How do you join the Ordinariate?

On Facebook, a former Episcopalian who had become a Catholic inquired about whether he is eligible for membership in the Ordinariate for Catholics of Anglican Patrimony.

The consensus was that he is eligible and should apply even if there is no Ordinariate community in his vicinity—yet.

We also encourage people who have no Ordinariate parish or community in their local area to start one.  Over at the Anglicanorum coetibus Society’s website there are instructions on what you need to do and how you can get a pin on our map as a Patrimonial community.

These patrimonial communities are lay-run efforts that do not guarantee official recognition but they are a place to start and who knows, maybe eventually the seed community could grow large enough to support a priest and become an Ordinariate parish.

In North America, here are instructions on how to join the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter:

How May I Join the Ordinariate?
Most people who desire to join the Ordinariate do so in the context of an Ordinariate Parish or Parochial Community. The Ordinariate’s founding document, Anglicanorum coetibus, gives us direction regarding membership in the Ordinariate.

AC IX. Both the lay faithful as well as members of Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, originally part of the Anglican Communion, who wish to enter the Personal Ordinariate, must manifest this desire in writing.

No one is automatically a member of the Ordinariate, unless you are a minor child of an Ordinariate member. Rather, those who want to belong to the Ordinariate must:

1) Be eligible (see below), and
2) Submit a signed membership application to their local Ordinariate Pastor or Leader. Your signature on the form is the canonical act by which you manifest your desire to enter the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.
>>Click HERE to download membership form

The majority of applicants will submit their membership forms to the Pastor or Leader at their Ordinariate Parish or Parochial Community.

Individuals or families who are not in proximity to an Ordinariate Parish or Parochial Community and therefore are not registered parishioners at an OCSP Parish/Community may mail a membership form directly to the Chancery for consideration.

Those living in the United Kingdom or Europe can apply to the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham here:

Anglicans and former Anglicans who reside in England, Wales and Scotland are eligible to seek to enter the full communion of the Catholic Church through the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.

Those eligible for membership also include anyone who has been baptised in the Catholic Church but who has not completed the Sacraments of Initiation, and subsequently returns to the faith and practice of the Church as a result of the evangelising mission of the Ordinariate.

There are over 50 Ordinariate Groups spread around the country – from Stornoway and Inverness in the north to St Austell in the south-west and Folkestone in the south-east – and the Pastor of a local group may well be the best first point of contact. Enquiries from both Clergy and laity are always dealt with in the strictest confidence.

Australians and those living in Japan, the Torres Strait and elsewhere in the region can apply to the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross by contacting the chancery here.

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