The requirements for the Program of Formation for Permanent Deacons are:

  • You are 31 years of age or older at this time.
  • You were baptized Catholic or have been received into the Church more than five years ago, and you continue to participate in the sacramental life of the Church.
  • If you are married, your marriage is recognized in the Catholic Church.
  • If you are married, your wife supports your vocation as a deacon.
  • You are involved in your parish: by participating actively at liturgy, in parish-related groups, and/or by serving the poor.
  • You are in good health.
  • You have the ability to study at the Master’s degree level and are willing to participate in a program of formation. (An undergraduate degree is not necessarily required.)