Formation for the Diaconate is divided into three stages:
Inquiry, Aspirancy and Candidacy.
This means "exploring the Diaconate with intention". This is a period of intense inquiry for the applicant and his family. At the end of this year of discernment and education, the Aspirant decides whether he should proceed in the program, if invited by the bishop after consultation with those responsible for the guidance of the Aspirant.
This is the first and second year of formation. This focuses on prayer and discernment. At the end of these years, the bishop may elect to admit you to Candidacy. This includes an interview of the applicant (and spouse) by members of the Formation Team.
This is a three-year program of specific human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral preparation for the Diaconate. At the end of this path, he may be called forth by the bishop to this ministry through the Sacrament of Holy Orders.