The Diaconate Program at the University of St. Thomas shows how the fostering of vocations is made through efforts to communicate and share the story of the diaconate and the sacramental nature of this ecclesial ministry, which finds its meaning in the life of service. Formation of candidates proceeds from a period of initial interviews to four years of intense human, intellectual, spiritual and pastoral formation during which the goal is to mold the candidates into true "icons of Christ the Servant."
The Diaconate Program is in full conformity with the National Directory for the Formation, Ministry and Life of Permanent Deacons of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
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