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Clergy Conferences and Retreats
Information about the two clergy conferences held annually.

2021 Fall Quiet Day and Clergy Retreat

"Always We Begin Again"

Fall Clergy Retreat will take place at Chanco on the James October 26-27, with an optional Quiet Day on October 25. Melissa Perrin will lead us in a time of teaching, reflection, and conversation around the subject, “Always We Begin Again.” As Dr. Perrin says, “the title sparks the Benedictine Rule of Life—openness, curiosity, duty, stewardship, right relationship—all of those things we need to cultivate so that we have traction and meaning.” Dr. Perrin is a clinical psychologist whose retreats weave together dimensions of mental and spiritual well-being to help participants on their personal journey of self-discovery and growth.

Dr. Perrin’s retreat sessions and the Forum with the Bishop will be livestreamed for those who register for Virtual Only. We are not able to record these events for viewing at a later time.

Clergy attending the optional Quiet Day are invited to arrive at Chanco any time after 10:00 a.m., however the first meal in the dining hall will be dinner at 6:00 p.m.

Click here for the 2021 Clergy Retreat schedule.

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Scholarship funds are available. Contact Susan Allen, sallen@diosova.org or 757-213-3391.

If your attendance requires you to arrange for childcare you may submit a reimbursement request for those costs to Diocesan Comptroller Judy Dobson at jdobson@diosova.org.


Clergy in Southern Virginia are invited and expected to attend two clergy conferences held annually at our diocesan retreat center, Chanco on the James in Surry:

  • Spring Clergy Day - a one-day conference held typically in May.
  • Fall Clergy Conference - a two-day conference held typically in late October or early November. An optional quiet day is offered prior to this conference.

Detailed information and registration for these events are posted here when they become available.

Scholarship funds are available for both Spring Clergy Day and Fall Clergy Conference. Contact Susan Allen, sallen@diosova.org or 757-213-3391, for more information.

Last Published: November 12, 2021 10:28 AM