First, discuss the possibility of becoming a deacon with your wife, children, and pastor. Also seek the counsel of others whom you trust, including men already serving as deacons.

Second, contact the Office of the Permanent Diaconate. We will be sponsoring information nights, evenings of recollection, and other opportunities to go deeper in your discernment. The diaconate office will also take your basic information and answer any questions you might have. Note: attendance at one of our information nights is a requirement for admission to the program. We will begin accepting applications in December 2021 for entrance into the next deacon cohort.

Third, if you have not already done so, seek out a qualified spiritual director or mentor. The diaconate office can help you in that regard. Regularly take this matter to prayer!

Fourth, prepare yourself in case the Lord does call you to enter the diaconate program. Continue to strengthen your basic understanding of the Catholic faith, to develop your interior life through prayer and sacraments, and to seek out ways to deepen your apostolic and charitable activities in your community.