The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut

Dean of Formation

Formation is rooted, first and foremost, in baptism. As such, the Dean of Formation has a role in providing resources for the life wide and lifelong formation of all baptized Episcopalians in Connecticut. The Dean of Formation also shepherds and supports those in formation to serve the Church and world as priests and deacons while working with the Bishops and Diocesan Transition Minister to provide ongoing support for new clergy. Additionally, they are the primary staff contact for the Commission on Ministry (COM) and work to implement the recommendations of the COM.

Contact Info

The Commons
The Episcopal Church in Connecticut
290 Pratt St, Box 52
Meriden, CT 06450

203-639-3501 x126

Our Staff

Deborah Kenney Administrator for Ordination Processes & Communications 203-639-3501


What is the ministry of lay people?

  • “The ministry of lay persons is to represent Christ and his Church; to bear witness to him wherever they may be; and, according to the gifts given them, to carry on Christ’s work of reconciliation in the world; and to take their place in the life, worship, and governance of the Church.” (BCP, pg. 855)

What is the ministry of priests?

  • As the Episcopal Church in Connecticut understands the Canons of the Church and the Book of Common Prayer, priests of the Church play a primary role in gathering the Church as a community fed by Word and sacrament. This regular gathering of the Church as the Body of Christ forms God’s people as disciples and apostles in God’s mission. The Book of Common Prayer defines the ministry of the priest as one which represents “Christ and his Church, particularly as pastor to the people; to share with the bishop in the overseeing of the Church; to proclaim the Gospel; to administer the sacraments; and to bless and declare pardon in the name of God.” (BCP, pg. 856)

What is the ministry of deacons?

  • Deacons lead the church primarily by leading God’s people into the world to join God’s work of restoration and reconciliation. As servants to those in need, they help our worshiping communities go beyond their doors to discern where and how God is present in the brokenness of their local communities and then to support God’s people in ministering to and alongside the vulnerable, the outcast, and the hurting. They also “assist bishops and priests in the proclamation of the Gospel and the administration of the sacraments.” (BCP, pg. 856).

I feel a call to ministry, what should I do?

  • The Book of Common Prayer says “the ministers of the Church are lay persons, bishops, priests, and deacons.” As such, every baptized person is called to a ministry of some kind and ministry can take various forms. Some people feel called to live out the grace of their baptism through their secular employment, through an active ministry in the community, or by serving their local parish in some unique way. If you sense a call to ordered ministry (as a deacon or priest), please speak with the clergy leader in your worshiping community and then contact the Dean of Formation to discuss discernment.

I think I might know someone who would make a great deacon or priest?

  • This is a great question! One of the roles of worshiping communities is to assist in the raising up of clergy leadership. First, please have a conversation with the individual in question. Let them know what specific qualities or experiences lead you to your perspective and invite them to consider it. Next, invite them to have a conversation with the clergy person responsible for their worshiping community and then have them contact the Dean of Formation to discuss discernment.

How do I find out more about the Commission on Ministry?

 Where can I find information on the process for ordination?

  • Information on Formation for the Diaconate may be found here.
  • Information on Formation for the Priesthood may be found here.

What if I have already been ordained in another denomination and am interested in becoming an Episcopal Priest? 

  •  Please contact the Dean of Formation. Clergy coming from other denominations have varying requirements (depending on whether or not they are traditions in which we are in communion or share apostolic succession). The process is clearly laid out in the Canons of the Episcopal Church Title III, Canon 10.

What if I have additional questions that are not answered here?

  • Please contact the Dean of Formation. Thank you!


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