In the fall of 1989, Conception Seminary College initiated the Deacon Formation Program to provide the theological formation for candidates for the permanent diaconate and their wives. Several general criteria govern such theological formation. First, the program is designed to prepare candidates to exercise pastoral ministry. Second, the theological formation must take into account the general needs of diaconal service in the communities for which the deacon is ordained. And third, since candidates enter the program as mature adults, the theological formation makes use of the methods and processes of adult education.
The program includes the following subjects: an introduction to the Scriptures and to the critical interpretation of the Bible, fundamental theology, the faith of the Church, Christian morality in both its personal and social dimensions, the canon law of the Church, the history of the Church, and liturgical and other practicums.