Deacon Formation: Aspirancy Path

Aspirancy Path

The Aspirancy Path consists of two years, each having nine (9) monthly sessions of Friday evening and Saturday.

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.)

Course of Study

  • Discernment and Call to Holy Orders
  • 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
  • Philosophy
  • Pastoral and Human Formation

Typical Schedule

6:00 pmArrival
6:45 pmEvening Prayer
7:00 pmSession I
9:30 pmNight Prayer
7:30 amMass
8:00 amBreakfast
8:45 amMorning Prayer
9:00 amSession II
10:30 amSession III
12:00 pmLunch
1:00 pmSession IV
3:00 pmDeparture