License to Officiate

Canon III. 7. a: No Priest shall preach, minister the Sacraments, or hold any public service, within the limits of any Diocese other than the Diocese in which the Priest is canonically resident for more than two months without a license from the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese in which the Priest desires to so officiate.

To apply to the Bishop for initial licensing you must write a letter to the Bishop requesting him to license you, indicating what ministry you intend in the Diocese. You also need to present a letter of good standing from your current bishop, present certification of Safe Church training within the last three years, and, if requested, meet with the Bishop.

Licenses are issued annually during Advent. To annually renew your license, you must:

• Write an annual report letter to the Bishop

• Meet the same screening and background requirements as all canonical clergy, and

• Complete training as required of all Diocesan clergy.

Download License to Officiate [PDF]

Contact Canon Dena Cleaver-Bartholomew for further information; send forms to Liz Crawley, Executive Assistant to the Bishop.