Inquiries for Ordination
Individuals who believe themselves called to the ministry of a priest should discuss this with their parish priest. After this, they should contact the Diocesan Executive Assistant to the Bishop of Toronto. Inquirers who expect to complete the academic requirements for ordination sometime in the next two years may be invited to make formal application for Postulancy. Because the application period provides the Diocese its primary opportunity for the discernment and affirmation of priestly vocation, the screening involved at this stage is extensive.
When a parish becomes vacant, the Area Bishop, Regional Dean, and churchwardens review the current needs and expectations of the parish. A preliminary list of suitable candidates is drawn up by the College of Bishops, who then advertise the vacancy on the Diocesan website. If you would like to be considered for a vacancy, please contact your Area Bishop.
To help individuals discern their call to ministry, a list and explanation of core values for parish ministry is available.
Leaving Your Current Appointment
As your current appointment comes to an end, please read “Leaving your Current Appointment” which is information and resources to assist during the transition period.
Moving Cost Contribution
As per Canon 11, “When a cleric assumes a new appointment within the Diocese or retires on pension from an appointment within the Diocese; or where the surviving spouse of a cleric moves from a rectory on the death of the cleric prior to retirement, a contribution to the moving costs up to an amount to be determined annually by the Diocesan Council will be a charge on the Diocesan Budget.” Currently the maximum reimbursement amount is $1,500 (as of January 1, 2016).
Parishes (or retiring clergy) may seek a contribution from the Diocese towards moving costs through the submission of the Moving Cost Reimbursement form and documented receipts. For more information, please contact the Human Resources Department.