Policy for inviting Bishops, Priests, Deacons or Lay Speakers into the Diocese of Calgary
It has been happening with increasing frequency that groups within the Diocese invite Bishops, Priests and Deacons from outside the Diocese of Calgary for ministry here as resource persons, animators, directors, homilists, etc. Lay persons have also been asked to lead retreats, talks etc. There is a definite procedure to be followed in these cases. All groups within the Diocese are asked to abide by this policy.
- No Bishop, Priest, Deacon or Lay Speaker is to be invited into the Diocese without the express permission of the Bishop of the Diocese or the Chancellor having been granted.
The first step in the procedure, therefore, is to write to the Bishop of the Diocese of Calgary addressed to the "Chancellor" requesting permission to bring in such a person. In addition to the letter or email to the Chancellor, a reference form must be filled out for the particular person you are inviting under one of the following categories: Catholic Clerical Faculties, Permission for Lay Catholics or Religious, or Permission for other Christians and non-Christians (see "Resources"). When applying for this approval it is expected that some information will be given on your part concerning the person whom you desire to invite into the Diocese. Your letter should give information as to what ministry such a person will be engaged in and the relevant dates. A short biography of the person and his qualifications would be helpful.
- Once the permission is received from the Chancellor to invite the person into the Diocese you may then approach that person and invite them to come into the Diocese.
- When all arrangements between the group concerned and the person being invited have been completed a Letter will be issued from the Chancellor acknowledging faculties or giving permission for the said person.
- Such a procedure takes time and application should be made well in advance of any definite planning. Requests must be made by letter and not by word of mouth or telephone.
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