Stages of Formation
Upon completion of the initial inquiry process, the bishop may accept some inquirers into aspirancy. This aspirant path corresponds to the “propaedeutic period” required by the Basic Norms for the Formation of Permanent Deacons of the Congregation for Catholic Education. This path is primarily a time to discern the capability and readiness of an aspirant to be nominated to the bishop for acceptance as a candidate for diaconal ordination. The goal of aspirant formation is to enable the aspirant to demonstrate the possibility of a diaconal vocation and an appropriate level of readiness for eventual selection into candidate formation.
The candidate path in diaconal formation is the occasion for continued discernment of a diaconal vocation and immediate preparation for ordination. Throughout this path of formation the candidate himself assumes the primary responsibility for his discernment and development. The candidate must show responsibility and dynamism responding with generosity to God’s call and he should be determined to grow in life according to the Spirit and in conformity with the vocation received.
Juan Rendon, DMin
Director of Diaconal Formation
Dcn. Scott France
Diaconate Vocations Liaison and Coordinator of Aspirants Formation
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