Clergy & Religious

All OMR Clergy must meet the standards of the Worldwide Communion of Catholic and Apostolic Churches.

List of Clergy: Some of the members of the OMR live in hostile areas. Others are members of the military. For security reasons there is no public list of all OMR clergy. If you or your organization legitimately need to verify that a specific individual is a member of our clergy please contact us.

Incardination: We wish to make it clear that the OMR seldom incardinates clergy. Qualified applicants may be and probably will be denied incardination. However, if an applicant desires to pursue incardination with the OMR, this person must go through the Formation process within the OMR. All of our existing clergy have been through this Formation process.

Religious (Monks & Nuns): If the individual is clergy and desires to become a monk or nun, such is possible. We accept clergy of all denominations as members of the OMR, for we are ecumenical; however, non-OMR clergy, while fully recognized as members of the OMR, will not be recognized as OMR clergy. Men and women who serve as clergy in other denominations, when they become monks or nuns of the OMR, will be recognized as “brothers” or “sisters,” and they may use OMR after their name, but they may not present themselves as OMR clergy.

The OMR does not require monks or nuns to be clergy.

Men or women, who are married or single, may become monks or nuns.

OMR religious do not live confined or cloistered lives. They are an active part of the world, bringing the love of God to humanity in their local communities.

Ordination as OMR Clergy: The OMR respects and values seminary training, but such cannot be substituted for the Formation required for OMR clergy. We have our own specific process of Formation within the Order of the Mystical Rose.

If an individual seeking ordination is accepted into the Formation Program of the OMR,  he may be chosen as a candidate for ordination after the Formation Program has been completed. If he is not chosen as a candidate, he may request to be considered for ordination. Those who will be ordained are chosen at the discretion of the Board of Directors and the Presiding Bishop from the eligible brothers of the OMR.

The OMR does not ordain women or homosexuals as clergy.

Applications: To apply for membership as a religious (i.e. a recognized brother or sister) of the OMR or to seek ordination with the OMR, the following is required:

  • A full secular résumé;

  • Three references;

  • If the applicant is married, we ask that his or her spouse write a letter of recommendation, which states that the applicant is suited to the vocation;

  • If the individual is clergy, we require that their pastor or supervisor write a letter of recommendation;

  • If the applicant is clergy, in addition to the above, we then also require a ministerial résumé if such is separate from or different than the secular résumé;

The OMR requires a police check, FBI background investigation, or both. And the OMR reserves the right for any reason or no reason to refuse an application.