The PNCC Timeline below depicts events that shaped the formation of the church and is not meant to be an all inclusive history lesson.

1866    Francis Hodur born in Zarki, Austrian-ruled Poland
1870    Vatican Council 1 – Dogma of Papal Infallibility proclaimed. Old Catholic Churches organize in Germany and Switzerland
1889    Declaration of the Union of Utrecht published
1890    Independent parishes and movements in Polish American Catholic Communities: (Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit and Scranton)
1893    Seminarian Francis Hodur comes to the United States, is ordained a priest at St.Peter’s Roman Catholic Cathedral in Scranton, Pennsylvania
1894    Fr. Hodur first pastor of Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Parish in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania.
1895    Founding of All Saints Independent (Old Catholic) Parish under Bp. Anthony Kozlowski who is consecrated by Old Catholics in 1897 in Chicago.
1896    Rioting by Sacred Hearts Parish parishioners, following a dispute over cemetery funds, parishioners want a say on parish property and funds
1897    Organization of St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr Parish in Scranton, March 14; March 21 first Mass celebrated by Fr. Hodur. Fr. Hodur’s “Kosciol Narodowy” (National Church) program announced, calling for:
         1. Legal ownership of church properties
         2. Parish government in secular matters by parish committees elected by the parishioners
         3. Appointment to pastorates of priests approved by parishioners
         4. Appointment of Polish Bishops in America by Rome with input by clergy and laity. Weekly Straz (The Guard) is the quasi-organ of the program
1898    Fr. Hodur excommunicated (He burns the excommunication document and throws its ashes in a nearby brook). In Straz Fr. Hodur challenged several Roman Catholic Church teachings including papal infallibility and supremacy
1900    At a December 16, meeting a decision is made by Fr. Hodur and his parishioners not to return to the Roman Catholic Church
1901    First Mass celebrated in Polish on Christmas Day
1904    Frst General Synod of the Polish National Catholic Church held in September in Scranton. Its actions include:
         1. A decisive break with the Roman Catholic Church
         2. Election of Fr. Hodur as Bishop
         3. Straz as official organ/newspaper
         4. Election of a Great Church Council of clergy and laity
         5. Adoption of a Church Constitution for the Church is adopted providing for Synods and a Great Church Council
1905    The Polish National Catholic Church’s Seminary is founded (later named Savonarola Theological Seminary)
1906    Continuation and conclusion of the First Synod – Two feast days instituted: Feast of Brotherly Love (Second Sunday in September) and Feast of the Humble Shepherds (First Sunday after Christmas)
1907    September 29th, Fr. Hodur is consecrated Bishop by Dutch Old Catholic Bishops in Utrecht, Holland (the Polish National Catholic Church has unquestionable orders and Apostolic Succession). The Chicago – based independent movement in Chicago joins the Polish National Catholic Church after Bishop Kozlowski’s death
1908    The Polish National Union of America (Spójnia) fraternal insurance organization is founded by members of the Church
1908    Saw the first Roman Catholic Polish Bishop in the United States (one year after Bp Hodur was consecrated)
1909    Second General Synod – The Word of God heard and preached is recognized as a sacrament. “Polish National Catholic Church of America” is underscored as its legal denominational name.
1911    Death of Bishop Kaminski (leader of the Buffalo-based independence movement) Many of its parishes join the Polish National Catholic Church
1913    Three Provincial Synods held (Wilkes-Barre, PA; Chicopee, MA; Passiac, NJ) to discuss the church’s “Confession of Faith” written by Bp. Hodur
1914    Third General Synod of Polish National Catholic Church is held in Chicago. It adopts the “Confession of Faith” and institutes three new Feast Days: Feast of the Institution of the Polish National Catholic Church (2nd Sunday of March), Feast of the Fatherland (2nd Sunday in May), and the Feast of the Christian Family (2nd Sunday in October).
1921    Fourth General Synod of Polish National Catholic Church. It approves missionary activity to begin in Poland upon its regaining independence. Symbol of Polish National Catholic Church adopted “Tyle lat” (Through the Years) adopted as church anthem. General Confession adopted churchwide with same validity as aural (private) confession. Mandatory clerical celibacy abolished Fr. Francis Bónczak begins mission to Poland
1923    December – Rola Boza (God’s Field) newspaper becomes the Church organ
1924    Fifth General Synod of Polish National Catholic Church. Three Dioceses formed: Eastern, Central and Polish. Four Bishops elected and consecrated: (Valentine Gawrychowski, Francis Bonczak, Leon Grochowski, and John Gritenas) ( Bp Gritenas heads Lithuanian National Catholic and Bp Grochowski later heads the Western Diocese). Bp Francis Hodur is Prime Bishop
1926    Great Church Council created the Western Diocese
1928    A Provincial Synod creates the Buffalo-Pittsburgh Diocese and elects Fr. John Z Jasinski as its Bishop. First Synod of the Polish Diocese in Warsaw elects Fr. Wladyslaw Faron its bishop.
1930    Bishop Hodur wrote his Apocalypse – June 30, 1930. Bp. Faron consecrated in Scranton for the Polish Diocese.
1931    Sixth General Synod – Buffalo, Bishop Hodur laments the spiritual decline of the church feeling many saw the Polish National Catholic Church as just a copy of the Roman Catholic Church – He offers to step down as Prime Bishop. It affirms Polish National Catholic belief in:
         The Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.
         The role of the priest as minister of the sacrament of marriage (not as its witness as in Roman Catholic Church).
Mass facing the people is instituted in Scranton by Bp. Hodur Altar of Sacrifice introduced
1935    Special Synod – Fr. John Misiaszek elected Bishop and consecrated. (He was to head the Central Diocese) the administrative rank of Senior Priest is implemented. Second Polish Synod is held in Warsaw. Fr. Joseph Padewski elected Bishop
1935    Bishops Misiaszek and Padewski are consecrated
1936    Bp. Joseph Lesniak consecrated to head the Eastern Diocese by a Diocesan Synod
1939    Nazis force the Polish Diocese to break with the Polish National Catholic Church and call itself “Old Catholic Church of the Union of Utrecht in the general Government.” Bp. Padewski is in turn then returned to the United States via a 1944 internee exchange.
1946    Seventh General Synod – Intercommunion is established with the Episcopal Church
1947    Eighth General Synod. Prime Bishop Grochowski is elected to be second Prime Bishop
1951    Fr. Sr. Joseph Soltysiak elected Bishop of the Eastern Diocese by a Diocesan Synod – Bishop Soltysiak is consecrated and Manchester becomes its See. Bp. Padewski dies while held in communist prison for trial. Polish Diocese breaks from the Polish National Catholic Church and is renamed Polish Catholic Church.
1953    Prime Bishop Francis Hodur dies on February 16th
1958    Ninth General Synod of Polish National Catholic Church – heated discussion about Mass in English. Fr. Srs. Thaddeus Zielinski and Joseph Kardas elected bishops and consecrated ( Bp. Zielinski for the Buffalo-Pittsburgh Diocese, Bp. Kardas for the Western Diocese )
1958    Tenth General Synod. English language Mass is approved. Bishop Francis Rowinski elected and consecrated to head the Western Diocese after the death of Bp. Kardas
1963    Eleventh General Synod. The election of Fr. Senior Eugene Magyar by the Czech and Slovak National Catholic Parishes. Meeting is accepted and he is consecrated. First National Youth Convocation held in Buffalo, NY
1967    Twelfth General Synod creates the Canadian Diocese with See in Toronto.
Fr. Seniors Anthony Rysz, Walter Slowakiewicz and Joseph Nieminski elected bishops and they are consecrated in
1969    Bishop Leon Grochowski dies while visiting Poland
1971    Thirteenth General Synod: Bishop Zielinski elected third Prime Bishop. Contemporary issues paper (abortion, birth control, war and drugs) discussed. Fr. Sr. Daniel Cyganowski elected Bishop and consecrated
1975    Fourteenth General Synod
1976    Intercommunion suspended with the Episcopal Church over issue of latter’s ordaining women.
1978    Fifteenth General Synod . Bishop Francis Rowinski elected 4th Prime Bishop. Fr. Seniors Thomas Gnat, John Swantek and Joseph Zawistowski elected Bishops and consecrated. Intercommunion with Episcopal Church terminated
1982    Sixteenth General Synod
1984    Polish National Catholic Church begins dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church – hopes to end animosity between the two Churches and live in harmony with mutual respect for each others traditions, teachings and practices.
1985    Seventeenth General Synod. Bishop Swantek elected 5th Prime Bishop
1990    Eighteenth General Synod. Fr. Seniors Robert Nemkovich, Thaddeus Peplowski and Joseph Tomczyk elected Bishops. Bishop Peplowski consecrated. Journeying together In Christ: A Report of the Polish National Catholic Church-Roman Catholic Dialogue is published.
1993    Bishops Nemkovich and Tomczyk are consecrated
1994    Nineteenth General Synod
1995    100th Anniversary of All Saints Cathedral Parish in Chicago, IL celebrated.
October – 100th Anniversary of Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral in Buffalo, NY celebrated
1997    100th Anniversary of St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr Parish of the Polish National Catholic Church. Special Masses of Thanksgiving celebrated in all Polish National Catholic Church dioceses
1998    Twentieth General Synod
1999    Special Polish National Catholic Church Synod elects Fr. Srs. Casimir Grotnik and John Dawidziuk candidates for Bishop. They are consecrated later that year.
2002    Twenty-First General Synod . Bishop Robert M. Nemkovich elected as 6th Prime Bishop of the Polish National Catholic Church
2003    Journeying Together in Christ: the Journey Continues – The Report of the Polish National Catholic – Roman Catholic Dialogue 1989-2002 is published. PNCC voted out of the International Bishop Conference of the Union of Utrecht because the PNCC remained faithful to the Catholic Faith as well as the Declaration of Utrecht.
2005    Prime Bishop Nemkovich attends the funeral of Pope John Paul II at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. He is greeted by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and Cardinal Walter Kasper while in Rome.
2006    Twenty-Second General Synod. Frs. Sylvester Bigaj, Anthony Kopka, John Mack and Anthony Mikovsky elected candidates for bishop. The Solemnity of the Fatherland was changed to Heritage Sunday. Consecration of Bishops Sylvester Bigaj, Anthony Kopka, John Mack and Anthony Mikovsky.