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 ordained ministry 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, The Right Reverend 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.


Robert Mitchell Jr.

Archdeacon Mitchell exemplifies the person who is called to Priestly Formation in the Independent Sacramental Movement.

Like so many of us, Archdeacon Mitchell experienced his Calling by the Holy Spirit to service while working and and supporting his family. He discerned that the Calling was important and began to search for a seminary that met his specific criteria. He needed a seminary that would permit him to work during his years of study, that had a strong curriculum and a highly educated and experienced faculty, and that had Bishop in Aposlic Succession who would encourage him to establish a Legitimate and recognized ministry after his ordination to the priesthood.

After a diligent search Archdeacon Mitchell chose to attend the Ekklesia Epignostika Seminary. He was admitted and after a period of study, he was elected first to the Diaconate and then to Archdeacon.

Recently he has been called to Candidacy for ordained Priesthood. Needless to say, Archdeacon Mitchell has heeded his Calling.

After his ordination to the priesthood he plans to establish a Home Church and will serve in Pastoral Ministry.