How to Seek Ordination
Many have asked how exactly one goes about
This brief message should help with that
First of all we wish to stress that our clergy
serve without salary, and you are expected to build your own
ministry - congregation, home worship, nursing home, counseling
etc. Of course our bishops and clergy will assist you with
advice, counsel and prayer.
Please make sure that you have
read all the material in this site including our
After doing so you need to contact one of the bishops via email.
After the bishop has received your inquiry the bishop will
contact you as to how to proceed.
After your initial contact you
may be required to contact one of the bishops via phone. During
this conversation you will be asked questions to help both you
and the bishop discern your call. The bishop might ask questions
such as these below:
Tell me about what specific
ministry you have in mind or currently provide?
Do you have the support of
How do plan on establishing
Where do you currently
Tell me about your prayer
Why are your seeking to
become Old Catholic?
What formal training and
education do you have?
The bishop may also require you
to have a telephone interview with other clergy where you can
ask questions and so can they. If you and we both feel a call to
ordination, a date will be set for you to visit with a bishop.
We will not ordain nor allow other clergy to incardinate until
there has been at least one such meeting. This meeting should
take place prior to the commencement of any required training
and will serve to complete the discernment process.
If the bishop determines the need to complete
Seminary training, you will be will provided with information as
to the specific training requirements and the seminary to be
used (external studies accepted) If you already hold Seminary
training you may be required to take an Orientation Course to
teach the basics of the Old Catholic faith.
After successful competition of studies, altar
training (leading worship and providing sacraments), and
contingent on the approval of the bishops a date for ordination
will be set. Following Catholic Tradition
you will first be ordained a Deacon. After a period of time,
(usually a year but may be less) you will be ordained a Priest.
The ordination date, location, and rite used will be determined
by your bishop. You will be responsible for any travel expenses
for both yourself and the bishop.
If you are already in Holy Orders and are seeking incardination
(transfer) in addition to following the above steps (with the
exception of ordination) you will need to provide the following:
If you are under spiritual authority of
another Bishop you need a release from that Bishop.
You will need to present documents to verify
An installation service will be done instead
of an ordination.
Each clergy will be expected to communicate on a
regular basis with their bishop and will be required to file
regular reports to their bishop explaining the status of their
In closing, Holy orders is a fellowship of those
called and dedicated to the Lord and His service. We welcome you
to pray and consider joining with us.
Rt. Rev. Michael Nesmith, DD