Speak to God about the diaconate. Begin discussions with your spouse, pastor, deacons, and a spiritual director.
- The Heart of the Diaconate, by Dcn. James Keating
- Our Life of Service, by Dcn. Harold Burke-Sivers
- Encountering Christ the Servant: A Spirituality of the Diaconate, by Dcn. Dominic Cerrato
Attend a local information night to learn more about the formation program, and meet members of the deacon community.
Submit application and participate in an interview process with your spouse.
Cohort 6 Forms
Archbishop calls those men he accepts to begin formation as deacon aspirants.
Fall 2025 - Spring 2026
Courses on Spiritual Formation, an Overview of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and the Theology of the Diaconate. Aspirants will begin shadowing a Deacon mentor.
Fall 2026 - Spring 2027
Courses on Spiritual Formation, along with Foundational Courses in Philosophy, Scripture, Theology, and Church History. Aspirants will be given a pastoral assignment at their home parish.
Rite of Candidacy
Aspirants may petition for candidacy and, following another series of interviews, the admissions committee will make recommendations to the Archbishop, who will then select those who will be admitted to the next stage of formation.
Fall 2027 - Spring 2028
Courses on Scripture, Spiritual Theology, Christian Morality, and Theological Anthropology. Candidates will be assigned to Catholic Charities.
Fall 2028 - Spring 2029
Courses on Scripture, Christology, Sacraments, and Catholic Social Teaching. Candidates will be assigned to Prison Ministry.
Rite of Lector
The Archbishop will call candidates to the ministry of Lector.
Fall 2029 - Spring 2030
Courses on Scripture, Canon Law, Ecclesiology, Mariology, the Theology of Marriage, and Homiletics. Candidates will be assigned to Catholic Community Health.
Rite of Acolyte
The Archbishop will call candidates to the ministry of Acolyte.
Fall 2030 - Spring 2031
Courses on Scripture, Bioethics, Pastoral Theology, Homiletics, and various Liturgical Practica. Candidates will be assigned to minister at their home parish.
Following a series of interviews with the Admissions Committee, final recommendations will be made to the Archbishop, who will call those worthy candidates to Holy Orders.
Mass of Ordination
Candidates called by the Archbishop will be ordained Deacons, and receive their parish and archdiocesan assignments.
Deacons are required to engage in at least 24 hours of ongoing formation per year, in addition to an annual three-day retreat.