Saint Paul’s First Letter to Timothy lists the qualities that deacons should have, recommending that they be tested before being entrusted with their mission: they must be dignified and honest, faithful in marriage, manage their children and households well, and hold fast to the mystery of faith with a clear conscience (1 Timothy 3:8-13).
The Code of Canon Law gives juridical expression to these same qualities: “Only those are to be promoted to orders who..have sound faith, are motivated by the right intentions, are endowed with the requisite knowledge, enjoy a good reputation, and have moral probity, proven virtue, and the other physical and psychological qualities appropriate to the order to be received.” (Code of Canon Law, c. 1029)
Discerning a vocation to the diaconate requires prayer, dialogue, and evaluation. The discernment process involves the candidate, his wife and family, his parish community, his formators, and the Bishop. With the assistance of many, the Bishop examines each individual’s suitability using objective criteria that rely on the Church’s Tradition and recognize the particular pastoral needs of the Diocese of Camden.
If we can help with your Discernment or for more information about serving the Church of Camden as a Permanent Deacon you are encouraged to view the material on this website or call 856-583-2858.