Of the making of many books there is no end, and in much study there is weariness for the flesh.
— Ecc 12:12
I am in candidacy for the Permanent Diaconate in the Diocese of Nashville. My cohort is in its third year of formation. We were instituted to the minor order of Lector last year and should be instituted as Acolytes this spring. God willing, we will complete our studies in the spring of 2025 and be ordained the following Advent.
Our formation program includes obtaining an MA in Theology from St. Meinrad Archabbey. Reading assignments/syllabi appear on Blackbaud, and we generally have about a month to complete reading and pre-work writing assignments. Then, we meet in person for a weekend of lectures, formation conferences, and final project assignments. We get summers off, though many (including me) choose to take summer classes to complete additional credits.
There’s a lot of reading. So much reading. I’ve come to enjoy the process of research and writing. In addition, having access to an extensive theological library (with all the databases) is very nice. I also recently learned that alumni keep access to the library, so my joy is complete.
Underway: Evangelization and Catechesis (online)
On Deck: Liturgical Practicum (in-person)