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A lot of people are curious about inclusive, self-governing Catholics. Many believe that Catholic always references the Roman Church. However, not all Catholics are Roman, but all Catholics are one in Jesus Christ. One of the ways we express our oneness in the Lord is through Divine Worship or The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Abiding Presence celebrates Divine Worship at the Bishop’s residence and broadcasts utilizing Zoom and YouTube Live. Those attending wear jeans, shorts, or dress “business casual.” We suggest you arrive about 10 minutes before the liturgy starts so you can meet people.
 
Our service combines the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Everyone is urged to sing along with the hymns. One of our clergy will deliver a homily based on the day’s scripture readings with practical application to help you put your faith during the week.  
 
General absolution is granted at the beginning of each service so you can participate in taking Holy Communion. You may choose to ask for a blessing rather by approaching the celebrant or the deacon with your arms crossed. The Order of Divine Worship booklet can be downloaded by clicking here or a single page with the Commons printed on it by clicking here.
 
Our Eucharistic Liturgy is about an hour. You’re welcome to hang out, grab a cup of coffee and talk with people afterward.
 
We have several opportunities if you wish to participate in various ministries. You may choose between Feeding the Homeless, Ministry to the Sick, Liturgical Ministries, and Ministry to the LGBTQI Community.
 
To register please complete the registration form found here. All are welcome.

 

 

 

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Curious about Inclusive Catholicism and our parish’s history. Abiding Presence began when Rev. Fr. J. Michael Brown contacted Bishop William Cavins about returning to ministry in the Fall of 2019. The first services were held on Christmas Day 2019 with two families present.  In January 2020 three other families began meeting together at the Bishop’s home to pray and seek God’s guidance as to how to reach out to others in Winter Park and East Orlando with the love and Good News of Jesus.  These early gatherings grew to include meals, evening prayer, and helping one another.  Our time together was so rich, that we couldn’t help but invite others to join us. 

In March 2020, Abiding Presence Ministries was legally constituted in Florida and continues to meet at the Bishop’s home.

We are a self-governing church which means that the laity and clergy have equal voices and vote in the management of the church’s property and direction.

On December 5, 2021, we became part of the Reformed Catholic Church. Our Presiding Bishop is the Most Rev. Chris Carpenter from Connecticut. Our ordinary is the Most Rev. Bill Heller – Bishop of the Diocese of St. John XXIII which covers all of the United States East of the Mississippi River. He resides in New York. 

In January 2022, the Board of Directors changed the name to Abiding Presence Faith Community. This new name more fully represents who and what we are in the context of the church. 

Sadly we lost our Associate Pastor, the Rev. J. Michael Brown, on May 15, 2022. We marked his passing with a Memorial Mass on June 25, 2022. 

If you wish to discover more about us we invite you to come and see us. 

 

We are still at our beginning stages and welcome your presence as we resume physical worship times during the Covid-19 Pandemic. We encourage masks to be worn if you are not vaccinated.

Vision Statement for Abiding Presence

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Abiding Presence Faith Community is a gathering of Inclusive Catholics committed to making God’s love known in Central Florida.

ABIDING PRESENCE FAITH COMMUNITY IS AN INCLUSIVE CATHOLIC FAMILY MAKING GOD’S LOVE KNOWN IN CENTRAL FLORIDA

 WE BELIEVE THIS IS GOD’S PLAN FOR US.

To be a people, transformed by God’s love, who passionately desire to glorify God and see everyone meet with Jesus, hear from Jesus, and respond to Jesus.

THE GREAT COMMANDMENT

‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:37-39

MISSION

We are called to Love God, Love People, and Make Disciples. THE GREAT COMMISSION Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:19-20

LIFESTYLE

THIS IS OUR DAY-TO-DAY. THIS IS HOW WE DO WHAT WE DO.

W O R S H I P

To be a people who daily offer our mind’s attention and heart’s affection to Jesus. Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, given God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. Romans 12:1

C O N N E C T

To be a people who devote themselves to authentic community and discipleship. They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and prayer. Acts 2:42

S E R V E

To be a people who selflessly serve as Jesus modeled: in the church, in the community, and the world. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. Mark 10:45

G I V E

To be an uncommonly generous people, joyfully giving of our time, talents, and resources. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 1 Timothy 6:18

Our Clergy Team

 

Bishop William Cavins
Most Rev. William R. Cavins, Pastor
Rev. Fr. Lucas G. Brown, Kingsport, TN Outreach
Rev. Fr. Lucas G. Brown, Kingsport, TN Outreach
Rev. Mr. Christopher M. Larsen, Palm Coast, FL Outreach
Rev. Mr. Christopher M. Larsen, Palm Coast, FL Outreach

Reformed Catholic Church Leadership

 

Most Rev. Chris Carpenter
Most Rev. Chris Carpenter, Presiding Bishop
Bishop Bill Heller
Most Rev. Bill Heller, Bishop of the Diocese of St. John XXIII
Rev. James Morgan, President of the Board of Directors
Rev. James Morgan, President of the Board of Directors