How to become an ordained priest online

A priest is ordained to carry out the sacred rites of a church, most commonly an Anglican, Orthodox or Catholic church. Priests officiate weddings, perform funeral ceremonies and act as intermediaries between humans and God. Traditionally, ordination requires years of study and a commitment to a particular faith. However, today, anyone can receive ordination as a priest online. "Priest," as it relates to online ordination, is a broad term referring to a religious minister. Online ordination is not available for priests of the Orthodox, Anglican or Catholic faiths.

Locate an organisation online that offers priest ordination. Examples include Open Ordination, Spiritual Humanism and Esoteric Theological Seminary. You can also find organisations that provide ordination through a search engine query, such as "become an ordained priest."

Complete the organisation's ordination application online. This typically requires little more than your name, address, e-mail address and date of birth, although some organisations request information regarding your reason for seeking ordination. Most organisations will not ordain anyone under the age of 13.

Choose "priest" as your desired title if required. Most online organisations that provide ordination allow you to choose any title you desire, although some require an additional fee for this service.

Submit the application online. A member of the organisation will typically review your application before requiring payment of ordination fees; however, some online organisations offer instant ordination.

Pay the required fees to receive ordination after a member of the organisation has reviewed your application. Ordination fees typically range between £9 and £97, at time of publication. Most organisations offer several packages you can choose to obtain blank marriage certificates, photo identification cards and other extras along with your ordination certificate.


Do not become ordained as a priest online if you specifically intend to pursue a career of service in the Catholic, Orthodox or Anglican churches. Online organisations are not typically affiliated with these churches.


Avoid conducting marriage ceremonies until you review your state's laws. Some states have restrictions on who can legally officiate wedding ceremonies. For example, you cannot legally conduct a marriage in Nevada unless the organisation that provided your ordination maintains a physical presence in Nevada. Your state may also require completion of additional paperwork before you can perform a marriage ceremony.

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Owen Pearson is a freelance writer who began writing professionally in 2001, focusing on nutritional and health topics. After selling abstract art online for five years, Pearson published a nonfiction book detailing the process of building a successful online art business. Pearson obtained a bachelor's degree in art from the University of Rio Grande in 1997.