St. Francis Seminary

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Next online Training Session: 
January 24 and 25 - ONLINE session with official commissioning
7 p.m. to 10 p.m. REGISTER NOW

Spirituality, Charity, Wedding Ministry.....            

What is a Chaplain, anyway?


Pastoral Chaplains are ordained to serve their communities in diverse ways. They support food and clothing drives, help in schools, work with the homeless, assist by volunteering at charitable organizations. They work on their spiritual life, within or outside of a denominational congregation. They officiate at weddings. 


 The 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 work, to develop their spiritual selves, and to offer couples meaningful and memorable ceremonies. They become members of the Pastoral Chaplain team.

 

Chaplains typically do such things as:

  • officiate at weddings 
  • work with the poor, homeless or hungry
  • visit the sick or are involving with a healing ministry
  • volunteer work at schools, hospitals, hospices, shelters, etc.
  • participate in or conduct 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 Pastoral Chaplain Candidate

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, and they volunteer for community events.  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 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 and agree to the canons and constitutions of the CCCC.
  • 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 is contacted for an interview via phone or Skype.
  • Selected candidates 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 ordination and commissioning as Pastoral 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.

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Chaplain Responsibilities

Chaplains complete quarterly 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. 

Fees

The cost of the program which includes liability insurance coverage and subsequent support is $850, half of which may be paid as a deposit upon acceptance, with the other half paid on the day of the training session. Three payments of $284 can be arranged.


Deposit payments can be in the form of electronic transfers 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 covers initial training and materials.  Chaplains are not required to do a particular number of weddings each month or year, and the training instructors are available for consultation.

NOTE: Beginning January 1, 2018 there is a $100 annual fee to cover fees for liability insurance, promotion, websites and other chaplaincy expenses. Chaplains tithe on every wedding and file monthly reports as part of their agreement.

Pay conveniently through Paypal

Deposit Payment
$425 + 3.5% processing fee 

Balance Payment
$425 + 3.5% processing fee 

 

Complete Payment
$850 plus 3.5%processing fee


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