Anyone may apply to the monastic ordination program. Please note the Order of the Sacred Heart does not discriminate based off of race, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, or disability.
Candidates should know the clergy are responsible for their own expenses, and that the sangha does not provide any type of salaries or stipends for clergy.
You can both enter the monastic ordination program and the priestly ordination program at the same time if your are not previously ordained as a priest. The path towards priestly ordination takes approximately 4 years depending on prior life experience and education. The monastic program consists of a 3-6 month postulancy before you are received as a novice monastic practitioner.
The Path to Ordination
During the course of your time at seminary you will have the opportunity to study: psychology, philosophy, pastoral counseling, theology, chaplaincy, christology, monastic history and theory, comparative religions, pastoral ethics, liturgies, and much more.
Upon completion of the seminary program you will be granted a licentiate of ministry. Based off of previous education experience, prior to entering the seminary, you may be granted advanced standing. Please note that graduation from the seminary does not guarantee ordination.
The goal of our spiritual formation program is, "gnosis," or self-knowledge. Once you become aware of the causes and conditions of suffering, as well as developing a deeper relationship of the eternal Christ - which resides within and all around us manifesting as the Holy Spirit - you can begin guiding others on their own path of spiritual exploration and enlightened realization.
The clergy of the Order of the Sacred Heart are ordained with valid Apostolic Succession as passed down from Jesus Christ the other apostles. Our priests are ordained, and our bishops are consecrated with the lines of succession of the Roman Catholic Church, the Greek Orthodox Church, The Russian Orthodox Church of Moscow, the Anglican/Episcopal lines of succession, and many others. At the time of ordination you will also receive all Eastern spiritual lines of spiritual traditions, which have been shared with our ordination masters from Tibetan and other spiritual masters.
Once you begin by taking the first step on your spiritual journey, you'll be paired with a seminary mentor who will help guide you on your path. Your seminary experience will consist of a 4 year meditation-style retreat, which you can complete at your own pace.
Side-by-side you'll learn meditation techniques to employ in your own personal practice, as well as techniques to share with others during the course of the professional practice of religion. Some of the liturgies you'll learn to participate as well as facilitate are: The Mass of the Cosmic Christ and the Riwo Sang Chod (smoke offering liturgy).
Would you like to know more about vocations or incardination? Your first step is to contact us, indicating you'd like to receive more information on our formation program: