New deacon class will begin forming

Deacons Jeff Schuetzle and Ray Hilgendorf incense Prince of Peace Church in Clinton during the church’s dedication Mass on March 14, 2009.

In August the Diocese of Davenport will begin the process of forming the next class to enter formation for the diaconate. This first phase, known as Inquiry, focuses on introducing possible candidates to the diaconate and helping them with initial discernment. In order to do this, the diocese will be offering a series of “Inquiry Days” across the diocese.

These sessions — which run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (doors open at 12:30 p.m.) — will introduce inquirers and their wives to the diaconate, diaconal ministry in the diocese, and to the formation program.

Not only do possible candidates get to know the diaconate and diocese during the Inquiry year, the diocese also gets to know them. To that end, the diocese asks inquirers to complete the first year of the Ministry Formation Program as well as safe environment (Virtus) training. They also complete a comprehensive written application and undergo a series of interviews before being accepted into Aspirancy, the next phase of formation for the diaconate.

Those interested in attending one of these Inquiry sessions should notify Deacon Frank Agnoli, director of deacon formation, at (563) 888-4257 or


Inquiry session schedule by deanery

Grinnell: Sacred Heart, Newton, Saturday, Aug. 6   

Keokuk: St. Mary, Fort Madison, Sunday, Aug. 28   

Iowa City: St. Mary, Riverside, Saturday, Sept. 24   

Ottumwa: St. Patrick, Ottumwa, Sunday, Oct. 30   

Clinton: St. Joseph, DeWitt, Saturday, Nov. 19

Davenport: Chancery (St. Vincent Center), Davenport, Sunday, Dec. 4

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