Are you discerning a call to ordained ministry? Do you want to explore further that pull you feel to be a deacon or priest?
In our diocese, one enters discernment for ordained ministry by attending the Explorers’ Retreat, organized by the Commission on Ministry (CoM). The Explorers’ Retreat has two parts; Part 1 will be a two-hour Information Session held on Saturday, November 12, from 10 AM to noon, by Zoom. Part 2 is an overnight retreat at Procter Camp and Conference Center, scheduled for January 27-28, 2023. For someone wanting to begin the formal process of exploring a call to ordained ministry in the diocese, they are required to attend both the Information Session and the Explorers’ Retreat.
The Zoom meeting on November 12 will cover the practical information you need to know about the process we use in the Diocese of Southern Ohio. It will also tell you what you need to prepare and submit for the Explorers’ Retreat in January. Because of the informational nature of this session, there are no prerequisites to participate, but please register in advance so we can send you the Zoom link and associated information. The Explorer’s priest and spouse might find this Information Session helpful and so are also encouraged to register and attend. Click here to register for the Information Session. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
The Explorers’ Retreat will run from 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, until about 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, and include an overnight stay at Procter. This session is limited to Explorers who have submitted an application to attend, including a Faith Story and their priest’s endorsement. Note that the November 12 Information Session is a prerequisite for the January Explorers’ Retreat. To be clear, neither the Explorer’s priest nor spouse attend the Explorers’ Retreat. To register for the retreat, click here.
There is no charge for the Information Session. There is a $100 fee for the Explorer’s Retreat. If you have questions or need more information, contact Sarah Beegle, Assistant to the Canons, at email@example.com or Robin Holland, incoming Chair of the Commission on Ministry, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If an Explorer is unable to attend the November 12 session but wants to engage the process this year, please contact Sarah Beegle or Robin Holland to discuss alternative arrangements.