Please upload a copy of each Ordination Certificate below.
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Please include three persons who are willing to provide the Abbot General
recommendations for you. These should include a pastor, a teacher, and a
professional with whom you work. Please list them here, with complete addresses, phone numbers and email.
Please include a personal statement, which includes your reasons for seeking the religious life, your faith journey, your commitment to Christ and His Church, and what you see as your ministry now, and what you hope it will be in the future.
Please list any impairments such as medical, psychiatric, financial, or family difficulties. Also, give a detailed explanation of each.
Your personal statement should be typed or printed, double spaced, and two to five pages in length.
List High School name, Years Completed, Graduation Date & Degree
List Name(s), Location, Dates Attended, Did you Graduate?, Degree Earned, Number of Credits/Hours, Degree Major
The Cistercian Order of the Holy Cross supports the traditional teachings of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. It would not be appropriate for the following people to apply for membership at any level in the Order.
Female “priests” or “bishops” or persons engage in or who support homosexual activities or those who support female clergy.
Those who participate/support illegal activity such as tax evasion or immoral activity such as abortions, those who abuse themselves or others, or those with impaired judgment.
Persons who belong to cults, non-Christian chivalric orders; secret organizations, such as the Freemasons; or groups that promoted hatred or bigotry such as the KKK, or political groups whose purpose is to create terror or overthrow a legitimate government, groups who worship Satan, false gods; or philosophies, such as pantheism.
1. I understand that by submitting this application for admission to the Order and/or incardination that I am not guaranteed acceptance. Further, I understand that acceptance shall be based, in part, upon the information and documents that I have submitted (and failed to submit), the investigation of the veracity of any document submitted along with additional formative programs.
2. I do hereby give my permission to the Cistercian Order of the Holy Cross to conduct a reasonable and diligent inquiry and investigation into my background, for the purpose of determining the truth and veracity of any and all information submitted herein. In addition, I understand that you may use outside agencies to conduct said investigation, may obtain credit reports under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, may obtain police reports and any and all other public reports directly or from outside agencies, in order to reasonably determine the truthfulness of the information submitted herein. I further understand that any material
misstatement of fact within this application may be grounds for rejection of this application by the Cistercian Order of the Holy Cross. In consent and full agreement to these terms and provisions, I set my signature below.
3. I give the Order permission to use my photograph in its publications.
4. Enclosed is Proof of identification, such as; photo ID, driver’s license, or passport.