"United American Catholic Church"

About my church, the United American Catholic Church

When people refer to Catholics today, they often mean Roman Catholics. However, there are many other types of Catholics. Some are associated with cultural groups like Byzantine Catholics or Polish National Catholics, while others such as Old Catholics span all cultures.

Bill was fantastic to work with. We chose him because of his religious background, as our families are Catholic, but needed someone who could perform a ceremony at the Hay-Adams without a problem of it not being a church.

Hilary and Michael
Catholic-Unitarian ceremony

Some groups are in union with Rome; others like the United American Catholic Church have their own bishops in the tradition of the Eastern Orthodox Catholic Church. We have seen many such independently-governed churches for well over the last 200 years. Independent Catholic churches are worldwide and in nearly all languages.

One of the main reasons that couples come to me is because they want a Catholic or interfaith ceremony without some of the restrictive policies they’ve encountered elsewhere.

– Rev. Bill Freeman
"Rev. Bill Freeman, Catholic Priest and Wedding Officiant"

Unlike the traditional Catholic wedding, we were happy that the ceremony itself was only 35 minutes long. Long enough to make an impact, but short enough to ensure no one fell asleep.

Edmer and Southida
Catholic-Buddhist ceremony

The United American Catholic Church is a contemporary expression of an ancient faith. We believe in a congregational or shared model of leadership where our parishioners join with locally-called clergy in discerning the movement of the Holy Spirit in the Church. We are guided by the Spirit as a community which embraces a broader Catholic faith where all are welcomed and affirmed.

It was such a blessing to meet Bill and have him officiate our wedding. We are a Muslim/Catholic couple, and while many may have trouble with that combination, Bill welcomed us with open arms and was extremely happy for us.

Dana and Nabeel
Catholic-Muslim ceremony

We understand the importance of supporting each other, while continually challenging ourselves to embrace the Gospel’s call to love one another. As believers, we are committed to social action, of “walking the talk.” In parishes and prisons, in hospitals and hospice, we are daily witnessing to the welcoming love of God so beautifully expressed in St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians:

“There is neither Jew or Greek, slave or free, male or female, for all are one in Christ Jesus.”

Our priests are not required to take a vow of celibacy; many are married with children. Our clergy, both men and women, live and work in the communities in which they minister. As such, they are able to understand and relate to the joys and challenges of daily life in a unique and meaningful way. In all things, we seek to witness to the extravagant love of the living God.

The most important thing to me is ensuring that your current spiritual values are honored and represented in your ceremony. Call or email me to discuss how we can work together to create your personalized ceremony, 703-475-2050.