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Do you have a sense that you are being 'called to the priesthood' in the Contemporary Catholic Church?

Bishop Hart ordaining a priestSt. Benedict wrote in his Rule that men knocking at the gate of the monastery seeking entrance into the novitiate should be those who sincerely "seek God." We welcome both men and women into the priesthood. The desire to seek God must be high on your list of reasons why you wish to enter the religious life. Do you truly seek God?

Next on his list was the thirst you must have for the "Work of God." For us, this is the desire to enter into a life of service to the Divine through helping our brothers and sisters enter into the love and compassion of the Beloved. Robert Schuller once wrote, "Building faith in the God of love revealed by Jesus Christ is what we must do today. We have been called by God to build faith in the empty, hurting, hungry hearts of people who come with tears dripping from their eyes and hearts." These words describe one of the aspects of the work a priest in the Catholic Contemporary Catholic Church is called to answer. Our clergy enjoy sacramental ministry in a myriad of settings which include parishes, hospices, jails and prisons, hopitals, nursing homes, spirituality centers, monasteries, social centers, home chapels, etc.-

If you can honestly say that you can answer 'yes' to each of these desires, then the Catholic Contemporary Catholic Church may be able to assist you in your vocation.

We encourage you to enter into a period of prayer and reflection prior to applying for pastoral formation offered in the Contemporary Catholic Church. It would be a great pity never to give yourself the chance to fully explore the question at all!

Priesthood Formation

The first stage for a prospective candidate is to review the information provided on this website about the Contemporary Catholic Church. There are over 600 different Independent Catholic jurisdictions--all one in The Body of Christ, the Church. While we welcome genuine seekers, we also encourage you to find the jurisdiction that best fits your own approach to the spiritual life.

We encourage you to contact us and enter into a dialogue about yourself, you needs, and how we may be of service to you. If in the course of the discussion it is found that you would be happier in another church or jurisdiction.

The discernment process is to be entered into prayerfully. Although you may feel the call to serve the Beloved, it may or may not be through the sacramental ministry of Holy Orders. Below you will find a listing that details some aspects we require of a prospective candidate for the ministry:

* Desire to serve in ordained ministry.
* Embracement of the greatest commandment: to love one another.
* Living in a way that invites Wisdom .
* Love of sacramental life.
* Stable, maturing emotional life.
* Time for study, prayer and reflection.
* Ability to understand basic philosophical & theological principles and put them into pastoral practice.
* Capability to relate to people of many different backgrounds and lifestyles.
* A personal relationship with the Divine.


Formation Candidacy Information

We are committed to building up a skilled and educated clergy who are engaged with us in exploring and deepening our vision and values - our pilgrimage. It is expected that both the applicant and the review committee will approach the process in prayerful attention.

In addition, each candidate must demonstrate evidence of significant self-examination, which may include Clinical Pastoral Education, an experience in personal therapy, or accomplishment in certain contemplative disciplines. Other life experiences which accomplish this criterion may be accepted by the bishop. Prior to final approval for ordination , the candidate must submit a written plan discussing how her/his ministry will be enacted.

All candidates must participate in at least one face-to-face interview with the ordaining bishop prior to any final approval for ordination.

From acceptance into candidacy through full clergy status, the candidate will be provided with appropriate mentoring and guidance, and engage in on-going discernment together with the mentor and the candidate's bishop. The building up of a capable clergy is of paramount importance in the Contemporary Catholic Church. Creating a network of support among our far-flung clergy is one of things which gives us strength and nourishment on our journeys.

Even as not everyone who applies for pastoral candidacy in the Contemporary Catholic Church will be accepted, so too not all candidates will automatically be approved for ordination in the church. This is a natural outcome of active discernment, and one of the most weighty responsibilities of the review committee and the Presiding Bishop.

Clergy of the Contemporary Catholic Church are worker clergy--they must be self-sustaining in the tentmaker style of the Apostle Paul.. This is a very ancient model of spiritual leadership, in which the clergyperson earns a living in "secular" employment in her/his community, and serves as an itinerant minister. The CCC has no paid positions, and provides no benefits such as insurance or retirement. Each deacon or presbyter is asked to create a local ministry appropriate to her/his calling. The Contemporary Catholic Church is a 'service Church', where our primary call is to chaplaincy, being a "church without walls." 

Pastoral Formation Program

The Contemporary Catholic Church 's pastoral formation program is operated through The Beloved Disciple Seminary. Full particulars about the seminary are available on the website. The Beloved Disciple Seminary welcomes all sincere students seeking enrichment and/or preparing for the ministry or Holy Orders. All students are warmly received , without regard given to an individual's gender, marital status, race, ethnicity, nationality, physical challenge and/or social status. Candidates from jurisdictions other than the Contemporary Catholic Church must have their local bishop’s approval before registering with the school.


BELOVED DISCIPLE SEMINARY

APPLICATION FOR ADMITTANCE into the Pastoral Formation Program

INCARDINATION OF CLERGY FROM OTHER JURISDICTIONS