Thank you for your interest in the Old Catholic Churches International. Below you will find information on the vocation process.
Because of the varying views in the Independent Sacramental Movement, we would like to make sure that you understand what our denomination is all about and the requirements we have for our clergy.
- In this day and age, one can never be too careful. There are too many wolves in sheep’s clothing running around in the world. As such, the process to become a cleric, either through ordination or incardination into the Old Catholic Churches International is one that is long and complex. While it does tend to limit the number of people that we accept into church ministry, we feel that it helps to ensure that we have good, quality men and women of God, serious about their vocations and serious about serving God.Understand that just because you have applied to the church for ordination does not in any way guarantee your acceptance into ministry.
- The Old Catholic Churches International ordains people to all ranks of clergy (deacon, priest and bishop) without regard to race, gender or sexual orientation. We ordain women and LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) persons to all ranks of clergy and have no policy against same-sex unions or same-sex marriages, where such unions or marriages are legal and recognized.
- All clergy who are ordained by or incardinated into the Old Catholic Churches International must be able to support themselves financially. The church does not, at present, have the resources to stipend or pay our clergy.
- We believe in intellectual honesty as a church. This means that sometimes our faith and doctrine stand at odds with most mainstream churches, but we believe that unless something can be proven by the Bible, church history and/or scientific fact, then it should not be adhered to for the sake of maintaining the status quo.
All of these points are non-negotiable. If this is a problem, please email us and let us know.
The process of ordination or incardination is as follows:
- The candidate submits an application for ordination or incardination. If you have not completed this application, you can do so at the following link: https://osv.myocci.org/vocations-forms/. Please complete forms 1A through 1F. Please be as thorough as possible in your answers, however, we do not need a novel for each answer.
- Submission of the following paperwork:
- Baptism (Required)
- Confirmation (Required)
- Marriage(s), (if applicable)
- Copies of civil divorce decrees and annulments or grants of dissolution (if applicable)
- Married candidates must also provide the written consent of their spouse prior to beginning the formation program (Required)
- Copy of any degrees or certificates from continuing education (Required)
- Copy of any degrees or certificates from primary or college education (Required)
- Proof of membership in religious orders (if any) (Required)
- Certified Criminal Record report (You will receive an email from SafeScreener requesting that you complete and pay for your Criminal Background Check. For applicants outside the United States, you must supply your own background check from your local authorities, it must be certified or notarized, have an English translation if in another language, and it must be less than 90 days old.) (Required)
- Personality Test: http://www.123test.com/disc-personality-test/. You will need to purchase the Extended Report when you have completed the test. Please send the Extended Report to Bishop Godsey at email@example.com. (Required)
- Letters of Reference (if any) – Not required but would add weight to your application.
- Complete the Darkness to Light Stewards Plus program. You can find it at http://www.d2l.org/education/stewards-of-children/online/. It cost $25.00. Please send the certificate of completion to Bishop Godsey at firstname.lastname@example.org. (Required)
- The Candidate goes through a six (6) month discernment process during which they work with us. This is to make sure they are a good fit for the OCCI and that they feel the OCCI is a good fit for them.
- Evaluation and recommendation of the candidate by the Commission on Ordained Ministry who then makes a recommendation to the Diocesan bishop or Presiding Bishop. For Bishops applying: A Bishop’s Application is then sent to the College of Bishops and Vicars to be reviewed and voted on. If they accept, the Bishops is accepted.
- Diocesan bishop then accepts or rejects the candidate. (Note: This acceptance is provisional only. The Diocesan bishop reserves the right to dismiss any candidate from the program for a canonical reason.)
- Reception of the candidate. For Bishops applying: A Bishop who has be accepted by the Commission and the College will not be given a diocese to administer until after a year has passed. Once the year from the date of acceptance has past, the bishop may be granted a diocese to administer.
Note: We require translations of any of the above documentation that is not already in English. You should also include the original documents.
We will consider a candidate’s application only after the submission of ALL required materials and documentations.
We take the process of accepting new clergy into our church seriously. As such, we require a lot to prove that one is worthy and that we will be a compatible match for that cleric. We are here to help you along your journey, but it will not be an overnight process.