At the Feet

of Jesus

Convocation and Synod 2023

What does it mean to be befriended by Jesus? How do we open our home to him? Join us as we consider the life of Mary of Bethany and her response to Jesus as she worshipped at his feet.

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Friday November 9 - Saturday, November 10

Church of the Holy Spirit

6011 Merriman Road, Roanoke, VA 24018

Join us for Convocation and Synod 2024 at Church of the Holy Spirit in Roanoke, VA!

Taking place the first week in November every year, Convocation and Synod is an opportunity for clergy, laity, diocesan staff, and other leaders to worship and fellowship together, engage the Scriptures, and vote on important canonical items.

We're excited to welcome Rt. Rev. Paul Donison to open the Scriptures for us and teach on the book of Philemon!


College of Presbyters and College of Deacons Schedule

Check In: 3:30pm

Welcome and Vision-Casting: 4:30pm

Evening Prayer: 6:00pm

Dinner Out (together): 7:00pm

Morning Prayer: 8:30am

College Meetings: 9:00am

Lunch: 12:30pm

College Meetings: 1:45pm

Renewal of Vows: 4:30pm

Dinner (on your own)

Convocation and Synod Schedule

Check In: 7:30am - 9:00am

Morning Prayer: 9:00am

Plenary 1: 9:30am

Break: 10:45am

Plenary 2: 11:00am

Lunch: 12:15pm

Plenary 3: 1:45pm

Fellowship/Clergy Vesting: 3:00pm

Eucharist: 4:30pm

Dinner: 7:00pm

Morning Prayer: 9:00am

Synod: 9:30pm

End of Event: 1:00pm


Who Should Attend Convocation and Synod?


All domiciled clergy are required to attend and each congregation or mission sends at least two lay delegates to take part in Synod, but Convocation and Synod is open to everyone! We'd love for you to join us for a wonderful time of worship, teaching, and fellowship. 

How much does it cost to attend?

Several registration options are available:

Full Event: $199

Convocation Only: $169

Synod Only: $49

Register now for an early bird discount! The early bird rate expires September 8, 2024!

Where should I stay?

We have a group rate at two Roanoke area hotels:

Home2 Suites: $139

Hampton Inn Roanoke Airport: $139

Space is limited. If one of the above options is full when you try to book, consider these other area hotels:

Other Area Hotels:



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Rt. Rev. Paul Donison

About Bishop Paul

Bishop Paul is the Rector and Dean of Christ Church Plano. Ordained in 2004, he served in several Canadian parishes before being called to Texas in 2016 with his wife, Monika, and their four daughters. In 2023 he was elected by the GAFCON Primates as General Secretary, and consecrated as a Bishop in Rwanda in 2024. Bishop Paul also serves as Vicar General (Area Bishop) for the Texas Deanery of the Anglican Diocese of the South. He holds a B.F.A in Theatre from the University of Victoria, a Dp.C.S. and M.Div from Regent College, and has done doctoral work at Trinity Anglican Seminary. He serves on the boards of Trinity Anglican Seminary and East African Christian College (Kigali, Rwanda). As a retired stage actor Bishop Paul continues to memorize and dramatically story-tell the Scriptures when he preaches.

At the Feet of Jesus:

Praying with Mary of Bethany

Join Bruce and Carolyn as they help us set aside for the moment our public roles and responsibilities to “open our home” to the Lord Jesus Christ and to consider what it might mean to invite him into this most intimate space.

What does it mean to be befriended by Jesus Christ and beloved by him in the most interior way? It is at home, behind closed doors, where we dare to voice our greatest hopes and fears, where we experience our deepest joys and sorrows.

In the Gospels, the Lord Jesus chose to visit Martha, Mary, and Lazarus in their ordinary home and to enter fully into their messy lives. On all three occasions, his presence made all the difference.

Bruce and Carolyn will consider all three domestic disciples at home in the village of Bethany, but will focus the spotlight especially on Mary and invite us to follow her in her response to Jesus. By placing ourselves there with Mary at the feet of Jesus, we can pray with Mary of Bethany and make her wholehearted response our own.

Synod Delegates

Thank you for your willingness to serve the diocese with your voice and vote!

Below you will find the Synod Document Center. There you will find all materials necessary to fulfill your duty as a Synod delegate. Please familiarize yourself with the materials in the Synod Document Center prior to arriving at Synod.

Synod Document Center