There are a lot of Independent Catholic jurisdictions out there — ones to suit all sorts of different personalities. Discerning a vocation with us is as much about determining if we’re the right fit for you as it is about vocation in general. We want everyone to find the place where they can best flourish.
So before any sort of application, the first step is just to get to know us. You’ll want to speak to all our major clergy by phone (or in person, if possible!). This is very informal - just to share our stories, for us to answer questions, and for us all to get a sense of who each other is. We also encourage you to follow our Facebook page, and call in for one of our midweek services by conference call.
If we seem like the right group for you, the next step is to meet the Bishop in person. An ideal time would be at our yearly Gathering, where all the clergy and religious (and any interested laity) meet for a weekend of prayer and fellowship. But other times are certainly possible as well.
After that, if everyone feels like it’s a good fit, you’ll be invited to submit your formal application.
The rest of the process is detailed more thoroughly in our Canons. For someone seeking ordination to the priesthood, the process is generally about 5 years.
Every Christian has a vocation to serve God, given in Baptism, strengthened in Confirmation, and regularly nourished by prayer, scripture, and the Eucharist. All Christians are called to follow Christ; to come together week by week for corporate worship; and to work, pray, and give for the spread of the kingdom of God.
However, different Christians are called to live out their vocations in different ways. Some Christians are called to ordained ministry, as deacons, priests, or bishops, exercising ministries of Word and Sacrament. Other Christians are called to live out their vocation as laypersons, bearing witness to Christ in their daily lives. Some Christians are called to deepen their baptismal vows by living a religious vocation with additional vows. Some religious live as part of religious communities, while others have a solitary vocation. Religious may be ordained or lay. The Independent Catholic Christian Church welcomes all of these ways of living the Christian vocation.