There are two phases in the application process, the Pre-application and the Formal Application.
At the approval of the applicant’s pastor, the prospective applicant calls the IDS office requesting for a Pre-application form, which will be mailed to the applicant for completion. The Pre-application form is an important document with information that is based on canonical and extra-canonical issues as well as other issues important to application that the local Ordinary (bishop) deems applicable. The Director of Formation, upon receipt of the completed Pre-application form, reviews it, and contact the prospective applicant for clarification of issues (if any) raised in the form. A successful inquirer is then encouraged to inform his pastor to contact the office to request for a formal application form.
The formal application starts with a call from the applicant’s pastor to the IDS office requesting for the application package. Upon receipt of this call, IDS mails the application package each to the applicant and wife (if applicable) and mail a recommendation form to the pastor. The applicant’s application and the wife’s informed consent forms must be signed by their pastor before being mailed back to IDS office.
IDS directors review the application materials sent by the applicant and issue an acknowledgement letter. The applicant and the wife (if applicable) are then requested to take online Marriage (Catholic Couple Checkup) and Personality (Myers Briggs) inventories. Web links to these inventories are provided to the couples.
When the results of these inventory are received, an interview is scheduled with an IDS director. A successful interview results to the issuance of a Conditional acceptance letter to the applicant.
To begin the process, speak to your pastor and please contact Deacon Bob Puhala, Director, firstname.lastname@example.org or (847) 837-4564.