The Formation of Deacons

In the Diocese of Fall River  the formation program leading to ordination to the Diaconate is a five-year program consisting of an initial period of intense discernment and study outside of a formal academic setting [ Aspirancy ], followed by four years of formation which encompasses the human, spiritual, academic and pastoral levels.


The schedule for the next class is as follows: 

  • Aspirancy Phase –  April 7 through August 2015
  • Classes begin - September 2015 (4 years - twice per week)
  • Called to Candidacy – June 2016
  • Order of Reader – June 2017
  • Order of Acolyte – June 2018
  • Ordination - 2019


Visit the 8th Class' Journey to Ordination pages for a good overview of the five year program.









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