In the whole course of formation four dimensions receive close attention:

human,

spiritual,

doctrinal and

pastoral.

Diaconate Ordination
At the conclusion of the formation journey, the candidate who, in agreement with the director of formation, considers himself to have the necessary pre-requisites for ordination, may address to Bishop Pat a declaration written in his own hand and signed by him, in which he attests that he is about to receive the sacred order freely and of his own accord and will devote himself permanently to the ecclesiastical ministry, asking at the same time that he be admitted to receive the order.

Conferral of the Ministries of Lectorate and Acolytate Before anyone may be promoted to the diaconate, whether permanent or transitory, he must have received the ministries of lector and acolyte, and have exercised them for an appropriate time.

Time of Formation
The formation programme lasts at least three years, in addition to the propaedeutic period. Formational and scholastic meetings take place in the evenings and selected Saturdays. From time to time candidates and their wives are expected to attend retreats usually on weekends.

The Liturgical Rite of Admission to Candidacy
Admission to candidacy for ordination as deacon comes about by means of a special liturgical rite. Enrolment among the candidates for the diaconate does not constitute any right necessarily to receive diaconal ordination. It is a first official recognition of the positive signs of the vocation to the diaconate, which must be confirmed in the subsequent years of formation

The Presentation of Aspirants
The decision to undertake the path of diaconal formation can come about either upon the initiative of the aspirant himself or by means of an explicit proposal of the community to which the aspirant belongs. In each case, the decision must be accepted and shared by the community.
On behalf of the community, it is the pastor who must present to the Bishop the aspirant to the diaconate. He will do so accompanying the candidacy with an illustration of the motivations which support it and with a curriculum vitae and pastoral history of the aspirant.
The Bishop after having consulted the director of formation and the formation team, will decide whether or not to admit the aspirant to the propaedeutic period.
The Path to Ordination
Basic Norms for Formation of Permanent Deacons

For a man preparing to become a deacon, a fierce determination to grow in spirituality and live one's life in accord with gospel values is paramount. If this self-drive is lacking, the ascent to ordination is impossible.

This is not to imply that the man travels alone. At his disposal are guides and tools for every step of the way but ultimately, progress is made by his own efforts.

The Propaedeutic Period (Aspirant Formation) During this period of seven months the aspirant will be introduced to a deeper knowledge of theology, of spirituality and of the ministry of deacon and will be led to a more attentive discernment of his call.