"Send out Your light and Your truth, that they may lead me, and bring me to Your holy hill and to Your dwelling." Psalm 43:3

Sunday, November 9, 2014

A New Chapter: Seminary

We thank you for the blessing of family and friends, and for the loving care which surrounds us on every side.
We thank you for setting us at tasks which demand our best efforts, and for leading us to accomplishments which satisfy and delight us. . . .
Above all, we thank you for your Son Jesus Christ . . .
~ from "A General Thanksgiving," The Book of Common Prayer pg. 836

Since August of this year, I have been enrolled as a Master of Divinity student at The School of Theology at the University of the South, Sewanee. This three-year degree program of education, training, and spiritual formation is part of the ordination process in the Episcopal Church.

I began this blog primarily as a place of discernment. It has been quite useful in that respect, providing me a place to take time to intentionally process some thoughts and reading reflections. It has also provided a way for me to learn more about the broader shape of the Episcopal Church. I have been able to correspond with new friends of varied opinions and experiences; they have helped me immensely over the past few years, as I have continued down the long and winding road of the ordination process. For their insight, counsel, and encouragement, I am most grateful. If you, dear reader, are one of these, I thank you and pray God bless you.

This post is not intended as a bookend, but more of a place marker. I will leave this blog active, and I hope to continue to post from time to time. But as is evident from the date of my previous post, I have not been devoting much time to this space lately. As a seminarian, I do not currently lack for intellectual and theological conversation, nor am I wanting opportunities for reading and writing (that's a bit of an understatement).

Peace of Christ.


  1. Robert, it has been a joy, from the other side of the Atlantic, to read your blog. Blessings for seminary and the road towards diaconate and ministerial priesthood.

    It would be good to read a few 'place markers' along the way, allowing readers to focus prayers for you.

    Pax Christi,

    1. Brian, thank you for the kind words and the blessing. Your blog is a blessing to many, myself included. Peace, brother.

  2. Congrats and I offer prayers for you on this new journey!

    It is encouraging and heartening to see a fellow young person, who loves the Episcopal Church and is dedicated to the traditional/creedal faith, pursue the diaconate and the priesthood. I wish you the best and look forward to the updates!

    1. Thank you, Sean. I must say, it's been a really wonderful and encouraging experience so far. I pray for you, also, and hope you are well.