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The Ecumenical Catholic Diocese of America (ECDA)
 William J. Manseau, D. Min., LPP, Archbishop
Peter Paul Brennan, M.Div., D.D., Archbishop Emeritus
a ministry of
The Catholic Prelature of Sts. Peter and Paul
Peter Paul Brennan, M.Div., D.D., Archbishop
Emmanuel Milingo, D.D., Archbishop Emeritus


The Process of Incardination as a Bishop, Priest or Deacon

Dear Candidate,

We welcome you to the application process for incardination as an ordained minister in our diocese, the Ecumenical Catholic Diocese of America (ECDA), sometimes also known as the Ecumenical Catholic Diocese of America (ECDA). The ECDA has its roots in the Society of Priests for a Free Ministry which was founded by Roman Catholic priests in 1968 in St. Louis, Missouri, inspired by Vatican II, as a national pastoral initiative and its successor ministry the Fellowship of Christian Ministries (FCM) which succeeded the Society as a Roman Catholic inclusive initiative in pastoral ecumenism.

ECDA was established as a diocese in 1981 in New York by the founders of the St. Barnabas Mission who were members of FCM and as a national diocese in 1984. In 2013 ECDA became affiliated with the Catholic Prelature of Sts. Peter and Paul also known as Married Priests Now!, an international Roman Catholic ministry established by Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo in 2006 in accord with CJC Canon 1752 which states that the supreme law of the Church is always the salvation of souls. The St. Barnabas Mission, ECDA’s companion ministry, exists to build bridges of faith, hope and love and draws its mandate from Galatians 3:27-28 and Vatican II.

Incardination Application Requirements:

  1. A secular position or other evidence of supporting resources for yourself, your family and your ministry. Our clergy are not salaried by the Diocese.
  2. Evidence of ordination as a bishop, priest or deacon by a credible jurisdiction in apostolic succession.
  3. A documented Master of Divinity degree from a credible institution or its equivalent.
  4. A letter of application stating your reasons for this application.
  5. Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your ministry and character.
  6. A personal statement describing your family.
  7. An essay-statement of ministerial self-understanding and vocational call.
  8. A copy of your birth certificate, baptismal and confirmation records.
  9. A recent photograph of yourself (head and shoulders).
  10. A statement from your local police department that you have a clean record.
  11. An interview will be arranged as a step in the application process.
  12. A signed agreement to contribute on a quarterly basis to the support of the diocese as a proportion of your ministerial income or in an amount mutually determined as equitable.
  13. A signed agreement to attend synodal meetings as called.
  14. A signed agreement to participate in the mission of ECDA as established in its founding documents and focused yearly by the synod.
  15. Name, address, telephone, email address.


All correspondence for applications will be sent to Archbishop William J. Manseau, D.Min,  12 Catherwood Road, Tewksbury, MA 01876-2620.

Tel. 978-851-5547; email



The Ecumenical Catholic Diocese of America (ECDA)
Archbishop William Manseau, Bishop Ordinary
33 Ironwood Lane
Tewksbury, MA 01876
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