I have a few questions about deacons and the diaconate.
From what I have read on this website and elsewhere, most deacons’ children are fully grown by the time they are ordained. I would be curious to hear anecdotal evidence to this, or to the opposite, effect. Is it common – or if not common, then at least not unheard of – for a diocese to accept diaconal candidates whose children are very young? Or is there a definite sense for most dioceses that the diaconate is a “middle-aged” vocation?
Another question is in regards to deacons’ professions. I know that deacons can work in a number of professions, but are there some professions that might dissuade a diocese from admitting candidates into their programs? I am most interested in the case of a theology professor – as someone who teaches in an academic, and potentially secular, setting, is there a conflict of interests, or would such a professor be unlikely to be allowed to be ordained? Or is the intensity of a person’s professional workload (let’s say, someone who works more than 40 hours/week) seen as a detriment to being accepted into a diaconate program?
Sorry if these questions are arcane or confusing…
Thanks very much for any help!