Incardination of Deacons

1. A deacon who legitimately moves into the diocese may petition the diocesan bishop of Lansing in writing for incardination at any time. This is normally to be done through the Office of Deacons, although the petition may be directly placed to the bishop.

2. It is recommended that the requesting deacon first contact his proper diocesan bishop to receive provisional consent for excardination.

3. Preparation for incardination and excardination is normally arranged by the respective offices for the diaconate in the two dioceses. However, any case involving a member of a religious institute or society of apostolic life who wishes to depart it and become incardinated in this diocese must first be referred by the director of deacons to the chancellor for direction and the involvement of the Vicar for Religious. [1]

4. The director of deacons must contact the appropriate officials of the diocese or religious community of excardination to obtain information concerning the deacon's life, morals, faculties, assignment history, formation and studies as well as recommendations concerning his exercise of ministry and character. He must diligently inquire into the suitability of the deacon for service in this diocese and present the results of his inquiries to the diocesan bishop along with a recommendation.

5. The director of deacons must arrange for the deacon to complete any requirements established in #2.1 Norms for All Clergy and Laity and to acquaint him with any other diocesan norms and structures that pertain to the exercise of the diaconate.

6. If the deacon has not yet been assigned, the director of deacons must arrange for an anticipated canonical assignment, the granting of faculties, and the development of a Ministry Agreement according to their respective norms.

7. The diocesan bishop is free to establish a period of probation during which he assigns the deacon to a place of service or a service for a determined time and gives him suitable faculties. He freely determines the usefulness for any additional assessments, recommendations, or interviews before making his decision.

8. Only the diocesan bishop approves or denies incardination. He may arrange for the final exchange of the letters of incardination and excardination in the manner he deems appropriate.

9. Documentation of the incardination of a deacon is to be filed with the chancellor, and forwarded to the Office of Deacons which maintains a copy in the personnel file of the deacon and makes one available to the deacon.

[1] Congregation for the Clergy, Directory for the Ministry and Life of Permanent Deacons (1998) n. 4; available at Vatican website. [Hereafter DMLPD.] Number 4 provides: “When a deacon is transferred to a community in another diocese, the superior shall be obliged to present him to the local Ordinary and obtain permission for him to exercise his ministry in accordance with the procedures agreed upon, between the bishop and the superior.”

Date approved by Bishop

Posted by
Msgr. S. J. Raica, chancellor