Chapter XV: Concerning Deacons, Priests and Bishops within the Community.
Sub-deacons and deacons are an important office who often perform duties as master of ceremonies and the trusted “right arm” of the priest or bishop. The Community of Saint George values and supports those called to serve as deacons and sub-deacons and encourages vocations to the Order of the Diaconate. While no deacon is permanently held as a deacon we support those individuals called to remain deacons well after their ordination as such and who feel a call to service within the Order of the Diaconate. Priests act in persona Christi through the celebration of the Eucharist and the administration of the sacraments via proper matter and form as taught and approved by the Presiding Bishops and Young Rite tradition. All priests, as with all clergy, within The Community of Saint George serve as Celebrants and should always be mindful of their status as ambassadors of The Community of Saint George and The Young Rite. As with any member of the Community, all priests serve the community as the need arises and their gifts allow. Senior priests, as defined by the Presiding Bishops, who are either not ready for episcopal orders or who are ready but there is no current need with the Community may serve in roles in accordance with their skills and credentials either clerically or from their professional life. These roles can be a service to the local community, to The Young Rite, or to The Community of Saint George to value them and offer them a path to maximize their potential. Regionary Bishops are bishops appointed by the Presiding Bishops to have episcopal oversight of a designated geographical area. The rights and responsibilities of the Regionary Bishop shall be articulated by the Presiding Bishops at the time of the appointment. A recently incardinated bishop should serve as an Auxiliary Bishop for six months to a year before being eligible to serve as a Regionary Bishop. Auxiliary Bishops are bishops “at-large” who reside within The Community of Saint George. They enjoy all the liturgical and ceremonial dignity of a bishop but cannot ordain or consecrate without the express permission of the Presiding Bishops.