Care of Persons Seeking Deliverance and/or Exorcism Ministry

The pastoral center receives telephone calls from various members of the faithful and from other or no faith traditions expressing their need for pastoral care attributing to what is described as interior battles with diabolical spirits.

Being duty-bound to the best care of the whole person, the V. Rev. Archpriest Nicholas has collaborated with clergy and laity well versed in the ministry of healing, deliverance, and exorcism to develop a protocol.  The clergy of the parish met to receive instruction from experienced exorcists on the implementation of the procedures, and the printed protocol booklet.

The V. Rev. Archpriest Nicholas is pleased to have designated two deliverance clergy whose names are public to all clergy. In addition, an exorcist priest was designated whose name is to remain always anonymous.

To more immediately address the ever-increasing requests of the faithful who are seeking deliverance and exorcism ministry, the following general outline is provided.


Policy for Deliverance and Exorcism

Persons seeking personal deliverance or exorcism ministry from the diocesan mandated clergy (together with their team of laity and mental health professionals):

  1. For Catholics or non-Catholics, the first step is to request an appointment with their local parish priest.

    • During the appointment, the priest will listen to the person’s history, provide pastoral counseling, pray, and, depending on the nature of the case, fill out the required “Intake Form”.

  2. If the person still considers him/herself under spiritual oppression or attack, he or she is referred for a consultation with the diocesan deliverance mental health professional to help discern any medical or mental health conditions prior to deliverance sessions.

    • Once the mental health professional is able to complete their assessment and deliver it to the deliverance team, the deliverance/exorcism lay coordinator will call the person to work out the logistics of a prayer ministry session.

    • The person will be offered a date, time, and place to come for deliverance ministry led by the designated priest and his lay team.

    • The person will receive a 30-day prescription of prayer to help strengthen his/her spiritual life. This is part of the pre-care and post-care. Pastoral post-care is done with one’s parish priest.

    • Confidentiality is assured throughout the process.

    • The mandated deliverance priest and the team will prayerfully discern if the person’s situation is a case for the diocesan mandated exorcist whose name shall remain anonymous. If the major rite of exorcism is required, the lay coordinator will advise the person regarding the next steps.

  3. Parents seeking ministry for a son or daughter under the age of eighteen may start by making an appointment for their child with their local parish priest, and the above outline is the same.

  4. While parents may desire ministry for children over 18, at that age, the son or daughter must take the initiative in their care and follow the above outline.


Policy on Deliverance of a Place

The prayers for the liberation of a place may be prayed by any and all priests.

  • Those seeking the blessing or cleansing of their home or business should contact their local parish priest.

  • The bishop’s protocol provides the proper prayers.


Policy on The Rite of Exorcism

The Rite of Exorcism is a sacramental of the Old Catholic Church. Canon Law requires the “express permission of the local Ordinary” for the use of this rite, granted only to a priest, and permission must be given in each case. Exorcism is when “the Church asks publicly and authoritatively in the name of Jesus Christ that a person or object be protected against the power of the Evil One and withdrawn from his dominion." It is “directed at the expulsion of demons or to the liberation from demonic possession through the spiritual authority which Jesus entrusted to His Church (ibid.).”

Please be assured that the synod of bishops and clergy understands that your needs are real and pressing. They will not be ignored. Any delay that may be necessary is likely due to a number of requests that are lined up at any given time.

For additional information and/or resources, one should contact one’s parish priest.