Inquiry for Discernment Sessions:
All men and their wives (if married) that are thinking of following the call to the Permanent Diaconate, must attend and complete the INQUIRY FOR DISCERNMENT PROGRAM (a series of 6 sessions describing the diaconate, admissions criteria, admission process, and process of formation). These inquiry sessions are being held regionally in the Fall of 2013 throughout the Archdiocese.
It is required to schedule an interview with the Office for Diaconate Formation at 414-758-2212 before the next INQUIRY FOR DISCERNMENT PROGRAM.
“The Servant” Newsletter from the Office for Diaconate Formation for Spring 2013 is now available here.
The Office for Diaconate Formation (ODF) provides distinct ministry preparation for Catholic men discerning a vocation calling to the permanent diaconate. The ODF counsels, guides and forms men who through adult formation programs, advanced theological education or some other experience encounter Christ and seek a deeper, permanent response to a perceived call to be servants of God's people through ministry in the Church.
Diaconal ministry works hand in hand with both priestly and lay ministry as a sacrament to bring about the kingdom of God. Deacons are men with a charism and a calling to radical availability for service to the People of God, the Church. The deacon’s vocation calls him to collaborate with the bishop and the priests in an exercise of a ministry which is not of their own but the Word of God—calling all to conversion and holiness. It is a ministry of reconciliation, of outreach to the most marginalized and those most in need of care, of education and justice. The Diaconate was not re-instituted because we have a shortage of priests or lay ministers but to relieve the shortage of ordained deacons. It was restored as “a living icon of Christ the Servant within the Church...a visible sign or sacrament of the Lord Christ himself.”
Archbishop Cousins Catholic Center
3501 South Lake Drive
PO Box 070912
Milwaukee, WI 53207-0912
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