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Discernment and Inquiry Program

When the bishop calls for a new class to begin, an announcement will be made through parish bulletins, the Catholic Voice newspaper and this website.  Information meetings will be held followed by discernment sessions for those interested in the Deacon Formation Program.

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The Discernment and Inquiry Program is a requirement for the Aspirancy Program. It is designed to help the Inquirer and his wife, if married, discern whether to make a formal application to the Aspirancy Program. Participants will be provided with tools for discernment and will explore the various dimensions of diaconate. Each session is progressive and builds on the previous session. Participation in all sessions is expected and if the Inquirer is married, it is expected that his wife attend, so that she can give informed consent if her husband applies for the Aspirancy Program.

If you are interested in participating in the Discernment and Inquiry Program, please contact the Department  of Clergy Services at 510-267-8348.