Requirements for Application
A deacon's call is discerned through the service he is already rendering to the Church and society. It is not an open call, nor is the diaconate for everyone. The call to diaconal service is identified and affirmed over a period of a few years. In terms of qualifications, we seek men who are mature Catholics who have demonstrated faith, service and leadership in the local Church communities (1 Timothy 3:8-13). They must share the contemporary Church's view of its mission and seek to grow in understanding as well as holiness. Single or married men over 35 may be ordained. The wife of a married man is involved in the discernment process since a fully committed marriage underlies the ministry of married deacons. Applicants must enjoy the health, time and academic ability needed for the years of preparation. After ordination, they must be able to make specific commitments of time and talent to the church without compromising their family, marital or job responsibilities.
Age Requirements for Applicants
All applicants must be between the ages of 31-55 at the time of admittance into the Formation Program.