Young Priests Initiative
The Young Priests Initiative is an attempt to advance the cause
of young vocations in the church. The initiative began by gathering
the Bishops of Pittsburgh, Virginia and Massachusetts and clergy
and lay people from those Dioceses. The first step was for these
three Dioceses to develop pilot programs to encourage young vocations
to the ordained ministry. The common goals of all three pilot programs
The pilot programs are currently under development. They will be
put in place in the summer of 2000. For more information contact:
The Rev. William Danaher (203) 287-0778 or The Rev. Vicki Zust (740)
- Each program will seek to increase the number of priests under
the age of 30.
- The central mission of each program will be to place people
into the ordination process, although this does not mean that
it will be a failure if a person participating discerns that
he or she does not have a call.
- As a part of its project proposal, each participating diocese
will articulate ways it can change (or provide an alternative
to) the ordination process, particularly the structure of the
Commission on Ministry and the criteria employed there to discern
a vocation to ordained ministry.
- While the available funding will cover only projects that
are part of the pilot programs, all efforts to change the prevailing
culture that discourages young vocations will be discussed and
- Recruitment will focus on the young people in each participating
diocese. There will also be an appeal through the chaplaincies
that are part of the member institutions of the Association
of Episcopal colleges.
IN THE EPISCOPAL CHURCH..........