Introduction to Appendices A-C: Discernment and Support Groups
A1.1 Each Candidate will normally have two separate groups of people in their Parish/Congregation, who will be part of the formation and training process for the Candidate.
A1.2 The discernment group will be responsible for helping the candidate and the Parish discern whether or not the candidate is indeed called to the diaconate and whether or not the candidate is the right person for the particular Parish/Congregation. (See Appendix A for an outline of procedures and responsibilities of a Discernment Group).
A1.3 The support group will be responsible for providing a safe, confidential place for the candidate to share experiences and review learning. (See Appendix B for an outline of procedures and responsibilities of a Support Group).
A1.4 Where a Parish/Congregation is too small for these two groups to function; the Parish/Congregation may choose to have a joint group. (See Appendix C for an outline of procedures and responsibilities of a Joint Discernment and Support Group).
Appendix A: Guidelines for Parish/Congregational Discernment with Separate Support for Candidate
Appendix B: Guidelines for a Parish/Congregational Support Group with Separate Discernment Group
Appendix C: Guidelines for a Single Parish/Congregational Support Group for a Candidate
Appendix D: Recommended Reading
Appendix E: Diaconal Covenants