Vocational Discernment & Development in the Diocese of the Rio Grande
In the Episcopal Church we believe that all baptized people are called as ministers in Christ’s church. As baptized people, we all share a common duty to come together weekly for corporate worship, and to work, pray, and give for the spread of the kingdom of God. In the Episcopal Church we organize our shared ministry according to several “orders”: The Order of the Laity, The Order of Deacons, The Order of Priests, and The Order of Bishops. A small number of both lay and ordained ministers in the Episcopal Church are called to exercise their vocations as members or associates of religious orders or monastic communities.
In the Diocese of the Rio Grande, we are committed to supporting all baptized people in discerning and developing their unique Christian vocations and ministries as lay people, deacons, priests, and bishops.
For Christians, the work of discerning and developing our vocations and ministries is lifelong work. As we change and grow, the particular shape of our ministries must also change and grow.
The Church, on both a local and diocesan level, plays a crucial role in supporting us in this process. Especially in pivotal seasons of vocational discernment, the Church may provide the community, guidance, structure, and resources essential for us to more clearly hear and more confidently heed God’s call to us.
Each year the Diocese of the Rio Grande invites individuals who seek the support of the Church in the work of vocational discernment to participate in a structured process for Discerning & Developing Vocations in the Diocese of the Rio Grande (“DDV in the DRG”), beginning with a five week Introductory Vocations Retreat, aka "Vocations 101" (see below.)
Introductory Vocations Retreat (aka Vocations 101) God IS calling you!
God IS calling you. In this introductory retreat we explore our basic understanding of Christian Vocation in the Episcopal Church. Over the course of five sessions, we explore how the particular vows made in three different services from our Book of Common Prayer: the services of Holy Baptism, the Ordination of a Deacon, and the Ordination of a Priest, can shed light on particular aspects of the shared vocation of all Christians, and help us begin to see our own unique vocations, as individual members of Christ’s Body, more clearly.