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GOEs begin tomorrow

Spare a prayer for senior seminarians across the country who are preparing to take their General Ordination Examination starting Tuesday morning.

Six 3.5-hour exams spread over three days, with a rest day on Thursday, will test the proficiency of candidates for ordination in the canonically required areas of knowledge.

Find out more, and check out previous years’ exams, at

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The Magazine: On not praying for my friend

In January, my friend Marlene took the General Ordination Exams for priesthood. There was a call from our church for people to pray for her at specific times during the exams. I signed up for slots on all three days.

Then, like Peter denying Jesus, I went and forgot to do it. All. Three. Times.

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General Ordination Examinations

The annual GOEs are underway across the country. According to the website of the General Board of Examining Chaplains, it was established by canon of the 1970 General Convention, issued its first set of General Ordination Examinations in 1972, and has administered them annually since that date. From the website:

The canons (III. 8) require that before ordination a Candidate must be examined and show proficiency in (1) The Holy Scriptures; (2) Church History, including the Ecumenical Movement; (3) Christian Theology and […]

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