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Course of Studies for Deacons

Preliminary Formation and Year of Aspirancy

 

Basic religious formation through Diocesan Lay Formation Institute or other equivalent college programs prior to admission.

 

After admission the aspirant follows a one-year program of discernment and study, prior to the four-year formation program.

 

Year One

 

The Study of Theology
Church
Spirituality
Ministry Skills
Christology
Old Testament
Morality
Sacraments
Liturgy Preparations
Spiritual Direction
Knowledge and Participation inthe Pastoral Ministry of the Parish

 

Year Two


History of Spirituality I
Homiletics I
Ministry Skills I
Psalms
Covenant/Prophecy
Wisdom/Apocalyptic
Church History I
Liturgy of the Hours
Ministry to the Poor

 

Year Three


New Testament
Grace/Trinity
Synoptic Gospels
Gospel of John
Homiletics II
Christian Social Ethics
Ministry Skills II
Sacraments of Initiation
Code of Canon Law
Rite of Baptism
Obedience
Celibacy
History of Spirituality II
Ministry to the Sick and Aged

 

Year Four

 

History of the Catholic Church in America
Rites of Christian Burial
Religion and Culture
Sacrament of Marriage
Critical Life Issues
Sacrament of Holy Orders
Marriage Annulments
The Role of the Deacon in Catechesis and Evangelization
Ecumenical and Interreligious dialogue
Mary and the Church

 

A three-year post-ordination program follows after deacon ordination.

 

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