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

Interested in Becoming a Priest?

In this video, Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde explains the discernment process for ordained ministry in the diocese.


The following documents are available for download. Begin with the Discernment manual which lays out both what the diocese looks for in candidates for the priesthood and how the process unfolds. Form 2 explains the role of congregation-based discernment groups in the diocesan process.

The current priesthood application deadline is Monday, August 9, 2021.  The deadline for the next cycle of priesthood applications is Monday, August 7, 2023.

Members of the Commission on Ministry are available to work with congregations as they seek to become communities of discernment as part of their mission and ministry.