Deacons The formation process moves through stages: Inquiry and Discernment, Aspirancy, Candidacy and finally Ordination. As with all vocations, a man considering the Permanent Diaconate must discern God’s will for his life and whether he is being called to be a deacon. During the Inquiry and Discernment stage, workshops providing tools for discernment are conducted prior to application to the program. These workshops are for the inquirer and his wife, if married.
Partial list of Candidate Qualifications:
Practicing Catholic for 10 years or more
Must have received the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, and be validly married by the Church, if applicable
At least 35 years of age but not older than 55 years of age at the time of application
Good physical and mental health
Gainfully employed or retired
Sufficient time to devote to the formation program
If married, both oral and written support, endorsement and consent of his wife and family. His wife should be wiling to participate in the formation process
Demonstrated leadership ability. Capacity to fulfill the social justice ministry component of the deacon's ministry
A commitment to celibacy is required of non-married candidates, as well as widowers
If interested in learning more about becoming a deacon, please contact our Pastor Rev. Paul D Minnihan to make an appointment to discuss.
Nuns & Sisters Ever wonder if God might be calling you to become a Catholic nun or sister? Don't know where to begin now that you feel drawn to looking into religious life? If interested in learning more about becoming a Nun or Sister, please contact our Pastor Rev. Paul D Minnihan to make an appointment to discuss. You may also contact the Oakland Diocese.