Paragraph numbers from the PPF are noted below.
Discernment is twofold, both personal and pastoral. Having first experienced how God led him interiorly to the diaconate, a man now learns to discern the many obligations of his office by growing in union with Christ's pastoral charity (no. 381). The pastoral discernment which occurs during the Vocational Synthesis Stage produces a unity of interior life and external activity that can only be achieved by following the example of Jesus, whose will was always to do the work of the Father (John 14:31).
During this stage, the primary formator of the newly ordained cleric is the pastor of the parish where the deacon is assigned, or the bishop or major superior may delegate another priest of the diocese, institute, or society to fulfill this task. The pastor, aware of his formative task and of his duty to accompany the transitional deacon, should ensure that there are opportunities for discussion of pastoral situations and opportunities for priestly fraternity that will help the deacon transition well to active ministry and ongoing formation (no. 140).