One of the obvious
goals of the Evangelical Catholic Church is the creation of new
mission parishes. Hardly a week goes by when we get an inquiry
or request to open a new parish.
This information page had been created
to provide the necessary background steps to have a new
mission parish created within the Evangelical Catholic Church.
There are two ways in which a new
mission parish is created within the Evangelical Catholic Church.
The first is when a
parish is established by a residential priest, deacon or bishop.
The second is when
a parish is desired by members of the laity, but without a priest in
residence. Obviously, it is easier for a priest, deacon or
bishop to create a new parish when one is either in residence or
For those who wish to desire a parish
created for them, but without pastoral staffing - it is still
possible to realize the goal of a new parish.
We believe that there are many
inactive priests and deacons living throughout the nation who may
long to return to sacramental ministry. In these situations,
we ask the local laity to assist in vocational recruitment for a
canonically qualified inactive priest or deacon to incardinate into
the Evangelical Catholic Church and serve at a parish. We also
encourage the laity of our Church in the fostering and encouragement
of new vocations, for we have a fine seminary program to prepare new
deacons and priests and also to prepare clergy from other
non-catholic denominations who find themselves called to the
Catholic life and the Catholic deaconate or priesthood.
Both Bishop Wilkowski in the United
States and Bishop Ryan in Ireland hope that
this simple overview of establishing new mission parishes has been
helpful. Please feel free to contact either of them with your
The Evangelical Catholic Church is always ready to assist anyone in
the creation of new missions parishes that are welcoming communities
of faith rooted in the Catholic tradition.