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Call Day 2023 set for April 26

Students to receive first ministry calls, assignments

Anticipation is building for Call Day April 26 when concluding Concordia Seminary, St. Louis students will receive their first pastoral or diaconal ministry placements, and second-year students will receive their vicarage or internship assignments in the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus. All calls and assignments for service are to churches or ministries within The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS).

Students who will serve a year as vicars or deaconess interns will receive their assignments at a worship service starting at 3 p.m. (CDT). Rev. Wally Arp, senior pastor of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Oviedo, Fla., will preach.

At 7 p.m. (CDT), candidates for the pastoral and diaconal ministry will receive their first calls to serve as pastors, deaconesses, chaplains and missionaries in the LCMS. Rev. Peter Lange, first vice president of the LCMS, will preach.

“Walk up to any candidate who is expecting a call and ask, ‘How long until Call Day?’ and most likely, you will hear how many days, hours and even minutes until the service begins. The countdown is in full swing,” said Dr. Glenn Nielsen, director of Placement and director of Vicarage and Deaconess Internships. “The students’ Seminary formation is coming to that pivotal moment when I will read their names and future vicarage or internship assignments or their first calls. You can feel the excitement growing!”

A live stream of Call Day services will be available at and YouTube. Calls and assignments will be shared on Twitter in real time during both services. Everyone is encouraged to share their celebratory comments and photos with the hashtags #CallDay2023 and #CallDayWatchParty on social media.

For more information about Call Day, visit

About Concordia Seminary

Concordia Seminary, St. Louis provides Gospel-centered graduate-level theological education for pastors, missionaries, deaconesses, scholars and other leaders in the name of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). To learn more, visit