What is Aspirancy?
Participating in the Aspirancy period seeks to guide and support a man’s discernment of the question of whether God is calling him to serve as a deacon. Aspirancy in no way suggests or guarantees that a man will be ordained a deacon.
a. During both Aspirancy and Candidacy formation, each man must participate in an ongoing evaluation process. This process involves his own self-reflection in addition to input from faculty, pastors, mentors, and the Director of the Diaconate Office.
b. The Church, through the ministry of those in charge of the diaconate, must ratify each man’s decision to seek ordination by a formal call to Holy Orders. Thus, the Church is responsible to make the final determination as to who will be ordained deacons of the Church.