Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, recently spoke to all of the classes in deacon formation during a visit to the Mexican American Catholic College, where the men and their wives are taking coursework.
The archdiocesan Diaconate Office, led by Deacon Mike Pawelek, helps with a process of discernment by forming men academically, spiritually and emotionally as to whether the Lord is calling them to serve in the church community of the archdiocese in this ministry that calls one to serve under the guidance of the pastor of a particular parish. There are, at times, special ministries someone may be called to outside of parish ministry.
The formation process helps to access the particular gifts and talents they will bring to this ministry. The candidates are empowered to become more familiar with the diversity of cultures within the archdiocesan community.