i am begining the long journey towards the Permanent diaconate.
In my diocese a man must complete a 2 year lay ministry formation program beofore advancing to the diaconate. This program is done with other people throughout my diocese who wan’t to serve the church in various capacities including the deaconate. I am the only man in my formation group though.
I live in what I would call a pretty liberal diocese and I consider myself orthodox in my catholic belief.
I have begun the ministry formation program and am getting some serious liberal vibes (dissent) from the whole ordeal.
I have a hunch the ministry formation is to weed out guys like me.
My question is, should I just go through the motions with this obviously dissenting 2 year prep before deaconate formation or should I be myself which obviously would pretty much doom my admission into the deaconate formation.