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Preparing a Vocational Deacon
The role of the permanent deacon is to be a servant minister, symbolizing the servanthood of Christ. Each deacon, therefore, is involved in one or more community ministries. The deacon is to bring the needs of the world to the church, and necessarily therefore is out in the world for most of his/her ministry. The Diocese of Fond du Lac has a Deacons School, for the preparation of deacons in the diocese (who have gone through the discernment process in the diocese, and been approved to proceed towards ordination as postulants). The School is a two year school consisting of
- eight courses
- two retreats
- field education
- practicum components.
Spiritual and community formation are vital parts of the School. The Deacons School has its own dean, faculty and curriculum. It is for deacons-in-training as well as deacons serving in the Diocese seeking continuing education.
As deacons have a particular role as servant ministers, the curriculum reflects this perspective. All students take part in assisting at Eucharist services and in leading and assisting at the Evening or Morning Prayer services. Students also learn to preach. Homiletics, a Liturgical Practicum, Theological Reflection, Prayer Book Studies, Bible Studies, Anglican Theology and Church History classes are required during the two years.