Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 55, Issue 6, pp 789–795 | Cite as

Are Successful Applicants to the Roman Catholic Deaconate Psychologically Healthy?



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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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Psychology DepartmentSanta Clara UniversitySanta ClaraUSA

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