On this page, you will find information specific for Class VII in our Deacon Formation Program.
Please keep the following men who are in the third year of Candidacy in our Deacon Formation Program, and their families, in your prayers:
|Candidate's Name||Wife's Name||Parish Name, City (map)|
|Steve Barton||Rosie||Holy Family, Davenport|
|Dan Freeman||Judy||St. Andrew, Blue Grass|
|Tom Hardie||Mary||St. Anthony, Knoxville|
|John Jacobsen||Tracey||Sacred Heart Cathedral, Davenport|
|Chris Kabat||Julie||St. Wenceslaus, Iowa City|
|Joe Rohret||Tammy||St. Peter, Cosgrove|
|Mike Snyder||Patty||Our Lady of Lourdes, Bettendorf|
|Lowell Van Wyk||Denise||St. Mary, Pella|
|Joseph Welter||Katie||Newman Center/St. Mary, Iowa City|
Formation for the diaconate is divided into three phases: inquiry, aspirancy, and candidacy. During the inquiry phase, those discerning a possible call to the diaconate begin a period of purposeful exploration. To help them in this process, we hosted "information days" in each of the six deaneries. The purpose of these inquiry sessions was to introduce men to the diaconate, explain our formation program, and answer any questions that they or their wives might have.
The Aspirancy phase of formation for class VII began in August 2012. The first year of Aspirancy focused on prayer and discernment; the second year on beginning academic studies. The Rite of Admission to Candidacy is scheduled to be celebrated at the end of the second year.
While discernment continues, candidacy focuses on the holistic formation of those in the program for diaconal ministry. The intellectual, spiritual, pastoral and human dimensions of preparation for ministry as a deacon are all attended to over these three years.
Click here for the Candidacy I Handbook
Click here for the Candidacy II Handbook
Our next formation weekend is April 8-9, 2017.
Other important dates:
-April 22 & 29: Interviews with Bishop and Director (Chancery)
-June 4 & 11: Interviews with Admissions and Scrutinies Committee (St. Mary, Riverside)
-June 16-21: Canonical Retreat (American Martyrs, Cedar Falls)
-July 8: Ordination (St. John Vianney, Bettendorf)
See below for the Candidacy III Handbook and related resources:
Candidacy III Handbook: PDF / MS Word
Tab 2: Spiritual Director Statement: PDF / MS Word
Tab 3: Mentor Evaluation: PDF / MS Word
Tab 4: Table: PDF / MS Word
Tab 4: Learning Agreement: PDF / MS Word
Tab 4: Self-Evaluation: PDF / MS Word
Tab 4: Supervisor Evaluation: PDF / MS Word
Tab 6: IGF: PDF / MS Word
Tab 7: Evaluation and Growth Plan: PDF / MS Word
Tab 9B: Pastor/PLC Evaluation: PDF / MS Word
Tab 9C: Parish Council President Evaluation: PDF / MS Word
Tab 9D: Peer Evaluation: PDF / MS Word
Handbook for Field Ed Supervisors
Handbook for Mentors
Handbook for Pastors (and PLCs)
Handbook for Spiritual Directors
Pastoral Resources (including Liturgy of the Hours)
Academic Resources (including links to information on proper citation of sources and to Spanish language resources)
Syllabi and Class Resources
MPTh 561: Homiletics
Evangelii gaudium (excerpts: The Homily)
Fulfilled in Your Hearing
Preaching the Mystery of Faith: The Sunday Homily
MPTh 523: Spirituality
MPTh 533: Moral Theology II
Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services
MPTh 529: Sacramental Theology II
MPTh 560: Canon Law
Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus
MPTh 503: New Testament Letters
MPTh 506: Johannine Literature
MPTh 563B: Liturgy Practicum II
Diocesan webpage on new OCM
Diocesan webpage on Roman Missal
According to the Directory, "[t]he goal for this path in formation is to responsibly address the various aspects of a deacon's ministry, the development of his personality and, above all, his commitment to spiritual growth"(#239). This phase of formation is divided into two parts: the initial three years after ordination and life-long formation.
During the first three years after ordination, those newly-ordained (and their wives) continue to take part in regular gatherings for formation as a community. In addition, those newly ordained begin to develop a specific formation plan that addresses their specific needs. Such additional formation could include an in-depth study of another language needed to care for a particular community, Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), or any other type of preparation for a particular or specialized ministry.
Beyond the initial three years after ordination, deacons (and their wives) continue to take part in formation events and retreats for the entire diaconal community - as well as continue to take responsibility for their continued ministerial formation through reading, course-work, theological reflection groups, and the like.
Post-Ordination Formation is the responsibility of the Deacon Personnel Director.