Father Michael Savelesky, pastor of Assumption and director of the diocese's Deacon Formation Program, addressed a gathering of interested men and their spouses.
explained that individuals would be accepted into the formation program through a step-by-step application process.
The over-riding goal of the first year, said Father Savelesky
, is discernment of a genuine vocation to diaconal ministry.
"Pursuit of the diaconate must be motivated by more than a mere desire to help or to do," he
Some 50 men have expressed interest in the Deacon Formation Program, according to Father Savelesky
.Screening candidates and limiting the number of program participants (if only for practical reasons) will be a challenge, he
told the group.
In a letter sent later to all participants in the May 18 meeting, Father Savelesky
wrote, "It goes without saying that not all who apply can be accepted, given the limitations of resources, space availability, formation techniques, etc. In addition, the pastoral and ministerial needs of the Diocese also will influence the selection process.The service of God's people is the vocation of all the baptized; the inability to meet criteria or to receive an eventual call to ordination to the diaconate should never be interpreted as rejection by the Church to the exercise of that fundamental call."
A Deacon Formation Program manual is available - as well as an application form for the Inquirer Phase of the program - through Father Savelesky's