Revised "Discerning and Responding to a Call to Holy Orders" now available

Click here for downloadable the Word document

Highlights include the following:

1) This completes the guidelines for those interested in pursuing diaconal or priestly ministry.

2) The document now includes complete information about the final steps of the process: Candidacy and Ordination.

3) The section dealing with Deacon Formation has been revised to reflect changes in the School of Diaconal Ministry which is a joint program of our Diocese and the Dioceses of Ohio and Southern Ohio.

4) There is a new and helpful guide to navigating the process entitled "Outline of Process and Checklist of Documents to be Submitted." This will help individuals understand the process and make sure they are fulfilling the various requirements.

The committee does not anticipate any major changes in the future but will continue to revise and fine-tune as necessary. Questions or comments may be directed to the Chairperson of the Commission on Ministry, the Rev. Kris Opat, at or 724-941-4060.

Guidelines for Receiving Holy Orders
The Bishop and the Commission on Ministry have released two documents concerning receiving Holy Orders of those who have been ordained to the Priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church. The longer document, Guidelines for Reception of Clergy from other Churches (Word document), provides the process to be used in our diocese to implement portions of Title III.10 of the Canons of the Episcopal Church. The other document, Overview of Process for Reception of Roman Catholic Holy Orders (PDF), is a brief, step-by-step summary of the process spelled out in the longer document. For questions or further information, please contact the Chairperson of the Commission on Ministry, the Rev. Kris Opat, at or 724-941-4060.

Committee Members

The Rt. Rev. Dorsey W. M. McConnell, Bishop of Pittsburgh
The Rev. Kris Opat, St. David's, Peters Township, Chair (2020)
Carolyn R. Booker, St. Stephen’s, Wilkinsburg (2019)
The Rev. Jonathan Jensen, Calvary, East Liberty (2019)
The Rev. Eric McIntosh, St. James, Penn Hills (2020)
The Rev. Lorena Ringle, Christ Church, North Hills (2019)
Steve Stagnitta, St. Andrew’s, Highland Park (2020)
The Rev. Ann Staples, St. Thomas, Northern Cambria (2018)
Daryl Walker, All Saints, Brighton Heights (2018)

The Rev. Canon Dr. Jay Geisler
The Rev. Canon Shawn Malarkey

Click here for Discernment and Ordination Process Guidelines and Instructions, revised January, 2018 (Word doc)

Click here for Required Medical Examination Form (PDF)

Click here for Required Mental Health Evaluation Form (PDF)


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