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Applying to the Diaconate

Deacons must be dignified, not deceitful, not addicted to drink, not greedy for sordid gain, holding fast to the mystery of the faith with a clear conscience. Moreover, they should be tested first; then, if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons.

1 Timothy 3:8-10

Before completing and submitting an application for admission to deacon formation, you must:

  • fully investigated the diaconate and the deacon lifestyle
  • be free from any canonical impediments to ordination
  • meet the requirements including completing the Kateri Institute
  • enjoy the full support of your wife (if married)
  • prayerfully discern your vocational call; including, attending (with your wife if married) at least one Information Session and a Discernment Retreat; and,
  • meet with the Director of Initial Diaconate Formation.
This process is fully described in the “Guide to help Prayerfully Discern a Vocation to the Diaconate.”

Once you have met with the Director and you have been invited to submit an application, you will be given a printed copy of the application.  It is also available online if you wish to complete it electronically. Click on the following link to obtain a copy of the Application Check List.

Instructions for the Application Check List:

  1. Print off the check list and use it to track the progress of compiling the necessary forms and documents.
  2. The numbered forms on the check list (page 1) all have links to documents that are available on line through the RCDA web site.  They are available in either the MS Word format or PDF format. With the MS Word Application Check List opened on your workstation, you may click on the links in the document which will bring you to all the form that are available on-line.
    • If the form is in MS Word, rename and save the form and complete it on your workstation.
    • If the form is in PDF Format, print the form and complete it by hand. Scan or copy it for your records.
  3. The lettered documents and attachments should be compiled using the checklist (page 2).
  4. Save a complete copy of your application with all attachments for your records.

Applications MUST be received no later than March 15th.  Some of the required documents are difficult to locate (such as birth certificate, baptismal certificate, transcripts, etc.). If you have been invited to submit an application, but are missing some of these documents, submit the application before the deadline and forward the rest of the documents to the Office as they are received.

Note:    Do not begin the application process unless you have been invited by the Director of Diaconate Formation to do so.  However, if you are in the final stages of formal discernment, it would be wise to begin collecting documents that take time to gather such as (b) baptismal certificate, (c) birth certificate, (d) school transcripts, and (j) letter from a seminary if one was attended. 

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