Who May Apply for Admission to Aspirancy for the Permanent Diaconate

To apply for admission to the Aspirancy Path of formation for the Permanent Diaconate in the Archdiocese of Atlanta a man must meet the requirements that are delineated below.  For an application to be accepted an applicant must:

  • Have a willingness to make a life-long commitment of service in the Church. The applicant will be asked to give assurance that if he is ordained he will be able to serve in the Archdiocese for the foreseeable future.
  • Be in good standing in the Church, having been a member for not less than five (5) years and lived within the Archdiocese of Atlanta not less than three (3) years, or have a letter from his Ordinary giving permission for him to be formed for the Permanent Diaconate in the Archdiocese of Atlanta.
  • Have his application actively supported in writing, by his wife and his pastor.
  • Minimum age for a single applicant is thirty (30) and the maximum age is sixty (60).
  • Minimum age for a married applicant is thirty-five (35) and the maximum age is sixty (60).
  • The applicant should be no older than sixty-five (65) at time of ordination.
  • A single man must be committed to “celibacy” subsequent to ordination.
  • A married man must be committed to “celibacy” subsequent to ordination should his wife die before him.
  • Be citizen of the United States of America, a Permanent Resident holding a valid “Green Card” or a resident on a valid U.S. Visa. Applicants on a U.S. Visa will be required to provide evidence that their Visa remains valid on an annual basis.
  • Have stable employment and a fiscally sound financial history.
  • Be without a criminal record.
  • Be of sufficient mental and physical health to complete a minimum of five years of formation and after ordination, serve in an active capacity for a minimum period of 10 to 15 years.
  • Possess a minimum of a high school diploma and be capable of college level studies.
  • Must be able to read, write and speak the English language. During formation papers may be written and submitted in Spanish (or other languages as approved) if the applicant’s first language is not English.
  • If married, be married for at least five (5) years in the Sacrament by the Roman Catholic Church, and be able to provide evidence of a stable and growing marriage.
  • If any annulments are required (applicant or wife), they must have been received prior to applying.
  • Be able to provide their families with adequate quality time as a husband, father and son (without putting an undue burden on their wives) during formation.
  • Possess a significant history of active participation in pastoral ministry in his parish.
  • Be committed to serving the Archdiocese of Atlanta after ordination.
  • Be capable of committing to a minimum of two (2) Saturdays per month and three (3) weekends per year to formation and studies (in general, a minimum of ten (10) hours per week will be necessary for studies and ministerial work).
  • Commit to be present for all required classes, days of reflection, ministry participation and retreats throughout the formation program.

Applications to the Aspirancy year of formation to the Permanent Diaconate will be accepted from any man who has attended the required Information/Inquiry sessions.

There is a “due date” for applications, however, any applications receive after that date, will be accepted and considered for application process the year after received.  Applicants should bear in mind that the interview and evaluation process can take between 6-8 months to complete.  Successful applicants will be admitted to the Aspirancy class that begins in the January following their acceptance.

All men who attended the two inquiry sessions will receive by email the application form.

Please direct any questions to Penny Simmons psimmons@archatl.com 404-931-1848 or Deacon José Espinosa jespinosa@archatl.com 404-906-7163.

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