A Day in the Life of an Independent Catholic Priest

The Ministry

The alarm rings at 5 a.m. on Wednesday morning. He fumbles down the stairs. Shower, coffee, Bible, prayer, and out the door to work. Today will be a long day. He starts his delivery route at 6:30 a.m., does the first leg of his route, and comes back to the warehouse. He changes into his clericals and drives to a funeral home. Jacqueline had cancer and passed away a few days before. He officiates the funeral, seeks to serve the grieving family, and proclaims the gospel.

After the graveside service, he quickly returns to the warehouse for the second leg of his delivery route. He finishes around 5:30 p.m., just in time for a quick dinner with his wife and kids before leaving the house again to lead a worship service in a neighbor's home. He has a short meeting with his Deacon afterward about the potluck dinner that he and his wife will host in their home for new parishioners next Saturday. He gets home at 9 p.m. and speaks on the phone with a parishioner who is seeking prayer. He then prays with his wife, thanks God for both his Pastoral ministry and his job, and collapses into bed. Tomorrow will be full, too. He is behind on Sunday’s sermon.

What are the Eight Characteristics of a Successful Independent Catholic Priest?

They are incredible servants who fill a huge need among the people they serve.

They desire to remain working in their dual vocations; their job and their ministry.

They tend to have extraordinary leadership skills and utilize those skills effectively in both of their vocations.

They have a high work capacity. This is not for everyone. These leaders must take on a huge volume of responsibilities.

They will have long tenures. They are not financially dependent on a church; they are thus able to lead changes and then deal with the consequences, resulting in longer tenures.

They will be able to deal with critics more freely. Because they are not financially dependent on a church they have a lot of freedom in dealing with critics and problems.

They will be serving in a wide range of churches and ministries of varying kinds and sizes.

Increasingly they receive their ministry and theological training online. While some seminaries have really just begun to prepare to teach this growing vocation, the Ekklesia Epignostika Seminary has educated, trained, graduated, and ordained Deacons and Priests for over a decade.

Faculty Advice to Students Attending an Online

Independent Catholic Seminary

Remain vigilant with scripture and prayer. Get up earlier. Stay up later. Leave the email unanswered. Answer that text later. When we neglect our souls, we become disoriented and overwhelmed. When we drink daily from the fountain of life it transforms the way trials are received, weaknesses are handled, and limitations are confronted.

Remember that we are not spiritual renaissance persons who are gifted in every area. We all need support. Attend your classes and share with your peers on the Discussion Boards. Pray, share your burdens, and generate ideas about your ministry with your peers. This pushes back against the isolation so many seminarians feel, especially those in online seminaries.

Most seminarians in the Independent Sacramental Movement are used to studying and ministering alone. Whether you are in a rural setting with no surrounding churches, or in an urban setting with several like-minded ministries, tremendous encouragement and insight can be shared with other seminarians through regular "face-to-face" meetings on Zoom or Skype, and phone calls, emails, and letters.

Take regular prayer breaks. Regular breaks from study and work promote opportunities to breathe, meditate on God’s Word, and spend time with scripture. Spend some extended time in prayer if you can. Attend online worship services as a guest as well as attending the online Ekklesia Epignostika Church's celebration of the Eucharist with Bishop Erik E. Weaver on Sundays. This time spent in prayer and fellowship will aid your ministry.

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