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About the Incardination Process at the UACC

Incardination is the process through which a religious brother or sister, deacon, priest, or bishop becomes canonically part of a Church, in this case, the United American Catholic Church.​

What is the purpose of Incardination? Often, the cleric, through spiritual growth and a deeper understanding of their vocation, no longer feels called to minister in the Church of their ordination. Moreover, divergence in politics, lack of sacramental efficacy or even leadership failures can lead an ordained person to seek a new church family. Whatever the case, we approach each application objectively and in the best interests of all involved.​

Ordained persons with valid Apostolic Succession, men or women, single or married, or LGBTQ, who wish to be incardinated may contact the Presiding Bishop or Chancellor and arrange an exploratory interview.

We Welcome You

The United American Catholic Church welcomes with open arms the clergy qualified to be incardinated in the Church. Priests, deacons and individuals in religious life who wish to join us will find the incardination process professional, complete and unbiased. Together, the church and the candidate discern over time whether incardination is mutually nurturing.

We are Looking for Committed People

We seek people committed to the unique charism of service and social justice. We seek dedication and resilience in those who might be in remote places. We know firsthand how difficult it is to live apart from each other, and we know how challenging it can be to continue with a vocation in such circumstances.

In that sense, we are looking for people who, although distant by geographical areas, can work as a team, people who engage in open communication and work with other members of the UACC. We seek ecclesial ministers who can see the signs of the times today and welcome all as sons and daughters of God, regardless of their lifestyles, gender, and social and economic status. We seek a good fit between the applicant and the UACC so that a productive and long-term relationship can be ensured for both.


General Instructions

  • Please take the time to complete the multiple sections of this process.

  • Maintaining an attitude of prayer and openness in the process is important.

  • The application must be complete, including sending copies of all required documents, before the review process begins.

Required Documents

  • Copies of Baptism and Confirmation certificates;

  • Copies/evidences of all orders obtained (diaconate, priesthood, episcopacy, etc.);

  • The bishops must provide a copy of their Apostolic Succession.

  • Copies of university degrees or transcripts of classes. Transcripts must be submitted from the school awarding the degree;

  • Psychological test results, as appropriate;

    Signatures on the Background Check Authorization, Release of Information, Application Signature, Jurisdiction Release of Information, Psychological Testing, and Mental Health Release of Information pages as they are required;

  • Two (2) passport-style photographs (with a white background);

  • One (1) passport-style photo with a clerical shirt and a Roman collar.

  • Three letters of reference emailed directly to the vocations director.

Below you will find all the necessary links to complete the Application for Admission to the Incardination Process with the United American Catholic Church. Take your time completing each step. Don't hesitate to contact the Vocational Director with application questions. God bless you as you begin the incardination process.


Step 1: Authorization Background Check

Step 2: Initial Information About the Person to Incardinate.


Step 3: Information on Sacraments, Ecclesial Formation

and College Education

Step 4: Disclosure Permission

on the Jurisdiction

Step 5: Health History, Employment History,

Criminal Record

Step 6: Release Permit

and Referral of Psychological Assessment

Step 7: Disclosure Permission

Step 8: Essay 1

Step 9: Essay 2

Step 10: Essay 3

Step 11: Signing the Application

Step 12: Mental Health Information Disclosure

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