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From Mark Kelley
My Name is Mark Kelley. At the time of this writing, I am pursuing a life long, but at times ignored, calling to the Diaconate in the Episcopal Church. I have served the church which I have been a member of literally since birth in a number of different ministries and ways. But, they were and still are just the methods of learning what I must know to serve GOD’s church as a deacon.
With St. John’s blessings, I have gone through a two year long process of gathering the information, attending the meetings, and much discernment about this process which starts with the calling of a Discernment Committee, who over the course of many weeks \ months quite rightly questions your desire to pursue the Holy Orders. After the discernment team gives you their blessings, the current vestry and parish priest must also forward a recommendation to the Bishop.
These three entities are not the final say in whether or not you can even aspire to become a deacon. That decision process involves meetings with the Bishop, a psychologist, a deep background security check, and then finally after you have delivered a thick packet of documents, you arrive with a date for a meeting with the Commission on Ministry. They are the gate keepers who ultimately make the recommendation to the bishop to appoint you as an “Aspirant to the Diaconate”, which the bishop can accept or reject.
After confirmation from the Commission on Ministry, and the bishop, I then will be given permission to attend the formation classes one weekend a month for the next 3 or 4 years, and even then with no guarantee of even being ordained as a Deacon in the Episcopal Church.
Many ask “why put yourself through all this?” And I just reply because it is what I was born to do. I have known since my youth that my calling was to in some manner serve GOD and his church in ordained ministry. But even more importantly, I have also known this whole time that my place is not front and center of the altar, but rather to serve the altar, GOD, and his church from behind the scenes, delivering a message of GOD’s love to any that would hear it.
I look forward to the day of ordination. Becoming a Deacon serving St. John’s is my desire, and my place in the church community.
Br. John Mark, Obl. OSB.
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