Orthodox Catholic Church

Chapel The Orthodox share the Catholic Faith. They are separated sister Catholic Churches. The terms Orthodox Catholic and Orthodox Christian are synonymous. There are independent Western Rite Orthodox jurisdictions all over the world.

The Spanish Orthodox Church and Ecumenical Apostolic Chaplain Service began in 1987, first as a service to those in nursing homes and then expanding into a broader mission to the Spanish-speaking community in Los Angeles. First under the late Metropolitan Archbishop, Miguel de Soto, and now under Metropolitan Archbishop David Leon Cooper, a Spanish liturgical capacity continues along with other church activities. Our name preserves our heritage.

Apostolic Succession:

Archbishop David L. CooperThe Apostolic Succession is the historically traceable lineage of hands-on Consecration (Ordination) of bishops that is an unbroken link with the Holy Apostles.

Our bishops have multiple lines of Apostolic Succession including schismatic Roman Catholic, Old Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox and Anglican as well as others. Our bishops and their Consecrating prelates (bishops) and those before them are to be found in the books of the so-called "books of irregular bishops" that are known to scholars of the Apostolic Succession.

Even if a bishop breaks with any Church of the Apostolic Succession such as Rome, Constantinople, Antioch, Moscow, etc. he is still validly consecrated for life and may pass on the Apostolic Succession along with other such bishops. Holy Orders are indelible.  There are some who wish that this indelibility did not exist--but it does. We have valid Holy Orders and can prove it.

We are, technically speaking, "Western Rite Orthodox"; this means that we are Orthodox yet using one of the Western Rites for administration of the Sacraments. As Orthodox we are in the true spiritual meaning of the phrase, part of the "one, holy, catholic and apostolic church" as referred to in the Creed used by all Churches of the Apostolic Succession since 381 AD.

Archbishop David Cooper The term "Western Rite" indicates that Holy Baptism, Holy Communion, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Matrimony, Confession/Absolution, Confirmation and Holy Orders are performed in the Roman or Roman derived rituals. The term Orthodox means "straight teaching" or "true teaching" and was first used simultaneously by Rome, Constantinople and the Ancient Churches with them after the Fourth Ecumenical Council in Chalcedon in 451AD.

The term "catholic" means "universal" and has been used along with the term “Orthodox” since ancient times. The term “Catholic” has never been exclusively the property of the Church of Rome and it's ecclesiastic governmental divisions.

The SOC/EACS provides various ministerial services. Our Outreach Ministries provide the Mass and other Sacraments in nursing homes as a primary ministry. We will provide the Sacraments to any sincere follower of Jesus Christ. We have brothers, deacons, priests and bishops that regularly provide the Sacraments and will travel anywhere to do so.

The Spanish Orthodox Church and Ecumenical Apostolic Chaplains Service (SOC/EACS), "part of the one, holy, catholic and apostolic church", is an unincorporated association and is recognized as such by the State of California and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

We realize that some individuals are being denied the Sacraments from other churches. We try to help every individual that we can. You may contact our clergy directly:

Featured Members:

David Tate

Sir David Tate, OLS, KCTJ, KstG, PGK

  • Sir David Tate, OLS, KCTJ, KstG, PGK
  • Knight Commander, Third Order of the Lion of Styria, SOC EACS
  • Bailiff, Grand Council of the Sacred Magistery, Archdiocese of the Military Religious Order of Chivlary, SOC EACS
  • Knight Commander, Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem
  • Knight, of the International Order Valiant of St. George
  • Past Grand Knight, Knights of Columbus
  • Diocesan Director, Knights of Columbus of Indiana
  • View photos

Monsignor Charles Scheetz

Monsignor Charles Scheetz

  • Monsignor Charles Scheetz, OMM, MA, JD
  • Archpriest SOC EACS
  • High Desert Region, California
  • View photos

Featured Item:

Church History:  1992 - Los Angeles Daily News


Archbishop David Cooper at Chapel of St. Francis, Riverside
Archbishop David Cooper at
Chapel of St. Francis, Riverside
We are a conservative church and follow the morality common to the Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches. We follow the customs and traditions common to those churches and thus do not have female priests nor do we accept practicing gays in our priesthood. Again, we follow the same moral standards and practices as those ancient apostolic sister churches. We have love for everyone but do not ask us to change our faith and compromise our moral conscience.

Pastoral Counseling

Pastoral Counseling available. Call today: 818 390 1452. Counseling by a priest for problems in life.

Ordaining Married Men to Priesthood

Pope Francis signals willingness to discuss ordaining married men to priesthood

Nope, America, God Is Essential to Morality People

Aamerica God Essential Morality

Historical Facts of Jerusalem

EXCLUSIVE -- Bishop Aubrey Shines Dispels 'The Palestinian Myth': 'Jerusalem Is the Historic Capital of the Jewish People'

Mansour: How Christmas Has Shaped Our History and Values People

How Christmas is essential to our understanding of values

Pray for Israel!

Praying for Israel!

Jesus and the Gospel

Jesus and the Gospel: Not of This (Politically Correct) World - Jack Kerwick

Iraqi Archbishop

Iraqi Archbishop: ‘Gang Rapes, Torture and Murder of Christians’ Are Ongoing - Breitbart

Christian Persecution

Study: Over 200 Million Christians Facing Severe Persecution Worldwide

More Christian Persecution

Christian Persecution rise

China: Officials Bomb and Destroy Church - Christian News Headlines

Chinese Government Tears Down Church to Persecute!

Christianity Being Exterminated in Middle Eastern Countries

Christianity Being Exterminated in Middle Eastern Countries

Shock and Shame! Pope Francis Honors Dutch Abortion Activist with Pontifical Medal of Knighthood

Pope Makes Proabortionist a Knight! Shame and Disgrace!

Censorship of Pro life Christian

Meg Bucher - Christian News Headlines

Defending Religious Freedom

White House Homepage Features First Couple in Sistine Chapel for Religious Freedom Day

Pope Francis Has Said Some Sickening Things, But His Attack on Pedophile Victims Is the Worst

Pope Insults Sex Abuse Victims

Exceptional Intensity of Christianity Growing in USA

Report: American Religiosity ‘Growing More Exceptional All the Time’

Did God Speak to Mark Taylor? (You decide.)

Man Who Predicted Trump Win 7 Years Ago: Mainstream Media Will Change Their Tune About Him

Catholic Exorcists Need Help!

Irish priest asks for back-up as demand for exorcisms rises 'exponentially'

Church Opposes Domestic Violence Treaty

Church Opposes Domestic Violence Treaty | The Daily Caller

German Bishops Give Pope a Language Lesson

Germany Rejects Pope's Lord's Praye | The Daily Caller

Wicked Persecution of Christians in Cuba

Cuba: Christian Man is Arrested, Told 'Our God is Fidel Castro' - Christian News Headlines

List of Christian Persecuting Nations

Overlap on Persecution Lists Reveals Danger for Christians - Christian News Headlines

Top 20 Evil Nations for Christian Persecution

These are the Top 20 Countries That are Most Dangerous for Christians - Christian News Headlines

50 Countries Abusing Christian Women

'Double Persecuted': Christian Women Raped, Forced to Marry Muslim Men in 50 Countries | CBN News

Convert Sees Angel, Accepts Messiah

Watch Video | CBN News

Muslim Students Try to Force Christians to Convert in Kenya

Christian Students Knifed, Beaten in High School Clash in Kenya - Christian News Headlines

Pope Speaks on Antisemitism

Pope Francis: Indifference to Anti-Semitism Is ‘The Root of Death’

Pope Surrenders to Communist Chinese On Bishops

Pope Francis to Bow to China With Concession on Bishops - WSJ

Discovery of Pool in Israel May be Biblical Site

1,500-Year-Old Pool Discovered in Israel May Hold Biblical Significance - Christian News Headlines

Christians Killed, Churches Burned in Nigeria

Muslim Herdsmen, Terrorists Kill Eight Christians in Central Nigeria, Sources Say - Christian News Headlines

1 in 12 Christians Persecuted Globally

1 in 12 Christians worldwide persecuted, report shows

Pope Sells Out Loyal Bishops for Commie Puppets in China

Pope’s China Calculation Clashes with Image as Champion of Oppressed - WSJ

Christianity and Marriage

Christianity is Right about Sex and Marriage

Attacks on Christians in Germany Worse!

German Politicians 'Alarmed' at Scale of Anti-Christian Hate Attacks

Pope Francis Lied, Consecrated Child Molester!

Zmirak: Pope Francis Lied About Not Knowing Chilean Priest He Made Bishop Was Accused in Child Sex Abuse Scandal

Cardinal Praises Wicked China In Socialist Blather

Top Vatican Official Proposes Communist China as ‘Best’ Model of Catholic Social Teaching Today

Visions of Jesus in Cairo!

Woman Who Nearly Died in Cairo Bombing Saw Visions of Jesus - Christian News Headlines

Preacher Discusses Abortion, Leftists and Hypocrisy in Black Christian Community

Black Christian Voters and 2020

Vatican Sellout to Chinese Communists Condemned

Cardinal says Vatican-China deal would put Catholics in communist cage

Vatican Betrayal: Church Authority Given to China Commies

China & Vatican: Church Cedes Authority to the All-Knowing State | National Review

Proabortion Kid Stirs Up Trouble at Catholic School

Anti-Catholic Bigotry Stirred over Student’s Open Support for Abortion at Catholic School - Breitbart

Red Lights on Roman Colosseum: Highlighting Christian Persecution Today!

Roman Colosseum to Be Lit Blood Red for Persecuted Christians

Save the Persecuted Christians!

Gaffney: Save the Persecuted Christians! - Breitbart

Pope Meets Sex Abuse Victims Every Friday

Pope Meets Sex Abuse Victims Every Friday

Pope to Retired Bishops: Live Cheap

Pope Orders Retired Church Leaders to Live Austerely, Shun Power

Pope Refuses to Read Websites Calling Him a Heretic

Pope Francis: I Don’t Read Websites That ‘Accuse Me of Being a Heretic’

Israel Watch: Biblical Reasons to Care

5 Reasons Why You Should Pay Attention to Threats against Israel - Christian News Headlines

Leftist, Proabortion Senator Excommunicated

Bishop Denies Sen. Durbin Holy Communion | The Daily Caller

Father Jeffrey Dire, KTGA

Archbishop David Cooper at Chapel of St. Francis, Riverside
Father Jeffrey Dire, KTGA

Father Jeffrey Dire, KTGA
Priest, Chaplain
The Spanish Orthodox Church and Ecumenical Apostolic Chaplain Service
Chicago/Downers Grove, Il

Serving in a Mass Center for seniors and working with troubled souls in the metropolitan Chicago area.