Mission & Ministry - Information & Calendar

Our Mission

The purpose of the Bishop's Institute is to offer quality education at the local level for the training of priests, deacons and lay leaders and to provide continuing education for both clergy and laity. It plans also to provide educational resources for parishes within the Diocese to be of assistance to them in developing their various ministries and educational offerings within the parish.

In addition, the Institute will offer and promote retreats, speaker events and forums that bring outstanding speakers from the wider Church and from many different backgrounds here to our Diocese. Within the Episcopal Church at large, educational institutes on the diocesan scale tend to follow one of two models. Firstly, there are a few dioceses that have especially good institutes concentrating on ordination preparation or the development of lay leadership. Other dioceses have programs that primarily offer outstanding speaker forums and events. Our goal for the new Bishop's Institute is to endeavor to offer and combine features of both models.  


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The Rev. Cn. Dr. H. Douglas Dupree, Rector                 

Calendar of Upcoming Events

A Weekend with C.S. Lewis  - September 7-9, 2018 at Camp Weed & Cerveny Conference Center

Witness to Truth and Grace in a Time of World War:  C.S. Lewis and Dorothy L. Sayers at the BBC (1941-1944)

Dr. Earl Palmer, a distinguished author, preacher and C.S. Lewis scholar will lead another weekend with C.S. Lewis.  There will be four workshops on C.S. Lewis and Dorothy Sayers. 


  • Early bird rate of $290 per person, single occupancy or $215 per person, double occupancy until August 7.
  • After August 7, $311 per person, single occupancy or $236 per person, double occupancy.


Daily Rates:

  • Friday only - $50 (attend workshops 1 & 2, including lunch)
  • Saturday only - $50 (attend workshops 4 & 5, including lunch)
  • Friday and Saturday - $100 (attend all workshops and lunches)


Fall Clergy Retreat - October 22 - 23, 2018 at Camp Weed and Cerveny Conference Center

Guest Speaker:  Judy Paulsen, Professor of Evangelism; Director for the Institute of Evangelism, Wycliffe College, Toronto. Prof. Paulsen will assist us in considering together how the various but essential areas of parish life can better reflect our apostolic calling, e.g. organizational life, communication, personal witness, missional small groups, ministry to children, and community connections. It is hoped that she might assist us also in thinking through how best to unpack the stages of Evangelism within community: from trust to membership. Aaron Smith thought her Summit presentations had a lot to offer towards that goal.


$180.00 per person single occupancyor

$142.50 per person double occupancy

Daily Rates:

Monday only(attend workshops including lunch) =   $45.00

Tuesday only(attend workshops including lunch) =   $45.00


Wisdom Calling - A Conference on Local Formation

This conference was held February 8 - 10, 2018 at Camp Weed & Cerveny Conference Center led by theologians, educators, and practitioners from across our church.  Below are lnks to YouTube to view each session from the conference.


Session I - Theological Education

Session II - Seminary from Home

Session III - Seminary at Home

Session IV - Beyond Ordained Ministry:

Session V - Seminary and Church

Session VI - Towards the Future

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