Hello all, I have a question and would like some input. I am currently 29 and have been discerning a call to the diaconate for some time. Our diocese (Sacramento) requires applicants be 33 at the time of application. I understand that Canon law states married men need to be 35 by time of ordination. But I also read on USCCB.com that the Bishop can dispense a year and allow a 34 year old to be ordained.
The Sacramento Diocese has 1 year of application, 1 year of aspirancy then 4 years of formation. So if I was to be allowed in now, I would be 36 at the time of ordination (i will be 30 here in a few months). Of course I will talk to my pastor first but I was wondering what everyone else thought of this. I do not want to overstep my boundaries but I know God is calling me to this. A few have said that "if hes calling you now he will still be calling at the next class when I am "of age," which will be in 2016. But even more have advised me to inquire more into this through the diocese vocation office. Any thought/advice would be great.