The Old Roman Catholic Church

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Metropolitan Archbishop

HE Metropolitan Jerome OSJV of Selsey

Archiepiscopus Metropolitanus Seleisi 
[Insula Vituli Marini et Noviomagus Regnensium de Regionem Australia Saxonum] 

Consecrated by, Archbishop Boniface Grosvold on Saturday, May 5th 2012 in the Collegiate Chapel of St John, Huron University, London, Ontario, Canada.


His Grace, Archbishop Jerome Lloyd (nee Cave) read Divinity at the United Theological College, Aberystwyth (of the Aberystwyth & Lampeter Schools of Theology) and for four years received a Traditional Catholic pre-Conciliar Seminary formation on the Continent. He has a comprehensive knowledge of Latin and his main academic interests are in Ecclesiology, Liturgy and Canon Law. His Grace can speak Welsh, French and Italian and is currently learning Spanish. A founder member of the Oratory of St John Vianney, His Grace is dedicated to applying the spirituality and pastoral zeal of the saintly Curé d'Ars to his ministry as a pastoral priest.

A committed ecumenist, His Grace has served as Chair of Churches Together in Central Brighton & Kemptown [2010-2011] and is involved in various ecumenical apostolates seeking to address the issues of contemporary society including homelessness, substance abuse/addiction and the general perception of Christianity in the wider community. His Grace facilitates a monthly ecumenical Christian forum "CARITAS" borne out of an ecumenical Lenten group, a discussion group mostly of lay people who discuss how to live the Christian Faith in our contemporary society. The Archbishop was a founding Trustee of "Peace of Mind" an ecumenical charity and project focusing on congregational awareness and the future foundation of a Christian based day centre for mental health sufferers. In February 2014, His Grace founded a new apostolate, "Cherubs" running a not-for-profit commercial kitchen and apprenticeship scheme in central Brighton.

Prior to his election and consecration, His Grace was the founding pastor of the ORCCE's Sussex Mission and the Brighton Oratory of St Cuthman & St Wilfrid. His Grace also had wider responsiblities as Vicar General and Chancellor of the ORCCE (since 2006) and as a Canon of the Metropolitan Bishop's Chapter. Additionally he acted as Rector of Formation for seminarians, oversaw the ongoing formation of priests and is the Provost General of the Oratory of St John Vianney, an ecumenical and international fraternity of Sacred Ministers. The Oratory is a Congregation of secular Clergy of regular observance, dedicated to emulating the spirituality and vocation of St John Vianney, the Patron Saint of Parish Priests.

The Archbishop is one of a handful of priests in the world who broadcast the traditional Mass in Latin, live, via the internet and is the only priest to do so in Europe. Since broadcasting began in August of 2008, 30'707 viewers have tuned into the Mass and since archiving of broadcasts began, 9'004 people have watched the episodes of Mass since March of 2010, [Stats as at 12/11/10].

Prior to entering religion, Msgr Lloyd worked in the leisure and hospitality trade, as a restaurateur, in IT project management and Employer Marketing consultancy for the British Civil Service (Department for Work & Pensions) and as a musician/performer where he took the professional name Jerome Lloyd (Equity) - which he has since retained. 

Archbishop Lloyd is 5th [via Leadbetter] & 7th [via Landes Berghes] in Apostolic Succession from Archbishop Geraldus Gul of Utrecht, 4th [via Leadbetter] & 6th [via Landes Berghes] from Archbishop Arnold Harris Mathew and fourth from Archbishop Carmel Henry Carfora, all of blessed memory* [see Table of Apostolic Succession].

Coat of Arms

Archbishop Lloyd's Coat of Arms contain a shield with a blue background and three "Etoile's" (six-pointed stars) representing St Wilfrid who converted the kingdom of the South Saxons, i.e. Sussex; a "Fleur-de-Lis" i.e. a stylised lily occupys the centre simultaneously representing Jesus, the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Blessed Trinity; the shield is surmounted by a Crozier and a Mitre and behind the shield is an Archbishop's Cross; all is surrounded by an Archbishop's green "Gallero" (hat). His Grace's motto in Latin is "Deus Caritas Est" which translated reads, "God is love" and is taken from 1 John 4:16. His Grace's episcopal title translated from the Latin is "Archbishop Metropolitan of the Isle of the Seals (Selsey) and the New Market of the Regnenses (i.e. of the Celtic tribe the Romans conquered in AD43, now called Chichester) in the Kingdom of the South Saxons (Sussex)."

Inauguration May 26th 2012 Brighton

Consecration May 5th 2012 Canada

Table of Apostolic Succession

Cardinal-Bishop of Sabina
Cardinal-Bishop of Palestrina
Cardinal-Bishop of Porto e Santa Rufina 
Archbishop Emeritus of Bari (-Canosa)
Cardinal-Priest of San Lorenzo in Damaso
Cardinal-Priest of Santa Pudenziana
Titular Bishop of Sidon
Cardinal-Bishop of Palestrina
Archbishop of Reims
Bishop of Meaux
Bishop Emeritus of Condom
Bishop Emeritus of Baghdad
  Pieter Jan Meindharts
Archbishop of Utrecht
  Johannes Van Stiphout
Bishop of Haarlem
  Walter Van Nieuwenhuisen
Archbishop of Utrecht  
  Adrianus Broekman
Bishop of Haarlem
  Johannes Jacobus Van Rhijn
Archbishop of Utrecht
  Gisbertus De Jong
Bishop of Deventer    
  Willibrord Van Os
Archbishop of Utrecht  
  Johannes Bon Johannes Bon
Bishop of Haarlem  
  Johannes Van Santen
Archbishop of Utrecht
  Hermannus Heykamp
Bishop of Deventer
  Gaspardus Johannes Rinkel
Bishop of Haarlem
  Gerardus Gul
Archbishop of Utrecht
  Arnold Harris Mathew
Regionary Bishop for Great Britain
  Rudolph De Landes Berghes
Frederick Samuel Willoughby
  Henry Carmel Carfora
James Ingall Wedgewood & Frank W Pigott 
  Hubert Augustus Rogers
Ernest Jackson  
  Edward Carleton Payne
Boniface Grosvold  
  Boniface Grosvold

On Monday, December 5th 2011, His Grace Archbishop Boniface Grosvold in the 38th year of his Episcopate consecrated HE Metropolitan Jerome Lloyd OSJV.

Archbishop Grosvold is third and fifth in Apostolic lineage from Archbishop Mathew of blessed memory and third from Archbishop Carfora*[see Table of Apostolic Succession].


Archbishop Gerardus Gul (1847 to 1920), Old Roman Catholic Archbishop of Utrecht, the Netherlands, on 28 April 1908 consecrated Arnold Harris Mathew(1852 to 1919) the Old Roman Catholic bishop of Great Britain.

On 29 June 1913 Bishop Mathew consecrated. Prince Rudolphe F.E. de Landas Berghes (1873 to 1920) as missionary bishop to Scotland. In November of 1914 Bishop de Landas Berghes emigrated to the USA where in 1916 he established the North American Old Roman Catholic Church.

On 4 October 1916 Bishop de Landas Berghes consecrated Carmel Henry Carfora* (1878 to 1958) who in 1919 succeeded him as the second Archbishop of the North American Old Roman Catholic Church.

Archbishop Carfora on 30 July 1942 consecrated Hubert Augustus Rogers (1887 to 1976) who served from 1946 to 1972 as the Old Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York.

Archbishop Rogers on 21 September 1969 consecrated Edward Carlton Payne (born 1928) who in 1970 became Old Roman Catholic Archbishop of New England.

On 20 July 1974 Archbishop Payne consecrated Boniface Grosvold, assisted by Archbishop William Mark Plested of the Old Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ontario and Bishop Ernest Jackson. On 30 November 1974 Bishop Grosvold was enthroned as the third Bishop of the combined Diocese of Niagara Falls, New York, Erie, Pennsylvania, and the Province of Ontario, and as the second Archbishop of the Old Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ontario in succession to Archbishop Plested, with seat in the city of Hamilton, Ontario.


*Archbishop Frederick Linale of the "Old Roman Catholic Church", also third in succession from Archbishop Carfora (via Richard Arthur Marchenna and George Gerard Shelley) sought and obtained a declaration from Rome confirming the validity of his Orders in 1962.

On 1/9/1982, Archbishop Romolo Carboni, the Apostolic Nuncio to Italy, wrote to His Eminence, the Cardinal Prefect of the Council for the Public Affairs of the Church, [document 1490/82], asking him to look into the Apostolic Succession of Mgr Linale. This task was given to Mgr Annibale Ilari, who had access to the Vatican Archives. In his written report to the Cardinal Prefect, dated 8/2/83, Mgr Ilari ended with the conclusion:

"I have attached a brief scheme of succession which ties Mgr Linale to the Supreme Pontiffs Benedict XIII, Benedict XIV and Pius IX, with the aim of assuring him that his lineage truly links him to the See of Peter."

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Christmass Homily

Ordination Homily


"Far be it from me to speak adversely of any of these clergy who, in succession from the apostles, confect by their sacred word the Body of Christ and through whose efforts also it is that we are Christians" St Jerome, Letters 14:8 [A.D. 396]

The first Christians had no doubts about how to determine which was the true Church and which doctrines were the true teachings of Christ. The test was simple: just trace the Apostolic Succession of the claimants.   Apostolic Succession is the line of bishops stretching back to the Apostles.  This was effective because it was known in the shared history of the Church who were and were not the “orthodox” (i.e. taught true and ancient doctrine) from the “unorthodox” (heretical or in error) Bishops.  If a man’s succession was traceable back to an Apostle or a Bishop known to have been ordained by an Apostle, the chances were he was authentic (meaning his Sacraments were effective) and that his teaching was sound (an Apostle and a man ordained by an Apostle would not in turn ordain a known heretic).

To this day the Catholic Church still uses this “yard-stick” to determine who authentic teachers of the Apostolic Faith are and who are not, and who can and cannot affect Sacraments.  This is important for a variety of reasons but most importantly to ensure that the “inward and invisible grace” of a Sacrament is indeed present, e.g. at the Mass the bread and wine really do become the Body and Blood of Christ.

The ORCCE displays its Apostolic Succession on this website to show that it does hold a recognised Succession (shared with many Catholic Churches including Roman and Orthodox) together with it’s Statement of Faith to prove that its teaching and practise of the Apostolic Faith is authentic.  It is to be noted too that the ORCCE is a Church that enjoys intercommunion and dialogue with other authentic and orthodox Churches, similarly concerned to protect and preserve the authenticity of the Apostolic Tradition.

The role of Apostolic Succession in preserving true doctrine is illustrated in the Bible. Paul himself, who was directly chosen by Christ (through a vision), only becomes a minister after the laying on of hands by a Bishop Acts 9:17-19. This is a powerful proof-text for the necessity of sacramental ordination in order to be a legitimate successor of the Apostles.  To make sure that the Apostles’ teachings would be passed down after their deaths, Paul told Timothy, "[W]hat you have heard from me before many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also" 2 Tim. 2:2.  In this passage he refers to the first three generations of Apostolic Succession - his own generation, Timothy’s generation, and the generation Timothy will teach.  

There is a tendency in some circles to suggest that Sacramental validity and Apostolic Teaching do not go “hand in hand”, that is to say, it is “ok” to teach doctrine contrary to the received tradition of the Church if one possesses a recognised Apostolic Succession.  This is not however true, authentic Apostolic Succession relies on received doctrine and practise of the Apostles as well as traceable succession; if a “valid” Bishop teaches something contrary to the received Faith of the Church, there can be no guarantee that the Sacraments he celebrates are valid because one cannot be sure if he “intends to do what the Church has always done”.  In other words, because his teaching is contrary to tradition, his intentions when celebrating a Sacrament may also be in doubt and this of course is of concern to those who want to be sure they are receiving the benefits of Christ’s grace through His Sacraments.

In Old and Independent Catholicism there are many Churches and Bishops who claim to hold a “valid” Apostolic Succession but who do not teach the Catholic Faith as it has been received, believed and taught by the whole Church.  These churches and their bishops are, unfortunately misguided and by their unorthodox belief and practice endanger others into the trap of heresy and apostasy.  There are other churches which whilst claiming to be or naming themselves “Catholic” do not possess a verifiable or traceable Apostolic Succession at all and these are particularly dangerous to the Faithful who want to receive the graces Christ bestows in His Sacraments through the Church.

It remains as true now as it did for the earliest Christians, if one wants to be sure of authentic teaching and effective Sacraments; one ought to look for the traceable Succession of Bishops descended from known orthodox Bishops as well as comparing the teaching and practise of the Church concerned to those of other orthodox Churches.  In this way the Faithful can be assured that Christ, through the Apostles and through His Church is still present and fulfilling His promise “… and I will be with you always until the end of the age” Matt 28:20.

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