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Formation Program

The mission of the Deacon Formation Program is to help candidates discern their call to the ministry of the deacon and to prepare them for service in the Archdiocese of Seattle.

As required by The National Directory for the Formation, Ministry, and Life of Permanent Deacons in the United States (ND), the Deacon Formation Program lasts four years, preceded by a four-month inquiry period. A new class of approximately 25 candidates is admitted once every five years.

Program components include Human, Spiritual, Intellectual, and Pastoral Formation.

Human FormationSpiritual FormationIntellectual FormationPastoral Formation

Human Formation

There are certain human qualities that should be fostered not only for the growth and realization of self, but also for effective ministry. The deacon should have the courage to speak out for the weak and defend their rights; the ability to manage conflict; collaborate and organize; the ability to communicate well and work with others; a spirit of sacrifice, strength and perseverance; and the aptitude for working in the fields of peacemaking, development, and justice.

 
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