Letters of Suitability

All clergy—domestic and international priests, permanent deacons, and transitional deacons—wishing to concelebrate mass and/or hear confessions and/or provide sacramental ministry in their ordained capacity are required to submit a letter of suitability to the Archdiocese of Indianapolis. These letters should be dated no sooner than May 1, 2024, and no later than June 15, 2024. They should be issued from the diocese in which the clergy is incardinated, in which they serve, or from their religious order.

In addition to affirming good standing and suitability for ministry, letters must include statements attesting to completion of safe environment training and current background checks, examples of which are as follows:

  • He has, as mandated by the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, participated in an approved training session on how to provide a safe environment for children and vulnerable adults;
  • He has a current clean background check which is on file with the Office of Human Resources.

Note: Certificates of completed training and/or copies of background checks are not required unless requested.

These letters should be addressed to the following:

Reverend Monsignor William Stumpf
Vicar General
Attn: Office of Clergy
Archdiocese of Indianapolis
1400 N. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202

They should be emailed to Questions regarding letters of suitability can be emailed to this address as well.

Clergy should have with them a stole and an alb. Further information on chasubles and dalmatics will be provided in coming weeks.

Sacramental Celebration Opportunities
Clergy will have the opportunity to participate in various sacramental opportunities throughout the Congress, including concelebration and hearing confessions. Information about these opportunities will be provided directly to clergy at the email address provided upon registration.

Additional Information
In the weeks preceding the National Eucharistic Congress, all registered clergy should expect to receive direct communication via the email address provided upon registration. During the National Eucharistic Congress itself, all clergy will have access to Clergy Central which will provide on-site information and be a resource for questions and concerns throughout the multi-day event.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please reach out to Your email will be responded to within two business days.

A Special Congress Experience for Priests

Your priestly heart is at the heart of the Eucharistic Revival. As Jesus shared the Last Supper with the apostles, instituting both the Eucharist and the Priesthood, Jesus invited the very first priests to draw near and abide in him. We have prayerfully cultivated a special experience called Abide to offer our priests unique opportunities for reflection, fellowship, and prayer—inviting you into greater intimacy with Jesus Christ, the Great High Priest.

If you are a priest or bishop, we encourage you to register!

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