OLD CATHOLIC CONFEDERATION   

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Clergy Licensure for Old Catholic Ministry

Clergy and Monastics from other Churches and jurisdictions may petition to be Licensed for Old Catholic Ministry by the Old Catholic Confederation, granting the bishop, priest or deacon permission to use the term "Old Catholic" in their respective ministries. 


In order to qualify for Licensure, the individual clergy member must fulfill the following minimum requirements:


1) Ordained by a bishop licensed for Old Catholic Ministry by the Old Catholic Confederation.

2) Copies of all Sacramental Certificates on file. 

3) Incardinated with a bishop Licensed by the OCC and serving in an accredited Old Catholic Church, Diocese or Religious Order. 

4) Profess the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed in its original formula and the first Seven Ecumenical Councils of the Church.

5) Committed to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

6) Demonstrate sufficient knowledge of Old Catholic dogmatic theology, moral theology, liturgy, sacraments and polity. 

7) Demonstrate the ability to celebrate the Divine Liturgy and the Sacraments of the Old Catholic Church in the United States. 

8) Bishops and priests must have a graduate degree in theology from a recognized or accredited seminary or university. 

9) Background Checks and Child Abuse Clearances on file, which must remain current every three years. 

10) Annual Contribution to the Old Catholic Confederation.

Accreditation for Dioceses, Parishes, Congregations and Ministries

Christian jurisdictions including Churches, Dioceses, Parishes, congregations, Religious Orders and other ministries) seeking permission to use the trademark "Old Catholic" may file Petition for License and Accreditation with the Old Catholic Confederation. 


In order to qualify for License and Accreditation, such jurisdictions must fulfill the following minimum requirements: 


1) A jurisdiction that currently uses the term "Church" must legally change its name to "Diocese." Only Churches founded prior to 2013 may file petition as an Old Catholic Church, which will be recognized as a "Member Church" of the Old Catholic Confederation. 

2) Jurisdictions must be Old Catholic in theology, sacramental practice, liturgical practice, Church calendar and polity.

3) All bishops and clergy must be Licensed by the Old Catholic Confederation. 

4) Annual Contribution to the Old Catholic Confederation.


Concerning Legal Notices and Trademark Rights of the Synod of Bishops of the Old Catholic Confederation

For the legal Notice of the Synod of Bishops of the Old Catholic Confederation concerning our Trademarks and our rights, please see this page on the OCC website:  http://www.occus.org/legal