On Saturday, March 7, Bishop Hayashi announced the names of those he has appointed as Postulants for Holy Orders, including our own David Carlisle and Tim Yanni.
The length of postulancy varies, but is typically one to two years. The time involves meeting with the bishop, examination by the Commission on Ministry, along with physical and mental examinations. Postulancy is an initial time of preparation and testing for ordained ministry. Usually during postulancy the person begins their theological education. Candidacy for Holy Orders is the next stage in the ordination process, and is considered a significant step in the process toward ordination.
Tim Yanni began his theological education at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California, two years ago. At the Bishop’s request he was transferred to St. Mary’s Church earlier this year from St. James’ Church in Midvale, due to the departure of the Rector, leaving Tim without pastoral direction. Tim will be involved in Clinical-Pastoral Education (CPE) at St. Mark’s Hospital, Salt Lake City, all of this summer, and he will be participating as much as possible in the life and worship of St. Mary's Church.
David Carlisle will now confer with Bishop Hayashi about his own theological education. There are various options, including extended programs that would allow him to continue to live in Utah, as well as the traditional three-year residential programs.
St. Mary's Church has sponsored a number of people for ordination, including Fr. Dick Weissert, and the Rev. Brian Winter, who is currently serving in the Diocese of the Rio Grande in New Mexico.