Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 55, Issue 6, pp 789–795

Are Successful Applicants to the Roman Catholic Deaconate Psychologically Healthy?


DOI: 10.1007/s11089-007-0081-2

Cite this article as:
Plante, T.G. & Lackey, K. Pastoral Psychol (2007) 55: 789. doi:10.1007/s11089-007-0081-2


The current investigation evaluated psychological and personality profiles of successful applicants to the deaconate in several Roman Catholic dioceses in California. The MMPI-2 and 16PF were administered to 25 applicants between 2004 and 2006 who subsequently entered the permanent deaconate program. Results indicate that these applicants to the deaconate were generally well-adjusted as well as being socially responsible. Findings also suggest some tendency for defensiveness, repression, naivete, and a strong need for affection, as well as for being emotionally stable, genuine, and cooperative.


Roman Catholic Deacon Priest Psychological screening 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentSanta Clara UniversitySanta ClaraUSA

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