Greetings to you and welcome to the application process. Our entry to admission into our community, our clerical training program, our religious order, and those who seek incardination will find all the needed information in this document.
All applications must be completed in full to be accepted and processed. A one-time registration fee of $100 is due at the time of processing the application. This fee covers administrative expenses as well as the first year of studies. Indirectly, the student in the clerical program is required to borrow or purchase the books, vestments, and items as needed for the progression of training. Further, he or she will have to have altar training and will require travel or arrangements with a bishop to further their training through clerical orders. Lastly, all members are required to attend the annual Synod usually held in the Midwest in the Fall.
Prospective members must meet the following criteria:
- Must be over the age of 18yrs, 21yrs to seek the clerical orders
- Must complete a background check (at applicant’s expense) through our provider Clear Investigative Advantage. The cost is $20 and requires a release. Registration details, and an invoice for the background check fee, will be given when the application is completed.
- Must have completed or be willing to be baptized, communicated, and confirmed within an apostolic sacramental tradition and provide documentation of the same
- Must have the ability to read/write in English and present and communicate effectively in person and in writing including the academic rigor of the clerical training program if seeking to be clergy/monastics
Those seeking incardination must meet the following criteria:
- Must provide evidence all prior minor/major orders in writing
- Must provide an excardination document from prior jurisdiction/diocese or community stating you have been released
- Must abstain from any ministry ongoing without the consent of a Presiding Bishops/Formation Director as part of the process, those who ordain or consecrate while in this process are severed immediately and need not reapply
- Must submit any formal education/seminary work to the Formation Director as needed throughout the process or to show you have the knowledge and can be released from certain coursework. We see no need to redo what you already know.
The process of seeking admission is to speak to one of our presiding bishops, then we follow this path:
- A short phone interview is set and an informal discussion
- The Bishop will then make it known to the Formation Director that we have a potential new member
- The Formation Director will then email communication and welcome the potential member asking for two papers to be written:
- Religious Autobiography: This is a written history of your past, how religion or spirituality came into your life, key experiences, milestones, and aspects that set you on the path to a calling to ministry, monasticism, etc. and how these experiences make up who you are now.
- Ministerial Projection: This is a document that takes off where the other leaves off and offers up your intended ministry within the YR, why you chose to be with us, how our charism and your calling unite, what you want to accomplish, and how we might help you get there.
- When this is complete, the Formation Director will then seek to establish your understanding of the Liberal Catholic Tradition and ask you read and seek to comprehensively comment with critical thinking a thorough understanding of C. W. Leadbeater’s The Science of the Sacraments. This final paper is a telling work because the nature of our clerical training program is to effectively work through theology, philosophy, practical applications and to challenge the individual. The paper should express your own beliefs, feelings, and what you got from this book. It is not important to be in total agreement but it is important to understand the terrain of the LCC Tradition.
- Lastly, the Formation Director will either do a formal interview or decide to move the student on to the coursework after he/she is released from the first part of their formation.
- If the potential member is seeking incardination or has prior knowledge or experience all of this will be worked through so that the coursework previously undertaken is needed and not just taken again. This decision is made by the Provost who is the Primary Instructor.
It is important to note that governance of the Community of St. George is a triad of Presiding Bishops set forth by the traditional Young Rite proper. These administrative bishops hold posts within the training of students formation, are part of all discussions, and make all final determinations. Note that they alone are the administrators; all other bishops hold auxiliary titles/roles and are set in posts for the benefit of CSG and its current needs.