Certainly, I'm learning quickly that so much depends on the Bishop's good will here (we have about half a dozen diaconal candidates who are waiting to begin their credits and training - they are waiting and waiting and . . .).
One told me to get used to waiting.
I'm no spring chicken though!
The support group is wonderful and even though there are those who didn't become deacons, they still received so much from the study and prayer.
But you are someone who definitely should be a Deacon!
Some Bishops give in to constant needling though