Aspirancy Phase

During this time emphasis is given to the discernment of the call to the diaconate. To aid this
process of discernment, the study and reflection of basic Catholic teachings, Catholic
Spirituality, pastoral ministry and specifically, diaconal service are presented. Presentations will
include:

Introduction to the Breviary
Introduction to Ordained Ministry
Spiritual Direction
Academic Requirements (writing and annotating papers)
Lector & Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion Certification
Evangelization
Catholicism
Parish/Diocesan Leadership

Summer

Candidacy Interview

Candidacy: Year One

Fall

Old Testament
Fundamental Theology

Spring

Rite of Candidacy
New Testament
Ecclesiology
Portfolio Review

Year Two

Fall

Sacramental Theology
Introduction to Canon Law

Spring

Marriage Prep
Christology
Portfolio Review

Year Three

Fall

Moral Theology
Public Speaking

Spring

Social Justice
Mariology

Institution to Reader
Portfolio Review
Scrutinies Interview

Year Four

Fall

Homiletics I
Church History

Spring

Trinity
Stephen Ministry Certification

Institution to Acolyte
Formation Retreat
Portfolio Review

Year Five

Fall

Liturgy Practicum
Homiletics II

Spring

Liturgy Practicum
Homiletics III
Portfolio Review

Summer

Preparation for Ordination
Ordination Readiness Interview
Call to Orders

Fall

Ordination Retreat
Ordination