Canon III: Clerical Settlement and Removal

Canon III: Clerical Settlement and Removal

Section 1. When the position of Rector becomes vacant, the Wardens or, in their absence, representatives of the Vestry shall promptly notify the Ecclesiastical Authority of this fact. The lay leadership of the Parish shall work with Diocesan leadership to engage in a clergy transition process pursuant to Diocesan policies, provided that the Parish is contributing at least 10% of total operating revenues to the Budget of Convention and has submitted its Parochial Reports and annual financial audit or review, and to enter into a letter of agreement with any priest to be employed as Rector or Priest-in-Charge and the Ecclesiastical Authority.

Section 2. When the position of Assistant becomes vacant, the Rector, Priest-in-Charge, or the Wardens shall promptly notify the Ecclesiastical Authority of that fact. The position of Assistant may be filled by the Rector or Priest-in-Charge with the advice and consent of the Vestry, provided that the Parish is contributing at least 10% of total operating revenues to the Budget of Convention and has submitted its Parochial Reports and annual financial audit or review. The Ecclesiastical Authority shall be provided no less than 30 days advance notice of the name of the priest that the Rector or Priest-in-Charge proposed to hire as Assistant, so that the Ecclesiastical Authority may communicate with the Rector or Priest-in-Charge and the Vestry regarding the candidate. Parishes hiring an Assistant shall enter into a letter of agreement between the Rector or Priest-in-Charge, the Vestry, and the Assistant, subject to the approval of the Ecclesiastical Authority.

Section 3. When the position of ordained leadership of a Worshiping Community becomes vacant, the Vice-Chair or other representative of the Council of Advice shall notify the Ecclesiastical Authority of that fact. The Ecclesiastical Authority shall appoint ordained leadership in accordance with Canon V.

Section 4. On the election of a Rector or the selection of an Assistant, in accordance with these Canons, the Vestry shall communicate, within five days thereafter, to the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese, notice of such election or selection signed by the persons certifying thereto in such of the following forms as shall be appropriate.

In the case of the election of a Rector the notice shall be in form as, follows:

We, the Church Wardens, do certify to the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese of Connecticut that [NAME] was, at a duly called Parish or Vestry meeting on [DATE], elected Rector of [PARISH NAME].

In the case of the election of an Assistant Minister the notice shall be in form as follows:

We, the Rector or Priest-in-Charge and Church Wardens, do certify to the Ecclesiastical Authority of the Diocese of Connecticut that [NAME] was, at a meeting of the Vestry held on [DATE], approved as Assistant Minister of [PARISH NAME].

Section 5. No Member of the Clergy Canonically resident in the Diocese or licensed to officiate in the Diocese shall accept a position with a Parish or accept a position in which the Member of the Clergy will regularly exercise the gifts and spiritual authority as a Minister of God’s Word and Sacraments without having obtained the written permission of the Ecclesiastical Authority.