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Servant School


What is Servant School?

Servant School is a four-year program to form those interested in or already doing parish ministry. It grounds them in Catholic spirituality and theology. It provides internship opportunities so skills learned in the classes are practiced and sharpened. It provides a prayerful atmosphere and supportive companions throughout the formation process.

Who is the best candidate to send?

The best participants are those identified by the pastor or parish staff as having the heart of a servant and the gifts to serve God’s people.

What is the cost?

The annual cost of $2,160 is divided equally between the participants, their parish and the diocese. Payments can be made all at once, quarterly or monthly. $60/month covers the $720 cost of tuition. Scholarships may be available for individuals and parishes depending on the availability of grant money.

What are the benefits to the parish?

Almost every parish has ministries the pastor would pursue if qualified people were available to do the work and take leadership responsibility. Servant School equips those people the pastor identifies for these tasks.

Is there accreditation? Can I transfer course credits in and out?

One university currently offers one under-graduate or graduate credit for each Servant School course taken. A maximum of 3 credits can be earned in one year, a total of 12 credits over a four-year span. Several other institutions of higher learning are in the process of approving similar arrangements. Those with theological training are encouraged to have their transcripts evaluated for advanced standing in Servant School.

What’s the role of spouses?

Since Servant School forms deacon candidates and lay ministers side-by-side, the wives of those in diaconate formation are encouraged to pursue their own formation as lay ministers. For those wives of diaconate participants unable to take-on a full course of study, one year of full participation is expected. After that, only a few key events are scheduled for them each year.

What’s the guarantee that candidates will have a paid position when they are done?

There is no promise of employment attached to diaconate ordination or Servant School graduation. Participants are formed for service to the Church of Idaho. In most cases, that service is given freely.

How much time is required?

Each year consists of three to five weekends, three or four of which are followed by several weeks of distance learning containing about four hours of reading and writing each week. The remaining weekend is an end-of-the-year retreat. Each year also has several six-hour Saturday sessions, accessible over the internet. All participants take part in a monthly mentoring session two hours in duration and one hour of monthly spiritual direction. The mentoring and spiritual direction occurs as close to the participants’ homes as possible.

Can I get a refund if I decide it’s not for me?

If the quarterly or monthly payment options are chosen, one simply stops paying when they leave the program. Unfortunately, money already paid is not refundable because of materials already purchased and teachers already contracted.

Does the bishop support Servant School? Do the priests?

Yes. The Bishop is involved in the application process and is kept informed throughout the year of participants’ progress through the program. Several of the priests and deacons of the diocese enthusiastically support the program by serving as teachers, mentors and spiritual directors.





For more information contact:
 Deacon Richard Kulleck
 Director of Deacon and Lay Ministries Formation

 Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise
 1501 S. Federal Way
 Boise, Idaho  83705

 (208) 350-7558



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