In response to the changing demographics of parish ministry,
dioceses throughout the United States have turned to the permanent
diaconate as a response to the Catholic Church's ministry
The challenge of offering a high-quality formation program,
however, has proved to be a formidable task for many dioceses.
Building upon its solid reputation for preparing candidates for
ordained ministry, Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology
has developed a program of formation for the permanent diaconate.
Begun in 1999, the program addresses the intellectual, spiritual
and pastoral formation requirements mandated by the Church and
implemented in the national guidelines for the United States.
A Focus on the Deacon's Unique Mission
Carefully designed to focus on the ministerial mission of the
diaconate, the curriculum of the program is tailored to meet the
particular needs of the diocese the deacon will serve.
Since the program was begun, Saint Meinrad has served 22
dioceses, which have ordained about 450 permanent deacons formed
through the program.
For more than 150 years, Saint Meinrad has offered quality
education and formation for ministry -- an integrated process of
personal spiritual growth, intellectual advancement, and the
development of professional identity and skills.