The Ordained Ministry: Priests and Deacons
An Application for Holy Orders is required by all those wishing to be nominated by their Vestry/Bishop’s Committee to be considered for priesthood through the full-time seminary track, bi-vocational priest track or the diaconate through the Iona School for Ministry. Requests for applications must be made by the applicant’s sponsoring priest. Contact your Head of Congregation to discuss your discernment. Your priest must contact Ana Gonzales May to receive an application packet.
If you have any questions or need additional information about a specific track of ministry, please contact any of the following:
Chair of the Commission on Ministry: The Rev. Francene Young, St. Luke the Evangelist, Houston
Chair of the Committee for the Diaconate: The Rev. Pat Ritchie, Deacon, St. Stephen's, Beaumont
General Guidelines For Applicants
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 the hope of the Bishop of Texas, the Commission on Ministry, and the Committee for the Diaconate that the Diocesan guidelines and application packet will assist you on your journey of discernment.
You are encouraged to call the Chair of the Commission on Ministry, The Rev. Francene Young at 713.353.2118 or Ana Gonzales May in the Commission on Ministry Office at 512.478.0580; 800.947.0580 to ask any questions.
Participation in a Diocesan Discovery Retreat is required prior to submission of an application for Holy Orders.
- Application Process Time Requirement. It is realistic to allow at least one year to navigate through the process of discerning your call to Holy Orders. This will allow time for regional and diocesan level discernment, as well as admission to a formation program.
- Application Deadlines. The application deadlines below reflect when all applications materials must be received. Submitting applications well in advance of the deadline increases your chances of being considered for interviews with the appropriate Commission in a timely manner. Deadline dates are stringently observed.
- November 1. Application deadline for those discerning a call to full-time, stipendiary priesthood.
December 31. Deadline for completion and submission of required medical and psychological exams, background check, scheduling of pre-interviews with Commission on Ministry members for those discerning a call to
- January 1. Application deadline for those discerning a call to Bi-vocational priesthood and the Diaconate.
March 1. Deadline for completion and submission of required medical and psychological exams, background check, scheduling of pre-interviews with members of the Commission on Ministry or the Commission for the Diaconate.
- Applications for each track of ministry requires submission of all documentation to the Commission on Ministry Office before the diocesan discernment process begins. All materials must be received before an action occurs.
- Interviews with the Commission on Ministry for those discerning a call to
full-timestipendiary priesthood are typically held during the last week in January.
- Interviews with Commission on Ministry or the Committee for the Diaconate those discerning a call to Bi-vocational priesthood or the Diaconate are typically held in May.
- Only applications submitted by the published deadlines assure that the nominee could begin formal preparation by the following fall. The closer to the deadline that all applications are received, the less likely one would begin formal studies in the upcoming fall semester as admission to
- Seminaries and The Iona School for Ministry fill their openings as applicants are approved and accepted. All schools have enrollment limits. Financial aid packages from seminaries are often fully expended by early spring. Late applicants are often denied financial aid.
It is a privilege to share this journey with you. Our prayer is that God’s will be revealed in this discernment process.