Tuition and Commitment

The tuition costs and time commitment of the St. Phoebe School are designed to be affordable and sustainable for working adults.

Whatever your financial situation, we hope you will be able to participate fully in the St. Phoebe School. Please don’t let the tuition deter you. While the St. Phoebe School does not yet have a dedicated scholarship fund, you will be surprised by the generosity of parishes, bishops, family and friends to provide–for God to provide.

Tuition

In 2020, the cost to students are projected to be $600 per quarter, payable to the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia in the summer, and payable to both CALL at CDSP and the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia in fall, winter, and spring.

Please note that tuition is subject to change, but the commitment to affordable diaconal education will remain a priority for all involved in the St. Phoebe School partnership. The school is a partnership between three organizations, all of which have to have pass budgets which balance a number of priorities, and none of which can guarantee their budgets more than a year in advance.

That said, below are the projected tuition costs for 2020-2021 and 2021-2022. The St. Phoebe School plans to finalize costs for 2020-2021 by December 2019.

Year One

  • Summer 2020: $600, payable to the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia (includes June 19-21, 2020 in-person retreat costs)
  • Fall 2020:
    • $410 payable to CALL at CDSP ($205 per course, two courses per semester)
    • $190 payable to the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia
  • Winter 2021:
    • $410 payable to CALL at CDSP ($205 per course, two courses per semester)
    • $190 payable to the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia
  • Spring 2021:
    • $410 payable to CALL at CDSP ($205 per course, two courses per semester)
    • $190 payable to the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia

Year Two

  • Summer 2021: About $600, payable to the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia (includes in-person retreat costs)
  • Fall 2021: About $600, payable to CALL at CDSP and the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, breakdown to be determined.
  • Winter 2022: About $600, payable to CALL at CDSP and the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, breakdown to be determined.
  • Spring 2022: About $600, payable to CALL at CDSP and the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia, breakdown to be determined.
  • Summer 2022: About $600, payable to the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia (includes in-person retreat costs)

Why “breakdown to be determined”? In the second year of the program, students’ academic course load will likely decrease in order to accommodate their participation in a parish/community internship. The total cost to students in Year Two will remain about $600 per quarter. How the payment breaks down in Year Two will be confirmed towards the end of Year One, and may vary based on each students’ individual formation needs, which will be discerned in community (a community that includes the student), with final approval from the Local Formation Director.

Costs of Books

CALL at CDSP is committed to keeping added costs down for its students. As much as possible, CALL uses free, open source educational materials. In some classes the students may be asked to purchase a few books or other resources, depending on the material covered in the course.

Commitment

Coursework through CALL at CDSP (Years One & Two)

In fall, winter and summer of Year One, students can expect to take two courses through CALL at CDSP.

Each course runs about seven weeks. Students can expect 2-3 hours of work per course, per week. Most working adults can sustainably take two courses per semester.

In fall, winter and summer of Year Two, students can expect to take one or two courses through CALL at CDSP, depending on individual formational needs and to allow time for each student to participate in a parish/community internship.

Daily Prayer, Quarterly Liturgical Events, Yearly Retreats (Years One & Two)

Students engage in daily prayer and enrich their spiritual discipline through engaging with the Virtual Chapel of St. Phoebe.

Localized, quarterly liturgical events focus on spiritual support and prayerful grounding in diaconal ministry for the students and are a visible presence for the diaconate across both participating dioceses.

Three retreats are planned over the two years. At least two of these retreats (an opening, formational retreat and a closing, developmental retreat) must be attended in person, with the mid-point retreat available in person or via live stream on an as needed basis. In person attendance at all three is encouraged, if possible. Details about each retreat will be made available to students following postulancy.

Parish/Community Internships (Year Two)

Parish and community internships offer practical, hands-on experience with mentor deacons in a host parish and/or community ministry setting during the final year of study. During parish/community internships, students meet to discuss their experiences and encourage each other’s growth.

This comprehensive local formation involves groups gathered for prayer, for study, for planning and participating in liturgy, for mutual support and for mentoring. Spiritual, practical and relational formation are facilitated by the Local Formation Director.


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