Permanent Diaconate » Offering Myself

PathwaysBy this time you may already travelled a difficult and challenging road. There may have been doubts, fears and uncertainty as well as joy. You may have questioned yourself and others about whether you are really being called to serve God as a permanent deacon.

If you persevere and the call still seems genuine, then you may be ready now to offer yourself to God through a vocation to the Permanent Diaconate.

Who can apply in Portsmouth diocese?

  • Single men over 35 who feel a call to service of the Church and the World who also feel called to a celibate life.
  • Married men over 40. Most of these candidates will be in the world of work and will continue there after ordination.
  • Indeed it is the role of the permanent deacon to have one foot in the sanctuary and the other in the workplace.
  • The men will have demonstrated the necessary maturity for a life-long commitment.
  • They will be prepared to embark on a 3 year course of formation.
  • They will be already working collaboratively with priests and lay-people in the local church in works of service and exercising some leadership roles.
  • Above all, they will be men of faith and prayer with a desire to serve others for the sake of God’s Kingdom.

If the Permanent Diaconate Director agrees that you are ready, they you may begin the formal application. This might include writing about your faith journey; a psychological assessment, undergoing safeguarding checks; a selection weekend with interviews looking at your relationship with God and others as well as your academic ability (to check I will be able to cope with the studies).

There will also be an interview with the Bishop, who is responsible for the final decision.

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