We are a fully and authentically Catholic in doctrines, Liturgy, Sacraments, spirituality and maintain the same Creed, same tradition of Apostolic Succession as the Roman Catholic Church. That Apostolic Succession has been recognized by the Roman Catholic Church as fully valid.
We acknowledge a common Baptism and a common Eucharist, or what these two greatest sacraments represent - One God and Creator of us all who is beyond all things, and yet within all things, and through all things, the same.
We identify ourselves as Catholic Church International according our Lord Jesus recommendation to make disciples in all nations. We strongly believe that no nation can claim the Catholic Faith as his object. We commit to be the witnesses, empowered by God, to the essential Gospel message: "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.’” (John 28: 18-20)
We accept the Holy Father as the Spiritual Leader for the Catholic Church worldwide and we accept his teachings as inspired by God.
We do not have conflicting doctrines and we seek to maintain a theological identity with the Roman Catholic Church throughout the ages, celebrating the sacraments in their plenitude and maintaining a secure and valid Apostolic Succession, while retaining an independence of mind and a creativity of spirit. It truly is a peoples' church with its clergy attentive to the pastoral needs of our modern times.
We believe that the Holy Bible is the inspired Word of God, the complete revelation of God to humans and the final authority of Christian life and faith. (2 Timothy 3:16-17, 1 Thessalonians 2:13, 2 Peter 1:21).
Mount Tabor Ministries: Who we are:
Bishop Louis Ngomo Okitenbo, Ph.D.
A native of Tshumbe, Sankuru, in Democratic Republic of Congo, Father Louis Ngomo Okitenbo graduated from the University of Kinshasa-Catholic Faculties of Kinshasa, where he earned a graduate degree in Philosophy and African Religions. He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in Systematic Theology from the State University of Strasbourg in France, where he was a Missio Institute Fellow (Germany). He published his doctoral research in 1998 titled “The Political Commitment of the Catholic church in Zaire (1960-1992)”, l’Harmattan, Paris, 413p. Shortly after receiving his Doctorate, Father Louis, went back to his home-country, Congo, where he was appointed Spiritual Director, Theology Professor and Diocesan Pastoral animator in his home region of Tshumbe Diocese, Congo.
In 2000, the Civil war in Congo (1996-2001) and the lack of fairness from the Episcopal Leadership led him to Charlotte, NC in the USA. There, he learned English, and about American culture, and studied Educational Leadership at the University North Carolina in Charlotte. While studying at UNCC, Father Louis taught French in American Public Schools in Charlotte as a Certified French Teacher (2001-2005). In January 2006, he began serving as a volunteer Principal Intern at Smith Academy of Languages (Elementary and Middle Public School) in Charlotte, in order to complete his Master’s Degree in School Administration which he received in July 2006.
After Twenty-five years in the Priesthood, Father Louis was consecrated as a Bishop of the Catholic Church International in July 2006 in California/USA. Bishop Louis Ngomo Okitenbo, Ph.D. is a Christ-centered Catholic Preacher and Educator. His whole life is summed up in his Episcopal Motto: “In all things: Charity.” He has preached in Africa, France and the United States. He speaks French, English, Telela and Lingala. He is the founder of Mount Tabor Ministries, Inc. established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in September 2004, followed by Mount Tabor Community Development Corporation in August 2007. The name "Mount Tabor" comes from the scripture readings in Matthews 17:1-9; Mark 9:2 –9 and Luke 9:28-36.
Bishop Louis established Mount Tabor Ministries not only as a non-profit religious, educational organization, but also as the first institution for the CATHOLIC CHURCH INTERNATIONAL. The Catholic Church International is a progressive, charismatic, Ecumenical Church following Bible teachings. It adapts Catholic heritage to current conditions and situations and is autonomous and fully Catholic in liturgy and Sacraments, committed to mutual cooperation with diverse Christian traditions, and always respecting the Roman Catholic Church. It offers a “new” understanding of the Catholic faith with “new” methods to reach all God’s children wherever they may be; working to transform lives one individual at a time. The Catholic Church International is a refuge of healing for those who have been hurt by their church of origin, but still yearn for Catholic spirituality and liturgy.
Bishop Louis continues to work in the community both in America and abroad. Through Mount Tabor Community Development Corporation, he is making strides to build an Adult Daycare Center called Mount Tabor House in Charlotte, NC. His mission to “break the cycle of poverty and transform lives” continues with this effort to give seniors and other mentally and/or physically challenged adults in the community a safe, compassionate, educational and Christian environment where their personal independence and well-being is the number one priority. Across the ocean in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bishop Louis is making preparations to build Mount Tabor Schools: a badly needed school system for the children of his native country, always with the mission of “breaking the cycle of poverty and transforming lives”.