The Church returning to its Roots


By Bishop Brian J. Kennedy, O.S.B.





The larger Church Catholic, East and West, in many parts of the world is returning to her roots by re-instituting home churches, which are being operated from private homes or small structured centers.


There is a movement within the larger church called the Home Church Movement. This movement is run mainly by Monastic and celibate clergy who own a private home with a room large enough to accommodate 15 to 20 people for Sunday Mass. It usually has a sign out front identifying it as a Catholic, Orthodox or Old Catholic or Old Roman Catholic etc, but for all intents and purposes it looks like any other home. The building should be constructed in such a manner that the entrance for the worshipers doesn’t force them go through the living quarters to get to the chapel. The Home Church is modeled after early Monasteries which were occupied by one or two Monks and had a chapel where the local people could,  if they wished, come to pray and celebrate the Mass.  The rest of the Monastery was a house like any other house.


While beautiful, the larger church buildings are becoming too expensive to maintain. We expect the day will come when church property will no longer be tax exempt and it would be impossible to pay property taxes on large buildings and properties.