Holy Orthodox Autocephalous Church Of Epirus

Membership In The Orthodox Church Of Epirus

  • Please note that our membership extends to Orthodox bishops who have a functioning diocese. If you are just an Orthodox clergy or live in a monastic community, you would need to be placed under an existing jurisdiction of the OCE.

  • All members are expected to be familiar with and adhere to the premises of the Kingdom Of Epirus, as well as to honor the Royal House of Epirus.


Procedures


Section I: Essential Documentation

(a) The web site address and other public media presence of the petitioning jurisdiction.

(b) The exact incorporation or public name of the jurisdiction and its postal address.

(c) A Curriculum Vitae of the petitioner with supporting documents.


Section II: The following documentation for reception should be submitted, unless they are already verified on their website and public profile or unless they are not applicable:

1. The jurisdiction demonstrates its valid or legitimate apostolic succession beyond reasonable doubt; that is, the claim to Apostolic Succession must be evidenced via documents and/or publications that are verifiable.

1.1 Petitioners submit relevant documentation to this requirement or write a short narrative in support of their claim.

2. Petitioners demonstrate that their jurisdiction is engaged in viable and public ministries.

2.1 Petitioners list all their dependencies, ministries, churches, including all priests, pastors, clergy and monastics serving under their Omophor.

3. Petitioners demonstrate competence and professionalism in their own church polity consistent with Orthodox doctrine, morals and holy Canons.

3.1 Petitioners submit all documents of their credentials, such as diplomas, degrees, including theological education.

3.2 Petitioners make a signed statement of their faith and ethics.

3.3 Petitioners provide statement(s) as to their diocesan polity (such as Statutes, By-Laws, etc.)

3.4 Petitioners affirm a written confession of faith (form will be provided).

4. Petitioners show stability in their jurisdiction's history and administration.

4.1 Petitioners compose a short narrative, highlighting the founding and history of their jurisdiction.


Please be aware that the Orthodox Church of Epirus does not enter intercommunion agreements, since all Orthodox jurisdictions are already in communion by nature of their canonicity. Any communion agreement with a non-Orthodox entity would naturally be prohibitive.