Application for Postulancy
The annual deadline for all postulancy applications (this form) and supporting documentation is July 31.
  • Introductory and Contact Information

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  • If applicable, not required
  • Upload a current, digital photograph of yourself in .jpg, .png, .tif or .pdf. format. Max file size 6MB.
  • Significant Relationships

  • List the first initial of any former partner or spouse, the status of the relationship, and the length of the relationship in years, eg: B, divorced, 7 years
  • Please indicate how many children you have. Children may be biological, adopted, step-children, etc.
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  • Vocational Goal and Religious History

    For the paragraph text fields that follow, we recommend you compose all your answers in a minimally formatted word processing document, saving as you go along. Then copy/paste the text of each answer into the appropriate box of this form when you are finished. This approach can help you avoid losing your work if you accidentally close this browser tab.
  • In 250-500 words, describe why you are moved to seek Holy Orders.
  • eg: Presbyterian Church, USA or Zen Buddhist
  • In 75-100 words, beginning with what is most important to you or the community, list the ministries, committees, or initiatives in which you've been involved.
  • If you have been active as an adult in your sponsoring congregation for less than ten years, upload a document (.rt, .txt, .doc, .docx) listing your last 10 years' participation in religious communities, not including your sponsoring congregation. This document is intended to be representative, not exhaustive.
  • Educational History and Plan

  • For aspirants to the priesthood, the traditional plan is a Master of Divinity degree, though church canons do not require it. An alternative formation plan addressing the required canonical areas may be more appropriate.

    For aspirants with an existing graduate degree in theology or a related discipline, ordination in another tradition, or substantive work as a chaplain or other lay religious professional, a Masters of Divinity may not be the most appropriate vehicle for formation and discernment.If the aspirant is admitted to postulancy, they will be asked to assess their background in conversation with a representative of the Commission on Ministry, the Vocations Officer and an advisor. This group will submit their recommendations to the bishop, who makes the final determination of what the formation plan will entail.

    If you're not sure what best describes you, contact
  • Institution Degree or Certificate Major/Area of Study Location (City, ST or City, Country) Years of attendance (1990-1994)
    High School
  • Upload transcripts in .pdf format, a separate .pdf for each post-secondary institution you've attended.
  • Institution Certification Year
    Training 1
    Training 2
    Training 3
    Training 4
  • Select all that apply
  • In 75-100 words, describe what interests you about the school(s) you are considering.
  • If you are exploring an alternative to an MDiv in an Episcopal seminary, name, describe and explain that alternative in 100-150 words.
  • Professional History and Interests

  • Upload your current resume, CV or work history in .pdf format.
  • In 75-100 words, describe what kind of work, paid or volunteer, you have liked most, and why.
  • In 75-100 words, describe what kind of work, paid or volunteer, you have liked least, and why.
  • In 75-100 words, list your hobbies, avocations and interests.
  • In 75-100 words, list your hobbies, avocations and interests.
  • In 75-100 words, list any other organizations, clubs or community groups you have been involved in. Again these are representative, not exhaustive.
  • Optional. This space is available to add any critical information about you or your application not covered in the questions above.
  • Depending on your hardware, you may use your finger, mouse, digital pen, or a similar pointing device to sign your name. If you want to start over, select "Clear."