There is no dignity so high, no responsibility so great, no work so noble, no reward so blessed, no life more full of beatitude, than that of a faithful Priest. It is a singular mark of God’s predestinating love that He calls any of us into this association with Himself.
“Lord Jesus, you are the Good Shepherd who cares for his flock: We ask you to bestow upon your Church the gifts of the Holy Spirit in abundance, and to raise up from among us faithful and able persons called to the ministries of Deacon, Priest, and Bishop. Inspire them to spend and be spent for the sake of the Gospel, and make them holy and loving servants and shepherds of the flock for whom you shed your most precious blood. Grant this for the sake of your love. Amen.” (BCP 650)
“[T]he vocation, that state of life to which one is called, of the seminarian is both a ministerial one by anticipation, i.e. the vocation as such is not something which begins only with ordination, and it is a calling to specific responsibilities and privileges which characterize the member of a particular educational-religious community.” (Clothed with Salvation, Preface)
There is no disputing the fact that the Seminarian occupies a unique, although necessary, place within any Church body. He is in one instance a member of the clergy, or so many intuitively regard him to be. He is invited to preach on occasion and the typical parishioner will ask him about his studies and what new tidbit of historical or ascetical theology he has learned that week. Likely, he will be invited to play some role in the liturgy or to bless the food before a parish potluck. Within him, the priestly or diaconal vocation is already glimpsed. In another sense, however, there are those who have grown up within the Parish – who have sat under the catechism – who have spent a lifetime bringing their own children to the Font – who can easily outwit and out-teach the feeble Seminarian. Despite the honors afforded him, he still occupies the role of student. It is a confusing time for any man, and yet one of immense importance.
This page exists to help him in this time of formation. It is the Society’s great hope to provide the Province’s Seminarians with resources that will enable them to become clergymen that exemplify the best aspects of our magnificent patrimony. Those who join our list will be notified when these resources have been made available, as well as about our various Ministries (see below) as they approach.
Surplices For Seminarians
The Society is happy to announce that it has spoken with the very talented Molly Holleran of Seemly Seams and procured her services for the production of Five Full English Surplices to be donated to ACNA Seminarians. It is our goal to make this Surplices for Seminarians Ministry a regular occurrence whenever the budget allows for it. These Hand-Crafted English Surplices will be given at random to five Seminarians during the last week of Advent 2020 and delivered early in Christmastide. This is our little way of celebrating the Feast of the Nativity in a manner that is fun and edifying to the Province. Seminarians may be entered into the drawing by clicking the Join our Seminarian List above and by providing us with both a letter from their Diocese stating that they have been recognized as at least a postulant for Holy Orders, as well as proof of enrollment from their Seminary.
To theological students, in whose welfare I am most truly interested, I can speak with plainness; for at the present day, if amid the prodigious efforts of Popery—the beautiful example set us by various denominations in this country—and the delightful, the noble stand which our highly honored mother, the Church of England, has at last taken in reference to missions, there is even one, looking to the ministry, who has not in all sincerity and from his heart said to his Saviour, Speak, Lord, for thy servant heareth—and is not ready to say to the Church, Here am I, send me—he has mistaken his calling.
The seminarian who studies his theology and says his prayers with an unmixed desire to serve and please God will presently become convinced that God is redeeming the world for him and making all things new.