The application and formation process for Deacon Class VIII will begin this fall.
Formation for the (permanent) diaconate is divided into three phases: inquiry, aspirancy and candidacy. During the inquiry phase, those discerning a possible call to the diaconate begin a period of purposeful reflection on this calling.
To help them in this process, the diocese will host information days in each of the six deaneries. The purpose of these inquiry sessions is to introduce men to the diaconate, explain the formation program and answer any questions that they or their wives might have. The application forms will be distributed only to those who attend one of these sessions.
Once the written application is completed an interview with the director of deacon formation will be arranged. If all is in order, an interview with the Admissions and Scrutinies Committee will then be scheduled.
Those who may be interested in the diaconate are reminded that completing one year in our diocese’s lay Ministry Formation Program is a prerequisite. For more information on the lay ministry program, please contact John Valenti in the Faith Formation Office at (563) 888-4244 visit http://bit.ly/20qUWmA.
For general information on formation for the diaconate, please see our Deacon Formation page at http://www.davenportdiocese.org/dcn/dcnformation.htm
Here are the dates, times, and locations for these inquiry sessions. To reserve a space, please call (563) 888-4257) or e-mail the director firstname.lastname@example.org:
17 (Sat.) — Spanish — 2-6 p.m.at St. Mary of the Visitation Parish, 216 N. Court Street, Ottumwa
18 (Sun.) — English — 1-5 p.m. at St. Mary of the Visitation Parish, 216 N. Court Street, Ottumwa
24 (Sat.) — English — 1-5 p.m. at Sacred Heart Parish, 1115 S. 8th Ave E., Newton
25 (Sun.) — English — 1-5 p.m. at Ss. Mary & Joseph Church (Holy Family Parish) 1111 Ave. East, Fort Madison
22 (Sat) — Spanish — 2-6 p.m.at St. Patrick Parish, 4330 St. Patrick Dr., Iowa City
23 (Sun.) — English — 1-5 p.m. at St. Patrick Parish, 4330 St. Patrick Dr., Iowa City
29 (Sat.) — English — 1-5 p.m. at the Chancery, 780 W. Central Park, Davenport
30 (Sun.) — English — 1-5 p.m. at St. Joseph Parish, 417 6th Ave., DeWitt
19 (Sat) — Spanish — 2-6 p.m. at the Chancery, 780 W. Central Park, Davenport