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Is there a way for clergy to change jurisdictions canonically?

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It's a curiosity of mine. Say, a priest gets ordained in the OCA but canonically the OCA is not allowed to have it's jurisdiction in Nepal, so if the priest wanted to set up a mission Church in Nepal, is there a way he could canonically change jurisdictions and be under a different Bishop?
 

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Ideally, the receiving hierarch is requesting the priest from the priest's hierarch.  Jurisdictional transfers happen all the time here in the States.  Just take a look on the OCA website; pastoral changes are posted every few months, with priests being received, transferred, loaned out to other jurisdictions.  Basically, it's letters showing both hierarchs are aware and approve of the transfer.

As an example:

Priest in OCA Diocese of the West wants to be in ROCOR.  Bishop gives blessing and priest is transferred under Met. Tikhon's omophorion (since he's the Primate of the OCA).  Met. Hilarion of ROCOR and Met.Tikhon exchange letters approving the transfer.  ROCOR receives new priest.  Administrative paperwork happens.

That would be the normal way of doing it.
 

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Well, it's also not uncommon for the priests to be relieved from their home dioceses to any canonical jurisdiction that would approve them.

Also, I think it's done on diocesan, not synodal level.
 

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mike said:
Well, it's also not uncommon for the priests to be relieved from their home dioceses to any canonical jurisdiction that would approve them.

Also, I think it's done on diocesan, not synodal level.
Depends on the jurisdiction.
 

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hecma925 said:
Ideally, the receiving hierarch is requesting the priest from the priest's hierarch.  Jurisdictional transfers happen all the time here in the States.  Just take a look on the OCA website; pastoral changes are posted every few months, with priests being received, transferred, loaned out to other jurisdictions.  Basically, it's letters showing both hierarchs are aware and approve of the transfer.

As an example:

Priest in OCA Diocese of the West wants to be in ROCOR.  Bishop gives blessing and priest is transferred under Met. Tikhon's omophorion (since he's the Primate of the OCA).  Met. Hilarion of ROCOR and Met.Tikhon exchange letters approving the transfer.  ROCOR receives new priest.  Administrative paperwork happens.

That would be the normal way of doing it.
lol Always the paperwork.
 
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