Reverend and dear Fathers and the beloved laity of the Archdiocese,
For those clergy (diocesan or religious) who do not have valid faculties in the Archdiocese and who are either intending to visit the Archdiocese and desire to be involved in ministry (including: celebration of sacraments; missions; speaking engagements, etc.) whilst here, as well as those organizations or Archdiocesan clergy who desire a member of the clergy to visit and assist with ministry, the following protocol will be observed.
Please note:* Meeting the following criteria does not guarantee that one's petition will be granted.* The responsibility for the conduct and content of the invited lies with the respective local Pastor who issued the invitation.
Should a clergyman be invited to celebrate a single sacrament such as a baptism or marriage within the Archdiocese of Toronto the only requirements are:
* Visiting clergy who desire to celebrate the sacrament of marriage within the Archdiocese who are not from a Diocese within the Province of Ontario should ensure they have the appropriate license before doing so.
Prior to the arrival of a member of the clergy, not from this Archdiocese, intent on exercising ministry within the Archdiocese for under 30 days, the following must occur:
Prior to the arrival of a member of the clergy, not from this Archdiocese, intent on exercising ministry within the Archdiocese for over 30 days, the following must occur:
Should a layperson from outside of the Archdiocese of Toronto be invited to minister (regarding faith and morals) within the Archdiocese of Toronto (e.g. speaking/teaching engagements, leading worship outside of approved liturgical celebrations, assisting with sacramental preparation, etc.) the following requirements should be submitted six months prior to their engagement:
Please contact the Office of Spiritual Affairs for further information.
Download: Visiting Clergy Laity Protocol (PDF)
Download: Appendix 1 - Visiting Clergy - Laity Protocol for Lay Movements (PDF)