The Deacon's spouse
If the one who feels called to the Diaconate is married, he must have the active support of his wife (and family). No married man may be ordained without the freely given consent of his wife. And naturally the parents would take into account the welfare of their children.
At the time of the initial interview of the applicant, his wife should also be interviewed. She should continue to be consulted at the regular evaluation sessions which will be held during the aspirant’s period of formation.
The aspirant’s wife is encouraged to participate in at least some aspects of the formation programme. Some additional sessions are conducted specifically for the wives of aspirants.
When the time comes at the end of the formation programme for the aspirant to petition the bishop to be ordained a deacon, the formal consent of the aspirant’s wife is again required in writing.