candidate's wife will be regularly consulted to ascertain her questions and
concerns. She will be assisted to keep clear the essential distinction between
ordained and familial life and the clear independence of diaconal ministry.
participating in her husband's formation she can more readily accept the challenges
and changes that will take place, should her husband be ordained.
The wife is in no way bound to actively participate
in her husbands formation nor in his diaconal duties after ordination.
However, his formation presents a unique and challenging opportunity for
her and she is encouraged to be involved in appropriate ways.
A deacon's wife, as in all marriages, is an equal partner
in the Sacrament of Matrimony. When her husband decides to respond to
a call to the diaconate, he must comply with her wishes in a spirit of
mutual commitment and love.
Do Not Enter The Diaconate Alone
Deacon's Wife and Family
The Catholic Church has determined that a married man
will not be admitted to the diaconate formation programme without the
consent of his wife and every effort will be made to include her wherever