Use a VLE (virtual learning environment) and completely change the quality and accessibility of your deacon formation program. Raise it to new heights while saving everyone involved time and money in the formation of permanent deacons!
Previously in the Archdiocese of Denver, candidates preparing to serve as permanent deacons would travel every other week to attend weekend gatherings at the Seminary. There, they would discover resources and participate in activities to prepare them for this ministry. Now they meet only once each six weeks period, yet they spend significant time in self-study and online interactive assignments for each session.
This new model has enhanced the spiritual, intellectual, and communal experiences of the men. It has saved significant amounts of time and money for both the Archdiocese and for the men in formation. It has prepared them more fully for the world in which they will serve. It prepares adults with an adult learning methodology for service.