More About Our CACINA Clergy

Who are the women and men who serve as our ministers?

The bishops, priests and deacons of CACINA are all validly ordained ministers of the Word and Sacraments. That means our Mass is the real reenactment of Jesus' Sacrifice on the Cross. Our Eucharist is the real Body and Blood of Christ, the Bread of Life. Our absolutions do in fact forgive sins. Each of us can trace our holy orders through Apostolic Succession back to validly ordained Bishops. For most of us that is Dom Carlos Duarte Costa, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Botucatu in Brazil who left the Roman Church in the 1930s and founded the Apostolic Church (read more about Bishop Costa in the "About CACINA" section of this site). Others were ordained previously by another validly ordained Bishop. 

The women and men that are our CACINA clergy come from many backgrounds. Some of us had aspired to vocations earlier in life but never completed our call. Others had been members of the clergy for other churches. Some heard the call to serve later in life after joining CACINA.

All of us had to successfully complete CACINA’s extensive vetting program, including background checks and a psychological evaluation. Then we were enrolled in CACINA's St. Charles Institute for Clergy Formation where for two years we studied, attended lectures and wrote papers. The curriculum covers topics such as dogmatic and systematic theology, sacramental theology, moral and pastoral theology, ecclesiology and church history, Old and New Testament Scripture and liturgy. All of us also must maintain certification in our State’s “mandated reporter” or similar program to protect children, the elderly and other vulnerable persons. 

At the end of one's studies, you have to pass an extensive examination and review. The Dean of the Institute will then inform you if you have been deemed qualified for ordination. 

When you and your instructors feel you were ready, assuming you are not already previously ordained, you will be called to ordination as a Deacon and assigned to one of our parishes. There you will serve typically for 6 months or so. Among other liturgical duties, you will begin to preach. 

Then after more study and discernment, those who feel so called, would ask to be ordained a priest. If you were already an ordained priest, you would be "incarnated" into CACINA. (See Father Al's ordination at )

None of us are paid for what we do, although we may accept a stipend from time to time for witnessing at a wedding for example. Some of us are reimbursed for out-of-pocket expenses for things like fuel, especially when we travel great distances to serve. But none of us are salaried. We provide for our own food and shelter, medical expenses, etc. Most of us have careers which pay our bills. In that sense we are like the presbyters of the early church: "tent-maker" deacons and priests some call us. 

What we do, we do out of love for God and for His people. 

If you feel called to join us CACINA deacon or priest, contact Father Al



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