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in the Catholic/Anglican Tradition
Ways to Join Us
Ordination - Holy Orders
We welcome those who would like to discern their vocation to ordained ministry.
Applicants have two options through our seminary: to pursue a vocational track to the Priesthood (ordination to the diaconate and then priesthood) or be trained as a Permanent Deacon.
For those who are women, gay or lesbian, or married, especially in the Roman Catholic Church, the priesthood has not been a possibility in their lives, despite a strong pull towards Holy Orders. We offer a course of study through St Francis Seminary, designed specifically for our denomination, with courses and pastoral preparation offered to those who will serve in the Community Catholic Church. St. Francis offers a Seven-Month Diploma in Pastoral Ministry program for the Diaconate, and, for those seeking orders to the Priesthood, a year-long Diploma in Sacramental Ministry. All applicants must be self-supporting and there is no guarantee of ordination after the course of study has ended.
Acceptance to the seminary is contingent upon interviews, application review and screening. The courses are mostly accomplished online, but there are some onsite requirements and regular phone meetings with an assigned Spiritual Director.
Applicants are required to possess high school graduation certificates, live in Canada, and be fluent in English (able to express themselves orally and in writing). Some of these requirements may be waived at the discretion of the presiding bishop.
Please be aware that clergy of the Community Catholic Church of Canada receive no compensation by the Church for their ministries and must be otherwise gainfully employed.