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Seminary of St. Morgan and St. Willibrord
Who was Saint Morgan of Wales and Saint Willibrord, our seminary program patron saints?
Morgan (Pelagius) (circa 360 – 418) was a British-born ascetic moralist, who became well known throughout ancient Rome. Was declare a heretic by the Church of Rome
Willibrord (c. 658 – 7 November 739) was a Northumbrian missionary saint, known as the "Apostle to the Frisians" in the modern Netherlands. He became the first Bishop of Utrecht and died at Echternach, Luxembourg. Thus we celebrate him not only for our Old Catholic tradition but also celebrate him for our Celtic Christian heritage and tradition as well.
Introduction to our Program
Our Curricula at the Seminary of St. Morgan and St Willibrord is used to prepare candidates for ordination as priests. Individuals entering the program must demonstrate the academic skills necessary to reasonably assure that they will be able to complete the program. While the mentoring and studying are free of charge through this discipline of study, all cost of materials that are to be studied are the responsibility of the student or postulant for Holy Orders.
However, a college degree is not required for admission to the program. Students will study the assigned readings for each course and then write a five page summary of the reading and a five-page reflection paper about how they have applied the course material in their lives. Some of the courses may require additional activities. Grades for each course are awarded as pass or fail.
While any individual may petition for admission to the program only those candidates who have completed the program will be granted a Bachelor of Divinity and if they have a Bachelor degree already, they will be granted a Masters of Ministry. as well as be considered for ordination as Priest.
1) All Ordination applicants must be of the legal age of eighteen (18) years or older.
2) I am called of God to be a Independent Catholic Priest within the Priestly Society of The Inner Christ the Light and willing to mentor.
3) Once applicants are approved licensed as Episcopally Commissioned Missionary by the local convening Bishop as the candidates then will go through all the Minor orders of Porter, Reader. Exorcist, Acolyte, and Subdeacon for preparation for ordination to the Major Order of Deacon and Priest.
4) Also all persons has received and accepted a call to the ordained ministry by the local convening Bishop as well.
We within the Priestly Society of The Inner Christ the Light see that there are many wonderful ways for Catholic Christians to serve God’s people in "unordained ministry." This includes teaching, volunteering at soup kitchens, counseling, even preaching. While opportunities for preaching are greatly expanded by ordination, they exist for others as well. A desire to preach, by itself, should not be considered a good reason for ordination beyond the Diaconate. The office of deacon is valued highly in the Church. It predates the Christian priesthood and should in no way be considered subordinate or inferior. It is different.
Those who feel they are being called to ministry must at some point decide if they are being called to ministry as a priest, a deacon, or a layperson. Just because some churches require you to be a priest in order to do almost anything in the church doesn’t mean we have to follow that same practice ... and we don’t. Being a counselor, for example, requires lots of education, training, and experience. But it doesn’t require Holy Orders thus that is why we have our third order for our laymen that would like to be part of us but would like to remain a layman and it is called the Inner Circle, if you like to join please contact through the email on this website or one of our local convening bishops so we can help become a member.
The call to the ordained ministry with the Priestly Society of The Inner Christ the Light as a deacon, priest or bishop is essentially a call to administer the sacraments and to evangelize. "Go therefore and make disciples of those in all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."
And it is our desire to also have the desire of all the faithful to both ordained and lay to follow as well follow this “ The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Unless one has a desire to celebrate Mass for God’s people either physically or spiritually,, she or he should not seek the priesthood.
* Please note those who have an accredited religious degree from a Christian or Catholic school would have to feel in their gaps of education with our program. Please provide transcripts with application so we can tell what coursework you would have to take with us.
The Epiphany Seminary has developed an educational program to satisfy the goals of first providing the basic needs of education such that the clergy person can provide the pastoral and teaching needs of the People of God that they have been called to pastor. The second goal was to provide an educational opportunity that is at the same time suitable or their preordination formation and also one that is much less of a financial burden. Students are expected to acquire their own books for the program.
Upon completion of each course, with the exception of the Bible Reading which will take a longer period to complete, the student will submit their writing projects and any other assignments as prescribed by the curriculum. This submission and registration cycle will continue until the entire program is completed. Should the writing projects need further development, the requirements and/or grades will be provided and a delay if necessary will be imposed until the projects have been successfully completed. Then the new course may begin. The entire program should not take longer than 18 months to complete. The Bachelor of Divinity in Sacred Theology and Religious Studies or Masters of Sacred Theology and Religious Studies will be awarded once all of the courses have been successfully completed. The course carries 44 credit hours total.
Written or Oral Examination are also given to the candidates to see how they have learned the material in part of the coursework by the ordaining convening bishop within the Priestly Society of The Inner Christ the Light.
Accreditation Defined (Source: Merriam Webster)
To accredit is to give official authorization to or approval of; to provide with credentials; to recognize or vouch for as conforming with a standard; to recognize as maintaining standards that qualify the graduates for admission to higher or more specialized institutions or for professional practice; to consider or recognize as outstanding.
U.S. Department of Education Accreditation
USDE accreditation is not necessary for the theological degrees in which we offer. Individuals seeking employment in government-licensed positions such as public school teachers, state-licensed psychologists or psychiatrists, and non-church-related counselors will more than likely need USDE accredited degrees. Generally speaking, people working in ministry positions do not need a USDE accredited degree. If you are pursuing education with the Seminary of St. Morgan and St Willibrord and the Priestly Society of The Inner Christ the Light with the intent of obtaining employment or for some other reason, you should check with that organization BEFORE applying for enrollment with the society as well the seminary. The Society and the Seminary assumes no liability of any kind.
According to South Carolina Code of Laws, Nonpublic Postsecondary Institution License Act, Section 59-58-30(4) does not require licensure of the Seminary of St. Morgan and St. Willibrord as it is an “ institution's primary purpose is to provide religious training or theological education”
* Please note those coming from a none sacramental church background must STL 107 before STL 103, and those coming from a sacramental background will doing curriculum as written below,
The Many Paths of the Independent Sacramental Movement by John P. Plummer
A Catechism of the Liberal Catholic Church by Archbishop Wynn Wagner
STL-102 Introduction to Celtic Christian Thinking and Spirituality
The Celtic Way of Prayer: The Recovery of the Religious Imagination Paperback by Esther De Waal
God Under My Roof by Esther De Waal
Praying with the Celts Poems Selected by G.R.D Mclean
The Soul of Celtic Spirituality, the Lives of its Saints by Michael Mitton
STL-103 Scriptural Studies
A Reading Overview (9) This course provides the student with a foundation of both Old Testament and
New Testament theology and history. Students are expected to read specific sections of the Old
Testament and all of the New Testament. This course must be completed by the end of the program.
Required resources: The Holy Bible, The Douay-Rheims or King James with Apocrypha version or the
New American Bible, Revised Edition.
STL-104 Interpretation of Scriptures
Hermeneutics: Principles and Processes of Biblical Interpretation by Henry A. Virkler
Biblical Exegesis: A Beginner's Handbook by John H. Hayes and Carl R. Holladay
Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers by Christopher A. Hall
A Metaphysical Interpretation of the Bible by Steven L. Hairfield Phd
The Good Book; Reading The Bible with Mind and Heart by Peter J. Gomes
Speaking the Truth in Love , How to be an Assertive Christian by Ruth N. Koch and Kenneth C. Haugk
STL-105 The Contemplative Tradition
The core practices of the Priestly Society of The Inner Christ the Light are service and contemplation. This course provides the student with a detailed look at the contemplative tradition.
Morning and Evening Prayer of the PSICL (Found on the Worship Resource Page)
A Seven Day Journey With Thomas Merton by Esther De Waal
A Praying Life By Paul E. Miller
In Heaven as On Earth By M. Scott, Peck M.D
The I That Is We: Awakening to Higher Energies Through
Unconditional Love by Richard Moss
Sadhana, a Way to God: Christian Exercises in Eastern Form. Bourgeault, C. (2006).
Chanting the Psalms. Freeman, OSB, L. (2009).
Christian Meditation: Your Daily Practice. Merton, Thomas OCSO, and and Kidd, S. M. (2007).
The New Seeds of Contemplation.
Christian Meditation: Experiencing the Presence of God. Anonymous (14 th Century).
The Big Book of Christian Mysticism: The Essential Guide to Contemplative Spirituality. Finley, J. (2005).
STL-106 The Monastic Tradition
This course explores what it means to be a monastic and provides the student with the knowledge and
skills necessary live a modern monastic life.
Monastery Without Walls: Daily Life in The Silence and either Janzen, D. (2012)
Meditations By Thomas Moore
The Intentional Christian Community Handbook: For Idealists, Hypocrites, and Wannabe Disciples of Jesus or Rutba House. (2005).
School (s) for Conversion: 12 Marks of a New Monasticism (New Monastic Library: Resources for Radical Discipleship)
***STL-107 Liturgy and Sacrament (3)
This course is designed to prepare students to conduct religious services at home, a monastery or church that are true to the modern interpretation of Sacramental Christianity. In this course, in addition to reading and completing the required essays, students will also be expected to outline a number of Sacramental Christian services. And as part of this course, the student is expected to either show in person, video conferencing or video electronic taping of themselves performing one of the approved liturgies of the society to their convening bishop or mentor for observation on their understanding of the rubrics, vestments, and the mechanical use of the liturgical tools such as patent, chalice, finger bowl, and other instruments of the liturgical services within the Eucharistic Services (Mass).
The Magic of Ritual by Tom F. Driver
Orthodox Dogmatic Theology by Fr. Michael Pomazansky
Doors to the Sacred: A Historical Introduction to Sacraments in the Catholic Church, rev. ed.(Tarrytown, NY: Triumph Books, 1991) by Joseph Martos,
Introduction to Christian Worship Revised by James F. White
The Celtic Eucharist
The Celtic Liturgy of Hope and Unity
The Celtic Liturgy of Hope and Love
The Simplified Liberal Catholic Liturgy
Alleluia, Anthems , and Prefixes
Rites and Rituals
The Celtic Lectionary
The Celtic Daily Prayer by the Northumbria Community
The Complete Liturgy for the Independent, Mystical and Liberal Catholics by Archbishop Wynn Wagner
The Study of Liturgy, rev. ed. (New York: Oxford University Press, 1992) by Cheslyn Jones, Geoffrey Wainwright, Edward Yarnold, Paul Bradshaw, eds.
Ordination Rites of the Ancient Churches of East and West by Paul F. Bradshaw
STL-108 Christian History and Theology
The Early Church By Henry Chadwick
Learning Theology with the Church Fathers by Christopher A. Hall
Christian Theology: An Introduction By Alister E McGrath
The Christian Theology Reader By Alister E McGrath
Mere Apologetics: How to Help Seekers and Skeptics by Alister E. McGrath
Apologetics: A Justification of Christian Belief by John M. Frame and Joseph E. Torres
b. Liberation, Theosophical. amd Holistic Theology
The Evangelical Universalist by Gregory Macdonald
The Cambridge Companion to Liberation Theology by Rowland, Christopher
Sacred Gaia: Holistic Theology and Earth System Science by Anne Primavesi and James Lovelock
Sophia-Maria: A Holistic Vision of Creation by Thomas Schipflinger
Christian Gnosis by C.W Leadbeater
Theosophy and Christianity by C.W Leadbeater
STL-109 Celtic Christian History and Tradition
Myths, Celtic Legends. by
Celtic Stewart, R. J.
Bards by Celtic Stewart, R. J. and Williamson, R.
Celtic Christianity; A sacred tradition , a vision of hope by Timothy Joy
How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill
The Last of the Celts by Marcus Tanner
McNeil, John T., The Celtic Churches: A History,
A.D. 200 to 1200
Mackey, James, An Introduction to Celtic Christianity
Scherman, Katherine, Flowering of Ireland: Saints, Scholars, and Kings, New York
STL-110 Mysticism and Christianity
The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism (Modern Library Classics) by Bernard McGinn
The Pillars of the Temple by
Markus Van Alphen
A New Vision of Reality: Western Science, Eastern Mysticism and Christian Faith by Bede Griffiths
STL-111 Comparative Religion Studies
Understanding World Religions by George Braswell
The World's Religions, Revised and Updated by Huston Smith
Invitation to World Religions by Jeffrey Brodd
STL-112 Ethics and Pastoral Care
Ethics In Ministry by Walter E. West, Walter E. Wiest
Ethics in Pastoral Ministry by Richard M. Gula
Ministerial Ethics: Moral Formation for Church Leaders by Joe E. Trull and, James E. Carter
Solution-Focus Pastoral Counseling by Charles Allen Kollar
Christian Caregiving; A Way of Life By Kenneth C. Hauk
Reconciling Community by Charles H.Warnock
STL- 113 Preaching-Homiletic
Interpreting The Gospel; An Introduction to Preaching by Roger J. Allen
Expositional Preaching: How We Speak God's Word Today (9marks: Building Healthy Churches) by David R. Helm
A Guide To Preaching and Leading Worship by William H. Willimon
All persons going though this course must do at 3-6 months worth of session with Toastmasters to fulfill this requirement, as well a record not only a sermon but also a homily,
for the sermon the time limit is no more than 15-20 minutes
For The Homily no more than 5-7 minutes
The reason for this is to help develop effective communication skills for ministry and outreach for the postulant.
STL-114 Missiology and Church Planting
The Church as Movement: Starting and Sustaining Missional-Incarnational Communities by JR Woodward
The Relational Way: From Small Structures to Holistic Life Connections by Milton Scott Boren
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