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Ordination Exploration Process

Ordination Exploration assists in discernment of a call to ordination. 

If you are interested in exploring a sense of call to ministry, please contact your rector, priest-in-charge, or the  dean of your convocation. 

If you are ordained in another Christian body, please contact the Rev. Ross Wright, Director of Vocational Ministries, rwright@diosova.org, who will be glad to discuss the process with you. 

Canons of the Episcopal Church

Approved applicants will interview with the Commission on Ministry for postulancy. Those granted postulancy will receive formation and training through a process approved by the Bishop. 


The current cost to applicants for the Ordination Exploration Process is $1,000, which includes $100 due at the time of application. The entire fee is non-refundable. The fee is used to offset costs of the background check, psychological evaluation, and other expenses associated with the process. 

Our deacon training is through the Deacons Formation Collaborative at Bexley Seabury Seminary. Persons interested in the diaconate may take one or more of the Bexley Seabury Pathways courses as a preparation for enrollment in the Diocese of Southern Virginia deacons training program.

Those intending to take a course to meet the requirements for our deacons training course may request authorization to do so from the Bishop by contacting the Rev. Ross Wright, Director of Vocational Ministries, rwright@diosova.org.

Bexley Seabury Seminary Pathways for Baptismal Living: