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

2022 Fall Clergy Retreat

"Leadership in a Time of Exile"

Bishop Ed LittleOur Fall Clergy Retreat will take place October 24-26 at Chanco on the James. Our retreat will be led by Bishop Ed Little, retired bishop of Northern Indiana. Bishop Little will focus on the First Letter of Peter:  “The early Christian community in north central Asia Minor (modern day Turkey) was beginning to experience the first outbreak of systematic persecution. The First Letter of Peter offers guidance, encouragement, and challenge to those first-century Christians – and, in the process, helps us to navigate the complexities of following Jesus in a culture that is indifferent, and sometimes hostile, to the Christian faith.”

This year’s retreat will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Monday with Bishop Little’s first session and will end after lunch on Wednesday. Clergy are invited to arrive at Chanco any time after 10:00 a.m. on Monday for a Quiet Day, however the first meal in the dining hall will be dinner at 6:00 p.m.

Attendance at Bishop Little’s retreat sessions will be offered virtually, via Zoom, for those unable to attend in person. Click here for the retreat schedule of events.

Registration fees are:

  • Overnight - $325
  • Commuter - $100
  • Virtual only - $25

Click here to register. Registration for in-person attendance will close on Friday, October 14.

Contact Shauna Daley at sdaley@diosova.org or 757-213-3378 if you have any questions about the event or need assistance with registering.

Scholarship funds are available. Contact Judy Dobson, jdobson@diosova.org or 757-213-3386.


For driving directions to Chanco on the James click here.

Click here for our Diocesan Event Registration, Payment & Refund Policy.

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


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

  • Spring Clergy Day - a one-day event held typically in May
  • Fall Clergy Retreat - a two-day retreat held typically in late October or early November. An optional quiet day is offered prior to the retreat

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 Retreat. Contact Judy Dobson, jdobson@diosova.org or 757-213-3386, for more information.

Last Published: October 19, 2022 3:52 PM