Fresh Start

Fresh Start is a two-year program for priests and transitional deacons in a new position in the Diocese of Virginia. It seeks to strengthen the relationships among clergy, congregations and the Diocese during times of transition.

The curriculum covers essential topics such as church and clergy finance, conflict transformation, change management, family systems and self-care. In addition to the topical presentations by knowledgeable speakers, Fresh Start seeks to draw on the “wisdom in the room” by creating space for clergy to share resources, stories, and to seek advice.

2019-2020 Program Year

  • Sunday eve & Monday, October 20-21, 2019 @ Shrine Mont, opening retreat 
    • Precedes the Bishop's Fall Conference (Oct. 21-23, also at Shrine Mont)
  • Thursday, November 21, 2019 (9:45a-2p) @ Trinity, Fredericksburg 
  • Thursday, January 9, 2020 (9:45a-2p) @ Trinity, Fredericksburg
  • Thursday, February 13, 2020 (9:45a-2p) @ Trinity, Fredericksburg
  • Thursday, March 12, 2020 (9:45a-2p) @ Trinity, Fredericksburg
  • Monday, May 4, 2020 (12:30p-4:30p) @ Shrine Mont, final meeting
    • Precedes the Spring Clergy Retreat (May 4-6, also at Shrine Mont)

Fresh Start's Facilitators