Can I be ordained through the mail?
No. The canons (rules)
and teachings of the Universal Catholic Church do not permit ordination by
mail. We are a Catholic church with a Christian Tradition to follow! You cannot
baptize or receive holy communion by mail: likewise, Holy Orders are not possible
by mail either.
Must I travel for ordination?
Yes. Unless special
arrangements are made, all ordinations take place in California or Texas. The Presiding
Bishop will work with you if you are outside the United States.
Who pays for my needed education?
You do. We keep costs to
a minimum. They often barely cover the cost of postage and the materials
supplied. Students pay for each course taken.
Must I take my theological studies from St. Clement of
Yes and No. Some of your
training, that pertaining to the Liberal Catholic Movement, must be with the
Seminary. For other courses, there are many good seminary programs around the
country, besides St. Clement Seminary, that can give you the needed knowledge.
With few exceptions they all require residency and are many times more
When I complete the course of study with St. Clement of
Alexandria Seminary, do I get a degree?
Yes if you complete the
“Clergy Track,” but because we are not an acccredited institution, the degree
will be considered honorary by most. However, the degree is authorized by the California Post-Secondary Education Code. This is explained in the Catalog shown on
the Curriculum page. For the Lay Theologian Track, a Certificate of Completion
is issued. For each individual course, a certificate is also issued.
I feel like I would be wasting my time just studying?
This should not be so.
During the time you are studying you should also be preparing the way for your
ministry. You may, if you wish, start gathering people together for prayer
meetings, organizing study groups, and forming the basis for a small parish. You
can further enhance your ministry by finding others who are interested in the
priesthood, so that you will have help with your ministry. Also, it is equally
important that you continue to develop your own spiritual life. You cannot give
what you do not have. Positive habits of prayer and meditation are essential in
your life as a priest. Now is the time continue to sharpen those habits and
grow more in your spiritual development.
Can I practice my ministry as a priest while I am still
No. As a Universal
Catholic seminarian, you may not take upon yourself the duties of a priest
until you are ordained.
currently an ordained minister of another church. May I continue to exercise
this ministry during my studies?
You may form a Bible and
religious study group and gather people together for Prayer Meetings, visit the
sick and the oppressed, but you may not exercise any sacramental offices of the
Universal Catholic Church. Because you have used the title “Reverend,” you may
continue to do so, as long as you do not indicate that you are an ordained
May a priest have a wife or partner and children?
The Universal Catholic
Church has married priests (as was true in the Early Church and as remains true
in Eastern Orthodox churches). It was not until the eleventh century that the
Roman Rite imposed celibacy upon its clergy.
What does the Coat of Arms that is displyed on each page mean?
The crossed 'Keys of the Kingdom" and a processional cross stand behind a shield on which is set a chalice and the Host symbolizing the sacrifice and offerings of the Holy Eucharist. The motto translates as "Thy Kingdom Come."
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