What is a deacon?

Answer: 

A deacon is a man 35 years of age or older, married or single, who desires to serve the Church in a variety of ways in ministry of the liturgy, the Word, and service. He has a one year of aspirancy discerning his call to the diaconate. He then engages in a rigorous three-year theological, pastoral, and spiritual formation period prior to his diaconate ordination. This training is done while he continues his usual life style and work.