Celebrating Mass at the Shrine
A priest from outside the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, NY, celebrating the Sacraments at Our Lady of Martyrs Shrine, is required to send a letter of suitability from his bishop or superior at least one week prior to his arrival at the Shrine.
Your letter of suitability must include the following:
In light of the provisions of canon 903 CIC / canon 703 #1 CCEO, I write to inform you that Rev. [Insert Name] is an incarnated priest in good standing at the Diocese of [Diocese Name]. Rev. [Insert Name] currently resides/serves as pastor at [Parish Name] in [Insert City, State]. He will be visiting in your diocese on [Insert Month/Day/Year], and would like to celebrate Mass and/or Sacrament of Reconciliation at Our Lady of Martyrs Shrine in Fultonville, NY.
In regard to Rev. [Insert Name], I am able to make the following statements:
He is a person of good moral character.
I know of nothing that would limit or disqualify him from priestly ministry.
He is in compliance with the requirements of our Safe Environment Program and I am unaware of anything in his background which would render him unsuitable to work with minor children.