Permanent Deacons

Deacon Hal Welch

Delegate for Permanent Deacons
1933 Spielbusch
Toledo, OH 43604-5360
419-244-6711
hwelch@toledodiocese.org

 

 

Deacon Jim Caruso
Coordinator for the Permanent Deacon Candidate Formation Program
jcaruso@toledodiocese.org

Mrs. Bonnie Rybak
Administrative Assistant
brybak@toledodiocese.org

419-244-6711

They should be tested first; then, if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons. 1 Tm. 3:10

There are four phases to Deacon Formation:

  1. Inquiry Sessions: The Inquiry sessions are designed to provide further insight into the vocation of diaconate and are key in helping perspective applicants and their spouses (if married) discern how this will affect their lives.

  2. Aspirancy Path

  3. Candidacy Path

  4. Post-Ordination Formation

Deacon Formation: A process of inquiry, discernment and prayer and of study that includes the four dimensions of formation - human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral

Inquiry Sessions - Fall of 2016
For Prospective Applicants and Spouses

“I think I have a call to be a Deacon.”
These first stirrings of a vocation to the diaconate emerge as a person reflects on his relationship with God and the nature of God calling him to a more profound bond and service. “The history . . . of every Christian vocation, is the history of an inexpressible dialogue between God and human beings, between the love of God who calls and the freedom of individuals who respond lovingly to him.” (National Directory #165) This is a journey that is personal and individual but it also involves the church community with special attention to the wife (if married) and family. Parish communities, staffs, and pastors are important resources. Pastors are of a particular resource because they are the ones who initially present an individual for consideration for formation as a candidate for Holy Orders as a deacon.

The Inquiry sessions are designed to provide further insight into the vocation of diaconate and are key in helping perspective applicants and their spouses (if married) discern how this will affect their lives .

Perspective applicants will receive an application only after attending and fulfilling requirements of the Inquiry Sessions.

Session 1: Applicants
Session 2: Applicants and Spouse

  • A Catholic man in good standing in the Church and fully initiated in the faith.
  • Must be between the ages of 31and 59
  • If married, must be in a stable marriage relationship. Spouse must provide support and consent for the husband to enter the formation processes.
  • Must have completed the required  Mysterium Christi Diocesan Institute: Catholic Basic Seminars or the equivalent education from an accredited Roman Catholic University or College. This is evaluated on an individual case basis. The required classes include:
    • Introduction to Scripture and Gospel
    • The Creed
    • Liturgy and Sacraments
    • Catholic Moral Teachings
    • Prayer and the Spiritual Life
    • Basic Catechetics
  • He will have demonstrated his ability to respond to needs for service and to enable others to do so
  • Must be in dialogue with and  have pastor endorsement.

Deacon Formation: A process of inquiry, discernment and prayer and of study that includes the four dimensions of formation - human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral

One Year

5 Monthly Sessions

Course of Study

  • Discernment and Call to Holy Orders
  • Vocation to the Order of Deacon
  • Prayer and Liturgy of the Hours and Lectio Divina
  • Spirituality of the Diaconate
  • Spiritual Direction
  • Theology of the Diaconate
  • History of the Diaconate
  • Diaconate, Marriage and the Family
  • Expectations and preparation for Candidacy

 

Typical Schedule

  • Friday
  •   7:00     Session I
  •   9:30     Night Prayer
  • Saturday
  •   8:30     Morning Prayer
  •   9:15     Session II
  • 10:30     Session III
  • 12:00     Lunch
  •   1:00     Session IV
  •   3:00     Wrap-up and Lectio Divina
  •   3:30     Departure

During this period of discernment, the aspirant is introduced to the study of theology, to a deeper knowledge of the spirituality and ministry of the deacon, and to a more attentive discernment of his call that includes Spiritual Direction. (National Directory #187.)

Deacon Formation: A process of inquiry, discernment and prayer and of study that includes the four dimensions of formation - human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral

Three Years

8 Monthly Sessions Each Year

Course of Study

  • Ministerial Identity & Vocation
  • Sacred Scripture
  • Moral Theology
  • Christology
  • Ecclesiology
  • Worship, Liturgy, and Sacrament
  • Canon Law
  • Evangelization Catechesis
  • Ecumenism and Interreligious Affairs
  • Pastoral Theology and Pastoral Care
  • Service and  Justice

 

Typical Schedule

  •   7:00   Session I
  • 10:15   Night Prayer
  • Saturday
  •   8:00   Breakfast
  •   8:30   Morning Prayer
  •   9:00   Session II
  • 12:00   Lunch
  •   1:00   Session III
  •   5:00   Evening Prayer
  •   5:30   Supper
  •   7:00   Holy Hour
  • Sunday
  •   8:00   Breakfast
  •   9:00   Morning Prayer
  •   9:15   Session IV
  • 11:15   Eucharist
  • 12:00   Lunch
  • 12:45   Session V
  •   2:00   Departure

Deacon Formation: A process of inquiry, discernment and prayer and of study that includes the four dimensions of formation - human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral
 

Three Years

The newly ordained deacon will complete a total of 36 hours each year of post-ordination formation, which shall include the Deacon Summer Convocation and the Fall and Spring Deacon Assemblies.

The remainder of the hours are elective in order to allow the newly ordained deacon to pursue formation which fit the particular needs of his life and ministry.

A three year plan is to be developed with parish, diocesan and personal needs in mind that include the following:

  • Annual Retreat
  • Deacon Summer Convocation
  • Spring and Fall Assemblies
  • Other Formation/Education that includes theological studies, spiritual formation or pastoral formation and skills

Required Documents

  1. A completed application form

  2. Spiritual Autobiography

  3. Certificates of Baptism, Confirmation, and Marriage, if married

  4. Pastor’s Letter of Recommendation

  5. Proof of age: Must be 35 or older at ordination

  6. A recent photograph of applicant and wife, if married

  7. Initial Statement of Consent, handwritten by the wife

  8. Letters of recommendation

  9. A recent medical certificate

  10. An official transcript of previous and/or current academic studies

  11. A written report from the rector of any previous house in which the candidate has spent time in formation

  12. Background check  (FBI and BCI)

  13. Proof of legal residency in the diocese

  14. A letter of recommendation from the applicant’s employer

  15. Aptitude and Psychological Assessment

  16. Consent form regarding psychological consultation