St. Francis Seminary

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A Call to Ordained Ministry

The call to a life of service in the name of Jesus is a most rewarding yet challenging path.  The Community Catholic Church of Canada is blessed to have a team of clergy who are caring, compassionate and deeply committed to being ambassadors of Christ's teachings and Good News in the world.


We offer a six-month program through St Francis Seminary for those who feel called to ordained ministry beginning with studies for the diaconate. If desired, graduates of the program can go forward to the Priesthood.  Our minimum age requirement for those seeking holy orders is 25 years of age.


The next Diploma in Ministry Course leading to ordination as a deacon in our Church begins in June 2017.   Please contact Archbishop Deborah at  [email protected] if you have questions or would like to register.


A light to the community, an agent of God's love in the world: The Deacon

Not every one feels called to serve at the Altar or lead a congregation.
Many of the "worker bees" of the Church are often found in the community, visiting the sick at home or in hospital, volunteering at the local nursing home and taking a turn at the food bank.  Everywhere they go, the world seems a little brighter and people are comforted by the Divine Grace they bring.

Those called to be ordained as a Deacon are agents of God's love in the world.  They roll up their sleeves and get the work done - reaching out to all and showing compassion and sensitivity to the lonely, the hopeless, the weak and those in need.  They are there to assist with grieving families officiating at funeral services.  They are there to celebrate love in all its fullness at weddings.  They are there to welcome young and old alike into the Church through the waters of baptism or to stand with the family and offer thanks for the gift of a child in its naming.

Deacons also share in the pastoral ministry of the Church and in leading God's people in worship. They preach the word and bring the needs of the world before the Church in intercession. They assist in administering the sacraments and distribute communion and minister to the sick and housebound. 

This is a beautiful and intentional life of loving service, being a messenger of Christ's love and God's light everywhere.  Many people remain in the order of Deacon, others will be transitional deacons going on to priesthood.  As clergy in the Community Catholic Church of Canada, you are supported and affirmed every step of the way.

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Diploma in Pastoral Ministry -
New Session Begins January 31,  2018

Requirements:
1. Resident of Ontario (People outside the province can take the course but will not be able to officiate at weddings)
2. Application  and subsequent interview with the Presiding Bishop
3. Documents: Baptism Certificate and Confirmation Certificate
4. Police Check (before ordination can take place)
5. Ability to travel to Niagara-on-the-lake for Onsite sessions.
6. Agreement to become a member of the Community Catholic Church of Canada and adhere to its principles and regulations

Course Outline - January to June 2018
 Online sessions: Wednesday nights       draft schedule

January

Unit 1 January 31 Course overview


Unit 2  Listening and communication skills, self-care  (2 online sessions) Feb 7 online  7-8:30 pm


February

Unit 2  Listening and communication skills, self-care  cont'd (2 online sessions) Feb 14 online  7- 8:30 pm


Unit 3
Funeral ministry A look at grief, assisting the grieving family, Elements of the funeral ceremony, working with a funeral home, administration/ record keeping/promotion

Feb 21 online  7-8:30 pm

Feb 28 online  7-8:30 pm


March

Unit 4

Baptism, baby naming  The rite of initiation: the meaning of baptism. Role of sponsors, elements of the ceremony

March 7 online 7- 8:30 pm

March 14  online 7 - 8:30 pm

Baby naming – welcoming of child into the family and community.  Elements of a ceremony,  Administration/record keeping.  
March 21


Unit 5

Community Ministries:  (2 online sessions) 
Visiting nursing homes, hospice and hospital, anointing the sick

March 28  online 7- 8:30 pm


Monthly Payment +3% process fee

April

Unit 5

Community Ministries:  cont'd
Visiting nursing homes, hospice and hospital, anointing the sick

April 4 online 7- 8:30 pm


Fallow  April 11


Unit 6  Role of the Deacon, responsibilities within the CCCC, Liturgical Practices  etc
April 18  online 7- 8:30 pm 
April 25 online 7- 8:30 pm


May

***Onsite Training Day***

Sunday May 6 
Niagara-on-the-Lake 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Baptism and Funeral review, Liturgical practis


Role of the Deacon cont'd
May 2 online 7 - 8:30 pm
May 9  online 7 - 8:30 pm
May 16 online 7-8:30 pm

October 18 online 7 - 8:30 pm

October 25  online 7 - 8:30 pm review (if necessary)


JUne
   June 3
**Onsite Training Day***
Sunday October 15

Elcho Church 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Liturgical review, instructed eucharist, ordination rehearsal 

June 6
June 13

Ordination of Deacons 
June 24
Elcho United Church 
1 p.m.
Registration
The cost of the program is $800 in total
(or $135 per month
)

Payment Options:
- Credit Card payment via Paypal
- Cheque made payable to the "Community
  Catholic  Church of Canada"

Payment arrangements can be made. Please speak to Archbishop Deborah.

Please call Archbishop Deborah to receive your application packet and to discuss any questions you may have.
905-468-9502 or bishopdeb@sympatico.ca
Before the ordination. you will need to purchase clergy wear. This will be discussed in the course.