement I — 91 to 101


 

St. Evaristus — 100 to 109


 

St. Alexander I — 109 to 116


 

St. Sixtus I — 116 to 125


 

St. Telesphorus — 125 to 136


 

St. Hyginus — 138 to 140


 

St. Pius I — 140 to 155


 

St. Anicetus — 155 to 166


 

St. Soter — 166 to 174


 

St. Eleutherius — 174 to 189


 

St. Victor I — 189 to 198


 

St. Zephyrinus — 198 to 217


 

St. Callistus I — 217 to 222


 

St. Urban I — 222 to 230


 

St. Pontian — July 21, 230 to Sept. 28, 235


 

St. Anterus — Nov. 21, 235 to Jan. 20, 236


 

St. Fabian — Jan. 10, 236 to Jan. 20, 250


 

St. Cornelius — Mar. 251 to June 253


 

St. Lucius I — June 25, 253 to March 5, 254


 

St. Stephen I — May 12, 254 to Aug. 2, 257


 

St. Sixtus II — Aug. 30, 257 to Aug. 6, 258


 

St. Dionysius — July 22, 259 to Dec. 26, 268


 

St. Felix — Jan. 5, 269 to Dec. 30, 274


 

St. Eutychian — Jan. 4, 275 to Dec. 7, 283


 

St. Caius — Dec. 17, 283 to Apr. 25, 296


 

St. Marcellinus — June 30, 296 to Oct. 25, 304


 

St. Marcellus I — May 27, 306 to Jan. 16, 308


 

St. Eusebius — Apr. 18, 310 to Aug. 17, 310


 

St. Miltiades — July 2, 311 to Jan. 11, 314


 

St. Silvester — Jan. 31, 314 to Dec. 31, 335


 

St. Mark — Jan. 18, 336 to Oct. 7, 336


 

St. Julius I — Feb. 6, 337 to Apr. 12, 352


 

St. Liberius — May 17, 352 to Sept. 24, 366


 

St. Damasus — Oct. 1, 366 to Dec. 11, 384


 

St. Siricius — Dec. 384 to Nov. 26, 399


 

St. Anastasius I — Nov. 27, 399 to Dec. 19, 401


 

St. Innocent I — Dec. 22, 401 to Mar. 12, 417


 

St. Zosimus — Mar. 18, 417 to Dec. 26, 418


 

St. Boniface I — Dec. 28, 418 to Sep. 4, 422


 

St. Celestine I — Sept. 10, 422 to July 27, 432


 

St. Sixtus III — July 31,432 to Aug. 19, 440


 

St. Leo I “The Great” — Sept. 29, 440 to Nov. 10, 461


 

St. Hilarus — Nov. 19, 461 to Feb. 29, 468


 

St. Simplicius — Mar. 3, 468 to Mar. 10, 483


 

St. Felix III — Mar. 13, 483 to Mar. 1, 492


 

St. Gelasius I — Mar. 1, 492 to Nov. 21, 496


 

Anastasius II — Nov. 24, 496 to Nov. 19, 498


 

St. Symmachus — Nov. 22, 498 to July 19, 514


 

St. Hormisdas — July 20, 514 to Aug. 6, 523


 

St. John I — Aug. 13, 523 to May 18, 526


 

St. Felix IV — July 12, 526 to Sept. 22, 530


 

Boniface II — Sept. 22, 530 to Oct. 17, 532


 

St. John II — Jan. 2, 533 to May 8, 535


 

St. Agapitus I — May 13, 535 to Apr. 22, 536


 

St. Silverius — June 1, 536 to Nov. 11, 537


 

Vigilius — Mar. 29, 537 to June 7, 555


 

Pelagius I — Apr. 16, 556 to Mar. 4, 561


 

John III — July 17, 561 to July 13, 574


 

Benedict I — June 2, 575 to July 30, 579


 

Pelagius II — Nov. 26, 579 to Feb. 7, 590


 

St. Gregory I “The Great” — Sept. 3, 590 to Mar. 12, 604


 

Sabinianus — Sept. 13, 604 to Feb. 22, 606


 

Boniface III — Feb. 19 to Nov. 12, 607


 

St. Boniface IV — Aug. 25, 608 to May 8, 615


 

St. Adeodatus I — Oct. 19, 615 to Nov. 8, 618


 

Boniface V — Dec. 23, 619 to Oct. 25, 625


 

Honorius I — Oct. 27, 625 to Oct. 12, 638


 

Severinus — May 28 to Aug. 2, 640


 

John IV — Dec. 24, 640 to Oct. 12, 642


 

Theodore I — Nov. 24, 642 to Sept. 16, 649


 

St. Martin I — July 649 to May 14, 653


 

St. Eugenius I — Aug. 10, 654 to June 2, 657


 

St. Vitalian — July 30, 657 to Jan. 27, 672


 

Adeodatus II — Apr. 11, 672 to June 17, 676


 

Donus — Nov. 2, 676 to Apr. 11, 678


 

St. Agatho — June 27, 678 to Jan. 10, 681


 

St. Leo II — Aug. 17, 682 to July 3, 683


 

St. Benedict II — June 26, 684 to May 8, 685


 

John V — July 23, 685 to Aug. 2, 686


 

Conon — Oct. 21, 686 to Sept. 21, 687


 

St. Sergius I — Dec. 15, 687 to Sept. 8, 701


 

John VI — Oct. 30, 701 to Jan. 11, 705


 

John VII — Mar. 1, 705 to Oct. 18, 707


 

Sissinius — Jan. 15 to Feb. 4, 708


 

Constantine — Mar. 25, 708 to Apr. 9, 715


 

St. Gregory II — May 19, 715 to Feb. 11, 731


 

St. Gregory III — Mar. 18, 731 to Nov. 741


 

St. Zacharias — Dec. 3, 741 to Mar. 15, 752


 

Stephen II — Mar. 26, 752 to Apr. 26, 757


 

St. Paul I — 29 May 757 to June 28, 767


 

Stephen III — Aug. 1, 768 to Jan. 24, 772


 

Adrian I — Feb. 1, 772 to Dec. 25, 795


 

St. Leo III — Dec. 26, 795 to June 12, 816


 

Stephen IV — June 22, 816 to Jan. 24, 817


 

St. Paschal I — Jan. 25, 817 to Feb. 11, 824


 

Eugenius II — Feb. 824 to Aug. 827


 

Valentine — Aug. 827 to Sept. 827


 

Gregory IV — 827 to Jan. 844


 

Sergius II — Jan. 844 to Jan. 27, 847


 

St. Leo IV –Jan. 847 to July 17, 855


 

Benedict III — July 855 to Apr. 17, 858


 

St. Nicholas I — Apr. 24, 858 to Nov. 13, 867


 

Adrian II — Dec. 14, 867 to Dec. 14, 872


 

John VIII — Dec. 14, 872 to Dec. 16, 882


 

Marinus I — Dec. 16, 882 to May 15, 884


 

St. Adrian III — May 17, 884 to Sept. 885


 

Stephen V — Sept. 885 to Sept. 14, 891


 

Formosus — Oct. 6, 891 to Apr. 4, 896


 

Boniface VI — Apr. 896 to Apr. 896


 

Stephen VI — May 896 to Aug. 897


 

Romanus — Aug. 897 to Nov. 897


 

Theodore II — Dec. 897


 

John IX — Jan. 898 to Jan. 900


 

Benedict IV — Jan. 900 to July 903


 

Leo V — July 903 to Sept. 903


 

Sergius III — Jan. 29, 904 to Apr. 14, 911


 

Anastasius III — Apr. 911 to June 913


 

Lando — July 913 to Feb. 914


 

John X — Mar. 914 to May 928


 

Leo VI — May 928 to Dec. 928


 

Stephen VII — Dec. 928 to Feb. 931


 

John XI — Feb. 931 to Dec. 935


 

Leo VII — Jan. 936 to July 13, 939


 

Stephen VIII — July 14, 939 to Oct. 942


 

Marinus II — Oct. 30, 942 to May 946


 

Agapetus II — May 10, 946 to Dec. 955


 

John XII — Dec. 16, 955 to May 14, 964


 

Leo VIII — Dec. 4, 963 to Mar. 1, 965


 

Benedict V — May 22, 964 to July 4, 966


 

John XIII — Oct. 1, 965 to Sept. 6, 972


 

Benedict VI — Jan. 19, 973 to June 974


 

Benedict VII — Oct. 974 to July 10, 983


 

John XIV — Dec. 983 to Aug. 20, 984


 

John XV — Aug. 985 to March 996


 

Gregory V — May 3, 996 to Feb. 18, 999


 

Sylvester II — Apr. 2, 999 to May 12, 1003


 

John XVII — June 1003 to Dec. 1003


 

John XVIII — Jan. 1004 to July 1009


 

Sergius IV — July 31, 1009 to May 12, 1012


 

Benedict VIII — May 18, 1012 to Apr. 9, 1024


 

John XIX — Apr. 1024 to 1032


 

Benedict IX — 1032 to 1044


 

Sylvester III — Jan. 20, 1045 to Feb. 10, 1045


 

Gregory VI — May 5, 1045 to Feb. 1046


 

Clement II — Dec. 24, 1046 to Oct. 9, 1047


 

Damasus II — July 17, 1048 to Aug. 9,1048


 

St. Leo IX — Feb. 12, 1049 to Apr. 19, 1054


 

Victor II — Apr. 16, 1055 to July 28, 1057


 

Stephen IX — Aug. 3, 1057 to Mar. 29, 1058


 

Nicholas II — Jan. 24, 1059 to July 27, 1061


 

Alexander II — Oct. 1, 1061 to Apr. 21, 1073


 

St. Gregory VII — Apr. 22, 1073 to May 25, 1085


 

Blessed Victor III — May 24, 1086 to Sept. 16, 1087


 

Blessed Urban II — Mar. 12, 1088 to July 29, 1099


 

Paschal II — Aug. 13, 1099 to Jan. 21, 1118


 

Gelasiur II — Jan. 24, 1118 to Jan. 28, 1119


 

Callistus II — Feb. 2, 1119 to Dec. 13, 1124


 

Honorius II — Dec. 21, 1124 to Feb. 13, 1130


 

Innocent II — Feb. 14, 1130 to Sept. 24, 1143


 

Celestine II — Sept. 26, 1143 to Mar. 8, 1144


 

Lucius II — Mar. 12, 1144 to Feb. 15, 1145


 

Blessed Eugenius III — Feb. 15, 1145 to July 8, 1153


 

Anastasius IV — July 12, 1153 to Dec. 3, 1154


 

Adrian IV — Dec. 4, 1154 to Sept. 1, 1159


 

Alexander III — Sept. 7, 1159 to Aug. 30, 1181


 

Lucius III — Sept. 1, 1181 to Sept. 25, 1185


 

Urban III — Nov. 25, 1185 to Oct. 20 1187


 

Gregory VIII — Oct. 21, 1187 to Dec. 17, 1187


 

Clement III — Dec. 19, 1187 to Mar. 1191


 

Celestine III — Mar. 30, 1191 to Jan. 8, 1198


 

Innocent III — Jan. 8, 1198 to July 16, 1216


 

Honorius III — July 18, 1216 to Mar. 18, 1227


 

Gregory IX — Mar. 19, 1227 to Aug. 22, 1241


 

Celestine IV — Oct. 25, 1241 to Nov. 10, 1251


 

Innocent IV — June 25, 1243 to Dec. 7, 1254


 

Alexander IV — Dec. 12, 1254 to May 25, 1261


 

Urban IV — Aug. 29, 1261 to Oct. 2, 1264


 

Clement IV — Feb. 5, 1265 to Nov. 29, 1268


 

Blessed Gregory X — Sept. 1, 1271 to Jan. 10, 1276


 

Blessed Innocent V — Jan. 21, 1276 to June 22, 1276


 

Adrian V — July 11, 1276 to Aug. 18, 1276


 

John XXI — Sept. 8, 1276 to May 20, 1277


 

Nicholas III — Nov. 25, 1277 to Aug. 22, 1280


 

Martin IV — Feb. 2, 1281 to Mar. 28, 1285


 

Honorius IV — Apr. 2, 1285 to Apr. 3, 1287


 

Nicholas IV — Feb. 22, 1288 to Apr. 4, 1292


 

St. Celestine V — July 5, 1294 to Dec. 13, 1294


 

Boniface VIII — Dec. 24, 1294 to Oct. 11, 1303


 

Blessed Benedict XI — Oct. 22, 1303 to July 7, 1304


 

Clement V — June 5, 1305 to Apr. 20, 1314


 

John XXII — Aug. 7, 1305 to Dec. 4, 1334


 

Nicholas V — May 12, 1328 to Aug. 5, 1330


 

Benedict XII — Dec. 20, 1334 to Apr. 25, 1342


 

Clement VI — May 7, 1342 to Dec. 6, 1352


 

Innocent VI — Dec. 18, 1352 to Sept. 12, 1362


 

Blessed Urban V — Sept. 28,1362 to Dec. 19, 1370


 

Gregory XI –Dec. 30, 1370 to Mar. 26, 1378


 

Urban VI — Apr. 8, 1378 to Oct. 15, 1389


 

Boniface IX — Nov. 2, 1389 to Oct. 1, 1404


 

Innocent VII — Oct. 17, 1404 to Nov. 6, 1406


 

Gregory XII — Nov. 30, 1406 to July 4, 1415


 

Martin V — Nov. 11, 1417 to Feb. 20, 1431


 

Eugenius IV — Mar. 3, 1431 to Feb. 23, 1447


 

Nicholas V — Mar. 6, 1447 to Mar. 24, 1455


 

Callistus III — Apr. 8, 1455 to Aug. 6, 1458


 

Pius II — Aug.19, 1458 to Aug. 15, 1464


 

Paul II — Aug. 30, 1464 to July 26, 1471


 

Sixtus IV — Aug. 9, 1471 to Aug. 12, 1484


 

Innocent VIII — Aug. 29, 1484 to July 25, 1492


 

Alexander VI — Aug. 11, 1492 to Aug. 18, 1503


 

Pius III — Sept. 22, 1503 to Oct. 18, 1503


 

Julius II — Oct. 31, 1503 to Feb. 21, 1513


 

Leo X — Mar. 9, 1513 to Dec. 1, 1521


 

Adrian VI — Jan. 9, 1522 to Sept. 14, 1523


 

Clement VII — Nov. 19, 1523 to Sept. 25, 1534


 

Paul III — Oct. 13, 1534 to Nov. 10, 1549


 

Julius III — Feb. 7, 1550 to Mar. 23, 1555


 

Marcellus II — Apr. 9, 1555 to May 1, 1555


 

Paul IV — May 23, 1555 to Aug. 18, 1559


 

Pius IV — Dec. 25, 1559 to Dec. 9, 1565


 

St. Pius V — Jan. 7, 1566 to May 1, 1572


 

Gregory XIII — May 13, 1572 to Apr. 10, 1585


 

Sixtus V — Apr. 24, 1585 to Aug. 27, 1590


 

Urban VII — Sept. 15, 1590 to Sept. 27, 1590


 

Gregory XIV — Dec. 5, 1590 to Oct. 16, 1591


 

Innocent IX — Oct. 29, 1591 to Dec. 30, 1591


 

Clement VIII — Jan. 30, 1592 to Mar. 3, 1605


 

Leo XI — Apr. 1, 1605 to Apr. 27, 1605


 

Paul V — May 16, 1605 to Jan. 28 1621


 

Gregory XV — Feb. 9, 1621 to July 8, 1623


 

Urban VIII — Aug. 6, 1623 to July 29, 1644


 

Innocent X — Sept. 15, 1644 to Jan 7, 1655


 

Alexander VII — Apr. 7, 1655 to May 22, 1667


 

Antonio Barberini — 1657 to 1671


 

Michael le Tellier – 1659


 

Jaques Benigne de Bousseut – 1670


 

James Coyon de Matignon – 1693


 

Dominicus Marie Varlet – February 12, 1719


 

Peter John Meindaerts – October 17, 1739


 

Johannes Van Stiphout – July 11, 1745


 

Gaultherus Michael Van Niewenhuizen – February 7, 1768


 

Adrian Broekman – June 21, 1778


 

Johannes Jacobus Van Rhijin – July 5, 1797


 

Gilbertus de Jong – November 7, 1805


 

Wilibrordus Van Os – April 24, 1814


 

Johannes Bon – April 22, 1819


 

Johannes Van Santen – June 14, 1825


 

Hermanus Heijkamp – July 17, 1854


 

Casparus Johannes Rinkel – August 11, 1873


 

Geradus Gul – May 11, 1892


 

Arnold Harris Matthew – 28 April 1908


 

Rudolph Edouard de Landes Berghes – 29 June 1913


 

Henry Carmel Carfora – 4 October 1916


 

Earl Anglin Lawrence James – 17 June 1945


 

Grant Timothy Billet – 25 December 1950


 

Norman Richard Parr – 23 October 1979


 

Maurice Darryl McCormick – 14 July 1991


 

Rodney P. Rickard – April 26, 1997


 

Michael Wrenn – May 10, 2003


 

David Clyde Holdridge – September 17, 2005


 

Michael Albert Burger - April 15, 2015


 

 


 

 


 

A special thanks to the late Bishop Robert Conley for all his hard work in the research and time it took to research this Succession, and for his allowing me to post it here. Verifiable Line of Succession:

Cardinal Scipione Rebiba – Bishop of Chieti, Italy March 16, 1541. Titular Bishop of Amyclae March 16, 1541


 

Giulio Antonio Santorio – March 12, 1566 Archbishop of Santa Severina, Italy


 

Girolamo Bernerio, O.P. – September 7, 1586 Bishop of Ascoli Piceno, Italy


 

Galeazzo Sanvitale – April 4, 1604 Archbishop of Bari (-Canosa), Italy


 

Ludovico Ludovisi – May 2, 1621 Archbishop of Bologna, Italy


 

Luigi Caetani – June 12, 1622 Patriarch of Titular See


 

Giovanni Battista Scanaroli – June 12, 1622 Titular Bishop of Sidon


 

Antonio Barberini (Jr.) – October 24, 1655 Cardinal-Bishop of Frascati


 

Charles-Maurice Le Tellier – November 11, 1668 Titular Archbishop of Nazianzus


 

Jacques-B̩nigne Bossuet РSeptember 21, 1670 Bishop of Condom, France


 

Jacques de Goyon de Matignon – April 16, 1673 Bishop of Condom, France


 

Dominicus Marie Varlet – February 18, 1719 Roman Catholic Bishop of Babylon


 

Petrus Johannes Meindaerts – October 17, 1739 Old Catholic Archbishop of Utrecht


 

Johannes Van Stiphout – July 11, 1745 Old Catholic Bishop of Haarlem


 

Gualterus Michael Van Nieuwenhuizen – February 7, 1768 Old Catholic Archbishop of Utrecht


 

Adrianus Johannes Broekman – June 21, 1778 Old Catholic Bishop of Haarlem


 

Johannes Jacobus Van Rhijn – July 5, 1797 Old Catholic Archbishop of Utrecht


 

Gilbert Cornelius De Jong – November 7, 1805 Old Catholic Bishop of Deventer


 

Willibord Van Os – April 24, 1814 Old Catholic Archbishop of Utrecht


 

Johannes Bon – April 25, 1819 Old Catholic Bishop of Haarlem


 

Johannes Van Santen – November 13, 1824 Old Catholic Archbishop of Utrecht


 

Hermanus Johannes Heykamp – July 17, 1854 Old Catholic Bishop of Deventer


 

Casparus Johannes Rinkel – August 11, 1873 Old Catholic Bishop of Haarlem,


 

Gerard Gul – May 11, 1892 Old Catholic Archbishop of Utrecht,


 

Arnold Harris Mathew – April 28, 1908 Old Catholic Bishop for Great Britain


 

Rudolph Francis Edward Hamilton, de Lorraine-Brabant, prince DeLandas Berghes – June 29, 1913


 

Henry Carmel Carfora – October 4, 1916


 

Earl Anglin Lawrence James – June 17, 1945


 

Grant Timothy Billet – December 25, 1950


 

Norman Richard Parr – October 23, 1979


 

Maurice Darryl McCormick – July 14, 1991


 

Rodney P. Rickard – April 26, 1997


 

Michael Wrenn – May 10, 2003


 

David Clyde Holdridge – September 17, 2005


 

Michael Albert Burger - April 15, 2015


 

The line of apostolic succession of Bishop Michael Albert Burger comes from the Roman Catholic Church, through the Utrecht Old Catholic Church and the Old Catholic Church in England. The validity of this line of succession is widely recognized, the earliest recorded member being Roman Catholic Bishop Scipione Rebiba. More than 91 percent of all Roman Catholic bishops world-wide trace their own lineage to Scipione Rebiba (including Pope John Paul II & Pope Benedict XVI) (Bransom, 1990).


 

It is believed by some that Gian Pietro Carafa (Pope Paul IV), Bishop of Chieti, may have consecrated Cardinal Scipione Rebiba, Auxiliary Bishop of Chieti.

Rebiba Notes: Cardinal Scipione Rebiba was elevated to the episcopacy in 1541 when he was ordained to the episcopal dignity as auxiliary bishop to Cardinal Pietro Carafa of Chieti. When lines of Apostolic Succession eventually lead to Cardinal Rebiba, tracing the formal lineage of a newly ordained bishop ends as the records pertaining to Cardinal Rebiba’s episcopal consecration and those immediately preceding him in office were destroyed in a fire in Chieti, the village north of Rome where Rebiba first became Auxiliary Bishop. As the oral history goes no further as well, we cannot formally list the remaining lineage of Bishop Michael Albert Burger’s Apostolic Succession but nevertheless we can still be certain, beyond any doubt whatsoever, that each bishop named today enjoys the unbroken, sacred lineage to one, or more, of the Twelve Apostles of Christ.


 

**Leone de Simone, Bishop of Nola. Named March 23, 1442, died in July 1469.


 

**Oliviero Carafa, Archbishop of Napoli. Consecrated December 29, 1458 at Torre del Greco by Leone de Simone, Bishop of Nola, assisted by Leone Cortese, Bishop of Acerra, and Benedetto, Bishop of Dragonara.

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