Welcome to the Vocations Office of The Corpus Christi Communion
We are here to help you pursue your interest in ordained sacramental ministry or religious life.
The Office of Vocations exists to promote, encourage, and help in the discernment process of individuals who sense a call to Diocesan Priesthood, Consecrated Religious Life, and the Permanent Diaconate. We are considered the official contact for those who feel called to a ministry of ‘Service’ in the Church. Our goal is to help guide individuals in their unique journey to hear the “Call” of God. We support discerning candidates by providing the atmosphere and resources by which they can discern God’s “plan” for their lives. When a discerning candidate responds willingly, with full freedom and knowledge in God’s “plan”, he/she ultimately finds the ‘Joy’, ‘Peace’, and ‘Happiness’ that God has had in store for him/her since the foundation of the World.
God is calling you in a special way to come and follow. Your response to God, your joyful embrace of God’s providential plan for you, is the very meaning of life. God invites us to co-create our lives and bring them to their full realization in our life’s vocation, our joyful response to Christ’s invitation to live in complete freedom.
Recognizing the Call… As in the past, God is calling people today. Throughout history, many have been called. They have lived exemplary lives and have extended the mission of Jesus Christ around the world. There are many heroic stories in every age. Yet, today it is harder then in the past to discover God’s call. There are so many valuable ways that you can choose to live your life. There are so many distractions that make it hard to hear God’s voice. Discerning a vocation is a challenge, no doubt about it. It can be especially tough today because others, even parents and friends, may not be encouraging or supportive. In the world of the Third Millennium, many are hungry to find greater meaning in life, eager to discover some purpose for their life. But God is calling you.
CANDIDATES FOR PRIESTLY FORMATION
Contact with Director of Vocations
Those who are interested in the diaconal or priestly formation program for The Corpus Christi Communion should contact the Director of Vocations. If a candidate has manifested that interest to his/her pastor or other Church personnel, it would be helpful for that person to make contact with the Director of Vocations as well.
The Vocation Director will establish regular meetings with the interested candidate to explore his/her interest, answer questions, and guide the discernment process. If and when the Director judges the candidate ready to make application, he will then facilitate that process.
As a general rule, candidates must have some familiarity and connection with The Corpus Christi Communion (family, education, ministry, etc.). Vocations@corpuschristicommunion.org
With the assistance of the Director of Vocations, a candidate for the priestly formation program of The Corpus Christi Communion engages in the following process:
Completion of the confidential Vocation Application form.
Submission of sacramental documents, academic records and two passport size photos.
Completion of a detailed autobiography.
Complete the Question forms.
Completed Criminal background check.
Interviews with two members of the Priestly Formation Council who then submit written report and recommendations.
Psychological evaluation by consulting 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 Presiding Bishop regarding the applicant’s acceptance into the seminary program. The Presiding Bishop makes the final decision.
If the applicant is accepted as a candidate for diaconal or priestly formation, a formal letter of acceptance is sent to him/her.
INCARDINATION OF CLERGY FROM OTHER JURISDICTIONS
The process by which clergy from one ecclesiastical jurisdiction are brought under the authority of another jurisdiction is called incardination. By virtue of the Sacrament of Holy Orders, any person receiving Ordination to the Order of Presbyter or Deacon is automatically incardinated into the Diocese for which they are ordained. Installation in the office of Diocesan Bishop, Coadjutor Bishop or Auxiliary Bishop automatically incardinates the one installed into the Diocese they are to serve and concurrently excardinates them from all other jurisdictions.
Incardination applies to those in Holy Orders and Religious Life. The Corpus Christi Communion will consider all applications for incardination provided all supporting documentation and requirements are met by the applicant. Incardination is not limited to those in Holy Orders. Religious congregations may apply for incardination provided all members of the Order are in agreement and submit the required documentation inclusive of a letter indicating that they are in agreement with the intent of their Order to join The Corpus Christi Communion.
All applications are reviewed on an individual basis. In cases where there may be some question of proper intent in the administration of an ordination, the Presiding Bishop reserves the right to subconditionally ordain the candidate. However, this is a rare exception and not the rule. Any requirements beyond those noted in the application shall be discussed with the candidate by the Presiding Bishop with the candidate.
We encourage you to enter into a dialogue with us concerning our pastoral formation review process prior to submitting you incardination candidacy application to The Corpus Christi Communion.
Documents Required for Incardination Process
Please send the following items with the application:
[ ] Tenets of Faith
[ ] Copy of Baptismal, First Communion, Confirmation. Certificates
[ ] Letter requesting Incardination
[ ] Copy of Letter of Resignation/Excardination from previous Jurisdiction, if applicable
[ ] Ministerial Service Resume
[ ] Copy of Ordination Certificates
[ ] Copy of Faculties
[ ] 2 Passport-sized pictures
[ ] 3 Letters of Reference
[ ] Letter of Support from Partner/Spouse
[ ] Code of Professional Conduct
[ ] Notarized Statement of No Record of Sex Crimes or Convictions
Criminal Behaviors/Crimes of a Sexual nature
E-mail the List of Documents listed to Vicar General
Clergy of the Apostolic Tradition (Catholic/Orthodox /Anglican or Ecumenical) wishing to be granted incardination, please contact the Vicar General at VicarGeneral@corpuschristicommunion.org
Note for bishops seeking incardination:
Because of the unique and central nature of the Episcopal office, The Corpus Christi Communion seeks to discern the relationship we will share with any bishop extensively before agreeing to permanent incardination. If you have been consecrated and are seeking affiliation with The Corpus Christi Communion, please contact the Metropolitan Archbishop, at Metropolitan@corpuschristicommunion.org