School of Theology
Persons considering discerning a call to holy orders are welcome to review the materials on this page which includes information on the initial steps of discernment, on attending a traditional three-year seminary, and being formed locally for ministry in the Northern Indiana School of Theology. For answers to more detailed questions, please contact the Vocations Director, the Rev. Henry G. Randolph, Jr.
To learn more about entering a formal period of discernment to holy orders, please consult the section entitled "Ordination Process Summary" in the handbooks "Ordination Guidelines: Diaconate" or "Ordination Guidelines: Priesthood". Those persons recommended by the Commission on Ministry to enter into a formal period of discernment are assigned to work a Parish Discernment Group comprised of members of that person's parish.
Those being trained for the diaconate study in the Northern Indiana School of Theology and attend the meetings of the Formation Group.
Attending seminary is the customary way of academic and spiritual formation for the priesthood. The various possibilities for your formation are discussed with your priest, the Commission of Ministry, and the Bishop, with the Bishop making the final decision about priestly formation, whether it is at a residential seminary or in the Northern Indiana School of Theology. Recently seminarians have attended Nashotah House, The School of Theology at the University of the South, Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, and the Duke Divinity School, which includes an Anglican Episcopal House of Studies.
As the period of discernment concludes, a person may be nominated for postulancy, which is the next step in the ordination process. Those wishing to be made postulants must complete and submit several forms. Please contact the Vocations Director to obtain them.
A Prayer of Consecration
God and Father of all, we praise you for your infinite love in calling us to be a holy people in the kingdom of your Son Jesus our Lord, who is the image of your eternal and invisible glory, the firstborn among many brethren, and the head of the Church. We thank you that by his death he has overcame death, and, having ascended into heaven, has poured his gifts abundantly upon your people, making some apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry and the building up of his body. Amen.