Acquiring a Heart: The Mystery of Christ in us and the Ministry we Share

Duke Divinity School

October 21, 2011

"Acquire a heart and you shall be saved" wrote one of the Desert Fathers. This day retreat is designed to nurture the Spirit’s work in our hearts. Bishop Frank will lead us in revisiting some of the regular routines of grace — praying, preaching, celebrating, discerning — to the end that Christ may transform us as well as others through us.

This retreat is organized collaboratively with the cooperation of the dioceses of North Carolina, Western North Carolina, and Southern Virginia.

The day will consist of addresses, silence and opportunity for conversation. It will end with a celebration of the Eucharist.

The Rt Rev’d Frank T. Griswold is an "elder statesman" of The Episcopal Church. Ordained for 48 years and a bishop for 24 years, he served a nine-year term as Presiding Bishop until he retired in 2006. He co-chaired the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission from 1998-2003. In retirement he enjoys the time for teaching and writing: his most recent book is Praying Our Days: A Guide and Companion.


“I have personally witnessed the depth of Bishop Frank's spirituality in times of real testing. He really models for me  living a life centered on and grounded in Christ. Hs journey and insights will powerfully help us on ours.” — Bishop Michael Curry

Photo courtesy of Anglican World, Anne WetzelFrank Griswold was elected to a nine-year term as the twenty-fifth Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church at the 1997 General Convention and invested in January 1998. He served as Primate and chief pastor of the Episcopal Church, president of the House of Bishops, president and chair of the Executive Council and president and chief executive officer of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society.

Before becoming Presiding Bishop, Bishop Griswold was Bishop of Chicago (1987-1997) and Bishop Coadjutor (1985-1987). He was ordained in 1963 and served three parishes in the Diocese of Pennsylvania before being elected bishop.

Bishop Griswold has served as co-chair of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission and on diocesan, national and international committees for liturgy, worship and ecumenism. He was on the standing committee for the Lambeth Conference and was elected to the Primates Standing Committee in May 2003.

Frank Griswold has presented at and led conferences and retreats nationally and internationally throughout his ministry, spanning a variety of topics including ecumenism, evangelism, spirituality and theology. His articles, essays and sermons have been published in periodicals and theological journals including Anglican Theological Review, Episcopal Life (monthly column), Cross Currents, Anglican Advance and many others. His daily meditations from the General Convention of 2000 produced a Cowley Publications Cloister Book entitled Going Home.

He was educated at St. Paul's School in Concord, N.H. and earned an A.B. in English literature at Harvard College (1959). He attended the General Theological Seminary and earned his B.A. and M.A. in theology at Oriel College, Oxford University (1962, 1966). He has received honorary degrees from the General Theological Seminary, Seabury-Western Theological Seminary, Nashotah House, Sewanee, Berkeley Divinity School, Virginia Theological Seminary and Episcopal Divinity School.

Bishop Griswold and his wife, Phoebe Wetzel Griswold, have two adult daughters. In his retirement, he enjoys more time for reading, writing, international travel and spending time with his grandchildren.

Photo courtesy of Anglican World, Anne Wetzel.

The registration fee is $50. This includes lunch, parking and all study materials. All clergy are welcome to attend.


Clergy seeking financial assistance are encouraged to contact their bishop. For those from the diocese of North Carolina, Bishop Curry stands ready to support any who wish to come but need financial assistance.

8:30 a.m. Registration and Refreshments
9:00 a.m. Morning Prayer
9:30 a.m. First Session
10:30 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. Second Session
12:00 p.m. Noon Prayer and Lunch
1:15 p.m. Third Session
2:15 p.m. Break
3:00 p.m. Eucharist

The Duke Divinity School rate of $99 for single and $109 for double occupancy, including tax, is available at the Millennium Hotel.

To make a reservation, call (800) 633-5379; be sure to request the Duke Divinity rate.


Please e-mail David Steenburg, AEHS staff assistant, or call (919) 660-3539.