COuld God be Calling You to be a Priest?

What Are Holy Orders?

A Sacrament of Vocation.
Ordination is the rite in which God gives authority and the grace of the Holy Spirit to those being made bishops, priests, and deacons, through prayer and the laying on of hands by bishops.

Who can Discern a call to ordination with Holy Family?

  1. The vocation to Holy Orders is available to persons of all gender expressions, identities, and sexual orientations.

  2. Furthermore, Canon 1 (Of the Ministry of All Baptized Persons) reads,

    1. Sec. 2: No person shall be denied access to the discernment process for any ministry, lay or ordained, in this Church because of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disabilities or age, except as otherwise provided by these Canons. No right to licensing, ordination, or election is hereby established. 

      Sec. 3: The provisions of these Canons for the admission of Candidates for the Ordination to the three Orders: Bishops, Priests and Deacons shall be equally applicable to men and women.

What’s the process to becoming ordained?

God’s call to Holy Orders is different for everyone. It begins a process which is often challenging and confusing. It turns a personal journey into a public one in which the call is evaluated by the church and the community at large. It is realistic to think that this is a multi-year process of discernment from today until the day you might be ordained. Generally, there are four phases to the process:

Phase 1: Inquirer

  1. Member serving the church for at least a year.

  2. Has conversation with Priest. You can schedule it with the form on this page.

  3. Writes letter to Priest asking to be accepted as Aspirant.

Phase 2: Aspirant

  1. Welcomed in the Liturgy and given a cassock and surplice.

  2. Makes Aspirant Vows:

    1. Spiritual Formation (more info below)

    2. Intellectual Formation (more info below)

    3. Apostolic Formation (more info below)

    4. Communal Life Formation (more info below)

  3. Meets regularly with sponsoring Priest for reflection upon vows.

  4. Meets periodically with Holy Family’s Discernment Committee.

  5. Attends Diocesan Discovery Retreat at Camp Allen in Navasota, TX.

  6. Generally you should expect at least six to twelve months in this period.

Postulant

  1. The Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas determines these steps. More information here.

Candidate

  1. The Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas determines these steps. More information here.

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