On Saturday, June 20, 2015, we completed our third of five years journey in diaconate formation as a part of the Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton class. Our last class for this formation year was held at St. Louis of France in La Puente.   Click here to read all of Jay and Candy’s Diaconate blogs!)

On June 13th, the previous Saturday, we completed our oral exam for the third year of formation. This exam was given by Deacon Mike and covered material from all three years of formation. The main purpose of this exam is to continue to prepare us for our final oral exam given sometime during our 5th year.  This exam will be given by members of the formation team and will cover information that we learned during our five years of diaconate formation.

For our last class, we had morning and evening prayer, had two witness talks, reviewed the homework that was due that day and covered the evaluation for this year. What we would like to focus on were those items brought up by us and our classmates as highlights of this year.

Items that were brought up as highlights included the following:

  • Being able to participate in the diaconate ordination earlier in the month.
  • Rite of Reader. Blessed by Cardinal Mahoney with the second of three rites during diaconate formation.
  • The evening prayer that was held for our last class at Alemany High School. We gathered around the grave of our sister Tess.  Ding, her husband, was the presider for evening Liturgy of the Hours.
  • The witness talks. Through these we learned about the spiritual journey of our classmates.
  • Checking-in.  Spending the first hour of class where we took time out of our regular class and everyone present had the opportunity to share how things were going in their life.
  • The coat drive. For many this was the first time they had made a request to their parish about donations and collecting items for those less fortunate in the community.  Everyone was amazed at the generous response that they received.

Your continued prayers and support during this process are greatly appreciated. We are sure that we would not be able to continue without them.

If you have any questions about what we have experienced in the diaconate (aka “that deacon thing”), please ask us or send us an e-mail to gbmom_01_02@yahoo.com.

If you are interested in becoming a Deacon or a Deacon Couple for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, please contact:

 Diaconate Formation Office

Archdiocese of Los Angeles

3424 Wilshire Boulevard, 2nd Floor

Los Angeles, CA 90010-2241


Upcoming Diaconate Information days are as follows:

  • Sunday, July 19, 2015 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at St. Jerome Parish, 5550 Thornburn St., Los Angeles, 90045
  • Sunday, October 18, 2015 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Incarnation Community Center, 214 W. Fairview Ave., Glendale, 91202

Candy & Jay Krueger,

Candidacy Year III, Diaconate Formation year IV,

Holy Family Church, South Pasadena, CA

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