Clerics Visiting for the Purpose of Ministry within the Archdiocese
Clergy (diocesan or religious) desiring to visit the Archdiocese of Toronto, who will be involved in ministry (including the celebration of sacraments; participation in some apostolic mission; speaking engagements, etc.), are to follow protocol outlined below.
Please note:The responsibility for the conduct and content of the invited person lies with the host who issued the invitation.
Clergy Visiting for the Purpose of Celebrating a Specific Sacrament
If a priest or deacon is invited to celebrate a single sacrament such as a baptism or wedding, he requires:
* Visiting clergy who desire to celebrate the Sacrament of Matrimony within the Archdiocese of Toronto who are not from a diocese or community within the Province of Ontario, should ensure that they have the appropriate civil license from the Province. Application for such a licence requires at least 4 months prior notice with the Registrar General. The Office of Clergy Personnel can assist in the application process.
When a member of the clergy from another diocese desires to exercise ministry within the Archdiocese of Toronto for a period of less than 30 days, he should obtain:
Prior to the arrival of a cleric desiring to exercise ministry within the archdiocese for over 30 days, he should obtain:
Once these letters have been received by the Office of Spiritual Affairs they will be forwarded to the Office of Clergy Personnel who will then send a Biographical Data Form to the priest or deacon to be filled out by him.
Faculties by the Office of Spiritual Affairs will only be granted once the Office of Clergy Personnel have received the above noted biographical forms.
Laypersons from outside of the Archdiocese of Toronto who desire to minister within the archdiocese (e.g. for missions or speaking/teaching engagements regarding faith and morals; leading worship outside of approved liturgical celebrations; assisting with sacramental preparation; etc.), are to provide:
Please contact the Office of Spiritual Affairs for further information.
Download: Visiting Clergy-Laity Protocol (PDF)