St. Francis Seminary

Click here to edit subtitle

Next Training Session: 
May 6 - onsite Niagara on the Lake 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 (lunch and refreshments provided)

Spirituality, Charity, Wedding Ministry.....            

What is a Chaplain, anyway?

 Lay Pastoral Chaplains serve their communities, supporting food and clothing drives or volunteering with charitable organizations. They work on their spiritual life, within or outside of a denominational congregation. They officiate at weddings. 

 The Lay Pastoral Chaplaincy Program is offered through the Community Catholic Church of Canada, an inclusive, progressive church in the Anglican/Catholic tradition. We uphold the rights of all and offer wedding services for all people legally able to marry in Ontario, including same-sex couples. 

Our Chaplains go through an intensive training course (Online or onsite) with follow up sessions to ensure they understand the commitments they make to do charitable works, to develop their spiritual selves, and to offer couples meaningful and memorable ceremonies. They become members of the Lay Pastoral Chaplains team. Because the CCC extends communion to all Christian churches and baptized Christians, our chaplains maintain their own church affiliations, if any. 


Chaplains typically do such things as:

  • officiate at weddings 
  • work with the poor, homeless or hungry
  • visit the sick or building a healing ministry
  • volunteer work at schools, hospitals, hospices, shelters, etc.
  • participate in or conducting prayer circles or Bible studies
  • help the poor or those in need
  • devote time to prayer or meditation
  • deepen their spirituality through reading and study. 


The Ideal Candidate for Lay Pastoral Chaplain

Selected candidates are in agreement with the values of the Community Catholic Church, whose mission is to promote Divine Love, compassion and care.  They are out in the world living their faith.  They support the food bank, care for elderly, family and neighbours, they volunteer for community events.  They may be involved in a church group or they may find God in the beauty of Nature.  What sets them apart is the belief that we are all brothers and sisters together, united by a call to love one another and to care for the planet.  Most particularly, they support the dignity, rights and beliefs of every person.  As  wedding officiants, they will perform ceremonies for all couples legally able to wed in the Province of Ontario. 


The Process

Application Form Request

  • Candidates must be residents of Ontario.
  • Candidates must be baptized (or willing to be baptized.)
  • Candidates must uphold the values and mission of the Community Catholic Church of Canada
  • A police check must be obtained prior to acceptance into the program.
  • Fee payment must be made in full before the official paperwork is filed.
  • Candidates must complete an application form, which the committee will review. After review, the candidate will be contacted for an interview via phone or Skype.
  • Selected candidates will participate in an initial intensive training and preparation day in Niagara-on-the-Lake followed by several sessions to ensure competency and mastery of materials.  Groups are kept small to focus on individual attention. 
  • Following their successful  training, candidates receive a certificate of appointment as Chaplain in the CCCC  in designated pastoral charges. They will take part in online sessions as follow-up to their training day. They will be invited to take part in fellowship days, church events, and clergy community service activities.

Fill out this request  form and we'll send you the application form via email.  The application can be returned by snail mail or scanned and sent via e-mail.

Thank you for contacting us regarding the Lay Pastoral Chaplaincy Program. We will get back to you as soon as possible
Oops. An error occurred.
Click here to try again.

Chaplain Responsibilities

Chaplains complete monthly reports (spiritual activities, charitable endeavors, wedding celebrations). With these will come the opportunity to discuss with one of the chaplaincy team any questions or challenges arising from ministry. Also, as this is a ministry under the auspices of the CCCC, Chaplains tithe 10% of wedding income to the church. 

Training Schedule 2017 -

Onsite Sessions:

Training sessions will take place in Niagara-on-the-Lake.  Lunch, snacks and refreshments will be provided. Directions will be provided upon registration.  Next onsite: Saturday May 6


The cost of the program is $800, half of which may be paid as a deposit upon acceptance, with the other half paid on the day of the training session. This includes a $50 fee for liability insurance coverage under the Community Catholic Church policy. 

Deposit payments can be in the form of electronic transfers, cheques, credit cards over the phone or online via Paypal 

Fees must be paid in full and all other paperwork received before the official paperwork is filed.

Other payment arrangements can be made by contacting Archbishop Deb at 905-468-9502

Note that the fee is a one-time all-inclusive cost for training and to register . No fees are charged for participation in graduation, course materials, handouts, or monthly online chats. Chaplains are not required to do a particular number of weddings each month or year, and the training instructors are available for consultation. There is a $100 annual fee due in January to cover fees for insurance, promotion, websites and other chaplaincy expenses.

Pay conveniently through Paypal

Deposit Payment
$400 + $10 processing fee from Paypal

Balance Payment
$400 + $10 processing fee from Paypal


Complete Payment
$800 plus $10 paypal processing fee

Continued professional development following training is available. Contact Archbishop Deb for details.