The outline of the formation programme is as follows:

  • deacon-formationEnquiry from interested men and admission by the Archbishop to the aspirants’ programme, with the first aspirants possibly chosen in late 2007.
  • One year of monthly meetings during aspirancy with the emphasis on spiritual formation and development of a community of aspirants.
  • With the consent of his wife and the positive vote of those who have overseen the aspirancy stage of the programme, an applicant would formally petition the Archbishop to be accepted as a candidate for ordination to the diaconate.
  • Candidates undertake up to three years of academic studies, usually at B Theol level. A contemporaneous programme of pastoral experiences and spiritual and human formation will be drawn up.
  • During the late stages of the programme, a candidate would be installed by the Archbishop in the ministries of reader and acolyte.