Are you called to be a Deacon?
If you are in the process of discerning God’s call to serve the Church in the ministries of Charity, Word, and the Eucharist as an ordained deacon in the Diocese of Brooklyn, you are invited to contact the Diaconate Formation Office for more information about the Inquiry Stage, our telephone number is 718-281-9577.
The Inquiry Stage is designed to help you and your wife (if married) to begin to discern whether this call is to the Diaconate or perhaps to another important and holy role within the Church. As is the case with any vocation, the Church must also verify this call through a process of discernment. Because God speaks in quiet and subtle ways, we all enter into this process with open and prayerful hearts trusting that the Holy Spirit will lead us.
Any man interested in applying to the Diaconate Formation Program in the Diocese of Brooklyn must attend one of the Inquiry Sessions and the Retreat Day with his wife if married. The Inquiry Sessions and the Retreat Day will provide those interested in the admissions and formation process with information and discussion about the Diaconate and the integration of ministry into family life.
These sessions will be held in English and Spanish. To register for one of the inquiry sessions and the retreat day, click here or call (718) 281-9577.
The Application Process
The Diaconate Formation Office welcomes applications from men of all communities and backgrounds. In order for the Good News to be incarnate, it is necessary for the Church to have ordained ministers in all of the various communities. The presence and witness of deacons from all communities will assist in identifying community needs and advance the response of Christian service.
The man discerning a vocation to be a deacon for the Diocese of Brooklyn should:
- Attend one Inquiry Session and the Retreat Day, along with his wife if married.
- Complete and submit the Pre-Application Form, which will be distributed during the Inquiry Session.
- Take a psychological test and attend one clinical interview with one of our diocesan psychologists.
- Have a background check done. For this purpose, the potential applicant with the pre-application form will received a fingerprint card, which he must take to the Police Precinct nearby where he lives and have them take his fingerprints. This card must be return to the Diaconate Formation Office with the pre-application form and an authorization form signed and notarized in which the applicant authorizes the office to receive the background check results. Please be aware that the fingerprints and the authorization for will be send to the FBI. Also, a money order for $18.00 made to the department of Treasury should accompany the card.
- Attend the Retreat Day and Complete and submit the Formal Application and required documentation. This application is more extensive and detailed and will be distribute at the Retreat Day.
- Once we have received all the above information, attend an interview with the Admissions Committee. Interviews are conducted for the applicant and his wife, if married.
- Attend a meeting with the Director of the Diaconate Formation Office, meetings are schedule for the applicant and his wife, if married.
- IMPORTANT NOTE: Applicants must be aware that the participation in the admissions process does not guarantee that someone is automatically accepted into the first stage of formation, which is Aspirancy.