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The Call

A Retreat for Vocational Discernment

June 20 - 23, 2024

Registration is now open! Please use the registration form below.

What is the call?

The Call is a retreat aimed at adults who are listening for the call of the Lord and considering whether that vocation might be in full-time ministry. The retreat will include talks on what a vocation is, how to discern God’s call, what formation for ministry looks like, the cultivation of the spiritual life, and participating in the mission of God. The backbone of the retreat will be the Liturgy of the Hours (Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer, and Compline), with time for one-on-one spiritual direction as we seek to listen together to what the Lord is saying.

Though Trinity is an Anglican seminary and we will use the Book of Common Prayer throughout the retreat, we welcome Christians from other traditions and denominations to attend The Call. Retreatants will find a variety of traditions represented in the speakers, staff, and spiritual directors.

There is no registration fee for this retreat, and meals are included. Retreatants are only responsible for their travel costs to/from Trinity and their housing.

HOUSING OPTIONS IN AND AROUND AMBRIDGE

The Cobblestone Inn & Suites – This is a hotel located directly next to Trinity Anglican Seminary.

  • Location: 1111 New Economy Drive, Ambridge, Pennsylvania 15003
  • Phone number: 1.888.693.8262
  • Cost: $101.15/night
  • How to make a reservation: Contact the Cobblestone directly to make your reservation. Be sure to mention The Call Retreat at Trinity block.
  • To check out the Cobblestone, visit their website: click here

The Sisters of St. Joseph, Trinity House (for female guests only) – This is a few miles from Trinity Anglican Seminary’s campus. If you choose to stay here, transportation will be provided to and from Trinity. Housing is limited, and for female guests only. Make your reservation early for best availability.

  • Location: 1020 State Street, Baden, Pennsylvania 15005
  • Cost: $60/night
  • How to make a reservation: If you are interested in this option, please email Kathy Wray at kwray@stjoseph-baden.org. She can confirm availability and assist you with your reservation.
  • To see the Sisters of St. Joseph campus, check out their website: click here

Heslet House Bed and Breakfast – This is a bed and breakfast within walking distance of Trinity Anglican Seminary.

  • Location: 1427 Church Street, Ambridge, PA 15003
  • Phone number: 724.241.3993
  • Costs: approximately $120/night
  • How to make a reservation: Contact the Heslet House directly to make your reservation
  • To check out Heslet House, visit their website: click here

The Epochary Inn – This is a bed and breakfast within walking distance of Trinity Anglican Seminary.

  • Location: 1501 Church Street, Ambridge, PA 15003
  • Phone number: 724.407.8134
  • Email: info@TheEpocharyInn.com 
  • Costs: approximately $90/night
  • How to make a reservation: Contact the The Epochary Inn directly to make your reservation
  • To check out The Epochary Inn, visit their website: click here


There are other hotels located near the Pittsburgh airport.</b

The Pittsburgh airport is located 12 miles from Trinity’s campus and is a quick 18 minute drive.

One of the discernment resources we provide retreatants is one-on-one appointments with a spiritual director. If you are unfamiliar with the practice of spiritual direction, two priests and Trinity staff members share this short video explainer.

The Call Schedule

June 20-23, 2024

 

Thursday, June 20

  • 4:30 PM Check-In
  • 5:00 PM Evening Prayer
  • 5:30 PM Mocktail Hour
  • 6:00 PM Dinner
  • 7:00 PM First Conference
  • 8:30 PM Compline

Friday, June 21

  • 7:30 AM Breakfast (in silence)
  • 8:30 AM Morning Prayer
  • 9:15 AM Second Conference
  • 10:00 AM Time for Reflection & Prayer
  • 12:00 PM  Midday Prayer
  • Followed by Lunch
  • 1:00 PM Time for Reflection & Prayer / Scheduled Spiritual Direction
  • 4:30 PM  Tea Time
  • 5:30 PM  Evensong
  • 6:00 PM  Supper
  • 7:00 PM  Third Conference
  • 8:30 PM  Compline

Saturday, June 22

  • 7:30 AM  Breakfast (in silence)
  • 8:30 AM  Morning Prayer
  • 9:15 AM   Fourth Conference
  • 10:00 AM Time for Reflection & Prayer
  • 12:00 PM  Midday Prayer
  • Followed by Lunch
  • 1:00 PM   Time for Reflection & Prayer / Scheduled Spiritual Direction
  • 4:30 PM  Tea Time
  • 5:30 PM  Evensong
  • 6:00 PM  Supper
  • 7:00 PM  Fifth Conference
  • 8:30 PM  Compline

Sunday, June 23

  • 8:30 AM    Holy Eucharist
  • 10:00 AM  Breakfast (Together or To-Go)

Note: The schedule is subject to change.

Keynote Speaker

Evan B. Howard, Ph.D.

Evan B. Howard, Ph.D. is the founder and director of Spirituality Shoppe, a Center for the Study of Christian Spirituality. He has served as affiliate faculty with Fuller Theological Seminary and has taught at graduate schools worldwide. He is the author of The Brazos Introduction to Christian Spirituality, A Guide to Christian Spiritual Formation: How Scripture, Spirit, Community, and Mission Shape Our Souls and other books and articles. He leads workshops and seminars on Christian Spirituality and enjoys living a simple life with family in rural Colorado.

Homilist

The Rev. Kate Norris

Kate and her husband, Sean, are both ordained ministers in the Anglican Diocese of New England and enjoy pastoring together. They, their two daughters, and two cats moved to the North Fork of Long Island during COVID in the fall of 2020 and started Dandelion Ministries (a place to connect to the grace of God in Jesus Christ through creativity – dandelionministries.org). She met Sean on a missions trip in high school shortly after her father became Dean of Trinity Seminary; they have been together ever since. She had no choice but to attend Trinity for seminary (and is grateful for it 😉 and their adventures have involved serving in parachurch ministries, planting a church in Pittsburgh, running a church site of Holy Cross in Mt. Pleasant, SC, and now starting Dandelion. Along the way, she also received her Masters of Art in Studio from Adelphi University and has shown her work in local galleries, coffee shops, and faith communities. She loves to run, ride horses, and get deep into a creative project with her family.

Officiant

The Rev. Dr. Jacob A. Rodriguez

Jacob is assistant professor of New Testament at Trinity Anglican Seminary, in Ambridge, PA. Previously, he served as an associate priest at the Church of the Resurrection, Washington, DC. Prior to DC, he lived and worked in Ethiopia and England for a decade. During that time he taught theology and helped mobilize disciple-making movements in the Horn of Africa, and he was ordained in the Anglican Diocese of North Africa. A lover of ancient Christianity, Jacob completed his doctorate in New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of Oxford. Jacob and his British wife, Tessa, have three young children, and they are passionate about showing Christ’s love through hospitality.

Registration has closed for the 2024 Event - stay tuned for an announcement about next year's retreat!

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