When Will the Next Formation Class Begin?
Normally, our formation classes are on a 5-year cycle. However, with the passing of our beloved Bishop John Steinbock, we have been in a hiatus pending the appointment of a new bishop for our diocese. According to the National Directory for the Formation, Ministry, and Life of Permanent Deacons in the United States, a bishop is the authority who ultimately decides whether to admit an applicant into the aspirant path, which is normally a discernment period prior to formal acceptance by the bishop into diaconal formation. Until permission is received from our new bishop, Bishop Armando Ochoa, to resume the preliminary evaluation process, we cannot proceed with invitations to enter into the discernment process for the diaconate.
However, during this period of time, we will actively meet with all interested men who may be considering a diaconal vocation, to discuss their potential eligibility for the program in the future. Men who are interested in discussing a diaconate vocation are encouraged to contact the Office of the Permanent Diaconate at the Pastoral Center, 1550 N. Fresno Street in Fresno. Normal office hours are Tuesday and Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Other appointment times may be arranged subject to availability of staff. For office information, please click on the “Contact Us” link on this web page.