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In every Metropolitan See, Archdiocese, Diocese, Province or other designated territory, there shall be a clergyman assigned to advise in the selection of any applicants for admission as Candidates for Ordination into the Priesthood. Such Candidates must have fulfilled the requirements of the Canons. Then, they will be placed into Minor Orders for training with an eye toward the Major Holy Orders.

Each Candidate shall be interviewed to ascertain his personal readiness for Ordination into Major Holy Orders after training in the Minor Orders is completed, and this interview report shall be sent to the Bishop of that Diocese. They may be married before they are Deacon, after that they need permission.

Reports regarding the Candidate’s education, along with recommendations from the teacher shall also be sent to the Diocese for review. All reports that are given regarding Candidates shall have copies made and sent to the Patriarchal See, for the files.

ALL Candidates for the Priesthood of this Church must go into training within a Religious Order, or the Seminary Distance Learning Program, or on the job training depending on past education; they will accept their training and vows without dissent or reservation. It is to be understood that the training will most likely be difficult and arduous, not easy and smooth, and that the Candidate will probably be doing some things that he feels are unrelated to the Priesthood. However, one should remember that the training is to produce a well-rounded Priest.

The Candidate must show all other personal records, such as Baptismal and Ordination Certificates if any, and have copies made of them, etc. for our records.

Every Candidate is graded on a 6-month probation period, as well as the Candidate’s personal past for the previous ten years.

The only crimes, which can bar one from Holy Orders, are violent crimes like killing, rape, treason, having a proven Child sex crime record or there could be previous complications proving the Candidate’s inability to cope with work and/or discipline.

Priests, once ordained may be assigned to administrative or Parish works. Liturgical Priests may serve in Religious Orders or where assigned.

The Exception: Of Clerics Called by a Bishop without benefit of Seminary training after having completing a course of study and examined by the Bishop and permission from the Patriarch, by way of the following:

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Standards of learning. For those who are to serve their Congregations as local Priests shall with permission do the following, with the understanding that all the Minor and Major Orders up to and excluding Priest must be given.

1. The requirements of the standards of learning may be modified, but not in every case:

2. The Bishop must receive satisfactory evidence that the Candidate:

A. Understands the office and work of a Deacon and of a Priest and is

Ready to serve in that Order to which the Candidate is called;

B. Has adequate knowledge of the contents of the Old and New Testaments, The Church Holy Canons, The Clergy Guide Book, Church History and of the Church's teaching as set forth in the Creeds and in An Outline of the Faith, called the Catechism; and

C. Is familiar with the Liturgy and Prayer Books and has the

Ability to read the Holy Scriptures and conduct the service of the Church in an intelligible and reverent fashion

3. The Bishop shall require and supervise the continuing education of each person ordained under the provisions of this Canon, and keep a record of the same.

4. In all cases of the ordination under this Canon of with modified requirements of learning, a record of the modifications shall be kept by the Bishop, and every Member of the Clergy thus ordained shall be reported to the Recorder with the other matters required to the Patriarchal See.

Required certificates. 1. The Ordination certificates is required by the Canons shall be signed and dated by:

1. The Bishop that ordained the person/ with the Seals.

2. By not less than 1 witness /with printed name and address.


Candidate must be at least 16 years of age and not more than 65years

Candidate for the priesthood are expected to complete their course in not less than three years and period not more than seven years

Candidates with Higher Qualification in Theology will spend less than three years, to be determine by the Faculty.

Deacons of the Roman Church needs only to be incardinated and remains a deacon till courses are completed.

Pastors and other ministers who have ministries will have to convert their congregation to Orthodoxy.

Candidates must assist the Seminary in raising fund for their tuition through benefactors and sponsors, those who are able should sponsor themselves and encourage others through charity donation to the Seminary.

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