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Ordination Exploration Process for the Priesthood


Canons of The Episcopal Church USA – The Canons pertaining to ordination are in Title III, Canons 6, 8, and 10

If you are interested in exploring a sense of call to ministry, please contact your rector, priest-in-charge or the Dean of your Convocation. The expectation of the Bishop is that anyone entering the process for Priesthood will attend three years at an Episcopal seminary recommended by the Bishop.

If you are a member of a congregation engaged in a search process for a rector, you will have to wait to apply until after the new rector has arrived.

If you are ordained in another Christian body, please contact the Rev. Ross Wright, Director of Vocational Ministries, rwright@diosova.org, who will be glad to discuss the process with you.

The current cost to applicants for the Ordination Exploration Process is $1,000, which includes $100 due at the time of application. The entire fee is non-refundable. The fee is used to offset costs of the background check, psychological evaluation, and other expenses associated with the process.

Ordination Exploration Process Forms:

OEP Flow Chart

OEP Applicant Checklist

OEP Application

OEP Spiritual Autobiography

Behavioral Screening Questionnaire

Life History Questionnaire

Required Medical Exam

Authorization & Release Form

Application for Postulancy

Nomination for Postulancy from Sponsoring Vestry

Home Parish Discernment Committee Directions - convening, session outlines, and sample evaluation letter


Last Published: November 22, 2022 3:19 PM