Diaconate discerners to attend meeting

Published: November 15, 2015

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The Diocese of Little Rock will begin a new, permanent diaconate formation program in the fall of 2017. It is open to Catholic men in good standing with the Church who will be 35 years old by 2022. Those interested are invited to attend an informational meeting that will provide an overview of the program and plans leading up to ordination in 2022. Visit our calendar to see a list of all informational meetings in Arkansas.

The program will be offered through the diocesan Office of Faith Formation under the direction of Father Erik Pohlmeier. Classes will be taught monthly at St. John Catholic Center in Little Rock for deacon candidates and their wives. The first three years of candidacy will also correspond with the class time for the Little Rock Theology Institute.

Candidates and their wives will take all the regular courses one weekend a month along with additional diaconate formation and would be able to earn a bachelor’s degree in theology through St. Gregory University in Shawnee, Okla. The fifth and final year will focus solely on diaconate training, including homiletics and canon law. For more information, e-mail Deacon Chuck Ashburn in the Faith Formation Office or call him at (501) 664-0340.