about the process of entering into the diaconate, which I formally began yesterday by attending an interview with the director of the Office for the Diaconate.
It would be a fascinating story–one to rival my year of grace journal–but I fear it would break several of my “golden rules”, the main two being: never blog on really personal stuff and never blog on anything that might adversely affect my future.
Of course, Year of Grace IS really personal stuff, but its stuff in the past, and it turned out all right in the end, so that’s why now (six years after the event) I am able to share it with the world.
But with regard to the process of becoming a deacon in the great Archdiocese of Melbourne–that is a road that is fraught with dangers and possible wrong turns and dead ends. It is also a journey that is going to make great demands on my patience–a virtue which, as many will tell you, I have in short supply.
Suffice it to say that at this point I am an applicant to become an aspirant to become a candidate to become a permanent deacon. They are just starting the diaconate program here in Melbourne (the last diocese of Australia to do so) and there has been an enthusiastic response–as many as 58 enquirers. Only a fraction of those will make it through to ordination in four years time (the canonical period of formation). For some the journey could be longer. For a goodly number the journey may lead them in a completely different direction and never reach ordination. For all I know, I could be one of the latter.
So this is one temptation I am going to resist except for small reports on my progress from here on in. But do not despair, dear reader. I intend to keep a diary of my experiences along the way, and one day, ONE day, I will blog it…