Ordination Materials

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Ordination Manual

A useful guide to all who are involved in discerning and responding to a call to ordained ministry in the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh (Updated: January 2023).

2023 Ordination Manual.pdf
Parish Discernment Committee Handbook

Handbook for Parish Discernment Committees detailing the process for recommending a member for ordination.

Parish Discernment Committee Handbook.pdf
Application for Holy Orders Application for Holy Orders.pdf
Confirmation of Spiritual Direction

This form, required for both postulancy and candidacy interviews, is to be completed by the Spiritual Director. It is to certify the duration and frequency of the person’s consultations only: it is not a character reference.

Confirmation of Spiritual Direction Form.pdf
Essay of Personal Life, Call and Ministry

Submit an essay (10-12 pages) which covers three areas: 1. Your Life, Family and Faith Journey, 2. Your Personal and Spiritual Gifting and Call to Ordained Ministry, and 3. Your Understanding of the Church, the Bible and Ministry.

Essay of Personal Life, Call, and Ministry.pdf
Medical Examination Form for the Ordination Process

To be completed by the applicant and a licensed health care provider.

Medical Examination Form.pdf
Parish Discernment Committee Report

Report template for the Parish Discernment committee, to be filled in and sent to the Bishop's office.

Parish Discernment Committee Report.pdf
Psychological Evaluation for the Ordination Process Authorization to Release Information Isacco_Psychological Evaluation for the Ordination Process Authorization to Release Information-1.pdf
Rector's Careful Inquiry Form

The formal process of discerning a call to ordination begins with the Rector’s careful inquiry – a series of 2 or 3 (or more) conversations between a rector (or a priest appointed by the rector) and the person exploring ordination. Rectors, please consult the Bishop if you have questions about the Careful Inquiry or if you need help in determining how to proceed with a person.

Rector's Careful Inquiry Guidelines.pdf
Sample Rector's Summary of Careful Inquiry SAMPLE RECTOR CAREFUL INQUIRY.pdf
Statement of Alignment with the Founding Documents

When a candidate signs this form, he or she is affirming agreement with the "Fundamental Declarations of the Province" (BCP 2019, p. 766ff).

Statement of Alignment with the Founding Documents_0.pdf
Vestry Recommendation for Ordination to the Diaconate

Form for vestries to complete to confirm a diaconal candidate is in good standing with the parish. 

Vestry Recommendation Ordination to the Diaconate_0.pdf
Vestry Recommendation form for Postulancy

Form for vestries to complete to confirm a postulancy candidate is in good standing with the parish, and that the candidate possesses qualifications as would be fitting for admission as a postulant for Holy Orders.

Vestry Recommendation Form for Postulancy.pdf
Waiver of Rights

Form for postulancy candidates to fill out to agree to the assessment that's part of the ordination process.

Waiver of Rights, Release of Claims and Indemnity, and Hold Harmless Agreement.pdf