Ordination Process

Broadly speaking, formation is that which shapes who we are and how we view the world.  When we consider formation for ordained ministry, we are speaking more about an intentional process whereby we are shaped academically, spiritually, and personally in order to live more fully into the demands of ministry.  In the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania, this process occurs in community and involves a great number of individuals, all of whom share the privilege of forming effective, transformational leaders for mission.  For more information on the ordination process in the Diocese of Northwestern Pennsylvania, please contact Canon Vanessa Butler at 814.456.4203 or at vbutler@dionwpa.org.

UPcoming Events

Institute for Ministry Courses

For upcoming Institute Courses, please visit our Formation Opportunities page.


Explorer's Day

January 20, 2018

Diocese of Western New York's Ministry Center, Tonawanda, NY


Aspirants' Retreats

Spring 2018

April 13-14

Cathedral of St. Paul, Erie


Fall 2018 (with Spouses)

October 12-13

Cathedral of St. Paul, Erie



explorer's day

Do you feel you are being called to a deeper ministry? Do you feel that you might be called to ordained ministry? 


If so, please consider attending our Explorer's Day on January 20, 2018 at the Diocese of Western New York's Ministry Center in Tonawanda, NY. The program will be offered at no cost and will run from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM (lunch will be provided). 


Explorer's Day is a program that we run jointly with the Diocese of Western New York. It serves as a day of exploration into ministry and as the entry point to the ordination process. During this day-long program, we will take a look at the different callings and roles of three of the orders in the church: lay, deacon, and priest. We will do this through theological reflections using the Book of Common Prayer, studying scriptures that show different ways we may be called to ministry, and hearing from representatives of each of the three orders. We will also explain the details of our respective ordination processes. 


We do require that the priest from the attendee's congregation accompany him or her, as the clergy will be walking alongside them during this exploration of call. Also, though you do not have to enter the ordination process after attending this event, attendance at this event is required to enter the ordination process. 


If you have questions or would like to sign up for this event, please contact Vanessa Butler at vbutler@dionwpa.org or 814.456.4203.