Clergy Licensing Requirements

Clergy called to serve a congregation of the Diocese of Maryland are licensed upon receipt of a signed Letter of Agreement. Any cleric not canonically resident in the Diocese and wishing to provide supply services or work regularly in a congregation in any capacity (i.e., deacon, long-term supply, sabbatical supply) must be licensed. Clergy wishing to officiate at a wedding in the Diocese need not be licensed, but it’s customary to notify the Bishop about plans to do so and wedding date.

To be licensed to serve in the Diocese of Maryland, clergy must provide these documents to the Transitions Ministries Office:

  1. Completed Background Check, to be paid by the cleric, at a cost of $155 for the initial investigation. An additional cost is incurred for the criminal portion of the investigation.
  2. Resume or curriculum vitae, plus a Church Deployment Office personal profile.
  3. Letter from the Bishop of the diocese of canonical residence documenting current status as a priest or deacon in good standing.
  4. Certificates of completion for required workshops and training. See Required Workshops

Once a license is granted, the cleric is free to serve as needed in congregations and other facilities (e.g., nursing homes, hospitals, and military bases) within the Diocese. Copies of completed Licenses are sent from the Bishops’ Office.

Licenses are valid for a year (12 months). If a cleric will be resident in the Diocese of Maryland for a period longer than a year and would like to continue in active service, he or she must contact the Transitions Ministries Office to request another license Requests to become canonically resident in the Diocese of Maryland and for Letters Dimissory should be sent to Ms. Maizie Heil, the Bishop’s Administrative Assistant.