Guidelines and Policies for the Canonical Process

Guidelines and Policies for the Canonical Process

Revised May 2016

The role of the Canonical Committee is to provide parish leadership and representation in the selection process of a Rector, Vicar, Interim Priest-in-Charge or Assistant Priest. During this process the committee will work with the Bishop’s Office, the Regional Archdeacon and the Bishop’s Advisory Committee on Appointments. These guidelines do not apply to the appointment of a Curate or to the selection process for Deacons.  

All clerical appointments are made by the Bishop. However, the Canonical Process provides an important consultative process, in which the parish is an active participant.  

The work of the Canonical Committee is an important step in the life of a parish. They provide vital leadership for the parish in a time of transition. The workload can seem daunting, but there are a lot of resources available to support them in their work.

Please download the accompanying pdf document.