What is Priestly Formation?
Priestly formation is the experience of deepening your relationship with God, engaging in daily prayer, increasing your self-awareness as you answer your call by the Holy Spirit to ministry service, rigorous academic study, learning how to accept the supervision of your Bishops, learning how to be a compassionate colleague in a community of peers.
You are literally becoming formed into the priesthood and into a life of service. As such it is not to be approached as a quick sprint, but as a marathon that helps you to understand and overcome areas in your life that need work, celebrate your strengths, and builds your spiritual character. These are the same steps that the original disciples had to endure.
You are being prepared to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.
In January 2010, Bishop Katia Romanoff, Ph.D., the Presiding Bishop of the Ekklesia Epignostika Church and its seminary Dean, ordained the first priests from the Ekklesia Epignostika Church into the Independent Sacramental Movement.
Under her leadership, the Ekklesia Epignostika Seminary has ordained graduates to the diaconate and the priesthood for over a decade.
Deacon Robert Mitchell Jr.
Holy Orders IV
Day of Ordination to the Diaconate
Deacon Mitchell exemplifies the person who is called to Priestly Formation in the Independent Sacramental Movement. He felt called by the Holy Spirit to service and answered by requesting admission to Ekklesia Epignostika Seminary. After a period of study, he was elected to the Diaconate.
Today he is an ordained transitional Deacon in HO V.
A transitional Deacon is one who hears the Holy Spirit's call to continue one's movement towards ordination to the priesthood and heeds the call. Deacon Mitch is a Salesperson and a Martial Arts Specialist who heard the call to priestly ministry and plans to answer by establishing a home church after he is ordained to the priesthood.