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There are still a few openings available for the 13th Annual Diaconal Liturgical Practicum of the Orthodox Church in America’s Diaconal Vocations Program [DVP], slated to be held at Saint Seraphim of Sarov Cathedral, Santa Rosa, CA July 16-19, 2019.

A talented faculty of accomplished priests, deacons, and musicians will facilitate the program.

According to Archpriest Kirill Sokolov, Director of Diaconal and Late Vocations and leader of the Practicum’s liturgical workshops, the housing deadline is June 1.  Participation in the program is limited and available on a first-come basis.  Information on registration, accommodations, and travel is available online, while questions and other enquiries may be directed to the Diaconal Vocations Program at

This year’s program, held in partnership with Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Yonkers, NY, once again will offer intense practical liturgical training for deacons and lay diaconal candidates.  Supper, prayer, and the opening session will launch the Practicum at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 16.  The final day of the Practicum will conclude with the celebration of the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy and a festive lunch.

During the program, practical liturgical training will focus on the celebration of the Divine Liturgy and other services.  Intensive workshops will provide each participant with skills needed to serve effectively as an attentive server, deacon, or priest.  In addition, focused presentations will augment the deacon’s understanding of his place in the liturgical life of the Church and his broader vocation as a symbol to the faithful of the diakonia, or ministry, of Jesus Christ.

“This practicum is highly recommended by the Holy Synod of Bishops for participants in the Church’s Diaconal Vocations Program and other programs of diaconal formation,” Father Kirill added.  “In addition to liturgical practice, sessions will also cover chanting and vocal technique and address teaching our faith.”