I’m officially a postulant for Holy Orders in the Diocese of Atlanta!
Some context: The process of becoming an Episcopal priest is a long, prayerful, detailed, and strenuous process that typically takes 4-5 years from the time you first start the process. You start as an inquirer, then become an aspirant, then, postulant, then candidate, then transitional deacon, and finally priest. For the last year and a half I have been discerning whether or not I am called to be a priest with the Diocese of Atlanta, which involved many, many committee meetings, interviews, background checks, medical exams, psych evaluations, etc.
Today I was made a postulant, which means I will continue to discern my call, but now I will also start officially preparing for the priesthood with the recommendation of my bishop, which is a big step. Over the next 1-2 years I will be finishing seminary education, doing clinical internships, dialoging in community mentor groups, etc. The specifics of these details will be worked out in the coming weeks.
I’m feeling incredibly grateful for the affirmation and support from the Diocese of Atlanta. They have done an amazing job through this whole process, making it quite meaningful and not just a series of ecclesiastical hoops to jump through. The process may seem like a lot, but the Episcopal Church is dedicated to making sure all of their priests are as trained and equipped as they can be while following the Spirit’s guidance.
Thanks be to God!