ORGANIZATION, STRUCTURE, AND PERSONNEL FOR DIACONAL FORMATION
3 Congregation for Catholic Education and the Congregation for the Clergy, Joint Study of the US Draft Document–The National Directory for the Formation, Ministry and Life of Permanent Deacons in the United States , Prot. No. 78/2000 (March 4, 2002). 4 See GDC, no. 160. 5 The Congregation for the Clergy offers its website to assist in the continuing formation of priests and deacons. The website provides a library on the magisterial teachings of the Roman pontiffs, with recent documentation from the Holy Father, Church Fathers, and sacred writings. It provides links to several theological libraries; live teleconferences or documentation from the teleconferences on Christology, ecclesiology, sacramental and moral theology, Mariology, pneumatology; statistical information on diocesan and religious priests and deacons; as well as an email option for updated information on future offerings. 6 BNFPD, no. 19. 7 BNFPD, no. 16. See also nos. 21, 42, 44, 62; DMLPD, nos. 3, 78, 80. 13 “It is the intention of our Dicasteries that the variety of offices in diaconal formation and post-ordination ministry: the Director of the Formation Program, the Coordinator for Pastoral Formation, Mentors, the Director of the Permanent Diaconate should be reserved to clerics—and in the case of the Director of Spiritual Formation (an office not mentioned in the Ratio fundamentalis ), Pastors and Priest Pastoral Supervisors, they must be a priest.” Congregation for Catholic Education and the Congregation for the Clergy, Joint Study of the US Draft Document—The National Directory for the Formation, Ministry and Life of Permanent Deacons in the United States , Prot. No. 78/2000 (March 4, 2002). 14 PDV, no. 57. 15 Congregation for Catholic Education, Directives Concerning the Preparation of Seminary Educators (Washington, DC: United States Catholic Conference, 1994), 5-6. 16 The following considerations are this Directory’s commentaries on the criteria for faculty selections as established by the Congregation for Catholic Education: i. A spirit of faith : A lived commitment to the Church, its Magisterium, and the Deposit of Faith accompanied and sustained by a love of prayer—the educator who lives by faith teaches more by what he is than by what he says ii. A pastoral sense : A commitment to the pastoral-theological vision of the Second Vatican Council and to the identity and mission of diaconal ministry that the Council and post-conciliar documents promote in the Church; a sensitivity also from their own participation in the pastoral charity of Christ iii. A spirit of communion : Collaboration and understanding of their role in the vocational discernment for admission to candidacy and ordination to the diaconate 8 BNFPD, no. 19. 9 BNFPD, no. 21. 10 BNFPD, no. 21. 11 BNFPD, no. 23. 12 PDV, no. 57. See BNFPD, no. 85.
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