This morning I met with my Deacon Mentor, Deacon Jim. We got together for coffee and ended up chatting for 2 hours. It was a great conversation that touched on various topics associated with this Aspirancy year and Formation years to follow. Through the course of the conversation I got a good sense that I was speaking with someone who is a lot like me, background, as well as current life commitments. I think it will be very beneficial to have a mentor who is not retired and is still dealing with the daily aspects of working and serving as a deacon.
I've made arrangement to meet with a priest from a nearby parish to be my spiritual director. Unlike the Deacon Mentor who is assigned by the Formation Team, selection of a spiritual director is up to both the priest and the Aspirant. They both have to be comfortable with each other. The priest I'm meeting is someone with whom I am familiar as he celebrated Mass a few times at the former St. Colman. More on that meeting later.