Well, I made it through the preaspirancy classes over the summer and went before the Diaconate Review Board on Friday, August 7th, 2015. I was officially accepted into the aspirancy. The four guys that I went through ministry formation with who also applied to the diaconate were accepted as well. We'll be together for at least another two years now.
The aspirancy is two years of classes. Then we will go before the diaconate review board again. If we make it past that review we will be installed as candidates and go through another two years of formation and classes.
Five years of classes and formation. It seems like such a long time. My military contract was only four years. Of course, when it is something you love the time can fly by.
Thanks be to God.