Thank you for stopping by this page. It is designed to be a resource page for Deacons and those in discernment for the diaconate in the Diocese of Oregon.
This page is a work in progress. Please contact Carter Hawley at CarterH@diocese-oregon.org if you have comments or suggestions.
- A huge thank you to Rev. Deacon Laurel Hart for pulling together the 2017 Bishop’s Visitation Schedule for Deacons. A copy is available here. If you are scheduled and haven’t heard from Marie Bagwell a few weeks before the date, please check in with her to confirm details.
- The deacon retreat originally planned for January 14-16 has been cancelled. More info below.
- A new deacon customary has been approved. Most of it is suggestive, but there are parts that are required. Please take a look. Deacon Customary
IN DISCERNMENT FOR THE DIACONATE?
There’s a process that happens, both within the church, and within you, and that process takes time! Be patient, as God’s call is persistent. Below are some resources:
Congregational Discernment Committee: People aspiring to be ordained as a deacon are considered aspirants. You need to start by having a congregational discernment committee at your parish. Check with the rector to see if a committee has recently been trained. If you have no committee, or no recent training, your first step is to get a group trained. For more information about discernment training, check with any member of the Commission on Ministry for the Baptized Information linked here.
The Academy for Formation and Mission: High quality classes you’ll need to demonstrate competencies for being a deacon. The classes are also great for continuing education for all deacons, or for lay leaders.
Although there are many steps to go through, eventually, you’ll want to be aware of what is required in the Ordination Manual.
If you have any questions about the deacon formation or ordination process, please contact Carter Hawley, CarterH@diocese-oregon.org.
2017 Bishop Visitation – Did you sign up to accompany the Bishop? The schedule is here.
Deacon Customary – Just completed Deacon Customary for Deacons in the Diocese of Oregon.
Association for Episcopal Deacons – The Association for Episcopal Deacons (AED) is a national organization for deacons. Their website and conferences are invaluable. There are deacons in all states, who’ve had many of the same issues and challenges as you. Check out the website, and consider becoming a member.
UPCOMING DATES AND EVENTS
Formation for postulants, candidates, or deacons either ordained or new to the Diocese in the past two years – A new formation program has begun! The group will meet four times a year, on the Saturdays near Ember Days, when those in process need to write the Bishop anyway. All training days will be 10:00 – 3:00, with a brown bag lunch unless you’re notified otherwise. The dates for the next year include
September 10, St. Paul’s Salem
December 10, St. Timothy’s, Salem
March 4, TBD
June 3, TBD
September 9, TBD
CANCELLED: The Deacon Retreat originally scheduled for January 14-16 has been cancelled due to low response. –
Deacon Retreat – Contemplation & Action: A Deacon’s Call – January 14 – 16, 2017 2017 information sheet and registration.