I previously attended an Anglican church and am now converting to Catholicism. Does the Catholic church deem the Anglican priesthood as valid since the original Anglican priests and bishops started out Catholic. And, related to this, is the the real presence of Christ there in the Anglican eucharist?
No, the Catholic Church does not consider the Anglican priesthood to be valid. Pope Leo XIII’s papal bull Apostolicae Curae declared that Anglican Orders were “absolutely null and utterly void.” Pope Leo XIII stated that Anglican theology had so changed the understanding of the priesthood that they lacked proper intention to validly ordain. And without a valid priest there can be no valid Eucharist.
Anglican priests who become Catholic must be re-ordained.