Episcopal Diocese of Western New York

Ordination Process

12006609_1067800889898000_7660552434838706095_oThe Episcopal Church has four orders of ministry: Lay people, Deacons, Priests and Bishops.

Deacons, Priests and Bishops minister “under orders”.  These ministries are called ordained ministries.

Deacons bring the needs of the world to the church and connect the church to the world.

Priests lead the people of God in worship and baptize, teach and preach to help form the people of God.

Bishops guard the faith and unity of the church and oversee the ministry of the deacons and priests.

The first step, if you believe that you might be called to the ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church is to have a conversation with the priest at your congregation.

The formal discernment process begins at an Explorer’s Day where you and the priest of your congregation will join with others who are exploring God’s call in their lives for a day of theological reflection, Bible Study and conversation.

The next Explorer’s Day will be:

  • Saturday, January 19, 2019 at the Diocesan Ministry Center, 1064 Brighton Rd., Tonawanda, NY 14051.
  • There will also likely be an Explorer’s Day in Northwestern Pennsylvania in either Summer of Fall 2018, but it has yet to be scheduled.

Contact Ms. Catherine Way with any questions or for more information.