Attendance at a Mandatory Professional Development Day for Clergy is required for all clergy canonically resident or licensed in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut (ECCT).
The next series of Mandatory Professional Development Days for Clergy will take place in 2022. Please watch for those dates in 2021.
Q: Who does this apply to?
A: All ordained persons canonically resident in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut (ECCT), active and retired, including those living and/or licensed in another diocese, and all ordained persons canonically resident in another diocese who are licensed in ECCT, who desire to remain in “Good Standing.”
Q: I am retired! Must I really do these things?
A: If you function liturgically as a priest, deacon, or bishop in any way, including the regular or infrequent, or even very, very occasional funeral, baptism, wedding, or celebration of the Holy Eucharist, then yes, you must.
Q: I am retired AND I now live out of state! Must I really do these things?
A: Same as above: If you function liturgically – at all – and you have resided in another diocese for more than 60 days you’ll need to be licensed in that diocese, and for that you’ll need to be in “Good Standing.”
Q: I’m a retired deacon living out of state, what about me?
A: The same applies: If you are serving liturgically at all, even once a year, you need to be licensed, and for that, you will need to be in “Good Standing.”
Q: I’m a retired bishop, what about me?
A: The same applies: If you are serving liturgically at all, even once a year, you need to be in “Good Standing.”
Q: Not only am I a retired priest, and out of state, but I’m only planning to (name one: officiate at the wedding of my granddaughter next summer; baptize a grandson; officiate at the funeral of a dear friend who doesn’t have long to live …) Does it still apply?
A. Yep, it does.
Q: I didn’t find the Safe Church Training to be helpful last time. Why should I go this time?
A: It’s a requirement. ECCT staff does their best to present the required material in an interesting and relevant way, and efforts don’t always succeed with every person.
Q: I read the Q&A, but I don’t plan to comply. What happens if I don’t?
A: We will change your status in our database to indicate that you are not in “Good Standing.”
Q: What are the ramifications of not being in “Good Standing” anyhow?
A: If ECCT parish leaders, or a bishop of another diocese, ask for certification that you are a priest in “Good Standing” (for example, say you are seeking a parochial appointment/call in ECCT, or are seeking a license/permission to function liturgically in another diocese) then the ECCT Bishop Diocesan will not be able to report that you are a priest in Good Standing. This could jeopardize your appointment in ECCT and/or permission to function liturgically in another diocese.
Q: I have spent my whole life serving the Church. I am a good person. This is onerous. Where is your compassion for my circumstances?
A: Ordination vows were never meant to be negotiable. That’s why they are called “vows.” With the privilege of serving God through the Church comes the responsibility and promise to conform to the doctrine, discipline, and worship of The Episcopal Church.