be ordained through the mail?
The canons (rules) and teachings of the all Catholic Churches 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.
I travel for ordination?
Unless special arrangements are made, all ordinations take place in
California. The Presiding Bishop will work with you if you are
outside the United States.
pays for my needed education?
do. We keep costs to a minimum. They often barely cover the cost of
postage and the materials supplied. Students pay for each course
I take my theological studies from St. Clement of Alexandria
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
I complete the course of study with St. Clement of Alexandria
Seminary, do I get a degree?
if you complete the “Clergy Track,” but because we are not an
accredited institution, the degree will be considered honorary by
most. This is explained in the Catalog shown on the Curriculum page of the Seminary Web
Site. For the Lay Theologian Track, a Certificate of Completion is
issued. For each individual course, a certificate is also issued.
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feel like I would be wasting my time just studying?
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 to continue to sharpen those habits and grow in your
I practice my ministry as a priest while I am still studying?
As a Liberal Rite Catholic seminarian, you may not take upon
yourself the duties of a priest until you are ordained.
am currently an ordained minister of another church. May I continue
to exercise this ministry during my studies?
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 Liberal Rite
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
a priest have a wife or partner and children?
Liberal Rite Catholic Church welcomes 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.
appear to be very small. Is that a disadvantage?
are small. The disadvantage of that is that you may have to access
the internet to find a Liberal Catholic Rite church. The Seminary
uses a DVD of the Rite as a training tool as part of its altar
training course. The advantage of our size is the personal attention
given to each individual member and seminarian.