Why discern with the reformed catholic church?
The Reformed Catholic Church is a growing community within the Independent Sacramental Movement. There are different reasons Independent Sacramental Churches are formed. Our jurisdiction was established on the strength that all people are welcome to worship and serve God, regardless of sexual or gender identity, marital status or other reasons Churches give to exclude people. We maintain valid apostolic succession, the same sacraments, and a mass that Catholics are used to, and we do so without the strict dogmas that turn people away. In addition, we ordain both men and women, married or single, gay, straight or otherwise, to the diaconate and presbyterate.
What makes the Reformed Catholic Church distinct?
When it comes to discernment, we are different than other mainline Churches in that we do not compensate our clergy. We have worker clergy - meaning that our clergy have secular or religious jobs that provide for their basic needs and they give their ministry to the Church as a gift.
If you are a deacon, priest or bishop in another Church or jurisdiction and are considering making a change, please contact us to discuss incardinating into the Reformed Catholic Church.
Basic Requirements for ordination
Men and women called to ordained ministries in the Reformed Catholic Church must have the necessary education to fulfill the responsibilities of the offices to which they are called. We value education and preparation, but understand the difficulty it presents. Therefore, we recommend first contacting us about your interest in discerning your call so that we can work with you to create a personalized formation plan. With that said, our general educational requirements can be fulfilled by receiving a degree in theology or religion from an accredited college or university.* For those who do not have a theology degree we suggest the following:
For those with an accredited Bachelors degree:
For those without an accredited Bachelors degree:
We also accept BDiv and MDiv degrees from Sophia Divinity School
These universities make their programs available online and offer them at a reasonable cost to the student.**
Along with formal education, we will create a formation plan that connects you with a mentor who will provide you with the remainder of your education and preparation.
* Receiving a degree does not guarantee that you will be accepted as a candidate for ordination in the Reformed Catholic Church.
** The Reformed Catholic Church does not currently subsidize the education of aspirants.
Since we do not have parishes in every city or state, we ask that you find a local church with which you can get involved (regardless of denomination). Work with the pastor of that church to find a ministry that suits you (inside or outside the church). We will want to see how you handle the highs and lows of long-term ministry.
Part of your formation will be to learn about the Canons, customs, and bylaws of the Reformed Catholic Church.
With the assistance of the Office of Vocations, an aspirant for ministry in the Reformed Catholic Church must complete the following:
- Vocation Application form and $50.00 non-refundable Applicant Fee
- Submission of sacramental documents, academic records and two passport size photos.
- Submission of your Resume/Curriculum Vitae & 3 letters of reference
- Completion of a detailed autobiography
- Submission of 2 Passport sized photographs
- Letter of support by partner/spouse
- Interviews with members of the Formation Council who then submit a written report and recommendation
- Physical examination by a licensed physician
- Completed Criminal background check.***
- Psychological evaluation by a licensed psychologist. Written report is submitted with specific recommendations.***
The Director of Vocations will collect and evaluate all of the information listed above. Following this review, the Director will make a recommendation to the Bishop regarding the applicant’s acceptance into the vocational program. The Bishop makes the final decision.
If the applicant is accepted as an candidate for formation, a formal letter of acceptance will be sent to him/her.
*** The Reformed Catholic Church will assign you a psychologist and will conduct your background check.
We are not currently accepting applications for Priesthood or the Diaconate from outside of the United States. We are, however, accepting Incardination requests from Bishops outside the U.S.