Diocesan Discernment Retreat
Richmond Hill, Richmond
2209 E Grace St
Richmond, VA 23223
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Discernment retreats are the first step in the process of discernment and formation for leadership in the Diocese of Virginia. Whether that call may be as a deacon, priest, or lay leader, all are welcome.
How to Attend: The presenting priest sends an email to Ed Keithly and Vicky Bickel requesting that the seeker attends the retreat. This email can be brief; the priest just needs to say the seeker would benefit from attending the retreat, not give a full recommendation of how he/she feels the seeker is called to ministry.
What to Expect: A weekend in community with seekers from across the Diocese of Virginia discerning a call to lay leadership, the vocational diaconate, or the priesthood. The retreat is designed to give seekers tools for discernment and illuminate opportunities and challenges on the path ahead. Richmond Hill is an ecumenical monastic community and retreat center, which follows a particular "rhythm of life." The retreat is called a "diocesan discernment retreat" not because it's a retreat put on by "The Diocese" but because it's attended by seekers from across our Diocese, widening the perspective and discernment community of all attendees.