If a married man was discerning the vocation to become a permanent Deacon, and had the full support of his wife and family, what studies would be helpful (beyond the prescribed for formation) that could help him become the most useful possible?
Let's also say that his strengths and talents were:
Restorative: Fixer, healer, problem solver
Learner: lifelong learner, craves more knowledge
Responsibilty: takes ownership
Belief: strong convictions in faith
He also has a background in music. He is a cradle catholic who longs to see more coming to Christ through His church. For those within, and those who have fallen away from it, he hopes to see them come to a fullness of faith and the experience of that faith here on earth preparing them for the joy that is to come.
Also, I guess I could rephrase the question as "what would be the most helpful thing in today's church that a Deacon could do?" For instance, would a Deacon be a person that could help minister to people seeking annulments, marriage or family counseling, or even a vocations director or assistant?
Thank you and God Bless you for your help.