Come Follow Me
As you are well
aware, the Sacramental needs of the People of God can only be fulfilled
by dedicated pastoral leaders. One of greatest frustrations of any
Bishop is when he or she receives a call requesting a priest to help
establish and to lead a new parish community and the Bishop has nobody
For the Evangelical
Catholic Church to grow and continue deepening its vocational mission,
we wish to foster and encourage vocations to the clerical and religious
life. For those who are considering Religious Life we invite you to
speak with us about assisting you in your decision making process.
Catholic Church unconditionally embraces its responsibility to provide a
format for the academic formation of our candidates for Orders. We will
assist you in finding an appropriate academic formation program that
will best prepare you for service to the People of God.
We know that
vocations do not always necessarily mean service within the confines of
a parish community. God has blessed many individuals with gifts which
can be used in a variety of pastoral assignments within chaplaincies
which also brings the Good News of the Gospels to many.
We believe that our
reforms, which permits our diocesan clergy the option to marry, we
welcome women to the clerical life and we have set aside so many of the
past illogical impediments to Holy Orders - will permit those, who
believe that they have been called to a life of service to the clerical
or religious life hope and freedom to experience the fullness of God's
gift of a vocation.
We also encourage all
inactive deacons, priests, bishops and religious who are considering a
return to the clerical or religious life to speak with us about
returning to active clerical or religious life.
Given the times in
which we live, it must be pointed out that the Evangelical Catholic
Church does not consider God's gift of a vocation as a hobby or as an
opportunity for individuals to "dress up" and play cleric or religious.
We take our vocations seriously and seek to determine similar
seriousness in our candidates.
The Evangelical Catholic Church
is not a clerical or religious repository for
According to Canon
12.25 of the Code of Canon Law, the following are irregular
regarding the reception of Orders:
§1 A person who labors under some form of mental illness or other
psychic defect due to which, after consultation with experts in the
medical field, are judged incapable of rightly carrying out the
§2 A person who has committed the delict of apostasy, heresy, or schism
within the Church.
§3 A person who
has committed voluntary homicide.
§4 A person who
has committed sexual assault.
outlines the procedures and steps required by potential candidates for
Ordination to the Priesthood and Diaconate and also for Candidates for
Consultation with the bishop or director of Vocations.
2. Completion of
application and all required documentation.
C. Marriage(s), (if applicable)
D. Copies of civil divorce decrees and annulments or grants of
dissolution (if applicable)
E. Married candidates must also provide the written consent of their
spouse prior to beginning the formation program
3. Completion of required criminal background check
4. Completion of required psychological examination
5. Evaluation and recommendation of the candidate by a clerical review
panel assembled by vocations director who then makes a recommendation to
the Diocesan bishop.
6. Diocesan bishop then accepts or rejects the candidate. (Note: this
acceptance is provisional only. The Diocesan bishop reserves the right
to dismiss any candidate from the program for a canonical reason, even
if occult. Cf. Can. 10.18 & 10.19).
7. Reception of Minor Order of Lector at the beginning of graduate
8. Reception of Minor Order of Acolyte mid-way in the academic program
9. Candidacy will be celebrated at the discretion of the Diocesan bishop
(note: reception of the Minor Orders will be at the discretion of the
Diocesan bishop if the candidate has completed the required academic
studies prior to entering our formation program).
10. After all required academic studies have been certified as completed
and prior to beginning the internship, the candidate shall be ordained
to the Order of Deacon.
11. Completion of the required internship program.
12. Ordination to the Presbyterate.
The requirements for clerical Incardination are very identical up
to step 7. A cleric seeking Incardination normally has already completed
the required studies and received all the Minor Orders. After the
Diocesan bishop accepts the candidate for Incardination, the bishop will
grant the candidate temporary faculties as a "cleric-in-residence." The
length of time of this required "probationary" period is at the
discretion of the Diocesan bishop after consultation with he clergy of
13. The application of any candidate for Orders, Religious Life
or Incardination will be considered for approval only after ALL
required materials and documentations are submitted.
The application process for candidates to Orders or Religious Life
within the Evangelical Catholic Church is very detailed. We invite you
to review our
to read the questions we ask
of all applicants.
Please send us your request for clerical or religious vocation
and give yourself permission to fully
explore the possibility of a life of service in His Name.
We look forward to hearing from you.
You are the Savior of
the world O Lord, Jesus Christ. Manifest in Your Church the Spirit Whom
You abundantly bestowed upon Your Apostles who constituted the Catholic
Church as the sanctuary where Your Name would always be praised and
glorified. We beseech You to call many to the Priesthood and Religious
Life within the Evangelical Catholic Church which is Yours. Let zeal for
Your House consume them and for the salvation of souls. Inflame within
them the Spirit You give at Baptism for You have chosen them. May they
be Priests and Religious according to Your Own Heart Which was pierced
by the lance of a soldier for them. Protect the vocations You have given
them. For You live and reign with God the Father and the Holy Spirit,
One God, for ever and ever. AMEN.
Welcoming Women to
the Deaconate and Priesthood
Welcoming Back Inactive Deacon, Priests, Religious and Bishops
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