In February, the partnership dioceses will host a new, three-part online program, called the Explorers’ Series, for people discerning a possible call to ordained ministry.
“This is called an “Explorer” series because you do not have to be certain of a call or certain of a particular type of ministry to attend,” said Canon Twila Smith, who will lead the program. “This is a time to consider different ministries and learn more about them.”
The program begins with a 90-minute online session for both the explorer and their sponsoring priest. People from congregations without a priest-in-charge, rector, or dean in place who are interested in attending should email Canon Smith before registering. Explorers will also attend two additional 90-minute sessions; all three sessions are required to apply for the next step in the ordination process.
Explorers who prefer an in-person program can attend a day-long session with their sponsoring priest on Saturday, August 27, at the Cathedral of St. Paul in Erie.
Online Explorers’ Series Schedule:
Thursday, February 3, 7-8:30 p.m. or
Sunday, February 6, 3-4:30pm
This session is to be attended by the Explorer and their sponsoring priest and will describe the orders for ministry; give an overview of discernment and formation processes for ordained and other ministries; and outline expectations for congregational support.
Sunday, February 13, 3-4:30 p.m.
Session 2 is to be attended by the Explorer; sponsoring clergy are always welcome, but only required for the first session. This session will explore discernment of call to Holy Orders with a panel of deacons and priests.
Sunday, February 20, 3 – 3-4:30 p.m.
Session 3 is to be attended by the Explorer; sponsoring clergy are always welcome, but only required for the first session. This session will next steps in the process and time for Q&A.