Formation Information

The Aspirancy Program 


The Basic Norms of the Formation of Permanent Deacons (USCCB) describes the propaedeutic (preparation) period as a time during which the ‘aspirants will be introduced to a deeper knowledge of theology, of spirituality and of the ministry of deacon and they will be led to a more attentive discernment of their call.”  
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The following sessions, constituting the Aspirancy Program of the Permanent Diaconate Program of the Fall River Diocese, have been designed to address these norms.


Please note:

  •  Aspirancy sessions take place at Holy Family of the Sacred Heart Parish in New Bedford.
  •  Aspirants and their wives (if married) are expected to attend all Aspirancy sessions; if illness or family/work obligations do not permit attendance at a session, the aspirant is asked to inform the Permanent Diaconate Office. (Tel. 508-995-3700)
  •  All sessions begin at 7:00 pm and end at 9:00 pm.
  • Each session begins with Evening Prayer or a Communion Service at 6:30 pm.
  • Presentations and discussions will take place in the parish center of Holy Family of the Sacred Heart Parish New Bedford, MA.




Session 1: Date: March 14. 2019 – Opening Session


Session 2: Date : March 19, 2019

·       Presentation: Ministry and the Family  


Session 3: Date: March 21, 2019  

·       Presentation: Ministry of the Word   


Session 4: Date: March 26, 2019

·       Presentation:  History and Theology of the Diaconate Part I  


Session 5: Date: March 28, 2019

·       Presentation: Ministry of Liturgy   


Session 6: Date: April 2, 2019

·       Presentation: History and Theology of the Diaconate, Part II  (45 minutes)


Session 7: Date: April 4, 2019

·       Presentation: Ministry of Charity 


Session 8: Date: April 9, 2019

·       Presentation: Road to the Diaconate Part I


Session 9: Date: April 11, 2019

·       Presentation: Presentation of the Psychological Testing Process 


Session 10: Date: April 23, 2019

·       Presentation: Road to the Diaconate Part II - Ordination to the Diaconate  


Session 11: Date: April 25, 2019

·       Presentation: Spiritual Direction and the Spiritual Director  


Session 12: Date: April 30, 2019)

o   Test on the Knowledge of the Catholic Faith


Session 13: Date: May 2, 2019

·       Psychological Testing including wives



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