TERM I – PERIOD II… A new phase approaches fast!



Dean’s Office

Dear Students and Seminarians, first allow me to wish a very Happy New Year to you as a new Period (II) in Term I approaches. This is the right time to share with you all a few words. This new Period is dominated by two foundational subjects in the Old Catholic Apostolic Church’s Syllabus here at St. Catherine’s. The first one, Canon Law is required to attain a more thorough knowledge of our Law. As an autonomous Old Catholic Church, the OCAC does not carry the legal complexities of a significant Body of Law, as is the case with very large Churches. A visit to the Seminary’s Canon Law Resources Page may prove beneficial as a starting point.

Notwithstanding, OCAC Canon Law regulates a considerable number of points and those of you who study here as Ordinands, need to be fully familiar with our Law. Canon Law regulates a wide array of activities and answers many questions regarding what is expected of you as future OCAC Clergy and has provisions which cover many areas of Clerical Life.

Each one of you will have a personal study method, your comfort zone as it were… Nonetheless, I would like to recommend a thorough study and perhaps some brief note-taking on what chapters and articles within actually cover, as an aid, a support tool for your Canon Law Exam. The exam allows material consultation, but I would advise everyone not to rely too heavily on the ability to consult alone. This is because the OCAC Canon Law Exam is “Competency-based”. This means the exam will give you a circumstantial, situational scenario set of questions and therefore, there is no YES or NO answer, or at least not necessarily, as each scenario may entail an answer involving a variable number of different provisions in OCAC Canon Law.

Another point worth noting is the legal context in which OCAC Canon Law operates. The OCAC operates within an English Law context, this is important to understand. By comparison, Roman Catholic Canon Law operates within Vatican and International Law, because the Holy See is a Sovereign Nation-State. The OCAC is subject to English Law, because it operates as a non-profit religious organisation lawfully incorporated in England. Whilst it is true that your studies will only cover OCAC Canon Law, it is nonetheless crucial you understand that as future OCAC Clergy, your activities, behaviours and general conduct fall well and truly under the remit of OCAC Canon Law and several Acts of English Statutory Law, such as the DPA-Data Protection Act, GDPR, as well as Legislation covering sexual behaviour, abuse and other provisions in Law, which although they do not form part of OCAC Canon Law, still have a statutory effect on the activities of OCAC Clergy.

Pay close attention to time and manage your study wisely, as the timeframe for Law studies is limited to January only. The Exam booking falls on Saturday 30th January 2021. This exam has a mandatory PASS RATE OF 70 / 100!

Note: Papers at St. Catherine’s often have a so-called Pass Rate, a certain minimal percentual point rate out of 100% maximum; for example a Pass Rate of 50 / 100 means you would need to achieve at least 50% in order to pass the paper/assignment.

Your Period II continues from the 1st of February 2021 to 26th of February 2021 with Christian Philosophy. We have a relatively short time window to cover a subject which in reality could very well keep everyone busy for at least two years, but sadly we must cut here, to prioritise Theology later and still keep Term I to just one academic term. St. Catherine’s Seminary website has a short page dedicated to Christian Philosophy (click HERE). I would recommend a quick visit to this page, as it sets the tone in terms of what you should expect.

The page also contains advice on the bibliographical references, with two excellent books recommended and their respective links to Amazon UK. As previously stated, Kindle editions are cheaper. The Kindle App for Desktop PC or Laptop PC is very stable and reliable; and it is free of charge. To download, click Kindle-for-PC Software. Save the installer and then run it to install the application.



The assignment – a short/medium Essay – on Christian Philosophy is booked for Saturday, 27th February, 7:00am – 11:30pm. The assignment paper offers 3 subjects, of which you only need to pick ONE. This format aims to make it easier for you to pick which one of the three questions on offer is the one you prefer to discuss. There is NO PASS RATE set for the essay on Christian Philosophy. The idea is to prioritise free-thinking and creative flair, rather than constrain you.

Note: Papers at St. Catherine’s often have a so-called Pass Rate, a certain minimal percentual point rate out of 100% maximum; for example a Pass Rate of 50 / 100 means you would need to achieve at least 50% in order to pass the paper/assignment.