Greetings in the name of Jesus! We're Glad You Reached out to Us Today and we're grateful for your prayerful interest in considering Ordination with The Diocese.

Ordination in Historic Succession or "Holy Orders" is the rite in which God gives authority and the grace of the Holy Spirit to those who are being made bishops, priests, and deacons through prayer and the laying on of hands by a bishop. Each of the three-fold orders carry with it a unique ministry to serve God's people, the Church, and the community.

Please note that vestments and clergy shirts are optional attire for our deacons and priests.

Deacons

are called to a special ministry of servanthood directly under their bishop to serve all people; particularly the poor, the weak, the sick, and the lonely. Deacons interpret to the Church the needs, concerns, and hopes of the world. 

A deacon is to study the Holy Scriptures, to seek nourishment from them, and to model their life upon them. Deacons are to make Christ and His redemptive love known, by word and example, to those among whom they live, and work, and worship. 

They assist the bishop and priests in public worship and in the ministration of God’s Word and Sacraments, and carry out other duties assigned to them from time to time. 

At all times, a deacon's life and teaching are to show Christ’s people that in serving the helpless they are serving Christ himself.

Transitional Deacons

are preparing for ordination as a priest.  Before being ordained as a priest, they are first ordained as a deacon and typically serve as a deacon for, at least, one year prior to their ordination as a priest.

Presbyters/Priests

are called to work as a pastor, priest, and teacher, together with their bishop and fellow priests, and to participate in the councils of the Church. In the diocese, the terms "presbyter" and "priest" are used interchangeably.

Priests are to proclaim by word and deed the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and to fashion their life in accordance with its precepts. They are called to love and serve the people among whom they work, caring alike for young and old, strong and weak, rich and poor. Priests are to preach, to declare God’s forgiveness to repentant sinners, to pronounce God’s blessing, to share in the administration of Holy Baptism and in the celebration of the Eucharist, and to perform other ministrations entrusted to them.

In all they do, priests are to nourish Christ’s people from the riches of His grace, and strengthen them to glorify God in this life and in the life to come.

Deacon Alb,

Cinture, & Stole

Priest Alb,

Cinture, & Stole

The Gift of Apostolic Succession is the historic unbroken connection with Christ and His Apostles, by the “laying-on of hands”- (Acts 6:6, 1 Timothy 5:22) transferring Christ’s Apostolic authority and ministry from Jesus Himself, through His succeeding Overseers (bishops) of every proceeding generation, up until our current day. So we are part of the “one, holy, catholic, and apostolic church” (the words of The Nicene Creed)

We recognize the “gift” of apostolic succession to the Church, and are celebrants of this ancient tradition (not doctrine), followed by our brothers and sisters of the past.  Together, we are a part of a universal "Communion of  Saints" (past and present followers of Jesus) united in God through Jesus Christ.

The Process to Ordination in Historic Succession:

When one is called to be ordained they enter a process of discernment.  This is a time of prayer, reflection, dialogue, and study to discover the direction to which one is feeling called by God. It is a formational journey done in community, under the oversight of the Bishop and the discerner's pastor.  This journey doesn't always result in an invitation to Holy Orders.​

DISCERNMENT

  • The discernment process begins in a faith community and in relationship with someone in Diocese, as well as the Bishop and/or a Pastor/Rector.

  • It continues after a verbal/written recommendation from someone in Diocese to Bishop or his assistant (Canon to the Ordinary).

  • The Aspirant will reach out to the Bishop via [email address] and after a conversation, the Bishop will email them a robust application.

NOMINATION

  • The Bishop, or his assistant, reviews the application, schedules and interviews the discerner, and provides a written recommendation to the Bishop.

  • After prayerful consideration the Bishop will provide the Aspirants Preparation Plan that will get them ready for Ordination.

  • The individual is scheduled to meet with the Bishop, or his assistant to discuss the Preparation Plan.

POSTULANCY (an aspiring candidate)

  • If the Bishop and Aspirant agree to move forward together the Aspirant is prayed over and provided the Preparation Plan.

  • A mentor is appointed.

  • A timeline with benchmarks is set.

  • The postulant is given an schedule of dates to report their progress to the Bishop.

  • The postulant is announced to Diocese and to their local church.

ORDINATION

  • Expectations are completed.

  • An ordination exam is scheduled.

  • The Postulant's Faith Community provides a letter of endorsement.

  • The Bishop approves ordination.

  • An Ordination date is set.

Some things to know about Holy Orders

  • It typically begins with one year of discernment

  • It is a process of personal and professional development in partnership with the Bishop and/or his assistant(s).

  • It is done under the direction of Bishop Wayne Boosahda and your local parish pastor (if applicable)

  • It is a vow taken for life

If You Are Ready, Please Download Application for Holy Orders

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