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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!)


We normally meet twice a year, for our AGM in spring, and for a "Willibrord Day" in autumn.

This year's Willibrod Day event is in Lausanne, hopefully on 26 October. More details will appear here soon!

Recent Activities

Our 2019 AGM took place on 23 March in Basel. We had planned with a tour "Between Overnight Shelter and Street Kitchen" with the Surprise team, but our timetable meant that we had to replace this with a visit to the Kleines Klingental museum, where we viewed statuary rescued during restoration work on Basel's Münster.


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 May 2019 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.


ChairCommittee memberCommittee memberCommittee member
Revd Adèle KelhamvacantPfrn. Ulrike HenkenmeierMr Hector Davie
Lindenstrasse 4
5303 Würenlingen
  Hauptstrasse 97
4316 Hellikon/AG
Chutzenstrasse 54
3007 Bern
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