Discerning a Call to Holy Orders

Every Christian is called to serve. This call, often called our vocation, may and often does change over time as God calls us into new spaces and ways of being. Some may sense God inviting us to discern if we are being called into ordained ministry as a priest or deacon.

Application datess for the next cohort will be announced soon. A cohort begins regularly meeting late Spring, early Summer and meets through the summer and early fall. The details of date, time, and location of meetings is determined collaboratively by the cohort and co-facilitators. Members of the cohort may be recommended to attend the Holy Orders Discernment Retreat with the Commission on Ministry in the fall.

Make them, O Lord, modest and humble, strong and constant, to observe the discipline of Christ. Let their life and teaching so reflect your commandments, that through them many may come to know you and love you.

From the Prayer of Consecration, Ordination of a Deacon, Book of Common Prayer (p. 545)

Next Steps

In order to apply to join a cohort, you must be:

  • An adult communicant in good standing in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut (Canon I.17.3)
  • Engaged in an ongoing conversation regarding discernment with your priest (or church warden in the absence of a priest)

All those interested in discernment for holy orders should first be in conversation with their local priest (or church warden in the absence of a priest). Anyone interested in exploring ordination must have been a member of a worshiping community in The Episcopal Church in Connecticut for at least a year. Following conversations with the local clergy person, someone in discernment should be in touch with the Dean of Formation (rhatch@episcopalct.orgbefore submitting an application. General information about the ordination process can be found by reviewing the relevant Canons (Title III).