Bless you Karl in you discernment. You are in my prayers.
I’ve also discerned this vocation for a very long time. I missed the age cutoff for my diocese’s upcomming classes so now its about a 5 year wait for me.
Please provide for us holy men to answer your call for the diaconate. Their ministry of evangelization, charity, and service is so vital to the church today. As married men, let them also be an example of the domestic church to our young families in order for them to also foster vocations.
Guide their journey of formation and let your Spirit provide them the support and encouragement they need.
We ask this in Jesus’ name,