Chapter XI: Concerning those who wish to adopt our Rule, and how they should be received.
The Community of Saint George is a clerical fraternity that welcomes all genders to the service of humanity and the worship of God through the gifts bestowed during ordination to the various levels of the sacrament of Holy Orders. The Community of Saint George trains, sustains, and supports clergy under the auspices of The Young Rite. We recognize that people are called to different types of ministry which includes, but is not limited to congregational ministry, chaplaincy, teaching, counseling, and others. The sacramental nature bestowed by Holy Orders should be ever mindful to those within the Community and a calling to sanctified service manifested in both the minor and major orders of ordination should have primacy within one’s calling regardless of the ministry context that members of the Community find themselves pursuing. A secondary charism of The Community of Saint George is service as custodians of the wisdom of the Church Universal in general and the Liberal Catholic Church Tradition in particular. There are two means in which a person can be received into The Community of Saint George and adopt our Rule. The first is through completing the Formation Program and Course of Study of the Community. The second is through incardination if the person seeking admission is already in Holy Orders. A person does not petition to join The Community; instead, a person reveals their calling by God to The Community, who in turn recognizes this call and provides acceptance, mentorship, structure, and accountability.
Completing the Formation Program and Course of Study. After someone is accepted as a candidate within The Community he or she is then instructed to communicate with the Master of Formation, also known as Formation Director, who will screen all candidates and prepare them to embark on the Course of Study in collaboration with a Dean, also known as a Mentor. Even when the candidate is working through the Course of Study the Master of Formation will continue to work with the candidate to ensure they are adhering to the principles of Our Rule and to foster spiritual development. The screening process for would-be candidates of The Community of Saint George may include the writing of essays, interviews with the Master of Formation and other members of the Community as deemed appropriate, and a criminal background check.
After a candidate has completed the initial formation phase of formation and with the approval of the Master of Studies and the Master of Formation, they shall be classified as a postulant and shall start working with the Master of Studies who will appoint a mentor to work with the postulant through the Course of Study. Once the postulant completes the initial Formation Course of Study year the postulant is eligible for ordination up to sub-deacon. Once a postulant is ordained to the sub-diaconate he or she ceases being a postulant and shall be a full member of The Community of Saint George entitled to wear the clerical collar and use the title of Reverend.
Once the sub-deacon finishes the Diaconate Course of Study, he or she shall then be eligible for ordination to the diaconate. If both the Master of Formation and the Master of Studies agree the sub-deacon can be ordained to the diaconate anytime during the Diaconate Course of Study.
If a deacon desires to continue studies to the priesthood he or she will embark on the Priesthood year one of the Course of Study. Once the deacon finishes the Priesthood year one Course of Study, he or she will then be eligible for ordination to the priesthood. If both the Master of Formation and the Master of Studies agree the deacon can be ordained to the priesthood anytime during the Priesthood year one Course of Study. The new priest will only be considered a fully vested priesthood member of The Community of Saint George once they fully complete the Priesthood year one Course of Study to the satisfaction of the Master of Formation and Master of Studies.
There are two additional years of the Course of Study known as Priesthood year two and Priesthood year three. These additional years of study are required to be considered eligible for the ecclesiastical honor of archpriest. Furthermore, completion of the complete Course of Study is necessary to be eligible for consecration as a bishop if such an opening becomes available.
Incardination into The Community of Saint George. Individuals ordained elsewhere can petition to join The Community of Saint George through the process of incardination. All degrees of Holy Orders are honored in the incardination process; however, anyone holding the minor orders will incardinate as a postulant. Sub-deacon and above shall incardinate at that order of Holy Orders. Those incardinating shall be treated with respect and acknowledged for their education, experience and previous ordinations and consecrations. Individuals ordained or with significant experience in denominations outside of Apostolic Succession will be treated as candidates for postulancy and given special consideration for advanced standing within the Course of Study in consultation with the Master of Formation and Master of Studies.
Incardinating into The Community of Saint George involves a process of discernment which includes the writing of essays, interviews, evaluation of past education and experience, and a criminal background check. Through this process of discernment, the candidate for incardination may be requested to complete all or part of the Course of Study either before, as part of, or after official incardination at the discretion of the Master of Formation and Master of Studies.
Standards of Competence for those seeking incardination. All clergy seeking incardination into the Community of Saint George must meet the following requirements:
Sacraments of Baptism, Communion, Confirmation, and Holy Orders as a Deacon.
Ability to assist at altar service for the mass and express and understand Liberal Catholic and Young Rite Tradition.
Training as a Deacon expressed in papers and works or a divinity or religious degree from an accredited institution (ATS Accreditation).
That which applies to Deacon.
Master of Divinity graduate degree or equivalent documented training for the priesthood.
Ordination and mentorship for no less than 1 year.
Ability to explain and express the sacraments in form and practice.
Ability to hold the office of a priest and work in society or support process to coming to national synod once a year for continued training.
That which applies to Priest.
Apostolic succession of no less than 2 bishops present.
Training as an administrator and work as a priest in total for three years minimum.
Ability to discuss and display administrative qualities and to fully comprehend the office.
Ability to attest, practice and demonstrate the ability to offer episcopal sacraments.
Conformity to our tradition of no ordinations or consecrations without receiving authorization from the Presiding Bishops of the Community of Saint George.
These are general standards. There will, at times, be exceptions to these standards and waivers can be approved by consensus of the Presiding Bishops.