OLD CATHOLIC CONFEDERATION   

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Old Catholic Licensure

Clergy Licensure for Old Catholic Ministry

Clergy and Monastics from other religious organizations and legitimate ecclesial jurisdictions may petition the Synod of Bishops of the Old Catholic Confederation to be Licensed for Old Catholic Ministry, granting the respective bishop, priest, deacon or monastic permission to use the trademark 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 and licensed Old Catholic jurisdiction, 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, as defined by the Office of the Chancery. 

Accreditation and Licensure for Dioceses, Parishes, Congregations and Ministries

Christian religious organizations and other such ecclesial jurisdictions including Churches, Dioceses, Parishes, congregations, Religious Orders and other ministries) seeking permission and license to use the trademark "Old Catholic" or "Old Catholic Church" 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, as defined by the Office of the Chancery. 


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

To Petition for License, please use the form below, or contact the Office of the Chancery at [email protected]

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