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Brisbane offering training for deacons

The Archdiocese of Brisbane's Diaconate Directorate plans to begin the first training program for permanent deacons in the new year.

The Catholic Leader reports that Directorate chairman Fr Frank O'Dea wrote to priests last month informing them of the availability of training and explaining the qualities required in candidates for the diaconate.

Candidates must be Catholics "fully initiated in the faith" and at least 35 years of age at ordination.

If married, the deacon's wife must be willing to be supportive through formation and the ministry, and the candidate's family members must have been helped to understand his decision.

Fr O'Dea said the qualities sought include a demonstrated ability "to lead others and work collaboratively, and to have an active, centred prayer life."

Catholic Leader