Vocation & Formation
It shall be the policy of the Evangelical Catholic Church to
unconditionally adhere to the canonical norms and procedures
regarding candidates for the clerical and religious life and also
for candidates seeking incardination. The canonical norms and
procedures designated for formation cannot be dispensed by either a
local ordinary or religious superior. It is the responsibility of
the individual candidates to fulfill each and every formational
requirement prior to ordination or religious profession.
The Church wishes to stress that anyone who has been convicted of
sexual assault or abuse are automatically barred from candidacy in
any aspect of secular or religious formation.
Candidates who provide false information on their applications
shall be dismissed from any formation program. Those who have
attained ordination or religious profession using false information
on their applications shall have such ordinations or religious
professions declared null and void.
For complete vocational information, please visit our
Guidelines for Clerical & Episcopal Participation
in Ordinations & Consecrations
outside of the Evangelical Catholic Church
The Clergy and Bishops of the Evangelical Catholic Church welcome
the opportunity to celebrate in the Ordinations of Deacons and
Priests and Consecrations of Bishops outside of our jurisdiction.
In order for the Clergy and Bishops of the Evangelical Catholic
Church to liturgically participate in such Ordinations and
Consecrations, the candidate (s) for Orders or for Consecration must
meet the same or parallel formational standards prescribed for
candidates for Ordination and Consecration within the Evangelical
Should such candidates from outside the Evangelical Catholic
Church meet these formational standards, then the Clergy and Bishops
of the Evangelical Catholic Church can fully participate in the
liturgies of such Ordinations and Consecrations as representatives
of the Evangelical Catholic Church. If such candidates from outside
of the Evangelical Catholic Church do not meet these formational
standards, then the Clergy and Bishops of our jurisdiction may
attend such Ordinations and Consecrations, but they cannot vest or
play any liturgical roles.
To review the formation standards of the Evangelical Catholic
Church, please visit our
*If you wish to invite our Bishops to participate at your
ordinations or consecrations, please make arrangements for their
attendance four months prior to date of ordination or consecration.
If location of ordination or consecration is more than 150 miles
from the residence of the bishop, we ask that the planning committee
for ordinations or consecrations to anticipate and secure the travel
and lodging needs for the Bishop.