Jack Leadbetter, Deacon
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Formal Inquiry into Application to the Permanent Diaconate
The desire to become a permanent deacon may be influenced by many different persons and factors. It is the role of the Diocesan Director and the staff of the Office of the Permanent Diaconate to be of service in helping a prospective candidate discern this call from the Lord. Therefore, it’s imperative that a prospective candidate be in contact with the Office of the Permanent Diaconate of the Diocese of Marquette, 1004 Harbor Hills Dr. Marquette, MI 49855; Phone (906) 227-9103
The process begins as follows:
1. The prospective candidate meets with his pastor and receives approval to proceed.
2. The prospective candidate writes a letter expressing his interest in becoming a permanent deacon to the Diocesan Director of the Permanent Diaconate.
3. He submits a Spiritual Autobiography to the Diocesan Director of the Permanent Diaconate.
A Spiritual Autobiography is a written history of a person’s own spiritual/religious experience and development. The Spiritual Autobiography should be no longer than two typed pages in length. The Spiritual Autobiography should include the following:
- A description of your religious faith as it has developed.
- A discussion of the significant individuals who have influenced your life and religious faith.
- A description of your prayer life.
- A discussion of your relationship to the Church. Please include the following:
- What Sacraments have you received?
- In what ministries have you been engaged?
- What has been your educational/catechetical training?
- Have you ever experienced a period when you were away from the practice of the Catholic Faith?
- What is your relationship to the Church today?
- The factors that have influenced your decision to pursue a vocation to the Permanent Diaconate.
After your letter of interest and your Spiritual Autobiography are received by the Office of the Permanent Diaconate, you will be contacted to arrange the initial interview. If the prospective candidate is married, his wife is also expected to attend the initial interview. The interview will be conducted at the Diocesan offices in Marquette.
Application forms, instructions, and other materials will be provided by the Office of the Permanent Diaconate after the initial interview. As part of the application process, you (and your wife, if married) may be asked to submit to a psychological assessment, the cost of which will be the responsibility of the Diocese of Marquette. You will also be asked to give written permission for a release of information and provide the necessary information for a criminal background check.