The Path to Priesthood
A priest is an ordained leader who is called to serve a community as pastor, worship leader and teacher, and to take a share in the councils of the Church. A priest proclaims by word and deed the Gospel of Jesus Christ, cares alike for young and old, strong and weak, rich and poor, preaches, declares God’s forgiveness, pronounces God’s blessing, and shares in the administration of Holy Baptism and Holy Eucharist. (BCP pg. 531)
- Read Paths to Discipleship, an outline of discernment and formation in the Diocese of Virginia.
- Read The Characteristics of Effective Clergy.
Applying for Postulancy
Before applying for postulancy, seekers in the Diocese of Virginia spend time in community discerning what God is calling them to and how they might best answer that call. Information on vocational discernment.
Once the seeker's parish discernment committee completes its work, the seeker may begin applying for postulancy with the support of his/her presenting priest. The presenting priest should email Ed Keithly and Vicky Bickel to request a contact from the Committee on Priesthood. The contact will assist the seeker in applying for postulancy.
Postulancy Interview Dates
Aspirants will be scheduled for an interview after the aspirant's contact to the Committee on Priesthood affirms the aspirant is ready to go forward.
- Fri. Jan. 25, 2019 @ Mayo House: Complete application due Dec. 23, 2018.
- Fri. Mar. 22, 2019 @ Mayo House: Complete application due Feb. 22, 2018.
Postulancy Application Materials
- Postulancy Application Checklist
- Initial Application to Commission on Ministry
- Personal History & Reflections
- Optional: New Personal History & Reflections template. Aspirants are welcome to submit a postulancy application using this format, but only those interviewing after March 22, 2019 are required to use this format.
- Medical Examination Form
- Psychological Evaluation Cover Letter
- Oxford Background Check
- Request: Please email Vicky Bickel and include your full name and mailing address. If applicable, please note any name change in the past five years and the date of said change.
- Payment: The cost of the background check is $100. Please make out the check to the Diocese of Virginia and include the applicant’s name in the memo line. Payments may be paid by the aspirant or presenting parish, but it is ultimately the aspirant's responsibility to ensure payment. Address: The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia; C/O Vicky Bickel; 110 West Franklin St.; Richmond, VA 23220.