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someone in whom a sudden conversion experience seems to precip itate a diaconal vocation.) c. He is in a stable marriage, if married, or in a mature celibate state of life, if single. d. If married, he has the consent of his wife. e. He is properly motivated and gives evidence of an overall personal balance and moral character. f. He is a frequent participant in adult faith enrichment opportuni ties (e.g., retreats, days of reflection, spiritual direction, study of Scripture and church teachings). g. He is free of canonical impediments or irregularities. 8 183. The director of formation, who coordinates the selection process, arranges an interview with the diocese’s committee on admission. 9 The purpose of the interview is to assess the applicant’s level of aware ness of a diaconal vocation, as well as to obtain information and back ground on his family life, employment stability, and general aptitude for diaconal ministry. The interview must include a separate interview with his wife, if he is married, and may include an interview with the entire family. 184. As part of the application process, those charged with admission must—with appropriate care for confidentiality and manifestation of conscience—explore the presence of impediments to ordination. 10 If canonical dispensations are required, these must be obtained before admission to aspirant formation. 185. Appropriate psychological consultation must be included as part of the application process, but always with the explicit, free, informed, and written consent of the applicant. 11 Those selected as psychological con sultants must use psychological methods in harmony with Christian The Role of the Diocese

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