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 Camden, you are invited to contact the Office of the Diaconate for more information about the Inquiry Stage. Our telephone number is 856-583-2858.
The Inquiry Stage is designed to help you and your wife (if married) 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 Camden is strongly encouraged to attend one of the Information Sessions. The Information Sessions 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. Information Sessions are held throughout the Diocese of Camden during July and August, all who are interested in applying to the Diaconate Program should call 856-583-2858 for dates and times of the Information Sessions.
The Application Process
The Diaconate 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 Camden should:
- Attend an Information Session
- Complete and submit the Confidential Questionnaire, which will be distributed during the Information Session
- Complete and submit the Formal Application and required documentation. This application is more extensive and detailed.
- Attend an interview with a member of the Admissions Board. Interviews are conducted for the applicant and his wife, if married.
Please 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.