Let’s not pray for change in the Church; let’s live the change, right here and right now. Ecumenical Catholicism is one of many expressions of the ancient, undivided and apostolic Catholic faith where the clergy marry, women are ordained, and the Sacraments are available to persons of all orientations!  

Divorced? Two Christian traditions in your home? LGBTQI+? A woman called to leadership? Committed to fight for racial justice and the dignity of immigrants? Live your values with Charis without compromising. The Charis Community is justice-focused, sacramentally inclusive of all, and democratic in our leadership at all levels locally and nationally.

Wherever you are on your journey, know that you are wanted and welcome at Charis, the first Ecumenical Catholic Community in Minnesota.

Worship That’s Both Familiar and Creative Centered in the Eucharist with creative inclusive prayer that keeps Mass fresh and with thoughtful reflections by lay and ordained leaders that connect the Gospel to our place and time.

Collaborative, Justice-focused Leadership Lay and ordained members in community, diocesan, and national structures that are democratically led.

A Place of Integrity to Call Home A praying community keeping pace with social change that recognizes the full dignity of all persons regardless of gender or orientation.

Charis Ecumenical Catholic Community is incorporated under the name Ecumenical Catholic Communion of the Twin Cities.


What are Ecumenical Catholic Churches?

Frank Krebs Catholic Landscape
Presiding Bishop Francis Krebs sharing thoughts on the “Catholic landscape.”

Click here to listen to Presiding Bishop Frank Krebs of the ECC reflect on “Where are you on the Catholic landscape?”

We are independent Catholic faith communities in that we are not under the jurisdiction of the Pope nor are we subject to the canon law or the guidelines of the Roman Catholic Church.

The Mission Statement of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion, of which we are a part, reads:

We are members of the Body of Christ and join together by the name, “Ecumenical Catholic Communion” or “ECC” or “Communion.” We recall the words of the second Century church father, St. Ignatius of Antioch, when referring to the Church: we are a “communion of communities” joined together by the Spirit to form a household of faith.

Want to learn more? Here’s a presentation by Rev. Trish Sullivan Vanni PhD on Charis, the ECC and the Independent Sacramental Movement.

We serve the poor, the outcast, the sick, the disabled, the old, the young, and the imprisoned.  We offer a refuge in Christ for those who suffer prejudice because of race, color, culture, philosophy, gender, sexual orientation, or educational deprivation.  We conform our lives to the life and teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ through prayer and study, service, and the celebration of the liturgy and the sacraments.  We do as Christ commanded, “Love one another as I have loved you.”

We profess our faith in Christ in the living Catholic Tradition handed to us from the Apostles through many generations. And we stand open to a dialogue with those of other religious identities and faith traditions. 

All are welcome.

Click here for a wonderful article about us in the Eden Prairie Local News!

How is the ECC “catholic?”
We uphold our catholic tradition with respect to the following principles:

  • The teachings and person of Jesus Christ
  • The New Testament
  • The Nicene Creed
  • The Sacramental & Liturgical tradition practiced
  • Apostolic Tradition and Succession affirmed

We share a common theology and liturgical tradition with the Catholic Church. Our deacons, priests and bishops participate in the same historic apostolic succession as do the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Churches, and other apostolic Churches. We share the same historical developments as Western Christianity.

We trace our modern roots to the emergence of the Old Catholic movement which began in 1870 as a response to the first Vatican Council’s pronouncement of Papal Infallibility and the primacy of papal jurisdiction. 

 For more information on the ECC as a whole, please visit http://www.ecumenical-catholics.org

Pray With Us!

Charis Community’s Mass is on Zoom and in person at 11:00 a.m. Central Time Sunday Mornings

Prairie Lutheran Church. 11000 Blossom Road, Eden Prairie, MN

We use a Zoom webinar format. You will be let into the call as soon as our tech person sees you waiting in the “waiting room.”

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Please be aware that we record our Mass and we also stream on facebook live. If you do not want to be seen or heard, simply enjoy “attendee” status or just keep your camera off and mic muted.

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Let’s live the change we want to see, right now.


Charis meets at Prairie Lutheran Church, 11000 Blossom Road, Eden Prairie MN

We’d love to tell you more. Please send us your contact information and we will be in touch!

Our Community Leadership

All communities in the Ecumenical Catholic Communion are democratically governed and led collaboratively by lay and ordained leaders, with a pastor as consultant and Community Council as the decision-making body.

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Currently, Rev. Trish Sullivan Vanni, Ph.D is serving as our Pastoral Director. She brings 20 years of Catholic ministry leadership experience to her role and is a priest in the Ecumenical Catholic Communion.

Trish has consulted to parishes, dioceses and ministry professional associations in the areas of formation, vision casting and mission development. An accomplished writer, she has written multiple books and magazine articles.

Trish received a Master of Divinity degree at St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in ecclesiology, liturgy and organizational leadership theory at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA.  She lives in Eden Prairie, MN with her sculptor husband Peter with whom she has three remarkable young adult children, two old but adorable cats, and a needy (if irresistible) rescue dog.

Trish works to serve religious seekers and the many people who have disconnected from formal religion. Click here for her personal blog to learn more.