Mark your calendars for the June 1 event “Exploring the Discernment Process,” sponsored by the diocesan Commission on Ministry (COM). The day is aimed at congregation leaders who are seeking to discern candidates for ordination to the priesthood or the diaconate, as well as for individuals discerning a call to ordination, along with their spouses, partners, and family members.
The location for the gathering is
still being determined, and will be posted on the diocesan calendar soon the McNair Theater of the Upper School at All Saints’ Episcopal School, 9700 Saints Circle, Fort Worth, TX 76108. Starting at 9am and ending at 4pm, the day will include a presentation on the particular gifts and callings of the priesthood and the diaconate, insights from the Rt. Rev. Rayford B. High, Jr., bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, on what we are looking for in deacons and priests in the Diocese of Fort Worth, a panel discussion on the life of the ordained and their families, and details on the canonical process toward ordination in the Episcopal Church.
Cost for the day is $15 per attendee, which includes lunch. Family members of those discerning a call to ordination are welcome to attend at no charge. Who should attend? Priests who lead congregations in the diocese, along with other individuals who might be asked to serve on a parish discernment group. Anyone who wants to learn more about ordained ministry is especially invited, including those whose current ministries seem to be leading them toward ordination and their spouses, partners, or family members.
Discernment of those called to ordained leadership really begins in the congregation, as the community notices the leaders among them whose call to ministry requires ordination. This opportunity to explore the discernment process will help equip congregation leaders to engage in this important work.
For more information about the day, contact COM chair the Rev. Melanie Barbarito (contact information removed).