It was over time… I’d say a few years. Seems like it was all he could think about. He researched it (the diaconate program is making a come back in the Catholic faith), and prayed… lots! He spoke to a few ordained deacons & some priest friends and they all prayed for discernment for him.
Then our diocese re-opened the program & he put in his application. We both had multiple questions tests to take (lasted several hours) and then we had to meet with a psychologist to asses our situation.
He was accepted in the program but the first 2 years are still considered discernment. Next year the Bishop will evaluate his progress, will meet with him & then decide if he should continue for the next 2 years & be ordained.
Oh, and I have to give written permission for him to continue!
It’s quite the journey & I do some blogging about it… www.deaconswife.com