Vocations & Religious Orders
The Catholic Apostolic National Church provides for the ordination of individuals interested in the ministry through individual parish-guided study in Christ the King Theological Seminary. Through this program, an individual can, through study, prayer and discernment, determine whether becoming ordained as a Deacon or Priest is truly what God has in store for them. Seminarians enrolled in programs can complete their ministry practicum working at parishes and missions. Individuals who express an interest in Holy Orders are referred to the program to begin the application and discernment process. Not everyone is called to serve the Lord in this capacity, and acceptance in the programs is based upon many factors. Married and single men are eligible for study, prayer and discernment, which may lead to an ordained, sacramental ministry within the church. Individuals interested in the program should email us for further information and to review the programs for candidates.
Many people come to vocations late in life, having raised a family, retired from the "9 to 5", or seeking to leave some personal testimony of their love of Christ, through the loving of others. Today, many people join religious orders and serve in varying degrees. Some people serve, giving a small amount of their daily lives in service, sacrificing time from family and friends to help those they do not know. Others profess vows as nuns or brothers, becoming “eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom” and taking vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. Holy Orders, the sacramental gift of the priesthood, calls men, married and single, to serve God in a way that is truly unique. If you feel called to serve God, answer that call, come from wherever you are in life, and bring your gifts to the table. There is no reason to wait or hesitate.
Our clergy serve in the immediate areas they reside in. Candidates with families will not be asked to uproot their families and move. Unmarried religious and clergy likewise will not be moved nor reassigned unless they so request. Priests, Deacons, Nuns, Brothers and Laity can and do serve as missionaries to other countries, feeding the hungry and caring for the ill, as well as providing educational and spiritual nurturing. Can you give as little as a month of your time helping others here in the United States or in other countries? We are a working people, a building people, sacrificing for the others because Christ sacrificed so much for us. The surroundings are not breathtaking, the accommodations by no means luxurious, and the work is hard. Join us in serving God, by serving others.