A year spent in the DioCal Interns program is a year steeped in opportunities to deepen one's relationship with God. Whether new interns are very clear about what they believe or are still figuring things out, the DioCal program is here to support them as they listen for God's call.
The intern community opens each weekday morning with the Office of Morning Prayer. New interns - even cradle Episcopalians - are often unfamiliar with this practice, but quickly learn the value of beginning each day in the presence of God and of each other. As Dietrich Bonhoeffer says in Life Together, "Common life under the Word begins with common worship at the beginning of the day."
Each intern becomes an active member of a worshipping community at one of the nearly-80 congregations in the Diocese of California. WIth communities and worship styles ranging from 1928 Prayer Book to dancing around the altar, this diverse area offers many opportunities to find a spiritual home. These communities serve as places of grounding, mentorship, renewal, and service. Each intern is also paired with a spiritual mentor, with whom they meet roughly once per month.
Finally, the greatest place of spiritual growth and life is the community itself. Living amidst a group of people - all of divergent beliefs and practices - who are earnestly striving toward spiritual wholeness is a powerful experience. Interns learn from each other's experiences, and earnestly wrestle together with large questions of meaning and purpose.
“Morning prayer done without intention, done inconsistently and treated as a chore is the worst. THE WORST. But morning prayer done everyday and treated as a beautiful and necessary discipline and as an act of community, is so LIFE-GIVING.” – Ethan, 2013-2014
Sitraka (2013-2014) is Confirmed by The Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus at the Grace Cathedral Easter Vigil