An applicant must:

1.    be a baptized man who is confirmed and has received his first Holy Communion;
2.    have been a Catholic for a minimum of five years;
3.    be legally a permanent U.K resident;
4.    be at least 31 at the time of admission to the Formation Programme;
5.    normally be no more than 65 by the time he is due for ordination;
6.    enjoy good physical and mental health with no condition that would impede his ministry;
7.    have the necessary ability to complete the formation programme;
8.    be reasonably financially secure so that he is unlikely to become a financial liability to the diocese;
9.    understand that permanent deacons who are employed or who have been employed are bound by Canon Law to support themselves from their own funds; 57 Canon 281§3 (the diocese in conjunction with the sponsoring parish will meet the cost of the formation programme)
10.    be a parishioner domiciled in a parish within the Birmingham Diocese for normally at least 3 years.
11.    if single, have a settled stable life with a good reputation within the community. He must fully understands the charism of celibacy. He must understand that ordination would mean a life-long commitment to celibacy;
12.    lf married, to have been validly married for at least 5 years;
13.    should his wife predecease him, be willing in normal circumstances to remain celibate for the rest of his life;58 cf footnote 16 page 11
14.    have the full support and consent of his wife, her consent expressed in a handwritten letter accompanying his application;
15.    enjoy with his family a good reputation within the community;
16.    be able to give the necessary time to both the formation programme and the diaconal ministry without it being detrimental to his family or working life;
17.    be presently active and accepted within the Church and parish community;
18.    be willing to undergo the four-year formation programme at Oscott and be involved in on-going formation after ordination;
19.    be willing to make a life-long commitment to serve the Church according to the model of Christ who came not to be served but to serve;
20.    be willing to promise obedience to the Archbishop and his successors and be willing to accept any pastoral assignment that may be given to him;
21.    be highly recommended by his parish priest or those who have worked
22.    with him in ministry;
23.    be willing to undergo psychological assessment as to his suitability and to undergo all checks required by the Diocesan Child Protection Policy prior to formation;
24.    be willing to undergo a full medical examination;
25.    be orthodox both in belief and practice, and be willing to take the Oath
26.    of Fidelity and make a profession of faith according to the formula approved by the Apostolic 59 Canon 833
27.    be dedicated to our Lord in the Eucharist.

During the formation programme his parish priest must be willing to cooperate with the formation team in his training.
The parish under normal circumstances is expected to contribute one third of the cost of the deacon’s formation and assist him in the purchasing of books listed as absolute requirements by the formation programme.
Once a parish priest has decided in the light of the above requirements that he has a suitable candidate to put forward, the next step is to contact the Diocesan Director for the Permanent Diaconate.