"And Jesus said to them: 'Follow me, and I will make you fish for people." - Matthew 4:19
If you are interested in exploring the possibility of a vocation to Holy Orders in the Anglican Church of Australia, in the Diocese of Bunbury, please contact the Archdeacon to make an enquiry.
The Diocese of Bunbury offers the possibility of ordination either as a Deacon or as a Deacon and Priest, following a time of discernment to test your calling and commitment to ordination with God and your community within the Anglican Church.
To be ordained in the Anglican Church encompasses a period of exploration, study, living in a parish community, worshipping and sharing life with other Christians in a practical and committed manner. You are helped and supported throughout this journey of discernment by those around you, your local parish priest, your parish leaders, the Bishop of Bunbury, the Ordination Council and an Examining Chaplain, a mentor, a Spiritual Director and supervisors. All these people will support you during placements in different parishes as you gain experience. Your family is also invited into the process to share your discernment and to provide support and assistance.
Our daily prayers to God for guidance and blessings throughout this process provide the foundation for discernment.
As you start the journey with us, you are known as an Applicant, one inquiring along and about the Way. If accepted into the discernment process in this Diocese, you are known as a Trainee. Once accepted for ordination, either as a Deacon or eventually as a Priest, you are then known as a Candidate.
Following ordination, the deacon or priest may be licensed by the Bishop and appointed to a parish with the agreement of the parish.
If you wish to explore the process for discernment in the Bunbury Diocese, please click below for the Vocations chapter of the Parish Handbook. This is where you will find the necessary forms for applicants, trainees, mentors and examining chaplains along with guidelines on the process.