Prayer Resident Program

The Prayer Resident leads morning and evening prayers in the Chapel of St. George at The Bishop’s Ranch. Daily prayer is part of the life of worship at St. George’s Chapel, under the leadership of the Ranch Chaplain. Our daily prayers are offered as part of the world-wide circle of prayer, and in support of the Ranch’s mission, staff, volunteers, and the chapel worshipping community. The Prayer Resident offers daily prayers in a hospitable manner, welcoming all who attend. He/she works collegially with the Ranch staff and is flexible in accommodating the needs of various groups using the Chapel as part of their program at the Ranch.

Daily prayers at the Ranch follow the general form of Episcopal tradition, but contain considerable silence and fewer words than a full Book of Common Prayer Morning or Evening Prayer service. The liturgy is designed to be welcoming to those unfamiliar with BCP worship and it is offered in a quiet, contemplative mode. The Prayer Book is not used. Morning Prayer is offered at 7:30 AM and Evening Prayer at 6 PM. Both services are preceded by a half hour of silent prayer time in the chapel. Leading the prayers takes about two hours a day. The liturgy is set but some minimal setup and clean-up is required.

This is a short-term volunteer position offered in exchange for room and board. The position is open to lay as well as ordained persons. Familiarity with Episcopal worship and commitment to daily prayer and silence are important qualifications. Experience leading worship is helpful. People of all faith traditions are welcome to apply. Preference will be given to active members of Episcopal congregations.

The Prayer Resident typically serves for a month. The resident has two days off each week. During their stay, prayer residents are also asked to make an additional offering to the on-going work at the Ranch according to their gifts or interests. This might be leading a workshop or retreat, helping with
Sunday worship, gardening, helping in the office, assisting the hosts. . . Also, Prayer Residents are occasionally asked to pitch in if there is need for additional hands for special events or in times of particular challenge, (such as when the road was blocked by fallen trees and the kitchen staff could
not get to the Ranch to prepare breakfast!) At all times the Prayer Resident takes an active role in our ministry of hospitality.

For further information email Chaplain at

Date posted: 8/25/21
Job Type: Volunteer
Category: Short-term
Start date: Opening in 2023 and beyond