Episcopal Diocese of Washington

To draw people to Jesus and embody his love
for the world by equipping faith communities,
promoting spiritual growth, and striving for justice

Ordination Process

If you are discerning a call to the diaconate or priesthood, we welcome you to these pages where you will find a description of the diocese’s ordination process, the qualities we are looking for in future priests and all documents you will need should you begin down the path of discernment.


The central focus of the discernment process for ordination to the diaconate or priesthood is not whether an individual is called to ministry, since by baptism God has called all of us to minister. Rather, the principal focus of discernment concerns how closely an individual’s gifts and experience match the unique challenges of diaconal and priestly ministry in this time and place.

The diocese needs ordained leaders who will equip our  congregations to adapt to new realities, sing the Lord’s song in new lands, and proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ in ways that speak to the varied contexts and cultures of our communities. We seek leaders with the skills and capacities to plant new congregations and worshipping communities.

The Commission

Dr. Paul Crego (Class of 2020)
Dr. Dora Currea (Class of 2022)
Ms. Aileen Moody (Class of 2021)
The Rev. Terri Murphy (Class of 2020) Clerk
The Rev. Sarah Odderstol (Class of 2022) Chair
The Rev. Jim Quigley (Class of 2021)
The Rev. Dr. Yolanda Rolle (Class of 2021)
Mr. Michael Sherman (Class of 2023)
The Rev. Debbie Kirk (Class of 2023)
The Rev. Patricia Alexander (Class of 2023)
The Rev. Amy Molinda-Moore (Class of 2022)
The Rev. Dr. Robert Phillips
The Ven. L. Sue von Rautenkranz
Ms. Mildred Reyes

Contact: The Rev. Dr. Robert Phillips, Canon for Leadership Development and Congregational Care