Office of the Permanent Diaconate
"As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace" Peter 4:10
The Office of the Permanent Diaconate is responsible for all aspects associated with the formation of deacon candidates and the ongoing formation and coordination of the Archdiocese's permanent diaconate community. The Director facilitates the processes involved in the recruitment and selection of candidates, their formation, evaluation, and initial assignment. Through the academic, spiritual, and pastoral formation of these men, the Director helps in the holistic development of each candidate within his family and within his community. Additionally, the Director works with the ordained deacons in coordinating continuing education, retreats, assignments, exchange of information, meetings, support, and other activities. The Directors work closely with the Diaconate Commission.
The Formation Director of the Permanent Diaconate facilitates the processes involved in the selection of candidates, their formation, evaluation and initial assignment. Through the academic, spiritual and pastoral formation of these men, the Director helps in the holistic development of each candidate within his family and community.
God is calling each of us to serve one another in charity and love as Pope Francis regularly speaks to this call. For some, there is a particular invitation to serve Christ and the Church in ordained ministry as a permanent deacon.
Formation toward ordination begins with the Bishop’s selection of the men and their wives who will enter this formal process. The next four years are a time of discernment for the man, his wife, and the Church. The purpose of formation is to form the best deacon to minister in Word, Liturgy, and Charity.
Ministry and Life
“Do not neglect the gift you have, which was conferred on you through the prophetic word with the imposition of hands… Be diligent in these matters, be absorbed in them, so that your progress may be evident to everyone. Attend to yourself and to save both yourself and those who listen to you.” (NDFLM #240)