What should you do, and what can you expect, if you think God is calling you to the Permanent Diaconate?
First, speak with your family, friends and pastor about your sense of call. Next, you should fill out the Diaconate Inquiry Form under the Forms tab to the right. This signals your interest in discerning a vocation to the diaconate, establishes you as an inquirer, and places you on the inquirer’s mailing list. You (and your wife, if married) will be invited to attend an Inquiry Meeting to learn more about the discernment process and formation program. If you maintain your interest and feeling of a call, and if you meet the general criteria for deacon applicants, you will be interviewed and given an application packet. Applications are ordinarily issued and processed only between March 1 and July 31 of each odd numbered year. If you submit an inquiry outside of these dates, it is likely that your application will be held for the next cycle. Submission of an application indicates your desire to enter the Spirituality Year which is a year of formal prayer and spiritual discernment.
Steps in the application process
- Discuss your vocation with your family and friends
- Complete the Adult Faith Formation and Parish Leadership program at Kino Institute
- Make an appointment with your pastor to discuss your vocation and ask him to write a letter to the Bishop endorsing you as a worthy applicant
- Contact the Diaconate Office to be placed on the mailing list
- Attend Inquiry Nights offered by the Office of the Diaconate
- Request and submit an application (March 1—July 31 odd years only) Once your application is received you will:
- Join a Discernment Circle
- Begin a Spirituality Year of prayer and reading
- Attend mandatory formation classes (typically 1 meeting per month)
- Be interviewed (with your wife/children)
- Begin the Practicum of Personal Prayer and Discernment
- The Spirituality Year is a time of prayer, personal reflection and discernment. During this year your application will be reviewed and you will be encouraged to “test” your vocation.
- If, at the end of the Spirituality Year you, your wife (if married), your Discernment Circle Mentor, your Pastor and the Formation Team still senses that you are called to continue discerning, you will be invited to progress to Aspirancy.