Discernment: Lay Ministry

The Communion welcomes interest and invites applications from committed members of its congregations to discern and explore opportunities in lay ministry. Examples of licensed lay ministry are Pastoral Worker, Reader or permanent Sub-deacon other forms of lay ministry not requiring a license but instead some training and a certificate include Hospital Visitor, Christian Listening Counsellor,…

Discernment: Incardination

Incardination is the process by which a Cleric or Sacred Minister becomes Canonically part of a Catholic Church or jurisdiction. Every Catholic cleric belongs to a particular church, this has been the case for centuries since the earliest Church Councils stipulated that every Ordained man should belong to a particular church community and a particular…

Discernment: Sacred Ministry

The Orthodox Old Roman Catholic Communion welcomes interest and invites applications from mature men interested in discerning a vocation to the permanent sub-diaconate, diaconate or priesthood. The minimum age for ordination is twenty-four (24) there is no upper age limit. All applicants must be in good health mentally and able physically to exercise a ministry….

Marriage and the Clerical state

The discipline of the Church From the earliest days of the Church’s existence, God has called both single and married men to His Sacred Ministry. We know from Scripture that Our Lord Jesus Christ, Himself, visited the house of Simon-Peter’s mother-in-law [cf Mtt 8:14, Lk 4:38-39] and tradition suggests that others of the Apostles were also…

What is discernment?

Throughout the ages, God has called men and women individually and collectively to know Him, to love Him and to serve Him through serving each other. Now, He is calling you… “Consider the eternal love which God had for you. Already before our Lord Jesus Christ, as man suffered for you on the Cross, His…

What is a vocation?

If you are looking for a simple definition of a vocation, the literal meaning of the word is a “call.” But a vocation is more than an ordinary call. A vocation is a call from God, and anyone who has felt God’s call knows that the process is anything but simple. While most people think…

Writing your Faith Story

After “first contact” the initial key stage of vocational discernment within the Communion is the prospective candidate’s Faith Story. A person’s Faith Story, sometimes called a “testimony” is a description of their spiritual journey, how they came to faith and how their relationship with God has developed through their life to where they are now….

Worker Priests

Some people express surprise when meeting one of our Orthodox Catholic priests in a “non-church” environment. Yet if someone asked you to imagine a monastery, what sort of a place would you imagine? A place of retreat and prayer perhaps? An isolated spiritual oasis distant from the constraints and concerns of the material world? A…