The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut

Transitioning Parishes - status and open positions

updated August 16, 2019

Organizing to Call - Discerning

After the retiring or resigning priest departs, the wardens and vestry begin a process that leads to new ordained leadership. This includes working with the Canon for Mission Leadership. One of Connecticut's bishops will be assigned as the "bishop of record"  to help shepherd the process. Some parishes will enter a full Transition process, which will include nominating and electing  a Transition Team which will include several committees: Discernment, Recruitment, Hospitality, and Prayer. Other parishes will decide that this is the time for a provisional priest-in-charge (PPIC) or a Missional Priest-in-charge (MPIC) and one will be appointed by the bishop, working with the parish leadership. (Missional Priest-in-charge is approximately 1/4 time.)

Clergy interested in a rector position within the Episcopal Church in Connecticut should carefully review the parish's website and OTM portfolio. Please contact the Rev. Lee Ann Tolzmann, Canon for Mission Leadership via e-mail at latolzmann@episcopalct.org with specific questions about a particular parish. 

We have several parishes looking for part time clergy. Please contact Amber Page Gehr, Administrator for Transitions & Clergy Support at apagegehr@episcopalct.org or The Reverend Lee Ann Tolzmann, Canon for Mission Leadership at latolzmann@episcopalct.org for more information about these part time positions.

Parishes seeking Rectors

  • St. David's Church, Gales Ferry - Receiving names
  • Holy Trinity Church, Middletown (1/2 time) - Interviewing
  • Christ Church, Stratford (1/2 time) - Receiving names

Parishes discerning (in Interim)

  • St. James' Church, Danbury
  • St. Luke's Church, Darien
  • St. John's, Essex 
  • Trinity Church, Hartford 

Parishes seeking a Provisional Priest-in-Charge

  • St. Paul's, Norwalk
  • Christ Church, Pomfret
  • St. Paul's, Southington (1/2 time)
  • St. John's Church, Washington

Parishes seeking a Missional Priest-in-Charge

  • San Lucas/San Pablo, Bridgeport - seeking Spanish speaking MPIC
  • St. Mark's, Bridgewater
  • St. Andrew's Church, Devon
  • St. Gabriel's Church, East Berlin
  • St. Martin's Church, Hartford
  • Grace Church, Newington
  • St. Paul's, Plainfield
  • St. John's Church, Salisbury
  • Good Shepherd, Shelton
  • St. Andrew's Church, Stamford
  • Holy Spirit, West Haven
  • St. James' Church, Winsted
  • All Saints Church, Wolcott

Assistant Positions

None at this time.

Assistants are called by the rector of a parish, but must be vetted and approved by the Bishop. Please contact the rector directly for information about any assistants’ positions.

Clergy seeking assistant positions or rectors seeking assistant clergy are asked to contact the Canon for Mission Leadership before a hire is made.