How May I Join the Ordinariate?
Most people who desire to join the Ordinariate do so in the context of an Ordinariate Parish or Parochial Community. The Ordinariate’s founding document, Anglicanorum coetibus, gives us direction regarding membership in the Ordinariate.
AC IX. Both the lay faithful as well as members of Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, originally part of the Anglican Communion, who wish to enter the Personal Ordinariate, must manifest this desire in writing.
No one is automatically a member of the Ordinariate, unless you are a minor child of an Ordinariate member. Rather, those who want to belong to the Ordinariate must:
1) Be eligible (see below), and
2) Submit a signed membership application to their local Ordinariate Pastor or Leader. Your signature on the form is the canonical act by which you manifest your desire to enter the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.
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The majority of applicants will submit their membership forms to the Pastor or Leader at their Ordinariate Parish or Parochial Community.
Individuals or families who are not in proximity to an Ordinariate Parish or Parochial Community and therefore are not registered parishioners at an OCSP Parish/Community may mail a membership form directly to the Chancery for consideration. The mailing address is provided on the form.
Those who are eligible for membership in the Ordinariate must be able to answer “YES” to one or more of the following questions:
- Are you a former Anglican, Methodist, or member of an ecclesial communion that inclues those of Anglican hertage (United Church of Canada, Charismatic Episcopal Church, etc.) who is now in full communion with the Catholic Church?
- Are you a current Anglican or Methodist intending to be received into the Catholic Church AND currently enrolled in adult catechesis to be received into the Catholic Church?*
- Are you a Roman Catholic in full communion with the Catholic Church AND who has a family member(s) who is (are) a canonical member(s) of the Ordinariate?
- Have you completed or are you a candidate for any or all of the Sacraments of Initiation through an Ordinariate or Pastoral Provision parish?
- Are you a Roman Catholic in full communion with the Catholic Church AND who has a family member(s) who is (are) a candidate(s) for any or all Sacraments of Initiation through an Ordinariate or Pastoral Provision parish?
If you can affirm one or more of the above statements, you are eligible for consideration of canonical membership in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.
*If you are a current Anglican or Methodist intending to be received into the Church AND currently enrolled in adult catechesis to be received into the Catholic Church, your membership will be complete ONCE you have received the Sacraments. Your Pastor or local community leader must notify the Chancery of your reception into the Church for your membership to be complete. If you are not near an Ordinariate Parish or Parochial Community for preparation to come into the Church, you may wish to join your local Catholic Church’s RCIA program to be received into the Church. Once you have received your Sacraments, you may contact us for enrollment in the Ordinariate. This will require your provision of documents verifying your receipt of the Sacraments.
If you are an Episcopalian or Anglican parish or group that is interested in corporately joining the Ordinariate, or a Catholic group of former Anglicans who wish to come into the Ordinariate, your rector or priest needs to begin the process by identifying your parish to the Vicar General of the Ordinariate. You may contact the Very Rev. Timothy Perkins at email@example.com.
What happens once I submit the membership form to my Pastor?
Your pastor will verify you have received the Sacraments and/or confirm that your are currently enrolled in catechesis to be received into the Church. Your Pastor will then forward the original, signed documents to the Chancery.
The Chancery will mail you with notification of receipt of your application and, after review of your application, the status of your request for membership. YOUR MEMBERSHIP IS NOT COMPLETE UNTIL YOU HAVE RECEIVED CORRESPONDENCE FROM THE ORDINARIATE CHANCERY VERIFYING RECEIPT AND APPROVAL OF YOUR REGISTRATION. To inquire about the status of your application, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please allow 8 to 10 weeks for the review of your registration form.
What if I am not eligible for membership?
If you are a Roman Catholic who cannot affirm one or more of the above questions in the previous section, you are still strongly encouraged to register as a parishioner in an Ordinariate parish and participate fully in the life of your local Ordinariate parish. Parish membership in one of our communities does NOT require one to be a registered member of the Ordinariate.