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I'm active duty US Air Force, 31 yrs old. I'm just on my way into med school, but my long term goals are 20+ yrs in service, leaving much time to become a deacon. I imagine about 8 years until I can start courses, and I have no idea where to begin. My questions are:
*Which diocese would I go through being in the military?
Are there distance-learning programs for becoming a deacon?
What can I do in the coming years to prepare?
Any inputs at all would help. Much thanks. God bless.
You probably should contact the Archdiocese for the military. With priests, they generally require ordination first, I don't know if it's the same for deacons.
Can I be a physician AND a deacon at the base I am stationed?
I know more about the Army than the AF but I think you would have to choose one. Each branch has certain jobs. The jobs for clergy are in the Chaplaincy Corp while the jobs for doctors are all in the Medical Corp. If you were in the Medical corp and already an ordained deacon, the Chaplain would probably welcome your assistance with things such as helping with Mass or visiting hospitals but it would be more of an outside volunteer activity.