Creating a Vocation CulturePermanent Diaconate

Those who are ordained to the Permanent Diaconate are married men who experience a call to service as Married Deacons. They are ordained to help with the needs of a parish and perform duties such as reading the Gospel, preaching, baptizing, visiting the sick, and witnessing marriages. His vocation to Married Life responding to the needs of his family remain his primary commitment. Deacon's wives often join them in their formation and serve in various capacities at the parishes the deacons are assigned to by their bishop.  

Mass and Ordination of a Deacon 2016-03-14

For a full ordination ceremony please view this Mass and Ordination of a Deacon from St Columba Cathedral, Youngstown.

Diaconate Ordination 2014-06-16

These four men were ordained to the Permanent Diaconate in the Diocese of Hamilton on June 7th, 2014. These are the highlights of this joy-filled celebration.

Deacon Philip and his wife Joan 2013-11-21

Deacon Philip and his wife Joan reveal how the vocation to the Permanent Deaconate is also an extension of the vocation of Marriage. They discuss how both vocations grew out of their relationship with God and each other.

Deacon Juan Carlos and his wife Maritza 2013-11-11

Deacon Juan Carlos and his wife Maritza offer some clues that make this vocation less of a mystery. With several years of balancing family life, jobs and ministry, they have become living examples of what it means to respond to this call to serve in th

FAQ: "With the demands of a career, family, and ministry, what takes priority?"

The church understands and upholds that to have a healthy family the needs of his wife and family must come first.  This also means that his job comes before ministry as the finical needs of the family must be met.  It is interesting though how flexible faith communities can be and how most couples find extra time later in life to devote to the well being of their parish community.

FAQ: "What is required to become a Permanent Deacon?"

One must be a married man in good standing with the Catholic Church.  They also must be in your mid 30's and have the support of their wives, their parish priest, and the faith community that calls forth their gifts.  If his application is accepted he begins a formation program that can vary from diocese to diocese.  It usually involves studies, personal formation for leadership, and ministerial experience over a period of 4-6 years.