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 January 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  2017

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 2017  Online sessions: Wednesday nights


Unit 1 January 7

Unit 1  Introduction

Course Kick off! Onsite 
January 7  Niagara-on-the-lake  11 A.M to 4 P.M. 
Intro to CCCC, group building, course overview
Elements of the Diaconate
Refreshments and light lunch

Unit 2  Listening and communication skills, self-care  (2 online sessions)

  Jan 11  online  7-8:30 pm
  Jan 18 online  7- 8:30 pm

Unit 3  Wedding ministry review

Review of elements of a ceremony, administration/ record keeping/promotion etc
Jan 25 online  7-8:30 pm


Unit 4 

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 1 online  7-8:30 pm

Feb 8 online  7-8:30 pm

Unit 5

Baptism, baby naming  

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

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

Feb 15  online 7- 8:30 pm

Feb 22  online 7 - 8:30 pm


Fallow week

Unit 6

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

Mar 8 online 7- 8:30 pm

Mar 15 online 7- 8:30 pm

Unit 7  Role of the Deacon, responsibilities within the CCCC, Liturgical Practices  etc

Mar 22 online 7- 8:30 pm

Mar 29 online 7- 8:30 pm


***Onsite Training Day***

Sunday April 9  Palm Sunday
Niagara-on-the-Lake 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Baptism and Funeral review, Liturgical practise

+++Special Holy Week Unit with the Priest candidates+++
April 13  online 7 - 8:30 pm

Role of Deacon Cont'd

April 19 online 7 - 8:30 pm

Fallow week


 Role of Deacon cont'd...

May 3 online 7 - 8:30 pm

May 10  online 7 - 8:30 pm

May 17  online 7 - 8:30 pm

***Onsite Training Day***

Sunday May 21
Elcho Church 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Liturgical review, instructed eucharist, ordination rehearsal

May 24 REVIEW online 7 - 8:30 pm


The Feast of Pentecost

Ordination of Deacons and Priests
Elcho United Church 
1 p.m.
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
Before the ordination. you will need to purchase clergy wear. This will be discussed in the course.