1. Joel, coming from one who has a husband who works for the church, I offer this: keep a private journal (electronic or otherwise). Then, after some time has passed, maybe several weeks or months, see if there’s an entry that warrants posting. That time gives you perspective. When representing the church in such an official capacity, I think one has to consider the long-lasting implications. That’s just my Texas two-cents!

  2. Mark S.

    Joel, I am in formation, too. I urge you to write what and when you are inspired. Don’t take it as a task required or a thing to do to avoid guilt. I like Kathryn’s advice a lot and would echo it. But most importantly, do what you are led to do.

    • Hi Mark. Good to hear from you! Excellent points; thanks. I guess the conflict comes from the desire to properly respect the process but still encourage others to follow the call, especially those who have challenges similar to ours. Doing justice to both of those can be a delicate balance best served by a very reflective approach. I agree with you; Kathryn is pretty smart! We will keep your diaconate formation journey in our prayers.

  3. I’m not sure I’m smart, more like “learned a lesson the hard way.” We’ve been in diocesan work (and yes, it is “WE!”) for more than a decade. Some lessons you’re quicker to learn than others. Whatever you decide to post, Joel, will be a great benefit to so many. You have some great insight to share. The Holy Spirit will never lead your heart astray.

  4. Primus Mulokozi

    HI, I am 43 years old with 5 children. I am very interested with this ministry, also I am very encouraged with your clarification altho still I don’t know how it will happen because in my country there is no this ministry and formation which is very important to the church. is it possible to get the congregation or any Diocese in the world that can accept me to take formation and work with? .As you have said the devil don’t want our success in Christ. I will be happy to offer the lest of my life to save God as a Permanent Deacon.

  5. I am 46, husband, and father of five. I am the sole provider for the family. I travel a lot for work.

    Next weekend I start my five years of formation for the permanent diaconate. It will be a challenge to say the least but if it is truly God’s call I am assured he will also give me the grace to see it through.

    Blogs like yours are invaluable to guys like me. You provide us with encouragement, knowledge, and advice to make it through the challenges ahead. It is good to know we don’t face this alone and what others who have been in our position have done.

    God bless you for answering the call and for taking the time to mentor those who follow.

    Be a blessing to all you meet and may they be a blessing to you.

  6. Ryan Kvak

    I have recently discovered I may be called to the Diaconate. I’m in knots over it. Is this what God wants of me? The idea of going on this journey is not unsettling and I sleep well over it. Though I go through the same process of wondering if 1. I am worthy. 2. Is this what’s being asked of me. But I am afraid of being wrong. The deadline to begin is at the end of July and I am feverishly searching for anyone in the same position for advice and wisdom. Any links to resources in addition to my church would be appreciated.

  7. John massei

    I’ve recently applied for diaconate formation in my archdiocese only to find out after a few months we were denied admittance to the program after discerning for many years. I still feel the calling but don’t know what options I have to reapply, any suggestions would help.

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