Selection for Diaconate Formation
This is a process to determine the suitability and readiness of an individual for entry into diaconal formation. The final decision concerning a possible ordination to the diaconate rests with the Bishop.
ACCEPTANCE INTO THE DIACONATE FORMATION PROGRAM DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A DECISION THAT AN INDIVIDUAL IS, IN FACT, CALLED TO THE ORDER OF DEACON,
but that there are indications that a call may exist and should be pursued through a discernment process.
A recurring question at all the meetings was, what sort of man might be ordained and would he be an impediment to existing pastoral ministries?
Bishop Pat reiterated that a call to the diaconate is a call from God! The discernment process reassures us that those who 'make it to ordination' are truly the servants the Church is seeking to function in the order of deacons.
Aspirants to the diaconate, pastoral leaders and the curious may find it useful to learn how the discernment process works and realize that the establishment of a deacon in a community is truly a blessing.
There is a solid basis for this in Scripture. Paul advises Timothy to exercise his pastoral responsibility carefully in selecting deacons for the Church at Ephesus.
Our first calling from God
is marked by the reception of the sacraments of Christian Initiation
Discernment is an art and it is learned by