After the initial two years of Aspirancy, the aspirants petition to be admitted to Candidacy, which is a three-year period of continued discernment and more intensive formation and classes.
There are basic requirements necessary for discernment of that call to candidacy.
The whole of deacon formation is marked by four key dimensions:
In this way the men are assured of a well-rounded preparation for life and ministry as deacons. As part of formation, from Aspirancy to ordination, the aspirants and candidates are provided valuable pastoral experience. This involves being assigned to priest pastoral supervisors, so that the men may emerge from formation with parish experience. Both as aspirants and candidates, the men meet for an annual interview with a diocesan screening committee, which reports to the Bishop.
In preparation for the 2015 Permanent Diaconate Formational Cohort, there needs to be adequate time to allow for
Men who think they may be called by God to serve the Church as permanent deacons should consider the following traits and requirements for this vocation:
The Board meets to act upon one's request for acceptance. After completing the above process, a recommendation is made to the bishop by the Deacon Board. Once accepted, each candidate is expected to develop a job description according to the needs of his parish or institution in which he intends to serve. The supervisors in these areas should be consulted along with the permanent diaconate staff. Once a basis job description is agreed upon, the candidate and his advisors will design a suitable study program. However, there are basic requirements of understanding, appreciating and integrating the following: Sacred Scripture, Christology, The Church, Pastoral Sociology and Psychology.