Welcome to the OCANA

The Orthodox Catholic Archdiocese of North America

Western Rite Archdiocese of North America.

West Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch, Western Rite Archdiocese of North America. Theocana is under the jurisdiction of the West Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch. We are Orthodox Catholic Christians under the apostolic succession of the Patriarch of West Syriac Orthodox Catholic Church. We are an outgrowth of the ancient one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. Along with all Catholic Christians, we ARE the Church. Our clergy are validly ordained bishops, priests, and deacons in the Apostolic Succession, and are recognized as such. We are fully Catholic, fully Apostolic and we pray for and look forward to the time when once more the unity Jesus prayed in John 17:21 will come to exist among all believers in him. We wait patiently for that unity (without uniformity) enjoyed by the early Church in Apostolic times. Though incorporated as a church, we are not just another denomination; we are a post-Concilia fellowship. Our churches practice unconditional love towards the outcast and marginalized as practices by Our Lord Jesus. Theocana includes traditionalist parishes and progressive parishes. You can walk into one of our parishes and hear the Tridentine Mass in Latin, with the priest and congregation facing the altar and communicants receiving the Eucharist on the tongue.
In another the Novus Ordo Mass will be indistinguishable from what you will experience in most Roman Catholic parishes. In still another you will find a commissioned lay leader or ordained deacon and his congregation gathered around the altar at an intimate fellowship rich in inclusive language. What binds us together is a rich Orthodox Catholic faith, a dedication to follow Jesus in all things, a love of the Eucharist as the central point of our Christian Life, a commitment to serve the lost and the outcast, and that unique spirituality we call “Catholic.” Theocana as a Church can enter into ecumenical relationship with other Orhdox churches or denominations. We embrace Roman Catholics, Old Catholics, independent Catholics, Orthodox Catholics, Anglican Catholics, and Protestant Catholics. We do not seek to take Christians away from the churches they now attend. We seek rather to minister to the millions of alienated or excommunicated souls who no longer go to Mass or Communion, for whatever reason. We offer to them God’s unconditional love, acceptance, and admit them to Sacraments. We believe Communion is a prerequisite for holiness. We are very ecumenical in worship but fundamental in faith