The Institute for Diaconate Formation (IDF) is the formation program that prepares men for ordination as permanent deacons (single or married) for the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.
The five-year program is structured according to the norms of the National Directory for the Formation, Ministry, and Life of Permanent Deacons in the United States (US Bishops, 2004), the Basic Norms for the Formation of Permanent Deacons, and the Directory for the Ministry and Life of Permanent Deacons (Congregation for Catholic Education and Congregation for the Clergy, 1998). Additionally, formation is ordered around four dimensions of formation - human, intellectual, spiritual, and pastoral - in the context of the ongoing discernment of the vocation to diaconal ministry and the call to Holy Orders.
The context for this discernment and formation is the deacon’s three-fold ministry as Servant of the Word, Servant of the Eucharistic Mystery, and Servant of the Charity of Christ. In short, the deacon is the embodied sacrament and icon of Christ’s own Servant Mysteries, his diakonia of obedient listening to the Father’s will, and response to the needs of the New Evangelization.
The Institute for Diaconate Formation is also responsible for the post-ordination formation of deacons.
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