The Diocese of Hawai‘i regularly has positions for which there is a need for a priest to serve for a short period of time. These are not “typical” interim positions.
The short-term positions that are available can last for several weeks to several months, with the length of time determined by the availability of the priest and the preference of the congregation. We have had clergy from other dioceses who are on sabbatical serve in a congregation that was in transition. We have also had retired clergy come and serve for several months, in some cases with the intention to return regularly.
Clergy serving 3 months or more will become an employee of that congregation. Please click HERE to see the Supply and Visiting Clergy Policy under the Clergy Compensation section.
Currently three churches in the Diocese are offering the possibility of a short-term stay. Note that they are in remote, rural areas. Also, please note that they may be booked well into the future.
For more general information about transition in the Diocese of Hawai‘i, please see the Transition Ministry page.
Please contact Denise Esposito, Executive Assistant to Bishop Fitzpatrick.
First, please contact the church directly for additional information about the short-term ministry opportunity, availability, and suitability.
The Episcopal Church on West Kaua'i (ECWK) 808.335.5533
Christ Memorial Episcopal Church
Ms. Rebecca Hullum
St. Jude's Episcopal Mission
Ms. Cordelia Burt
Please note: Once you have agreed with the church on suitable dates, please follow the below instructions for applying for short-term permission in Hawai'i.
Applying for Short-Term Permission
Once you've made initial arrangements with the congregation to be available on a short-term basis, you must request permission from Bishop Fitzpatrick to serve in the Diocese of Hawai'i.
To do so, please send the following documents to Denise Esposito: