DioCal Interns

Diocal InternsOne of several Episcopal Service Corp programs nationwide, DioCal Interns live in shared housing with a commitment to a common life of prayer, simplicity, and service lasting for one year. The DioCal Interns blog offers the opportunity for each intern to share with the Diocese of California, and the wider community, their unique experiences.


June 27, 2017
Saying goodbye to people, places, and things that have become home over the last ten months is hard. Let’s not beat around the bush here: I am going to... Read More
March 14, 2017
Stepping off a plane always feels abrupt and dislocating. More so when nearly all my possessions were stuffed into a few suitcases, making their way... Read More
March 7, 2017
Everyone knows that the two things you should “never talk about” are religion and politics. Living in a religious intentional community working on social... Read More
February 22, 2017
It was a few weeks ago that I had a panic attack while making my way back to the Church Divinity School of the Pacific campus — my home in Berkeley.... Read More
December 20, 2016
It’s hymn #791 in Wonder, love, and praise, but with the word “growth”. If you’re confused, that’s okay, I’m just a cradle Episcopalian trying to make a... Read More
December 13, 2016
Dear reader,I wish I had a clear and succinct paragraph that captures the details of my experience so far as a DioCal intern. Truth is, I don’t have the... Read More
December 6, 2016
If you came to me a year ago — amid the conclusion of the first semester of my senior year of college — and asked me where I would be six months after... Read More
November 29, 2016
I love the season of Advent — well, really it’s the giddy expectation of Christmas I love — the only time of year where I gladly disavow cynicism and dive... Read More
November 22, 2016
Lately, I have been fluctuating between feeling like it was just yesterday that my plane landed at SFO for the start of this crazy adventure and feeling... Read More
November 15, 2016
As law school was coming to an end I was overwhelmed by the question “What now?” I did not have a job, my parents sold my childhood home and moved across... Read More
November 7, 2016
Recently, my supervisor asked me to “just write about your experiences here so far.” To really respond to that, I have to tell you about why I’m here... Read More
November 1, 2016
As the youngest of a family of semi-nomadic Canadians, Miranda Marks is not really confused as to how she ended up in California, only that it took her so... Read More
October 25, 2016
My name is Miles, I am transgender, a California native, and a lover of all things spiritual. I was raised in a non-religious household, but studied and... Read More
October 19, 2016
Hi! I'm Susi Franco! Originally from Medellin, Colombia but having missionary parents called to work with immigrant communities in the United States, I've... Read More
October 11, 2016
Daniel is a recent graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he majored in international affairs. He plans to go on in academia, but hasn’t... Read More