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

Inquiry Sessions Available

Inquiry Session #1 - choose ONE virtual session (Pre-Registration is not required)

Thursday, September 12, 7:00 to 8:00 pm

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Meeting ID: 884 8406 3413

Passcode: 797430

Monday, September 16, 7:00 to 8:00 pm

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Meeting ID: 872 6576 5085

Passcode: 637500

Inquiry Session #2 - mandatory in-person meeting for Inquirers (with their wives, if married - Pre-Registration is not required)
Tuesday, October 15, 2024, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Saint Wendelin Parish, Fostoria

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 (2 years)
  3. Candidacy (3 years)
  4. Post-Ordination (5 years)

Applying to Become a Deacon

The application process requires two parts: Part 1 is due by January 4, 2025, and is a screening process to ensure that the applicant is fully qualified to continue completion of Part 2, which is due in April, 2025. The full application, including Parts 1 and 2, will require:

  1. A completed application form and successful completion of five online workshops
  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 wife
  8. Letters of Recommendation
  9. Medical Exam Report from your physician
  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 information
  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 Assessment

Four Phases of Deacon Formation

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

In Memory of Our Departed Deacons

Kindly remember in your prayers those Deacons who served the people of the Diocese of Toledo and who now rest in the Peace of Christ.

“God of Mercy, you gave your deacons the privilege of serving the Church. Bring them now to the joy of eternal life. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever. Amen.”