The selection of diaconate applicants for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles complies with the document of the Congregation for Catholic Education Basic Norms for the Formation of Permanent Deacons, as well as the National Directory for the Formation, Ministry and life of Permanent Deacons in the United States. The National Directory describes some of the qualities that a man should have to apply for the diaconate. They include: natural inclination of service to the Christian community, and to all in need; ability to share one’s faith; generosity in service; sound faith; good Christian reputation; personal integrity, maturity, and holiness; regular participation in the Church’s sacramental life; a positive and stable marriage, if married, or a mature celibate state of life, in single; and a deep spirituality and prayer life.
The procedure for formal application and acceptance as an aspirant in the Diaconate Formation Program includes the following:
- Man must meet the general requirements for acceptance, which are found on the green sheet.
- Attend a Diaconate Information Day where the prospective applicants, and their wives, if they are married, attend a session that explains the diaconate and the formation program.
- Applicant/wife completes the Application Form for the Diaconate Formation Program.
- Pastor completes the Pastor’s Response Questionnaire – that asks for the pastor’s assessment and recommendation of the applicant.
- Initial interview – the applicant-couple meets with a member of the Diaconate Formation staff.
- Second interview by a member of the Diaconate Formation staff.
- Third interview by a member of the Diaconate Formation staff.
- If there is no deacon in the applicant parish, a Deacon/couple interview – a deacon couple is assigned to make a home visit and interview with the prospective applicant/couple.
- If there is a deacon in the applicant’s parish, the completion of a Deacon Questionnaire
- Medical and psychological evaluation; fingerprints and a background check.
- Assessment by the Diaconate Formation staff.
- Approval by the Diaconate Advisory Board and the Diaconate Formation staff.
- Notification of the applicant concerning his acceptance into the Diaconate Formation Program as an aspirant.
Please note that the above application process for an applicant may be terminated at any step of the process by the Diaconate Formation staff.