Pathway to the Diaconate in the Diocese of Lansing

This is journey which typically takes a minimum of 6 years but can take much longer.  You must be between the ages of 35-55 at time of application, live within the Diocese for at least three years, actively involved in the Church and demonstrate the ability to express the reasons you potentially are being called as a deacon. 

1. Obtain the approval of your pastor and your wife.

2. Meet with the Director of Diaconal Formation, Deacon Randy Desrochers and his Associate, Deacon Gene Leger.

3. Begin the necessary theological formation which represents on average 36 college level credit hours at Augustine Institute or Holy Apostles College

4. Apply to be an “Aspirant” 

The application process takes approximately 8 months to complete. Why so long?

5. Once accepted into “Aspirancy”, attend 9 monthly “Aspirant” meetings with your wife.

6. Apply for the 1st of 3yrs of “Candidacy”. Each represents a blended year of didactic presentations, hands on training and service projects. One applies to proceed on to the next year at the end of each preceding year.

7. Complete all 3 years of Candidacy as well as all the necessary theological formation then apply for ordination.  See the stages below.