Office of the Chancellor
All ICCA Incardination Applications are processed through
the Diocese of New England.
The Independent Catholic Church of the Americas is a family of communities that expresses it’s Catholic faith outside the jurisdiction of Rome. Deeply committed to maintaining our Catholic tradition that has been handed down to us through the millennia, the ICCA as an ecclesiastical body invests her time, energy, and resources into Ministerial Formation, the support of the clergy, and the growth of our faith communities.
“Father, they are to give their lives in your service
and for the salvation of your people
as they strive to grow in the likeness of the Risen Christ.”
The above quote is taken from the Preface of the Chrism Mass, and references a part of the celebration that was added by the Liturgical reforms of Paul VI: the renewal of Priestly promises.
The powerful symbolism of the blessing of the oils, the renewal of the Priests promises, and the gathering of the entire Diocesan Family, speaks to what lies at the core of our Catholic understanding of Holy Orders. This structure in the Church is not a system of management, but rather an expression of our understanding of unity in Christ, and his action in the world through the Sacraments of the Church.
For the ICCA, it is also about family. The Bishops of our Church serve not only as Pastors in their own Faith Communities and Ministries, but also as “Pastor to the Pastors.” All of our clergy work in a ministerial role of some sort, and as a Church family we share our resources, experience, and talent, to build the portion of the Vineyard that has been entrusted to us.
Incardination into the ICCA is a process that is oriented toward a lifelong commitment to the Church, and the service of God’s holy people.
The ICCA Application process includes informal meetings with the Bishop and the Director of Ministerial Formation. Necessary paperwork
includes an application, a full background check, a guided essay, proof of education and Holy Orders.
The ICCA reserves the right to not accept the Apostolic Succession that is presented from another Church. If this is the only presenting concern, the Church is happy to regularize those orders for the Cleric in question.
The applicant’s credentials are compared with the requirements of the ICCA as listed on the Seminary Website, (maryourhopeseminary.org).
The ICCA is happy to provide formation in any area that is needed.
About the ICCA
All Clergy upon acceptance to the ICCA will gain access to our online platform where there are not only documents and forms for administrative use, but also academic resources that will prove useful to you in your ministry.
Regular in-services are offered through Convocation or Diocesan Retreat Days that address a variety of topics including:
- Signs of Suicide
- The Safety and Protection of Vulnerable Persons
- LGBTQ Awareness
- Non-Profit Management
- Tax Law
- Parish Growth & Administration
The ICCA strives to equip all of our clergy with the tools they need for success, and as such, does not collect any “dues” or “assessments” from our Clergy or Parishes, and we never will. It has been a standing policy in the ICCA that income received in Parishes and Ministries should remain in those Parishes and Ministries.
Any Priest functioning in the Independent Catholic Movement can attest to the unfortunate reality that sometimes a Jurisdiction may exist in name only, or simply as a website with a long list of names and elegant titles.
In the ICCA all clergy must maintain a tangible and quantifiable ministry of their own. For most, that is expressed in some form of Parish Ministry, but for some, that may not be the case.
We gather as a Church whenever possible. The most significant gathering of this sort is our Convocation, which is held every two years. Convocation is not a time to argue about Canon Law, but rather a time for us to gather and find new useful resources for our ministries, find respite, and enter into fellowship with our sisters and brothers in ministry. The ICCA promotes the growth of local Church: Parishes, and then organically, the Diocese.
Upon acceptance to the ICCA, clergy are granted temporary faculties. In one year’s time, those faculties expire, and permanent faculties will be issued.
During this introductory year, both the Church and the Cleric have the opportunity to get to know one another, and ensure that this is a “good fit.”
All Clergy in the ICCA are required to maintain a tangible and quantifiable ministry.
All Clergy, Seminarians, and Religious are required to have a Spiritual Director, with whom they communicate regularly. Seminarians may select their Spiritual Director from a list approved directors which can be supplied by the Office of Ministerial Formation.
All Clergy, Seminarians, and Religious are expected to make use of the Sacrament of Reconciliation regularly.
All Clergy are required to participate in continuing education by completing one course per calendar year. This requirement can be met either through
enrollment at an outside University, or through MOH Seminary.
Clergy are not accepted on a “wholesale” basis. Each cleric must submit their own application