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Getting Started

The Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth starts a new formation cohort for the Permanent Diaconate every 2 years. If you feel called by God to this vocation it is important that you talk to your family and your pastor and discern in prayer before you start the process.

  • Please fill out the Inquirer Information Form
  • Meet with the Director of the Diaconate Formation Program
  • Attend the monthly Inquiry and Discernment Sessions
  • Submit your application for admission to formation

Inquiry and Initial Discernment Sessions

Men who are interested in discerning a possible calling to the diaconate enter a period of initial discernment known as inquiry. They will attend 9 monthly inquiry sessions, starting in August and ending in April. Their wives accompany them during this period of discernment and inquiry.

The men who attend the inquiry sessions are nominated by their parish pastors and deacons because they have an attitude of Christian service in kindness and humility. Given the nature of the deacon’s ministry of service, discernment of a vocation to the diaconate is always engaged in cooperatively with the Church. Men who express an interest in applying for the diaconate formation must meet certain specific requirements.

After completion of the 9-month inquiry sessions, the inquirer may submit his application for admission into diaconate formation.



Dcn. Rodney Asebedo
Director of Diaconal Formation

Paola Quintero-Araújo, MA
Assistant Director of Pastoral Formation

Sr. Anne Frances Ai Le, OP, PhD, MATS
Assistant Director of Intellectual Formation

Dcn. Scott France
Diaconate Vocations Liaison and Coordinator of Aspirants Formation

Maria Aguilar
Administrative Assistant

The Diocese of Fort Worth is dedicated to a Safe Environment. We offer extensive and mandatory training for all employees and volunteers. Please contact the Safe Environment office if you need assistance or to report an abuse or concern.

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