The Diocese of Tucson Common Formation Program
The Diocese of Tucson Common Formation Program is a combined ministry preparation program for candidates for the Permanent Diaconate and candidates for certified Lay Ecclesial Ministry.
The program is intended to address the four areas of formation for ministry required by the National Directory for the Formation and Life of the Permanent Deacons in the Dioceses of the United States (2005) and Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord: A Resource for Guiding the Development of Lay Ecclesial Ministry (2005).
These areas of formation are the Human, Spiritual, Intellectual, and Pastoral.
The Common Formation Program is presented by local experts in Catholic theology, practice, and experience. The Common Formation Program works because it is rooted in the expression of God’s love of all, mutual respect and shared journey of participants and staff, joined together as a cohort, a community of adult learners.
The Common Formation Program is a four year program, meeting one weekend each month, eleven months of the year. The candidates for the Permanent Diaconate and Lay Ecclesial Ministry work together during the Friday evening sessions, the Saturday sessions, and some of the Sunday morning sessions each year. The remaining Sunday morning sessions are reserved for the specific formation elements of the diaconate ministry.
Sr. Lois Paha
Director of Formation