The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut

Dean of Formation

The Dean of Formation works with those in formation for the priesthood and the diaconate. Additionally, the Dean has a role in providing resources for the formation of all the baptized. The Dean is also the primary staff contact for the Commission on Ministry (COM) and works to implement the recommendations of the COM. For an overview of the Ordination Process, please click here.

The current Dean of Formation is the Rev. Dr. Molly F. James.

Contact Info

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

Phone:
203-639-3501 x126
Fax:
203-235-1008

Our Staff

The Rev. Molly James Dean of Formation 203-639-3501 x126mjames@episcopalct.org

Deborah Kenney Administrator for Safe Church and Ordination Processes 203-639-3501 x132dkenney@episcopalct.org

FAQs

I think I might be called to the Diaconate, what should I do?

  • We encourage you to have a conversation with a clergy person in your worshiping community and then to contact Dean of Formation, Molly James regarding discernment. 

 I think I might know someone who would make a great deacon, what should I do?

  •  Please first have a conversation with that person and then ask them to be in conversation with their clergy person and then to contact Dean of Formation, Molly James regarding discernment. 

I think I might be called to the Priesthood, what should I do?

  • We encourage you to have a conversation with a clergy person in your worshiping community and thencontact Dean of Formation, Molly James regarding discernment. 

 I think I might know someone who would make a great priest, what should I do?

  • Please first have a conversation with that person and then ask them to be in conversation with their clergy person and to contact Dean of Formation, Molly James regarding discernment. 

I think I might be called to the Priesthood, what should I do? 

  • We encourage you to have a conversation with a clergy person in your worshiping community and then contact Dean of Formation, Molly James regarding discernment. 

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

 Where can I find information on the process for ordination to the diaconate?

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!

Topics

  • clergy formation (before ordination)
  • transitional deacons
  • lay formation
  • ordination process for priests and deacons
  • sabbatical / paid development leave grants (for laity and clergy)
  • continuing education grants (laity and clergy)
  • Discerning a vocation? Please email Molly James, Dean of Formation
  • Click here to learn about opportunities for clerical formation
  • Questions about the ordination process? Please email Molly James, Dean of Formation

Helpful Links

Resources

The Dean of Formation maintains a blog with reflections, ideas and a variety of Ministry Resources here.