he Louisiana Notary Chaplaincy is a special appointment by the Archbishop of Louisiana Universal Life Church in connection with a program developed in 1993 to assist in the enrollment of qualified Louisiana Civil Law Notaries as duly ordained members of the clergy. The essential qualification for enrollment is that the notary recognizes his call to ministry to serve his constituency by being available to perform the marriage ceremony in compliance with Louisiana law (La. R.S. 9:201 et seq.)
Based on a fundamental belief that it is not the church, but God who ordains, and that the role of the church is not to stand between man and his god, but rather to stand between man and the state, the Universal life Church will certify the ordination of anyone who requests it without question of faith for life without a fee. The church's authority for this is found in the New Testament: John 15:16 states, "Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit shall remain, that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give you."
Upon request, a Louisiana Civil Law Notary will be admitted to the ministry and registered as a chaplain with the full authority to do anything any minister of any church may do, including the performance of marriage ceremonies. The requestor is implicitly confirming agreement with the fundamental belief of the Universal Life Church which is to "Do that which is right according to one's conscience and belief."
So How Do I Become a Chaplain?
Easy. Click Here and fill out a simple form. Your information and declaration will be filed and processed and you'll receive credentials electronically in a day or so.