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If you agree and can practice within the five initial guidelines above, you are invited to formally apply for Priesthood within Nova Roma. To apply, please answer the following ten questions and send them to: PONTIFICES.
Once your application is received by the Pontificial College, it will be given an initial evaluation. Another set of questions may be asked of you if points are unclear. At that point the Collegia will either officially accept you into Priesthood training, or will inform you that they cannot accept your application at this time.
In ancient Rome, those who worked toward priesthood would be taken on as an "apprentice," a Camillus or Camilla. Historically this position was held by young adults, but in essence it is a position in which one is able to learn about the Religio Romana. The historical Camilia acted as ritual "attendants" in addition to taking religious studies, and in Nova Roma those holding this first position will also be able to take on active religious duties in addition to research and study.
Anyone accepted as a Camillus or Camillia will be an "unofficial" priest or priestess for a six-month evaluation term. In that time necessary studies and research will be done, ritual will be mastered, and the intent and abilities of each candidate will be fully evaluated. At the end of the six month Camillia term, candidates will be either fully vested as Official priesthood of Nova Roma, or will not. If at this point someone must be declined for full priesthood they will continue to be considered a Camillus or Camilla... or educated layperson — with religious status as someone who has trained and done an above average amount of religious work.
During the six month Camillia term, Priesthood candidates will be required to complete at least 50% of a complete written plan for rebuilding the worship of their chosen deity. Those completing the Camillia term will be issued a Certificate of official acknowledgment of training from the Pontificial College. Those accepted into Priesthood will receive Certification of Priesthood within Nova Roma.
Once a Camillus or Camilla is elevated to Official Priesthood, it will be their job to help build the worship of their deity within Nova Roma. Priests and Priestesses will work alongside the Pontificial College, yet will have much autonomy in building their own portion of the Religio Romana within historical guidelines. Priests and Priestesses will be the contact person for those wishing to honor the deity they serve, and will be expected to assist others in coming to know the Gods. Priesthood will be expected to preside over public rituals at least some Nova Roma events, and will be asked to organize public events of their own as the Religio Romana itself grows. Together we will work to restore the Religio Romana in a way that is true to history yet meaningful for today... so that the worship of the ancient Gods and Goddesses will remain a living path.
Anyone who needs further clarification or who has questions about the above is invited to write to the Pontificial College: PONTIFICES.
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