A Message from the Office of Diaconate Ministry and Formation
The vision of the Diaconate Office is to help with a process of discernment — by forming men academically, spiritually and emotionally as to whether the Lord is calling them to serve in the Church Community of the Archdiocese in this particular ministry that calls one to serve under the guidance of the pastor of a particular parish.
The formational process helps to access the particular gifts and talents they will bring to this ministry. In addition, we empower these candidates to become more familiar with the rich diversity of cultures within our Archdiocesan community. Through a study of Theology & Philosophy of documents on social justice. We will be able to reach this objective, along with the other components of formation in our Diaconate Program and Mexican American College.
The role of a candidate, spouse and family, is an important factor in our program. Through the support of the spouse, and their attendance at classes and the annual retreats, the candidate is strengthened in his call to serve the Church. Working together, a balance is maintained between their family life and the obligations of academic and spiritual formation.
If you are discerning in prayer to a possible vocation to the diaconal ministry, your first step is to discuss this with your spouse, children and family, as well as your pastor. Then you should choose a spiritual director who will help you discern if this is the avenue of service you should pursue. If they concur with your call, they will become an essential factor in the overall journey. Your next step is to request an application for admission to candidacy and forward it to our office. Your application will be reviewed by the Diaconate Advisory Board and final recommendations made to our office.
Deacon Michael Pawelek
Director of the Diaconate Program
Interested in Becoming a Deacon
If you feel that you may be called to become a deacon, first we encourage you to reflect on it in prayer. Next, schedule some time to visit with your pastor about the diaconate and seek his counsel. We would also suggest that you talk with deacons about their vocation and their responsibilities to get a clear understanding of what a deacon does and is. Most importantly, discuss this with an open heart with your wife and family, if you are married. Then contact the Office of the Diaconate at 210-734-1658.Printable English Application
Información sobre cómo ser un Diácono
Si usted siente el llamado para ser un diácono, en primer lugar le animamos a reflexionar en la oración. Después, haga una cita con su pastor para expresar su inquietud sobre el ministerio del diaconado y buscar su consejo. También le sugerimos que hable con diáconos sobre su vocación para obtener una comprensión clara de lo que un diácono hace y cuáles son sus responsabilidades como un diacono ordenado. Si está casado, es muy importante que platique con su esposa y su familia con un corazón sincero, ya que su apoyo será indispensable. Para más información, favor de contactar la oficina de formación diaconal al (210) 734-1658.Aplicación para imprimir en español