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The Swiss Willibrord Society

There are Willibrord Societies in several countries. They are named after St Willibrord, a missionary from Northumbria in Northern England, who in 695 became the first Bishop of Utrecht.

The first society was founded in 1908 to promote good relations between the Old Catholic Church and the Anglican Church. Its efforts were rewarded when the two churches entered into full intercommunion in 1931.

The Swiss Society was (re-)founded in 2001. Its aim is to seek ways of practical co-operation at national and parish level between Anglicans and Old Catholics in Switzerland. It has promoted the attendance of delegates from the churches at each other's synods and meetings, closer collaboration in charity work, and seminars and conferences. It supports Anglican students, religious and lay people who want to deepen their knowledge of Old Catholic faith and practice, and Old Catholics who wish to widen their experience of the Anglican church.

At parish level, it tries to encourage joint activities and invitations to each other's services and events. A programme of joint social activities includes one national event each year (not always on the Feast of St Willibrord (7 November), though we call it Willibrord Day!)


Our 2017 Annual General Meeting has held on Saturday 25 March at St Michael's Chapel in Winterthur.

Bishop Harald joined us, and celebrated the Eucharist. A delicious lunch was served by the Winterthur church community, and after this we enjoyed a carriage ride, thanks to Pfr. em. Martin Bühler.

(Last year's AGM was on Saturday 7 May at St Ursula's Church, Berne. A major theme was selecting projects for the society to support. After Eucharist and lunch, we visited the nearby Museum of Communication for their exhibition "A Dialogue with Time", which featured in Bishop Harald Rein's 2016 Lenten message.)


This year's Willibrord Day activity takes the form of a workshop examining a theme close to both our churches - Religion and Racism. There is a flyer here.

Last year's Willibrord Day activity was on 19 November 2016. We met at St Peter and St Paul's Church in Berne for the Eucharist and for lunch, and then discovered some "secrets" about Berne's churches with an expert guide. Click here to see what we did.


The Society has small sums available to assist students in need who wish to attend any course furthering Anglican-Old Catholic understanding.

Join us

If you are not already a member, why not subscribe to our work. Fr30 a year entitles you to attend meetings, take part in activities, and receive the Willibrord News, our occasional newsletter. Get in touch with any of the committee members mentioned below. The association's Postfinance account is 40-555804-5.

Why not save yourself and us effort by paying by standing order?


The October 2016 edition of the Willibrord News is avaliable here.

Links to older details of the society can be found here.

A link to the society's worldwide activities can be found here.


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Revd Adèle KelhamPfr. Klaus Heinrich NeuhoffPfrn. Ulrike HenkenmeierMr Hector Davie
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