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Becoming a Deacon QUESTION from Dan Lange May 5, 1999 I have become very active in the church and recently believe I was called to serve as a decon. I am married and recently retired. I would like to persue this calling. Can you tell me how I would go about doing so and will I be required to go to the seminary and be away from family to do this. And if so how long.
ANSWER by John-Paul Ignatius on Sunday, May 9, 1999 Dear Mr. Lange:
Becoming a Permenant Deacon usual takes about 4 years of study and discernment. Your wife must be heavily involved with you in this endeavor and I believe usually attends classes with you. You do not go away to seminary, but may have to travel one weekend a month, for example, to wherever your diocese has their deacons trained.
The details of this will be explained to you by your diocese.
You need to call the Chancery of your diocese and ask for the Vocations Director. Tell him you are interested in the Deaconate and they will take it from there.
God Bless.
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