The rite of Reconciliation of a Penitent (private confession and counsel) is available to all but it not required in the Episcopal Church.
This sacred rite, which has been committed by Christ to his Church, is exercised through the care each Christian has for others, through the common prayer of Christians assembled for public worship, and through the priesthood of Christ and his ministers declaring absolution.
The Reconciliation of a Penitent is available for all who desire it. It is not restricted to times of sickness. Likewise, it is not mandatory. The rite is available to those who want to confess, but is not required.
We sometimes say, tongue in cheek, that regarding confession in the Episcopal Church, “all may, none must, some should.”
The content of a confession is not normally a matter of subsequent discussion. The secrecy of a confession is morally absolute for the confessor, except in cases of future harm to self or others.
To schedule confession with a member of the clergy, please call the office.