In the summer of 2017, the Episcopal Diocese of Georgia invites seminarians to work in parish ministry settings under experienced priests and a caring bishop. Columba House Savannah (CHS) will host seminarians in Christian community during their parish internships. Seminarians will spend the majority of their time working at their parish placements, and follow a common Rule of Life at home as they grow together with other clergy and seminarians. Internships begin Saturday, May 21, 2017, and end Sunday, August 6, 2017.

Why would a seminarian want to come here?

The work of ordained ministry is challenging; many clergy struggle to continue their spiritual growth and development after leaving their seminary community. Columba House Savannah provides an opportunity to practice and model mature Christian discipleship and leadership through prayer and communal life, while doing the work of ministry. The summer seminarian internship is in many ways more challenging than the eight-month residential internship. We expect our seminarians to be mature enough to rise to the occasion!

The Savannah Convocation is home to fourteen Episcopal congregations and three chapels (including CHS) with many experienced clergy eager to mentor the next generation of church leaders. Columba House Savannah is less than a half-hour away from the beautiful beaches of Tybee Island. We are also only a short walk, bike ride, or drive away from downtown Savannah, full of restaurants, bars, businesses, historical sites, and lots of summer tourists.

That sounds great! Can I come?

Sure! Ask your Field Education Director about Columba House! If they don’t know what you’re talking about, follow these steps:

  1. First, reach out to the Columba House Savannah Missioners: the Rev. Kelly Steele and the Rev. Guillermo Arboleda.
  2. Next, reach out directly to one of our wonderful Savannah parishes, and ask them about summer housing at Columba House.

NOTE: Summer Seminarians do not need to fill out the Application on this website. They do need to communicate with us about their seminary’s Field Education Requirements.