Application Process

Application Process


There are two stages in the application process, Pre-Application and Inquiry and the Formal Application.



With approval from his pastor, a prospective applicant calls IDS requesting a Pre-application and Inquiry form.  This form is an important document which can uncover canonical and extra-canonical issues, as well as other information crucial to the application process.  Upon receipt, IDS may contact the prospective applicant for any needed clarification.  A successful inquirer is then encouraged to inform his pastor to contact IDS office for a formal approval of his candidate.


Formal Application   

The IDS application is completed online by going to https://my.usml.edu/ and click on Apply Online.

IDS reviews all application materials and issue an acknowledgement letter.  The applicant and wife (if applicable) are then requested to participate in Marriage Inventory (Catholic Couple Checkup) as well as the Myers Briggs Personality inventories.  Web links to these inventories are provided to the couples.

When the results of these inventories are received, IDS schedules an interview with the applicant and his wife (if married).  Upon review, IDS may issue a conditional acceptance  letter to the program.

To begin the process, speak to your pastor and please contact Deacon Bob Puhala, Director, bpuhala@usml.edu or (847) 837-4564.


Diaconate Ordination, Archdiocese of Chicago, Holy Name Cathedral, May 14, 2022, Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, Main Celebrant Photo Credit: ©Rob Grabowski / GrabowskiPhoto.com