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The process by which clergy from one ecclesiastical jurisdiction are brought under the authority of another jurisdiction is called incardination. By virtue of the Sacrament of Holy Orders, any person receiving Ordination to the Order of Presbyter or Deacon is automatically incardinated into the Diocese for which they are ordained. Installation in the office of Diocesan Bishop, Coadjutor Bishop or Auxiliary Bishop automatically incardinates the one installed into the Diocese they are to serve and concurrently excardinates them from all other jurisdictions.

Incardination applies to those in Holy Orders and Religious Life. The Contemporary Catholic Church will consider all applications for incardination provided all supporting documentation and requirements are met by the applicant. Incardination is not limited to those in Holy Orders. Religious congregations may apply for incardination provided all members of the Order are in agreement and submit the required documentation inclusive of a letter indicating that they are in agreement with the intent of their Order to join the Contemporary Catholic Church.

All applications are reviewed on an individual basis. In cases where there may be some question of proper intent in the administration of an ordination, the Presiding Bishop reserves the right to subconditionally ordain the candidate. However, this is a rare exception and not the rule. Any requirements beyond those noted in the application shall be discussed with the candidate by the Presiding Bishop with the candidate.

We encourage you to enter into a dialogue with us concerning our pastoral formation review process prior to submitting you incardination candidacy application to the Contemporary Catholc Church.

Note with regard to Incardination of Bishops


Because of the unique and central nature of the Episcopal office, the Contemporary Catholic Church seeks to discern the relationship we will share with any bishop extensively before agreeing to permanent incardination. If you have been consecrated and are seeking affiliation, please contact the Presiding Bishop.