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Twenty-three deacons and students in the Diaconal Vocations Program of the Orthodox Church in America gathered on the campus of Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary for worship, theological reflection, and focused liturgical training.  For the ninth year in a row, this gathering has been an important opportunity for deacons and candidates to connect with faculty and each other as they seek to expand their ministries at the altar.  Several men from the Diocese of the West are currently enrolled in the diaconal Vocations Program and participated in the Practicum held from July 12-15, 2015.

The Practicum was honored by the presence of His Grace, Daniel, Bishop of Santa Rosa, Auxiliary Bishop in the Diocese of the West, who came to the Seminary for the Practicum at the invitation of His Beatitude the Metropolitan to preside at the divine services, to be with the participants in conversation, and to meet with them as a group to discuss expectations that the Church has for all men who are called to serve her in ordained diaconal ministry.

The Holy Synod of Bishops requires participation in at least two practicums for candidates to complete the Diaconal Vocations Program of the Orthodox Church in America.  Ordained deacons benefit from attendance as part of the Continuing Education discipline of the Church. Our diocese’s own Archdeacon Kirill Sokolov serves as the Director of Diaconal and Late Vocations of the Orthodox Church in America.  More information and photos from the Practicum can be found at www.oca.org/dvp or at www.facebook.com/diaconal.

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