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The Official Website of The Certifying Board
for Priests and Priestesses of African-Based Religion Worldwide


Member Services

National African Religion Congress

NARC World International

Walk-In Services:
Hours 9:30 A.M.—3:30 P.M.

5104 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19141

Phone: 215-455-0815
Emergency: 215-548-2118
Fax: 215-455-0818

Members Services

National Members

Support African tradition and culture by becoming a member of the National African Religion Congress, Show that you care, register with NARC today!

Certified Priests and Priestesses - $150.00
Associate Members - $150.00
Patron Members - $50.00

In order to keep the cost of certification to a minimum, we ask each house to support the Congress by encouraging members of their spiritual family to certify as a priest, priestess, drummer, spiritual worker or associate member. Each house should join NARC and send representatives to the Annual Conference and Ceremony of Ceremonies. If you give NARC support, then money will be available to fight your battles for you in the courts, the communities, and abroad.

If you have any questions please call the above number.  We thank you for your continual loyalty.


1. Letters of explanation or requests for excused absence from work for initiations, religious holidays and traditional religious attire. Our ordained priests and priestesses stem from Haitian Voodoo, Ifa, Yoruba, Akan, Candomble, Santeria, Lucumi, Orisa Tradition of Trinidad.

2. Access to information concerning the marriage laws in your State.

3. Provide necessary documents for proof of ordination so that you can apply for a clergy license to soleminize marriages and obtain clergy parking permits. (Some States Requirements)

4. Provide letters of creditability as proof of your Priesthood for mortgage companies and lending institutions.

5. Provide a license for legal travel to Cuba directly from the United States for religious purposes such as: Initiations, Ordinations and Religious Study.

6. Provide documentation to assist members in having their spiritual names added to their passports.

7. Allow members to receive referrals from people seeking help in your area.

8. Provide letters of creditability as proof of your Priesthood to local government agencies, such as Police and Fire Departments, Licenses and Inspection and government offices.

NARC offers Associate Membership to Clergy, medical professionals, legal professionals, politicians and scholars. Associate membership provides subscribers with routine communications with the Congress, access to the Directory and information about African-based religions.

International Members

National and International Directory recognition.

Listing in the Directory to ensure access to people looking for creditable priests and priestesses to extend religious teachings and initiations.

Opportunities to insert your Conference Papers into the Directories in the Conference section.

Invitation letters to NARC Conferences and Ceremony of Ceremonies. NARC understands the difficulties facing foreigners in obtaining a visa for fellowship in ceremonies within the United States. Although we cannot guarantee visas for ceremonies, we can establish a better way to prove to the United States that our sisters and brothers in other countries are verified priests and priestesses obligated to their religion and religious sanctuaries within their country.


1. Priests and priestesses should submit an application that will include the lineage of their African Religion House and initiations.

2. Once all questions are answered and the qualifications of NARC are met, they will be certified as a qualified priests/esses and placed into a directory of priests and priestesses of all African-based religious Shrines, Houses, etc.

3. Priests and priestesses will receive photo identification cards certifying them as a priests/esses and identifying their lineage house.

4. The status of members will be reviewed periodically.

5. All members of NARC will be charged an entry fee as well as renewal fees.

6. Biographical sketches must be submitted to NARC to be placed into The National African Religion Congress Directory of Priests and Priestesses.

Submission of applications hereby grant permission to NARC/NARC WORLD to include relevant information for the National African Religion Congress Directory of Priests and Priestesses/NARC World Editions.


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