If you feel a calling to Minister and would like to be considered for ordination please fill out the application form below and send it back to us.
If you are already ordained in another church applications must be accompanied by a letter of excardination from your current church.
If your application is successful you will be required to either travel to Sweden for your ordination ceremonies or with prior arrangement - cover the costs of travel and provide accommodation (if required) for the Bishop and at least one other Clergy.
The Church of St Mary & St John runs it's own seminary where you can study and submit course work to us online. The Minor Orders will earn you a Certificate in Esoteric Comparative Theology and the Major Orders a Diploma in Esoteric Comparative Theology. Please see the seminary section for more details.
We are not currently taking applications for new clergy
Ordination Application Forms
Print out the pdf below, then either post it to the address at the bottom, or scan it and email it back to us.
Clergy members of The Church of St Mary and St John are those Ordained to any of the following Orders: Lay Cleric; Lay Reader; Cleric; Doorkeeper; Reader; Exorcist; Acolyte; Sub-deacon; Deacon; Priest/Priestess; Monsignor; Abbot/Abbess and Bishop, as well as any who shall belong to named Orders designated under the Church's protection.
The Lay positions are at the discretion of the local Priest. They are offered to members of the congregation who wish to be more active within the Church and can be used as a prelude to seeking orders. These are non ordained positions.
Cleric - 1st Degree
The training period for the minor order of Cleric is expected to be a minimum of six months. However this depends on the progress of the Aspirant and is at the discretion of the synod of Bishops.
The position of Cleric is to start the nurturing process of the spiritual path. To begin a process of study, which will lead the Aspirant closer to the Divine, and further away from the mundane. This is achieved by a three fold process:
1. To begin learning meditation techniques and how to clear
the mind of clutter.
2. Expansion of the mind, through the study of various
spiritual paths and traditions.
3. Introducing ritual elements, guiding you through to performing
your first ceremonies.
The Aspirant will feel grounded and ready to take the next step on to Doorkeeper.
Doorkeeper - 2nd Degree
The training period for the minor order of Doorkeeper is expected to be a minimum of six months. However this depends on the progress of the Aspirant and is at the discretion of the synod of Bishops.
The historical duties of the Doorkeeper would have included: The ringing of the Church bells, keeper of the keys, opening of the building and acting as watchman. In modern times we now treat them more as symbolic and give them a deeper moral significance.
In the Order of Doorkeeper the Aspirant learns about creation and conflict of societies, insights into morality, the ancient matriarchal past and more advanced meditation techniques. The Hidden Teachings of Mary Magdalene will start to be introduced. The Aspirant then learn about how to set up the Temple ready for the Celtic Gnostic Mass and perform ritual of Netzah.
Reader - 3rd Degree
The training period for the minor order of Reader is expected to be a minimum of six months. However this depends on the progress of the Aspirant and is at the discretion of the synod of Bishops.
In the Order of Reader the Aspirant will learn about Prophecy, the true meaning of the Sacraments and be introduced to correspondences. More from the hidden teachings of Mary Magdalene. An in depth look into rituals, deities and pantheons. The Aspirant will also be guided through the maze of information about the planets and other esoteric topics. As this is the Order of Reader the Aspirant will also learn about public speaking and will practice reading the Gnostic Gospels to an audience. The ritual of Hod will also be performed in this Order.
Exorcist - 4th Degree
The training period for the minor order of Exorcist is expected to be a minimum of six months. However this depends on the progress of the Aspirant and is at the discretion of the synod of Bishops.
In the history of the ancient Church the duty of the Exorcist was to cast out demons and devils from the bodies of those who appeared possessed by external forces. In modern times we now understand that these are actually our own inner demons. These are parts of our own inner psyche which we need to learn to understand and so rid ourselves of our own separateness and selfishness. By learning to control our own bad habits we can by example, precept and direct action, if needed, help others.
In the Order of Exorcist the Aspirant will find many teachings from the Underground Stream. Learning techniques to strengthen the body and mind. The Exorcist begins a more advanced study of esoteric teachings. The Order of Exorcist will take the Aspirant on a journey that will lead them to look deeply inside themselves, where they will discover not only their light side, but also the dark. The ritual of Tiferet will be performed in this Order.
Acolyte - 5th Degree
Esoteric Comparative Theology Certificate (CertECTh.)
The training period for the minor order of Acolyte is expected to be a minimum of six months. However this depends on the progress of the Aspirant and is at the discretion of the synod of Bishops.
Acolyte is the last of the minor orders. Having now achieved a balanced and healthy body, expanded your knowledge and gained a deeper understanding of the workings of the Church. The Aspirant will now seek to initialise their higher mind by developing their intuition and ignite their inner light.
The Order of Acolyte is more intensive than the previous Orders, it is preparing the Acolyte for the higher Orders and ultimately the Priesthood. More esoteric teachings are introduced and their significance is explained. The Aspirant begins to study the Holy language of the stars and has a more in depth look at the Celtic Gnostic Mass. The Royal Art of Alchemy is also introduced. This Order contains a wealth of information to discover. More hidden teachings from Mary Magdalene and the ritual of Gevurah.
Sub-deacon - 6th Degree
The training period for the major order of Sub-deacon is expected to be a minimum of a year. However this depends on the progress of the Aspirant and is at the discretion of the synod of Bishops.
Sub-deacon is a preliminary stage to the training of the Priesthood, it is the first of the higher Orders and is a marked changed in the Aspirant. The coursework becomes more practical and encourages the Aspirant towards taking the ceremonial work more seriously and intensely, moving them further away from the mundane and closer towards the Divine. The Order tests the Aspirant's vocation, insuring that the path upon which they have embarked is their true calling. This gives them time to way up the responsibilities and, as far as they are able, to count the cost that such a path may take.
Deacon - 7th Degree
The training period for the major order of Deacon is expected to be a minimum of a year. However this depends on the progress of the Aspirant and is at the discretion of the synod of Bishops.
The Deacon is known as the assistant at the Altar and has been recognised within the Church from its conception, and is mentioned in the New Testament.
The responsibilities of the Deacon within the Celtic Gnostic Mass are the cleanliness and presentation of the Altar, washing of the linens, as well as the presentation of the Lavabo and the empty Cruets. The Deacon will need to learn and understand how to be a leader, also to create a deeper understanding of the spiritual nature of humankind and it's connection to the Divine. Daily adorations and blessings are learnt and performed by the Aspirant, a time of deep reflection and piety. The Aspirant makes careful preparations ready to face and cross the abyss.
Priest/Priestess - 8th Degree
Esoteric Comparative Theology Diploma (DipECTh.)
The training period for the major order of Priest/Priestess is expected to be a minimum of a year. However this depends on the progress of the Aspirant and is at the discretion of the synod of Bishops.
The Priesthood embodies the aspects of both leader and teacher and is the direct spiritual link between humanity and the Divine. The Priest/Priestess is responsible for performing the Eucharist and all the other sacraments. They are responsible for the day to day activities of their ministry and spiritual life.
This is an honourary title and position, conferred on those who have achieved long or exemplary service to the Church.
The role of Abbot/Abbess is one granted by the Bishops to those who have shown great understanding and commitment to the Church, as well as having an exemplary understanding of the inner Divine Wisdom.
The responsibilities could include the establishment of a territorial Abbessy within a particular country or area. This responsibilities may encompass the ordaining of Aspirants through the minor and major orders, up to and including that of Priest. These powers are only granted by express permission of the Presiding Bishop and the Vicar General.
Bishop - 9th Degree
The highest major order is that of the Bishop.