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Clergy Conferences & Retreats

Information about the two clergy conferences held annually.

Clergy in Southern Virginia are invited and expected to attend two clergy events held annually at our diocesan retreat center, Chanco on the James.

Spring clergy Day

One-day event held typically in May

Fall Clergy Retreat

Three-day retreat held typically in late October or early November

Detailed information and registration for these events are posted here when they become available. 

Fall Clergy Retreat
October 23 - 25

Led by Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori - former Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church

Registration is now open for our Fall Clergy Retreat at Chanco on the James. The 3-day retreat will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday, October 23 and will conclude after lunch on Wednesday, October 25. Note that there will not be an optional quiet day this year.

The cost to attend this year’s retreat is $350 for overnight attendees and $150 for commuter attendees. While we do not have a virtual option to attend, Bishop Jefferts Schori’s sessions will be recorded and made available for later viewing.

Registration will close October 13More details will be posted here as they become available.

Retreat Resources

  • Registration Assistance – Contact Shauna Daley at  or 757-213-3378 if you have any questions about clergy conferences or retreats or need assistance with registering. 
  • Financial Aid – Scholarship funds are available for both Spring Clergy Day and Fall Clergy Retreat. Contact Susan Allen, sallen@diosova.orgor 757-213-3391, for more information. 
  • Childcare – If your attendance requires you to arrange for childcare, you may submit a reimbursement request for those costs to Susan Allen at 
  • Directions – For driving directions to Chanco on the James  click here. 
  • Click here for our Diocesan Event Registration Policy.