Dimensions of Formation
There are four dimensions of Deacon Formation:
- Human Formation is the foundation of the other three.
- Spiritual Formation informs the other three.
- Intellectual Formation enables the understanding of the other three;
- Pastoral Formation expresses the other three in practice.
The goal of Human Formation is a fuller development of one’s humanity so that the person of the deacon can be a bridge for communicating Jesus to his people. The capacity to relate to others is fundamental for a person called to be in service for the community. The whole being (body, mind, heart and spirit) is involved in formation: psychological competence, communication skills, maintaining one’s physical well-being, nurturing healthy relationships, and openness to the arts, sciences and politics of human life.
Integrating all of this and more is essential to become a complete and holy person.
- Flexibility and openness, demonstrated by the ability to adapt to change and by the ability to be at ease with himself and others; coupled with a personal stamina which shows him to be a man of principles, conviction and empathy
- Evidence of having made a personal decision to choose ordained ministry
- A developed good sense of one’s self-esteem and self-confidence with the maturity needed to be ordained
- The ability to manage time and to administer his own life and the duties of ministry with efficiency
- The ability to set limits and goals in one’s life and make plans both for himself and for his ministry
- The ability to be self-critical as evidenced by an internal sense of measurement and non-reliance on external approval
- An appreciation of the need for recreation and relaxation seen in the ability to take appropriate days off and vacation time
- An awareness of his own limitations and strengths and be willing to be formed
- Have a healthy understanding of authority and obedience
- Non-involvement in substance abuse, sexual addiction, or severe psychological problems, the absence of any definable pathology