Candidacy is open to single or married men who, following a five-year formation period, will be between ages 35 and 62 at the time of ordination. A candidate must be in good health; emotionally mature; have stable professional and personal relationships; and have the full support of his wife, if married, and family to begin the phase of inquiry. A potential deacon should have a strong and active faith, and a record of community service where he lives, works and worships.
The deacon makes a lifetime commitment of service through proclaiming God’s word; assisting and presiding at liturgies; ministering in charity and social justice; and addressing other needs of the Catholic Church.
Those interested should have an initial conversation with their pastor. They also may contact Deacon Edward Giblin, diocesan director of the permanent diaconate, at email@example.com.