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Online Explorers’ Series in February

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.

To register for the online Explorers’ Series, which will take place on Zoom, email Dr. Gabrie’l Atchison. Email Canon Twila Smith with questions.

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:

Session 1
Thursday, February 3, 7-8:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 6, 7-8:30 p.m.
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.

Session 3
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.

Session 3
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.