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.

2021-2022 Program Year (Remaining)

  • Teus., May 24, 2022 (9:30a-3p) - New Clergy Orientation via Zoom (more info, register)
    • For those who haven't previously attended an orientation. 

2022-2023 Program Year

  • Sun-Mon., October 16-17, 2022 (5 p.m. Sun. to 3 p.m. Mon.) opening retreat at Shrine Mont
    • Immediately before the Oct. 17-19, 2022 Clergy Retreat, also at Shrine Mont
  • Thurs., Nov. 10, 2022 (9:45 a.m.-2 p.m.) 
  • Thurs., Jan. 12, 2023 (9:45 a.m.-2 p.m.) 
  • Thurs., Feb. 9, 2023 (9:45 a.m.-2 p.m.) 
  • Thurs., Mar. 9, 2023 (9:45 a.m.-2 p.m.) 
  • Mon., May 1, 2023 (12:30-4:30 p.m.)
    • Immediately before the May 1-3 Spring Conference, also at Shrine Mont

Fresh Start's Facilitators

Questions about your participation in the Fresh Start program? Email Ed Keithly, Vocational Development Minister.